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What is it about George Strait anyway?  What keeps his fans screaming for more, and how does he continue to outdo himself? Along with his awesome voice and style we know his handsome cowboy looks and that wonderful smile have a lot to do with us wanting more Strait.  

He is 'the real deal,'  his voice is reassuring and warming.  He has superlative stage presence, and a great ability to connect with his fans. Simply put it's not a simple thing, because it's  the entire package .  These are my words; my expression as best I can of my thoughts and feelings regarding a huge talent, and a kind human being, Mr. George Strait.

His Fans love his rich buttery baritone,  that handsome face, the piercing green of his eyes, and the witty mind behind them.  That heart fluttering palpitating "warm you to the toes" smile is an image that remains with you for years.  Within his hint of a strut walk there saunters the Wranglered fineness of a good man living his life his way, in the deep tradition of a  fourth generation Texan.  Men and women alike respect and love the Man for who he is -- the real deal, a genuine cowboy, an excellent rider and roper, a Texas rancher, dedicated proud father, loyal husband, and steadfast friend with an easy smile and contagious laugh.  

He's done it his way and walks the talk. George Strait knows who he is and is comfortable in his own skin.  He has nothing to prove.  What ego he has filters down to his slim hips from where it quietly resides in his witty subtle mind.  When this man saunters on stage he owns it.  A superb entertainer and a master vocalist George's warm baritone and relaxed phrasing so pleasing to the ear and reassuring to hear on radio continue to keep him at the top of the industry charts, and more importantly,  deeply imbedded within his fan's hearts -- who sigh and clamor for more Strait  any thing.

George continues to amaze me, and  I expect that he always will.  He made me extremely happy when on August 8, 2008  he released a music video for the title cut of his album "Troubadour."  The video was made in Bulverde, in the hill  country north of San Antonio Texas, directed by the same director who did my other favorite video  "Seashores of Old Mexico."  

I have to say that this song and the video for  "Troubadour"  are my number one favorites out of everything that he has recorded.  Although there are songs from

"Twang"  and " Here For A Good Time"  that are heavy competition.  He co-wrote seven of the ten songs on this CD!  The first single released was "Here For a Good Time" which went to Number One on the charts, and so George received his first award as a writer!   He wrote and recorded "I Will Always Remember You" for his fans.  A tender personal acknowledgement and message to his fans that his fans took to heart.  How many entertainers DO that!   Personally I wish he had done a video for "Blue Marlin Blues."  So great. "Twang," was released August 11, 2009.  George completed a summer tour, which included four Texas dates,  the very last one being in San Antonio where he walked on to a sell crowd and surpassed in own record in the Alamo Dome.  He performed an amazing show, and in his encore brought on local mariachis to accompany him with "El Rey."  There was a lot of love and emotion in that crowd, it was a wonderful performance. The Man is amazing, and is leaving a wonderful legacy.  In 2012 he toured with Martina McBride for the " Here For a Good Time " album which was released September 5, 2011.  George announced his retirement from the road. His final tour was the  "Cowboy Rides Away"  two year tour which ended June 7th, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.  Go to that  link  for further updates.  George released the "Love Is Everything" album May 14th. 2013.  He sang several songs from that album during his "Cowboy Rides Away" tour.  The CD/DVD for this concert was released September 16, 2014.   The DVD has all but one song from the concert, and will satisfy Strait fans. It's a concert you will watch often, and enjoy more each time you watch it.   "Cold Beer Conversation°  was released September 25, 2015, NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 2, 2015) – Fans were ecstatic when George Strait announced that he would be heading to Sin City for an exclusive concert series at the Las Vegas Arena in 2016 and releasing his new album, Cold Beer Conversation, last week. The demand for new music from Strait translated to an immediate sellout of all six dates of his “Strait to Vegas” run after tickets went on sale today, with more dates to be added. The staggering response from fans already prompted Strait to add more shows.   When George is not nominated in one of the award shows I remind others that Mr. Strait is now competing only against himself. He is beyond the usual awards, and has nothing to prove. He has only to do what he has been doing his entire career- be himself. In 2013 being himself earned him the ASCAP Founders Award, the Billboard Live Award, and his third CMA Entertainer of the Year award in three decades of making music. In 2014 George received the ACM Entertainer of the Year Award.

These pages are dedicated to the Man residing within the Artist of the Decade,  Country Music Legend,  King George Strait.

"If It Wasn't For Texas"  sound control

Little George, what a babydoll

My view of George during the final filming of  Pure Country  at the Mirage in Las Vegas.  This was when he would lean close to the camera and sing "I Cross My Heart" to Harley. They were filming her crying scene for the end of the movie.  I can't help but think of the experience I had there,  having George in front of me for so long, every time I hear that song.  I won't go into what I went through in order to go to this filming.  Suffice it to say that it was worth everything I did without.  I know there was film on the cutting room floor, and a piece of it was probably partly my fault.  I took advantage of an opportunity.  With the light and camera on us instead of yelling 'Dusty!' like we had rehearsed, I looked up at him and yelled "I love you, George!"  And that is all I am going to say about that.  

At the Pure Country Premiere in Nashville, Oct. 1992

Dallas Reunion Arena, New Year's Eve, 1993, what an awesome way to bring in the New Year, it was great.  Norma walked on stage with two glasses of champagne at two minutes to midnight.  And yes, she got several kisses before he let her walk off the stage.  He looked back at her as she was leaving, then quickly caught her and planted another kiss on her.  My friend and I got a big grin when he heard us giggling at him, and cheering him on.  Before he left the stage that night he came over and bowed to us, and waved good-bye.   In 1981 with the support and help of his friend and long-time  Manager Erv Woolsey , George received his chance with  MCA Records-Nashville, and a few months later "Unwound" climbed up the charts to number six giving George a firm hold in Country Music that he has never lost.  I remember I was washing my car in the driveway the first time I heard "Unwound." My boxer pups were playing around my feet, I leaned against the car and listened, and I was loving what I was hearing.  That voice! - honest to God Country music!  That was the start of my Strait fever, and that's my handle today.  

George was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on November 6th, 2006.  The Academy of Country Music recognized George as the  Artist of the Decade , the day after the 2009 ACM Awards by taping a two hour tribute from his peers, a TV special, to be aired on CBS on May 27th, 2009.  George still has the same people working for him, the same  Manager , the same  band members , the same studio musicians, and his biggest fans have grown older right along with him.  All of this shows you clearly what kind of man George Strait is.

That's Bubba peeking over his Dad's shoulder.  Mom is right behind him.

A Quarter Horse given to George by MCA

George Strait Jr, A&M University, 2003 For information on the Jenifer Strait Memorial Foundation click here.

The Jenifer Strait Memorial Foundation

All donations made during the "Cowboy Rides Away" 2013 and 2014 final tour were given to this Foundation to benefit children's charities in Jenifer's honor and memory. 

Education:  After a stint in the Army in Hawaii George graduated from Southwest Texas State University (now known as Texas State University), San Marcos, with a degree in agricultural education. 

Influences:  Country Music: Merle Haggard, Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Hank Williams, George Jones, and Conway Twitty. George also admired Frank Sinatra as a singer.  His duet of "Fly Me To The Moon" with Mr. Sinatra can be found on George's record setting Strait Out of the Box, a box set of previously released, and unreleased songs. 

Former jobs :  Foreman, managed a cattle ranch in Martindale Texas from sunrise to sunset, played south Texas honky tonks at night.  George was working with cattle in a pasture hearing "Unwound" being played on the radio in his Chevy pick-up. He said out loud "What is wrong with this picture!"  He needed to tour.

Backup band:  The great Ace in the Hole Band, formed in 1975, one of the best Western Swing Bands there is.

(See my  Page for  The Ace In The Hole Band  - the link is always on my Main Page in the index file.) 

Hobbies:  Team-roping (though Roping is more of a daily life style for him rather than a hobby), George is a card-carrying member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, hunting elk, fishing for that record setting big-mouth bass, fly-fishing, deep sea fishing for blue marlin on his beautiful boat, downhill skiing, and golf, to name a few.  He goes to NBA games to see his favorite team the San Antonio Spurs, and he enjoys football, with his  favorite team being the Dallas Cowboys.  He and Norma love to travel, and have been to Africa several times on Safari.

I've added some candid shots here, collected thru the years, so you can see more of  "The Man."

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In his Nashville office, working hard.

Champion Roper  and good friend of George's -Roy Cooper and George. With the temptation of a racetrack in front of them they couldn't resist. They broke into a race during an opening parade at Ruidoso Downs Race Track in New Mexico.  George won by a nose, Roy was laughing too hard to win.  

Talking with a buddy at the team roping. 

At the Dallas concert with Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson, 2004, George was real proud of his shirt, and of teasing the fans. Even fishing with a friend, somebody wants a picture.

Personality :  He is a private man, a man of few words unless you get him talking about Africa or one of his favorite subjects.  He is a cowboy at heart with a captivating smile and charm; known for quality over quantity, and down-to-earth values.  He is a man of constants -- he's worked with the same people, and had the same friends for many, many years. 

For these same reasons and because of his wonderful voice and talent George has continued to have the unconditional love and support of his special fans. 

Personally I have found him to be a kind, caring, and gentle soul, with a good memory, and a great sense of humor.  He is who he is, does not try to be something he is not, and is comfortable being himself.  He has a quick witty mind, and that wonderful sense of humor - and can be a huge tease.  His talent is natural but he has worked hard for what he has.  He is a competitor, and has been careful with his career, remaining in charge of his image.  This is an entertainer with natural charisma that reaches out far beyond those stage lights.  He touches people, they feel drawn to him, and close to him, because he is one of them.

Along with his phenomenal success in life George has had his tragedies, hard times, and sad times like the rest of us. On June 4th, 2013 George and family lost Mr. John Byron Strait, after a lengthy hospital stay.  His Dad was a huge influence on George.  Faith, and the love and support of Norma, Bubba, and long time friends have helped him persevere.  

A sense of humor -- you bet!  Many thanks to Rick Henson for this picture, it's priceless.

Enjoying the San Antonio Spurs, and yes, Norma was at his side.

George in NYC for the 2005 CMAs . George teasing his fans with a bare foot while showing the premiere of his music video for "Seashores of Old Mexico at his George Strait Team Roping in March of 2006.  I about fell down laughing at him.  

George has said that he rarely picks up a guitar at home, except for ads like this one.  Bubba changed that by becoming interested in playing guitar himself, and becoming a songwriter.  His interest motivated George to start writing again.  The results can be found on George's most recent albums.  

George on Chorizo, another one of his favorite horses, and one of my favorites too. 

Enjoying the ACM "Artist of the Decade" award show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, April, 2009

One of my favorite pictures of George, from the Troubadour Video photo session.

Tom Cusick and George Strait Bubba and George

On April 10, 2009 George's big brother John Byron Strait, Jr, (Buddy) passed.  The Strait patriarch, John Byron Strait, Sr., George's Dad, passed on June 4th, 2013.  

George Strait completed his final (two year)  structured tour June 7th, 2014 in Arlington, Texas at Cowboy's Stadium.  For more information see "Cowboy Rides Away."

For information on George go to George's Facebook page, click on the Graphic:   

The Official  George Strait Website  is at:  http://www.georgestrait.com

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