George Harvey Strait was born and bred in the Texas cowboy tradition. He came into the world on May 18, 1952 in Poteet, Texas (“Strait Facts”) and was raised in nearby Pearsall, TX on his family's working cattle ranch, a legacy in the family for over 100 years. His childhood was spent working with his father and brother on their farm, and he carried on the ranching tradition by studying agriculture at Texas State University (Dickinson). In 1971, he married his wife, Norma, and shortly after enlisted in the United States Army.
While stationed in Hawaii, he began playing country music with his Army-sponsored band, Rambling Country. This began his lifelong love affair with country music, and in 1975 he was honorably discharged from the Army and returned to Texas to pursue his love of music. Shortly after his return to civilian life, he formed his own country band, Ace in the Hole, which immediately began gaining momentum in the local music scene.
Jumping ahead several years to 1981, George hit the big time and signed with MCA Records Nashville. Since then, his name has become synonymous with “real country,” as he has stuck close to his Native Texas roots, drawing from both honky tonk and swing traditions, in both music and attire (Dickinson). George always performs in his unadorned Texas rancher’s clothes - cowboy hat, western shirt, and blue jeans (Dickinson), and sticks close to his roots with the traditional themes found in country music for decades.
With a career that spans over three decades, George's list of accomplishments is quite impressive. He's had 33 different platinum or multi-platinum albums, earning him the most platinum certifications in country music (“George Strait Biography”). In 2013, he achieved his 60th #1 hit from those albums, becoming the first artist in any genre of music to place 60 songs at the top of the charts (The Boot). George was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006 (“George Strait Biography”), he has earned 1 Grammy for Best Country Album and he has earned nearly 50 other prestigious awards from the Academy of Country Music, CMT and Billboard in categories such as Top Male Vocalist, Performance of the Year, Song of the Year and Career Achievement (“George Strait Awards”). His 2013-2014 tour “Cowboy Rides Away,” is his last tour but he's not done making music and earning awards yet. In November 2013, he received the ASCAP Founder's Award (Toczylowski), and won CMA's Entertainer of the Year Award for the second time (Jamik). He also accepted Billboard's highest accolade, the Legend of Live Award and was honored with the Country Radio Broadcasters Career Achievement Award (Billboard).
Regardless of George Strait's incredible history of recognition and awards, he has always been one of my favorite country music artists. I am a true, long time fan of traditional country and I love his style in particular because of the dash of honky tonk and swing music that comes with it. My husband has roots in...