George Strait played country music in high school, but didn’t become serious about it until serving in the U.S. Army in the early ’70s. The native Texan performed with an Army-sponsored band, and after being honorably discharged went to college to study Agriculture. Music kept calling, and Strait fell in with a band that would become the Ace in the Hole Band. He signed his first record deal at age 29 and released ‘Unwound’ as his first single in 1981. Nearly 100 singles later, he holds the record for most No. 1 singles — in fact, only two have failed to crack the Top 20. Strait was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006 and began his retirement from the road in 2013.
Birthday: May 18, 1952
Top Songs 'Check Yes or No,' 'Write This Down,' 'Give It Away'
Family: Wife Norma, Son George Strait, Jr. (Bubba), late daughter Jenifer (d. 1986)
George Strait sat down for a nearly 15-minute-long Q&A prior to a show in Las Vegas last weekend. Host Kacey Musgraves got him to open up about his tour plans beyond 2017, what's still on his bucket list and which ACM nominated song he passed on.
George Strait wrapped his most recent run of Las Vegas concerts with a very favorable opinion of his opening act Kacey Musgraves. The legend says performing two songs with the young Texan was something he looked forward to each night.
George Strait certainly can't be accused of playing it safe with one of the new songs on his newly-released box set. The country icon takes country radio to task in a track titled "Kicked Outta Country."
George Strait returns to the small stage in Texas on Wednesday (Nov. 16) with his Ace in the Hole Band for a historic night of music in celebration of his upcoming Strait Out of the Box: Part 2 release.
Kacey Musgraves recently released her first-ever Christmas album, A Very Kacey Christmas, and the singer shares with Taste of Country Nights what it was really like recording a holiday-themed album in the middle of summer.
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