George Strait

George Strait


Poteet, Texas, USA

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George Strait


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Strait was born and raised in Texas, the son of a junior high school math teacher who also owned and operated a ranch that had been in the Strait family for nearly hundred years. When George 9 years old, his mother left the family, taking her daughter but…more


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    • George: Wow, let me just say a huge thank you to country radio! I love you guys.

    • George: I don't think my music's as traditional as people make it out... I'm nmo crossover artist, but we've done some contemporary songs.

    • George: I Think the melody is the firest time I hear in a song and if I like the melody, then I'll pay closer attention to the lyrics.

    • George: I think Beyond the Blue Neon is the best I've ever done. I felt...Like I'd accomplished something that I wanted to accomplish for a long. long time.

    • George: I've always like Frank Sinata and Big Band music. I discovered in college that country music could be fun adding some swing to it.

    • George: Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys are simply the best band that ever was.

    • George: Swing is my favorite kind of music. If I could get away with it, I'd do it all the time.

    • George: When I get the opportunity from Jimmy Bowen to co-produce my own albums and have more control in the studio, I had to jump on it.

    • George: I always knew I wanted to be a singer, But It wasn't untill I eneded up in Hawaii that i really got serious about it.

    • George: It wasn't exactly a country music upbringing, My dad didn't even have a record player, and when he listened to the radio it was usually the news or the cow market reports.

    • George: We've learned to cope with the fact that the George Strait on stage is an image. And the one at home with my wife and Bubba is a family-loving man. You've got to keep the stage world and your real world separated or you're headed for trouble. In other words, you can't live out the songs you sing.

    • George: Everytime I go in the studio to make a record I get nervous because I want it to be my best ever.

    • George: I felt that If I cut songs that I didn't believe in, and I didn't like, that I would just be wasting my time, and I would be kind of cheating myself - not doing my music but doing what somebody else wanted me to do.

    • George: When you're just a local act, and you're doing Merle Haggard and George Jones songs, people want you to sound like the records. So that's what you do... and pretty soon that's just the way you sing.

    • George: When I was in the Army, I did start dreaming about a music career. I remember Norma and I would lie awake sometimes, dreaming about how it would be.

    • George: ( What his hat would say) I hope it never has to say, 'Put me on a stretcher- your head's gettin' too big.'

    • George: I'm very honored of course, to say the least. I've tried to think of something good to say. So many things have happened in my career. I get asked sometimes 'What's the highlight of my career?' because I've been doing it for so long, and I always have a hard time coming up with something, because so many good things have happened. But I think this is, without a doubt, the most special thing that's ever happened and I don't know how anything could top getting put in the Hall of Fame. It's just the very highest honor that you can get in this business.

    • George: I was getting a little nutty. I questioned whether my attempts at getting on a Nashville label were doing any good, Today, Nashville signs up artists all the time. But, back then, every four or five years, they'd sign just three or four people.

    • George: I get asked all the time, "What is a George Strait song?" I know it when I hear it. I don't seek a specific tempo or lyric or melody. It just has to make sense. Maybe it is natural because I was given the gift to sing.

    • George: I like people who are loyal to me, and I like to be loyal, too. Plus, they're great players. We started out at the Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, Texas, a honky-tonk by the railroad tracks. We'd play Wednesday night, 50 cents at the door and ladies free. You'd be playing the song and -- whoosh! -- you'd hear the train go by. It was a cool place back then. We didn't make much money. One time we left a club with $7 apiece in our pockets. But we always got the beer free.

    • George: (on the song "You'll Be There?") That song hit home for me for obvious reasons. I'm a religious person. I honestly believe we will see each other in heaven someday. I wanted to do the song badly. The writer, Cory Mayo, held that song out because he knew I wanted to do it, and he waited until I had the chance. It was kind of him to do that.

    • George: Norma was the first girl I ever loved, we knew each other forever, growing up in a small town. I never really even thought anything about her, but then one day I asked her out and we went on a date. We didn't see each other for a long time after that. Then one day, I thought, 'I'm missing the boat here,' and we started dating again.

    • George: I didn't want to be 40 or 50 years old and still playing clubs,I didn't feel like I was making any progress, and I actually gave the band notice at one point. I began to have doubts about my abilities.

    • George: ( on his 'Classic Hits.') When you talk aobut my 'classic hits', that's kinda scary, I'm just glad that I've been fortunate to have a few hits. There are very few songs that I wish I hadn't cut, so I pretty much enjoy doing all of them. Of all the songs I've recorded, 'Amarillo By Morning' always sticks out in my mind.

    • George: (on Pure Country and making more movies) I loved making Pure Country, It was a great learning experience for me, seeing another part of the entertainment industry. Plus we had a lot of fun, made some new friends, and I think we made a pretty decent movie. Something would have to come along that really blew me away,I spent so much time away from home early on in my career, so to commit to [a film] would be tough, especially now that I've been trying to scale back on touring so I can spend more time at home.

    • George Strait: (on his performance anxiety ) Even today, I still get the same feeling any person gets before they have to do something in front of a large group of people, some call it 'butterflies' but for me it feels a lot bigger than that. I get so intense sometimes that I don't hear what people around me are saying. Then I go on and everything is normal again.

    • George: (on Sinatra) I met him one time in Texas, went to his show and went backstage right before he was getting on. He's a classy guy, Well, I always thought he was until he didn't use that song. [ They recorded a duet together ] I was kind of let down because I thought it had turned out really good. I was really mad. I really liked the cut that we did.

    • George: (on who he listens to ) I listen to Mark Chestnutt and thinks he's a great singer – and he really does good material, And Alan Jackson. "Gone Country' was such a great song, great song. My son listens to just about everybody so I get exposed to all of it.

    • George: (on his 'Retirement') I don't know where a lot of my fans got the idea that I was on the verge of retiring, but that couldn't be further from the truth, I just want them to know that as long as they're gonna keep coming to the shows, I'm going to keep coming out there and doing them. So don't think I'm quitting. It's great to have these fans. They're very important, and it's unbelievable to me that they're still coming out. I just want to say thank you to them.

    • George: (talking about his son) I came back from Nashville to Texas after cutting it [ Track "Check Yes Or No." ] and I was taking Bubba to school, He's usually in a bad mood in the morning and he doesn't talk much. I said, 'Bubba, I'm gonna play this song and I know you're gonna love it.' I could tell he was really perking up when I played it. He finally smiled and said, 'I was trying hard not to like it, but it's a cool song.'

    • George: (on Texas) Texas is home, and I love it here,I love it, every part of it, from the South Texas brush country, the Hill country where I went to college [Southwest Texas State University], to mountains of West Texas, the piney woods, the high plains and the coast. We've got it all. But at heart, I'm a brush popper."

    • George: I was reading a little article the other day.... and there was quote in there...somebody said that if you can survive time, well, eventually it will give you a gift. So, I've just been going along surviving time and tonight I got a couple gifts.

    • George: (on his CD "Carrying Your Love With Me") I like to think talent had alot to do with it. The material has been good and the timing had alot to do with it... I'm a country singer. I don't want to be in the middle of the road. A fella could get run over out there.

    • George: Always singing for the great state, for sure,But, you know, you don't want to do a song just because it's got Texas in it. Sometimes that can get a little hokey. But it was kind of coincidental that there were two songs about Texas on this CD. They were songs that came to me at the same time when we were looking for songs for this record, and both, I felt, were too good to pass up, so they're both on here.

    • George: I had wanted to sing a song with Lee Ann for a while,I think she's a great singer, and she always chooses great material to record. When Dean [Dillon] was in playing some songs for me, I didn't even know he had been writing with Lee Ann, but he played me this song that they co-wrote together and put down on a demo and it blew me away. So, that kind of did it. I wanted to do it and it turned out great.

    • Liz Thiels (Senior vice president of public relations of the Hall of Fame): (On George Strait) George Strait is most deserving of the honor, He has a huge body of important work, and he's still making music with a lot of impact. He's a wonderful role model and a great ambassador for the music.

    • George: I'm very honored of course, to say the least. I've tried to think of something good to say. So many things have happened in my career. I get asked sometimes 'What's the highlight of my career?' because I've been doing it for so long, and I always have a hard time coming up with something, because so many good things have happened. But I think this is, without a doubt, the most special thing that's ever happened and I don't know how anything could top getting put in the Hall of Fame. It's just the very highest honor that you can get in this business.

    • George: Actually, I was surprised. I don't see how anybody could not be surprised. Early in my career it never crossed my mind actually. I guess later on in your career you start thinking about it and wondering if you could get in, but I don't see how anybody could just figure they're going to get in. It's just too special an honor. Of course, I wanted it, but you just can't expect it. It's an overwhelming honor. It's like nothing else that's happened to me in my 20 some odd years in the business.

    • George: After I hung up after talking with (CMA Chief Strategic Officer) Ed (Benson), I did kind of have to chuckle because I'm thinking, 'Well, don't people usually get this after their career's over?' I'm hoping this is no sign of that because I still feel like I've got a lot of good years left in me. I still enjoy everything and I've got a new record that's going to come out in October that I feel like is the best record I've ever done since 1981, so I'm really looking forward to that coming out. And I've already got tour dates set for next year so I'm still rolling.

    • George: When I first found out I was going to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, I kinda thought it was a joke at first,When I finally figured out it wasn't a joke and it was Ed Benson from the CMA calling me, I really didn't know what to say. It's such a big honor, it's something that's the highest honor they can give you as an artist in this business. I also kinda thought, 'Well, I'm too young for that.

    • George: (on Success) Success, for me, didn't come that quickly. I spent lots of years playing bars and honky tonks in Texas. It surprises me that I'm still having the kind of success I'm having. There are lots of artists I think are great, and I'm fortunate to be hanging around.

    • George: If it's a good song and it fits me, that's what I'm going to do,I'm not out there trying to change the world. I'm just out there trying to sing country music the best way I can.

    • George: You don't have to be a cheater to sing a cheatin' song, that's what I'm saying.

    • Georg: I'm labeled as a shy guy, and maybe I am a little bit shy, but not to the point that I'm afraid to talk to people. I'm a real private person and I've always tried to keep my private life separate from the show business life. Some people can handle it and that's all they do -- they live the music business from the time they wake up until the time they go to bed every day of their lives. I'm just not the kind of person who can do that. Privacy is real important to me -- to have another life besides the one that I have when I'm out on the road, when I'm doing what I do as a country music singer. I just want to be Dad, just like everybody else.

    • George: When I came to town wearing a hat, that's all I ever heard: 'Take the hat off.' This is from people in the record business, 'man, you sounded great, but take the hat off. Trust me, take the hat off. ' But I never would do it. They were trying to make me into something else, but I was too hard headed.

    • George: I want to reach the point where people hear my name and immediately think of real country music.

    • George: (talking about performing) I've always heard, 'Well, he just stands there and sings.' Well, what do you want me to do? With the songs that I sing, I can't go running across the stage. And I don't talk a lot onstage, either. But I do play a lot of songs.

    • George Strait: (talking about having the most number ones) First of all, it's hard to believe it has been 25 years. When I think about putting together an album, the process of listening to hundreds of songs each time and picking out the best 10 or so that will go on the record, it really sinks in as to just how many songs I've listened to all these years. Considering that and the fact that my fans and friends at radio have stuck with me all this time makes it seem even more incredible. I can only say thank you and thanks also to all of the great songwriters who wrote those wonderful songs that became number ones.