If we know one thing is true, it's George Strait has a "good time" doing what he does best - making music.
Strait has been singing, recording and touring for more than 25 years, but he has yet to stray from the country roots that endear him to generations of country fans. His 39th studio album, Here For A Good Time, released in 2011, features "Lone Star Blues," "Shame On Me," and more. George co-wrote seven of the album's songs, with the help from his son, Bubba, on some. His previous album, Twang, delivered yet another hit single-"Living for the Night"-for an artist whose career is unmatched in the industry with more than 50 No. 1 singles to his credit.
Strait debuted in 1981 with "Unwound," a Top 10 hit. He has placed at least one single in the Top 10 every year since. His statistics are nothing short of astonishing, with more than 62 million albums sold in his career. He has 13 multi-platinum, 30 platinum and 33 gold albums-more gold albums than any other country music artist, which ties him with no less than Frank Sinatra in eighth place for the most gold albums of any artist in any musical genre. Among his long list of hit songs are "Amarillo by Morning," "The Chair," "I Saw God Today," "Check Yes or No," "Ocean Front Property" "All My Exes Live in Texas" and many, many more.
"When I'm on stage doing a show, I still get nervous before I leave the bus," says Strait. "And I'm nervous right up to the point where I break into the first song, and then that kinda leaves me, and I just feed off the crowd after that. A lot of people say I look pretty laid-back on stage, and that may be true, but I'm pretty pumped up there. And having a great band inspires me, too. The guys continue to amaze me onstage."
His timeless songs represent the kind of consistency, range, and power that have defined Strait through the years. His vast repertoire of hits and other career milestones earned him one of the highest tributes awarded--a country artist-induction into the prestigious Country Music Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed upon him in 2007. "To have that happen while I still feel like I'm competitive, while I could still walk up and accept the honor without any help, is just amazing to me. I've been thinking about what it means. It's hard to put into words because it's so big. Maybe in the back of my mind I've had it as a goal, but you can't ever expect anything like that."
In addition, Strait's stellar career includes 79 Country Music Association Awards nominations and 22 trophies, including back-to-back Entertainer of the Year Awards in 1989 and 1990. He has won 20 Academy of Country Music Awards, including the 2008 Artist of the Decade.
Here For A Good Time