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George Strait


Born:May 18, 1952 (age 69)

Hometown:Pearsall, Texas

Years active:1976-present

Styles:Neo-traditional country

George Strait has been celebrated for his trademark traditional take on country music. Thanks to his consistency and unmatched artistry, his music has become a genre of his own. His musical career began in Texas, where he formed the country band Ace in the Hole in the late 1970s. Years later, he earned a solo recording contract and earned his first top 10 single with "Unwound." He dominated the charts through the 1980s with tracks like "Fool Hearted Memory" and "The Chair".

In 1992, he starred in and recorded the original soundtrack for the film Pure Country. That album became his most commercially successful album to date with over six million copies sold. Three years later, he released Strait Out of the Box, which became one of the biggest-selling box sets in music history. The second half of the 90s was filled with major hits for Strait, including "Blue Clear Sky", "I Just Want to Dance with You", and "Carrying Your Love with Me".

Strait stayed active in the 2000s, releasing nine more albums, including The Road Less Traveled (2001), Troubadour (2008) and Here for a Good Time (2011). In 2013, he headed out on The Cowboy Rides Away tour, which marked his formal farewell from the touring circuit. His final show in Arlington, Texas drew over 100,000 concertgoers, and was recorded for a live album and television special. In 2015, Strait surprised fans with a new album, Cold Beer Conversations, and announced he would return to the stage for a set of dates in Las Vegas in 2016.

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