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»On November 6th, 2013 at the CMA Awards in Nashville George Strait was named the CMA Entertainer of the Year!
Sometimes the old and new guard in country music don't always see eye to eye. But in the end, the biggest winners at the 47th annual CMA Awards tonight (Nov. 6) came from totally different generations.
George Strait walked away with the big prize, the Entertainer of the Year award, an acknowledgement of his incredible contributions to the format and his ability to still sell out massive tours with the best of them. "This means the world to me. I appreciate it." It was George's third EOTY win and first since 1990.
»George's next single is "I Got a Car," from "Love Is Everything." Remember to call your station and request, request, request! »Cities and dates have been released for George's final tour in 2014. For more information please go to George's website for all updates and ticket information including VIP packages! http://georgestraitcowboyridesaway.com/ »Country music icon George Strait joined the Dallas Cowboys on the field Sunday night, Sept. 8, when they opened the season against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. Strait serves as an honorary captain for the coin toss prior to kickoff. This was Strait’s second visit to the home of the Cowboys, having performed there in 2009 as the first event ever held at the venue. Dallas Cowboys won the game! »The following day, Monday, Sept. 9 Strait held a press conference from the stadium regarding his 2014 The Cowboy Rides Away Tour that was streamed live on GeorgeStrait.com and YouTube.com/georgestrait beginning at 11 a.m. CDT. The video can be seen at the George Strait site/You Tube.
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This is an important award for George because it recognizes him for his on- stage performance & touring success. He is the ONLY COUNTRY artist to receive this award. ~ Linda
» The King of Country was crowned with Billboard's highest accolade: George Strait was honored with the Legend Of Live Award at the 10th annual Billboard Touring Awards, Nov. 14th at The Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Strait -- who has forged a reputation as a record-breaker -- is the first country artist to receive the trophy, which recognizes individuals or bands who've made lasting contributions to live music and the touring business. Beyond success at the box office, the honor rewards professionalism and steadfast commitment to the art and craft of live performance and the fan experience at concerts.
Strait was thrilled to be acknowledged for his contributions to live music. "There's nothing more rewarding than performing in front of a sold out, pumped-up, loud crowd," Strait notes. "That's what keeps us coming back. I love it." During his stellar career, Strait has sold more than 44.5 million records (according to Nielsen Soundscan), has 33 different platinum or multi-platinum albums to his name, and has landed a staggering 44 No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart – more than any other artist in history.
The country superstar also remains the only artist across all genres to have a top ten hit every year for 30 years.
Nearly 40 years into his touring career, Strait remains one of the most in-demand headliners on the road. He'll round-up his touring career with a sold-out tour, "Cowboy Rides Away," which will wind its way through arenas and stadiums in 2013-2014. "George Strait's fans span generations, and he is committed to making his live shows the best possible experience for fans and, as such, is uniquely deserving of this award," comments Billboard Editorial Director Bill Werde. "From his days in the Texas honky-tonks, through the creation of country music touring festivals in stadiums, and his top-shelf, professional touring strategies and production, George Strait's talent and style transcends musical trends. Billboard is honored to name George Strait as our first country music Legend Of Live."
To further celebrate the veteran country star's achievements, Billboard's Aug. 24 issue carried a rare interview with Strait, celebrating his career all the way through from his early days to his upcoming final shows. The tribute issue also featured in-depth stories on Strait's record-setting success as a recording artist and touring performer with comments from his label, manager, promoter, producer, and songwriters; and favorite Strait memories from a host of Nashville stars.
On the night of the Annual Billboard Touring Awards, Strait joined an elite circle of previous participants which includes Sir Elton John, Journey, promoter Michael Cohl, promoter Jack Boyle, agent Frank Barsalona, the Allman Brothers Band, Ozzy Osbourne, Rush, and 2012 honoree Neil Diamond.
The 2013 Billboard Touring Awards honor the concert industry's top artists, venues and professionals for the year, primarily based on the Billboard Boxscore chart and actual box office performance between Oct. 1, 2012 and Sept. 30, 2013.
The awards reception, in association with Shell Rotella, is the culmination of the two-day Billboard Touring Conference, which took place Nov. 13-14 at Roosevelt Hotel in NYC.
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Notes from Linda:
»I am in process of creating the continuing page to "The Man," page. The software tells me "The Man" page is full, so I am starting the continuing page. As long as George is making music I will continue to update my pages. I will publish the link when it's ready. »GEORGE STRAIT RELEASED HIS NEW ALBUM "LOVE IS EVERYTHING" ON MAY 14th - in my opinion it is his best since "Troubadour!" His vocals are wonderful and warm, the songs have great melodies and lyrics, this is country music! You will not be able to get these songs out of your head and heart. This is an album that will remain in your player for a long time to come! There are so many possible radio singles on this album, it's difficult to select just three. The King of Country music rejoined veteran producer Tony Brown to co-produce the album on the only label George has ever been on, MCA, which features 13 new tracks, including the first single which was his 60th Number One on the charts, “Give It All We Got Tonight.” "Love Is Everything" includes four songs written or co-written by Strait, who penned many alongside his son Bubba Strait and legendary songwriter Dean Dillon. "Love Is Everything" is available in stores and at all digital retailers. With the new album’s first single “Give It All We Got Tonight” becoming Strait’s 60th #1 single, the album has made a wonderful debut, gaining excellent reviews all around. The campaign for the “Sixty For Sixty” movement was to encourage local stations to make the song his 60th #1 single before his 61st birthday on May 18. Their efforts paid off as "Give It All We Got Tonight" is the fastest certified Gold single of Strait’s incredible 32-year career. George is the only artist in any genre of music to have attained sixty number one singles, and songs in the top ten every year for over thirty years. Fans had a good time helping to push this song to the forefront. Finally a song that is true Country Music has waded through the nonsense that is being called country music by Nashville and Radio. Traditional Country Music Fans have had their say! »Sadly, the second single from "Love Is Everything," - "I Believe" - did not get the airplay this summer to take it to the top. George released it to make a statement, as he did "Drinkin' Man." His desire to reach people shows one of the many Strait attributes that has always made me love this man. "I Got a Car" is the third single from this stellar album.
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"Love Is Everything" Track listing:
1. I Got A Car
2. Give It All We Got Tonight
3. Blue Melodies
4. I Just Can’t Go On Dying Like This
5. I Thought I Heard My Heart Sing
6. That’s What Breaking Hearts Do
7. When Love Comes Around Again
8. The Night Is Young
9. Sittin’ On The Fence
10. I Believe
11. Love Is Everything
12. You Don’t Know What You’re Missing
13. When The Credits Roll
»George has completed the first half of his two year "Cowboy Rides Away" tour. The 2013 tour was sold out! If you haven't seen George Strait in concert, the tour for 2014 will be your very last chance. Do NOT miss the experience of a lifetime, seeing George Strait live - in concert! »Remember that the San Antonio concert on June first was recorded as a live show for DVD! Keep an eye on his website, here, or join our George Strait Fever Facebook Group to keep up with all the news and pictures.