And if the King of Country Music himself, George Strait, declares anything about country music – it should then be set in stone.
As such, let it be known that the King declares today that “Country music is fuel for the soul.” Have truer words ever been spoken for a country fan? Possibly – but none we needed more at the end of this turbulent year.
Taking to Twitter today, George Strait posts the simple but highly effective quote alongside a shot of himself performing live. While it’s hard to nail down an exact performance given his extensive career, the shot looks to come from George Strait In Concert At The MGM Grand In Las Vegas.
This concert took place as part of Strait’s incredible The Cowboy rides Away Tour on February 1, 2014. Fans were treated to a legendary performance from the Country King at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. As is the case with most of his shows, the Las Vegas, Nevada show was completely sold out.
“Ain’t that the truth,” replies CMT themselves to George Strait on Twitter.
From Elvis Presley to George Strait: The King of Country
If any doubt remains in your heart as to why George Strait is known as the King of Country, allow us fellow Outsiders to prove it once and for all.
George Harvey Strait Sr. is one of the most popular recording artists of all time – in any genre – the world over. Moreover, his influence is felt in every other modern country legend – from his contemporary Garth Brooks, to Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton. Strait did so by becoming the most prominent country artist to front the “neotraditionalist” country style. As such, he took country music by the reigns and led the industry back to its roots away from the “pop country” era of the 1980s.
The reign of the current King of Country came early with his first single, Unwound, in 1981. From there, seven of his albums would reach number one on the country charts in the 1980s alone. That same decade saw Strait named “Artist of the Decade” by the Academy of Country Music, alongside his election into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
In 1989, Strait was named CMA’s “Entertainer of the Year”. He would win the award again the following year for 1990, then decades later in 2013. Congruently, ACM also declared him their “Entertainer of the Year” in 1990 and 2014. All in all, Strait has been nominated for more CMA and ACM awards than any other artist. As a result, he’s amassed more wins from both entities than any other artist in history.
Strait has also been nominated for fifteen Grammy awards. He took home his first win for the album Troubadour in 2009, decades into his unparalleled career.
Long Live the King
Indeed, the true Kingly stature of George Strait stems from his lasting power. After these decades of incredible music, Strait is still going strong. Nearly thirty years on from his first single, Strait became the record holder for the most number-one hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart in 2009.
He did so when his 44 number one singles surpassed the previous record holder of 40: icon Conway Twitty.
Moreover, if we count all music charts, Strait has a total of 60 number-one hits under his belt, which breaks another of Twitty’s records. As a result, The King of Country Music, George Strait, has more number-one songs to his name than any other artists in any genre of music – ever.
Fuel for the soul, indeed. Long Live the King.
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