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George Strait - An Appreciation
American Spectator, by Larry Thornberry

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Posted By:MissMolly, 5/20/2014 5:04:09 AM

George Strait is 62. Damn! Can this possibly be true? Yes it is. True since Sunday, when I also learned that Strait is near the end of a 47-date farewell tour, called “The Cowboy Rides Away,” that will conclude June 7 in Dallas. (He’s in Baton Rouge on Friday, Foxborough, Mass. on Saturday.) I would have learned about the tour sooner had I not long ago stopped listening to country stations. Too many rock riffs, mindless commercials, and manic DJs. (Gooood Morning, all you crazed country fans!! — this is Wild Man Booger Bob, jumping at you from WKRAP, right here


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Reply 1 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 5/20/2014 5:30:23 AM     (No. 9854984)

That´s a good article. The truth is, Strait is one of the few "country" artists left around that I can tolerate. Country is just about a thing of the past.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: altoona, 5/20/2014 8:10:25 AM     (No. 9855096)

What´s your favorite George Strait song? Mine is "Drinking Man," written by Dean Dillon. (You are so right about today´s country; what they are playing is pretty awful and the "artists" have crossed over way too far. Which is why we appreciate George Strait.)

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Reply 3 - Posted by: RayLRiv, 5/20/2014 8:10:59 AM     (No. 9855099)

George Strait is Bob Wills reincarnated. In fact at the last George Strait concert I attended George paid tribute to Wills and his Texas Playboys by singing Take Me Back to Tulsa. Funny thing - in his time Bob Wills was also maligned for bringing in horns and an orchestral sound to what was then known as hillbilly music.

George Strait, Bob Wills and Texas Playboys FOREVER!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 5/20/2014 8:15:40 AM     (No. 9855109)

I have to agree that George Strait does help keep Bob Wills "alive," but Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel is my go-to when I want to really remember Bob. In fact, have you seen Ray´s stage show/play that is a tribute to Bob Wills? Jason Roberts, one of the fiddlers, play bob to a Tee. It´s stunning.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: StormCnter, 5/20/2014 8:35:26 AM     (No. 9855138)

I never cared for Bob Wills´ music, but I am a big Strait fan. "Write This Down" is a favorite, as is "The Cowboy Rides Away". I liked "The Chair" until it became the go-to song for every wannabe George Strait in every Texas honky-tonk on karaoke night.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Muncssister, 5/20/2014 8:47:23 AM     (No. 9855161)

We danced to Carried Away at our wedding #2 but it´s hard to pick a favorite! Check Yes or No maybe. He´s not the best actor but Pure Country is one of my guilty pleasures.

I prefer the radio and stream Country Legends 97.1 out of Houston sometimes. It´s the best 80´s and 90´s country station out there!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: eoddad, 5/20/2014 8:53:52 AM     (No. 9855166)

Hey, 62 ain´t dead yet. Life´s just getting started.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: MDConservative, 5/20/2014 9:12:09 AM     (No. 9855184)

A year ago I was driving to the hospital to be at the birth of our first grandchild. Perfect sunny spring morning. Just minutes before I arrived, George came on the radio singing "I Saw God Today." The song stayed with me, and I believe I indeed saw God that day and whenever I see her.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: GrandmaP, 5/20/2014 9:20:45 AM     (No. 9855200)

#6 - thanks for the heads up on 97.1

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Reply 10 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 5/20/2014 10:31:04 AM     (No. 9855302)

"No blue language in his concerts, no bizarre clothes — just starched cowboy shirt, jeans, and cowboy hat, no stage full of smoke."

He comes to play his music and sing. His audience comes to listen. Genuine talent. Anything else is unwanted distraction.

Good article.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 5/20/2014 12:16:57 PM     (No. 9855434)

Apart from being a great entertainer, he´s also a fine businessman, who lives around San Antonio. He´s getting out when the getting is good.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Up2Here, 5/20/2014 12:18:06 PM     (No. 9855439)

George Strait is just one more reason why I don´t listen to "country" music anymore. Articles like this make me sad. I stopped listening in the eighties beginning with the odd dancing on stage of Alabama and the super-pop of Reba McIntyre and Garth Brooks. At one point I heard Oprah´s name in a song.
And then there was a country rap. Disgusting.

Its now what I call template music. Same beat, same sound just same.

So sad.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: thewarden, 5/20/2014 1:48:45 PM     (No. 9855564)

George Strait--a real man and I like him. And he can sing, too.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 5/21/2014 12:30:00 AM     (No. 9855996)

A real country gentleman and "handsome dog"

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