Country superstar George Strait has been named Texas State Musician of 2017. The honour, bestowed by the Texas State Legislature, is in recognition of his longtime support for the Lone Star State.
Strait, who turned 65 on 18 May, was born in Poteet, a small town in Atascosa County named after its first postmaster. Among the best-known songs of the “King of Country” is his 1987 No. 1 ‘All My Ex’s Live In Texas,’ and in 2005, he named his 23rd studio album Somewhere In Texas. He thus joins a distinguished list of Texas musicians who have received the honour, including Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.
Strait was in Nashville recently to host a preview tasting of his new tequila brand, Código 1530. It took place at the famous RCA Studio A on Music Row, where George recorded his debut album Strait Country in 1981.
Also among the honours is Strait’s fellow country idol Carrie Underwood, who’s been selected to join the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Born in Checotah in McIntosh County, she will be inducted this autumn by her fellow Oklahomans Vince Gill (born in the town of Norman) and singer-actress Kristen Chenoweth, from Broken Arrow. Previous inductees into the state’s Hall of Fame include Reba McEntire, Toby Keith and Blake Shelton.