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"I still enjoy it — I still love it."
With a career that spans three decades, George Strait has racked up the most #1 singles of any artist in history including Elvis (57 to date inclusive of all charts). In addition to his nearly 69 million records sold, his 33 different platinum or multi-platinum albums account for the most RIAA platinum certifications in country music and is 3rd in all genres behind only The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Strait was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.
Yet even after all the years, hits and hardware Strait continues to pick up steam. The albums title track / lead single "Here For A Good Time" is not only his 89th career single, it clocked in as the second highest debut in his storied career on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
Here For A Good Time, Strait's 39th studio album, is every bit fresh & new as it is comfortable, reliable King George. Co-produced by Strait and his longtime friend and legendary producer Tony Brown, George returned to the Jimmy Buffet owned Shrimpboat Sound Studio in Key West, FL to record the album. This is the same studio he has used to record his last three award winning albums.
While George didn't have much of a hand in writing his songs for many years, that has drastically changed on Here For A Good Time. After writing three songs with his son Bubba and trusted songsmith Dean Dillon for his 2009 album Twang, George is credited with co-writing seven of the tracks on the new album; six as a trio with Bubba and Dean (including the title track) while George and Bubba put together "Shame On Me" on their own.
"It was mainly Bubba's influence," George recalls about his more recent delve back into songwriting. "He decided he wanted to write and he wanted to get me involved in it. I kinda reluctantly did it at first but found I really enjoyed doing it. Early in my career, I wrote a lot. I didn't record a lot of the songs I wrote but I did, nevertheless, write a lot. And then I just got lazy. I was finding what I think were great songs from great songwriters in Nashville so that's the route I went. But I'm fired up about writing again now. It’s fun to write with Bubba and a lot of fun to write with Dean, so I'm probably going to continue to do it from now on."
Often success can change a man and while George has definitely seen his share of growth and change as a musician, along this 30 year career, he has remained as dependable in life as he has with his music. While he has racked up nearly every major awards (many more than once) including Grammy's, CMA's, ACM's; much has remained the same for George Strait.
He is still married to his high school sweetheart Norma, whom he married in December of 1971. His backing band (known as the Ace In The Hole band) is the only band that has ever backed him since he left the Army back in 1975 and was not built around him as most bands are, but instead George JOINED the Ace In The Hole band (then named Stoney Ridge) as their singer back during his college days at Southwest Texas State University. While some members have changed over the years, bass guitarist Terry Hale and steel guitarist Mike Daily remain from the original group. George met Erv Woolsey (his manager to this day) in the early '80's who arranged for some execs from MCA Records to come to Texas and see the (then) young singer.
In his personal life as well, George continues to mix comfortable & worn with fresh & exciting. As he readies himself to be a Grandad for the first time this winter, he still loves his golf (he and a friend recently purchased a course in Texas and are readying it for a November '11 opening), he still loves his Team Roping Classic as it enters its 30th year and he still loves his fishing.
And as he stands here today, amidst all of his awards, accolades and most of the same people he has for the last 30+ years, George is still excited about making new music, still looking ahead and still driven by the same thing he's always been.
"I still enjoy it—I still love it. As long as I love it and enjoy it and am having fun, then I'm gonna keep doing it. I'm motivated by what I've always been motivated by—trying to make the best records that I can make and doing the best shows that I can do. Whenever that doesn't motivate me anymore, then I'll have to quit. It's still a lot of fun for me now."