“George Jones doesn’t sound like he was influenced by any other singer: He sounds like a steel guitar. It’s the way he blends notes, the way he comes up to them and comes off them, the way he crescendos and decrescendos. The dynamic of it is very tight and really controlled — it’s like carving with the voice.” - James Taylor
“What’s beautiful about George’s singing is, if you get the opportunity to speak to him, you’ll hear in the way that he speaks that it’s the same kind of cadence, same kind of rhythm of the way he sings. That’s what makes him so gifted. It’s unaffected. It’s very, very natural. I really study that in people that are great singers. If you don’t talk like you sing, then you’re not as honest as maybe you should be.You can’t define the ache that’s in George’s voice. It’s just something inherently him. It doesn’t need definition. It doesn’t need clarification. It doesn’t need a lot of things. You just sit back and appreciate it. It’s just greatness.” - Vince Gill
George Strait - Give It All We Got Tonight
George Strait inducts Garth Brooks into the Country Music Hall of Fame
George Strait - rehearsal at the CMHOF for the Medallion ceremony inducting Connie Smith, Hargus “Pig” Robbins, and Garth Brooks. George’s tribute to Garth by playing, “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old).”
George Strait‘s Cowboy Rides Away Tour was bound to be a hot ticket, since the country legend announced that he will be retiring from active touring after this trek.
It’s the fans last chance to see Strait perform live with a full production, since he is closing the book on touring, but not retiring overall. It was a foregone conclusion that tickets would be gobbled up quickly. But they really went faster than expected, as six of the tour markets sold out within hours of going on sale.
Even more impressive was the Lubbock, Texas show, which took only 15 minutes for all 15,431 tickets to be sold. Other sell outs include Oklahoma City, St. Paul, Albuquerque, Las Vegas and Las Cruces.
Strait was moved by the show of support from his loyal legion of fans, saying, “I never expected the fans would react like this. It’s just incredible.” He continued, “I really do have the best fans in the world, and I’m looking forward to seeing you all on the road very soon.”
Go here for a complete list of dates for the Cowboy Rides Away Tour, which will feature special guest Martina McBride.
This man :)