"[George] is a good entertainer and a good ol’ boy. His ego weighs about a half of a quarter of an ounce."
— Bill Mack, (Country Weekly, April 21, 1998)
"I have known George Strait for many years and it has been my pleasure to see his career go straight – no pun intended – up to the rank of superstar. He is a hard-working and caring person, a great country music singer, good actor, great guy and fellow Texan."
— George Jones, (Strait Out Of The Box, 1995)
Q: When you lived in Texas, did you ever see George Strait or Reba on tour?
A: Oh, yeah ... oh yeah. Of course, I saw George many, many times. I would skip school and drive anywhere I could to see him and his band. They played great Western swing music. I liked the stuff they did that wasn't on the album as much as I did the hits. And I remember seeing Reba in college when I was going to school out in Lubbock. I saw her at the fair out there
Q: I know you especially like the early albums from Reba's career.
A: That's my favorite Reba. She knows it, too. I tell her! (laughs) Yeah, I love those [producer] Jerry Kennedy records. That's real, real country stuff. It's nostalgic to me. I remember hearing it as a child, and my parents really loved her. But just the songs that she cut ... "Somebody Should Leave," "You're the First Time I Thought About Leaving," all those things. It was country.
Q: I bet Strait Country was a landmark album for you.
A: Mmm-hmm. Oh, yeah. I remember my dad coming in and handing me an album and saying, "This guy sounds just like Tommy Duncan." [Duncan was the lead vocalist for Bob Wills' Texas Playboys band.] And I knew who Tommy Duncan was because I had listened to all of my dad's records. That's a big compliment coming from my dad. He's real picky and real hard on singers, and he just loved George's voice. That's kind of where it started for me.
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George Strait ‖ “The Chill Of An Early Fall”
Gretchen Peters (talking about co-writing “Chill Of An Early Fall” with her husband Green Daniel): “I don’t co-write a lot, so it was especially sweet to have our first be together. Everything we do is collaborative, so there was something very right about it being that way. It was George Strait, so, of course, it went straight to No. 1. I figured this is the way it works all the time. I found out it wasn’t that way.” (Country Weekly, March 26, 1996)
"I owe my career as a recording artist as well as a songwriter to George Strait. Writing songs for him has really kept me afloat during the years. It’s allowed me the freedom to cut bluegrass records and traditional country records — and other things that are more off the wall. If it wasn’t for George Strait, I wouldn’t be able to do that."
— Jim Lauderdale, (Cowboys & Indians, December 2009)
"I’m a real private person and I’ve always tried to keep my private life separate from the show business life. Some performers leave no room to draw such a line. They live the music business from the time they wake up until the time they go to bed every day of their lives. I’m just not the kind of person that can do that because I’ve got things that I enjoy doing just as much as I enjoy going out on that stage and singing."
— George Strait, (Country Weekly, 1995)
"Hands down, George Strait is the coolest guy in country music. I was at the Kentucky Derby waiting to meet up with George and his wife, Norma. The room was filled with big-time money businessmen, as well as actors and actresses from Hollywood, famous singers from all genres. In the door walked George and Norma, and every head turned and stared — everyone in the room. Nobody in that room attracted the attention like George Strait. [laughs] He’s got it."
— Tony Brown, (CMT News, January 21, 2008)
"No, ma’am, because I don’t like the arrangements. I like the country sound, the real country sound, and I’m not a fan of the new stuff. The big dollar people have come in and changed (things). What I call country music is Hank Williams and Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson and George Strait. Country music is simple, but it’s real. It’s not phony. It’s right there where the heart is, and the soul. Without that, you don’t have country."
— George Jones, (Chicago Tribune, November 27, 2009)
"When you feel like you’ve written a great song, the only way for it to get its real due - for it to come out the way you wanted it - is for a great singer to sing it. And George is simply the best."
— Jeff Stevens (writer behind “Carried Away” and “Carrying Your Love With Me”), (Country Weekly, April 14, 1998)
"I’ve been a big George Strait fan ever since I heard ‘Unwound’ on the radio in Charlotte, NC. I also sang a lot of his music in the clubs through the 70’s and early 80’s."
— Randy Travis, (Strait Out Of The Box, 1995)