"He’s an institution, he’s an icon. I like everything he puts out. George’s songs are so accessible. Everything about George is laid-back. He’s easy to look at, he’s easy to listen to."
— Pam Tillis, (Country Giants Special, 1998)
"George has gone on to become the #1 country music singer of the past decade or two. Not only has he racked up more #1 songs than I can recall, he has helped to revive and revitalize Bob Wills and Western Swing music and re-invent the singing cowboy for the Modern Age."
— Ray Benson (lead singer of the group “Asleep At The Wheel”)
"I thought it [George Strait’s version of ‘Today My World Slipped Away’] was great. I watched it go all the way up the charts and it made it to number one. That’d make a glass eye cry."
— Vern Gosdin, (Country Weekly, March 17, 1998)
"Some of it’s got pretty good lyrics, but it’s got a rock-and-roll beat to it. The guitars and the drums are right up in your face, and you’re lucky to even hear the words on a lot of the songs. They act like they’re only interested in the music. The singers should have stayed home. And I constantly am asked, ‘What has happened to country music?’ And I say, ‘Ain’t nothin’s happened to it. It’s still alive. I still do country.’ For the most part, Alan Jackson does, and a hundred percent of George Strait’s stuff is good country. So there’s still a few country artists around. And country has always come back. They ain’t through with country music yet. It’ll have a surge, and it’ll come back."
— Charlie Louvin on today’s Country music, (Denver Westward, July 27, 2007)
"I like what he has done with his music and his career. I’m proud to know him and he is one of my favorite singers."
— Merle Haggard on George Strait, (Strait Out Of The Box, 1995)
"I love country music, but there’s too much rock ‘n’ roll in it these days. I don’t hear a lot of things I’m crazy about these days, except George Strait."
— Ringo Starr, (Country Weekly, April 8, 1997)
"I did a song on my second album that I wrote called I Can’t See Texas From Here. I had been away from home for a while and had been in Nashville. I was on the airplane going from Nashville to Austin so that song kind of summed up that whole experience. I would like to write more than I do but I’m real lazy about writing songs. I’ve got a real good songwriter in the band - Benny McArthur. I just hired him to play guitar and fiddle and we plan on writing songs together and hopefully we’ll record some of them. I’m real lazy and it’s gonna take some pushing on somebody’s part. It would be great to me to do an album of my own stuff."
George Strait on songwriting, interview from 1983
[Fast-forward to now and Strait has written 7 of the 11 tunes on his 39th album Here For A Good Time]
"’Does Ft Worth Ever Cross Your Mind’? ‘Whoever’s In New England’? ‘The Fireman’? ‘Little Rock’? ‘Wrapped’? ‘The Last To Know’? We’re talking classic country from the source. I can’t imagine a better tour to be on than George Strait and Reba McEntire — and now I’m not imagining! I’m trying to figure out what to wear…cause you can’t out-starch George and you sure can’t out-spangle Reba!"
— Lee Ann Womack, (Examiner.com, November 18, 2009)
"Frank and his wife came down to San Marcos and stayed with me and my wife. We wrote a song called In A Moment Of Weakness I Tore A Strong Love Apart. We might put that on the next album. Mirrors Don’t Lie was a song Merle Haggard had sent to me. I played his bass tournament at Lake Shasta, California. Merle has also been one of my heroes and there I got to speaking with him. About six months later I got this tape in the mail. It was a song he wrote - I think it’s gonna be on the new album. Frank brought Marina Del Ray down to San Marcos with him. We were playing a date at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth and he played the tape to me in the car on the way to San Marcos. I fell in love with the song the first time I heard it. I told Frank I wanted to cut it. He didn’t act enthused. I thought maybe someone else is cutting it. Then he said ‘you can do it.’ It was a song that was a little different."
— George Strait, interview from 1983
"One look into the blue eyes of George Strait was enough to take my breath away. I never saw anyone with bluer eyes, perfect white teeth, a dazzling smile and a face that a cowboy hat fit perfectly. After more than three decades, there’s nobody sexier or better looking than the Cowboy."
— Hazel Smith on George Strait, (CMT News, July 16, 2012)