George Strait: Official State Musician of Texas
The Texas State Legislature will officially appoint George Strait with their top honor as 2017’s State Musician on Thursday, May 18th in Austin, Texas.
— Texas Music Office (@txmusicoffice) May 16, 2017
The general public nominates candidates for the honor, and then recipients are selected from those nominees by the Texas Commission on the Arts through several committee processes. George said,
“It’s a great honor for me to be selected as Texas State Musician of 2017 and join this very prestigious list of other honorees. I’m a very proud Texan and love to sing the praises of our great state every chance I get. Thank you very, very much.”
Selections for the honor are made every two years. Among the talented artists given this accolade include Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons.
The honor of Texas State Musician of 2017 will join the long list of George’s lifetime achievements, including his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006, selling more than 70 million albums, having 33 albums go Platinum or multi-Platinum, earning more than 60 major entertainment industry awards and having 60 singles go to Number One on the charts.
It has been more than 35 years since “King George” released his first single, “Unwound,” and he’s still going strong.
“It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long, though to me until I look in the mirror. It’s been a long time. It’s been a great career and I think one of the reasons is I’ve always been fortunate enough to have good people around me and good people to work with. Very loyal people that I get good advice from and bounce ideas off of and know that I can count on. You know you can’t do it by yourself. You can do a lot, but you can’t do it all.”