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Amy’s Featured Artist of The Week – George Strait

George Strait
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As we continue with our tribute to George Strait, I though I would start from the beginning. George Strait was born on May 18, 1952, in Poteet, Texas, the son of a junior high school teacher who also owned and operated a ranch that had been in the Strait family for nearly 100 years. When Strait was a child, his mother left the family, taking her daughter but leaving behind her sons with the father. During his childhood, he would spend his weekdays in town and his weekends on the ranch. Strait began playing music as a teenager, joining a rock ‘n’ roll garage band.

After his high school graduation in the late ’60s, Strait enrolled in college but dropped out and eloped with his high school sweetheart, Norma. In 1971, he enlisted in the Army. Two years later, he was stationed in Hawaii where he played country music with the Army-sponsored band, Rambling Country. Strait left the Army in 1975, returning to Texas and  enrolling at Southwest Texas State University at San Marcos to study agriculture and formed his own country band, Ace in the Hole.

And the rest they say is history!

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