GEORGE STRAIT – A REAL COWBOY

Country music is full of artists that portray the "cowboy" look – everyone's got the hat and the boots – but George Strait is one of the few who really does have cowboy roots.

Growing up in Pearsall, Texas, his father worked on the family ranch, which has been in the Strait family for almost 100 years.

George spent his weekends on the ranch, doing chores and vaccinating cows before finding his path in music, which started out as "just a few garage bands, but nothing serious," says George.

"I always knew I wanted to sing, but never thought it was a possibility until I entered the service," reveals George, who was the lead singer in an Army band in the early 1970s.

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