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George Strait Surprises Nashville Crowd

King George wasn't on Ryman bill.

courtesy AristoMedia

Any George Strait public appearance is a rare occurrence, to be sure. But industry and media members who attended the Universal Music Group label luncheon show at Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, Wednesday (Feb. 22), received a bonus treat.

George, who was not listed on the bill, was introduced as the first act on the label show, to surprised cheers and loud applause. The event took place on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium. "I want to thank you all for supporting my career," George told the crowd, made up of mostly radio station personnel.

George launched into "I'll Always Remember You" from his latest album, Here for a Good Time, a song with especially poignant lyrics, such as, I'm not saying I'm through by any means / There's still things I want to say and do. After a standing ovation from the audience, George assured everyone, "I'm not through by any means."

He closed out his set with his 2008 single "Troubadour." Following his performance, George was given a plaque honoring his recent single "Here for a Good Time," which hit No. 1 on the Mediabase chart.

"I really enjoyed coming to Nashville to do this today," George said before bidding goodbye.

Other acts on the show included Josh Turner, Lee Ann Womack, Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery and Vince Gill. The afternoon closed on a high note when Lionel Richie brought out Luke Bryan for a duet on "Easy," which Lionel originally recorded with the Commodores.

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