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SUCCESS A DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD FOR GEORGE

George Strait told Nashville IQ that his career-which took off like a rocket in the early '80s-wasn't all it was cracked up to be. "Well it did start changing a lot as far as me being gone from home and out on the road and concerts started getting bigger," said George, "and crowds started getting bigger and the cities kept getting bigger and the thing kept growing. It was very exciting and yeah, it does get to you after a while. You seem to be on the road all the time and you're never home. So when the end of the year came around...you sometimes get to the point where you're going, 'Man I can't do this another year like this,' you just kind of get a little burnt out. I think everybody goes through it. I'm sure there are some exceptions but, in my case, I went through it, so I just had to back off a little bit there. I backed off and got my dates down to where it was something I could live with."

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