GEORGE STRAIT'S AMERICA
George Strait has always been an all-American guy. That's why so many locations across the country have taken on special meaning in his life, as well as in his songs -- "If You Can Do Anything Else" alone mentions Houston, Pensacola, New York City, Seattle, Savannah and San Diego, while "All My Ex's Live In Texas" name-drops Texarkana, Galveston, Abilene and Temple. To help you keep track of the rest of George's favorite places, here's an easy-to-follow map of one man's American journey.
George and wife Norma were relocated here when he joined the Army in 1971. It's in this tropical climate that he first seriously pursued singing, and where his daughter, Jenifer, was born.
MARINA DEL RAY
Immortalized in George's 1982 song of the same name, Marina del ray is a famous harbor in Los Angeles.
Home of the Golden Gate Bridge, which George offered to throw in if you bought his "Ocean Front Property," one state over in Arizona.
In "Baby Blue," George compares his lover's eyes to the skies above this state.
"Strawberry Capital of Texas," where George was born on May 18, 1952.
The town where George grew up on his family's cattle ranch. He met Norma while both were attending Pearsall High School.
SAN MARCOS, TEXAS
George got his degree in agriculture from Southwest Texas State University, located here, in 1979.
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Home of the Alamo -- and, for much of his life, George himself. Name-checked in his song "Home In San Antone."
At one point early in his career, George had decided to take a job with an agricultural supply company here and abandon singing -- but Norma dissuaded him.
Where George's upcoming in-concert album, For the Last Time: Live From The Astrodome was recorded last March.
It's where the New Orleans Saints hold their summer training camp -- and where that "pretty little Cajun queen" in George's song "Adalida" gets all the attention from the boys.
George sang about this town, nicknamed "The Magic City of the Plains," in "I Can Still Make Cheyenne."
Home of Chevy Trucks, loyal sponsor for several years of George's Country Music Festival Tour.
In "Carrying Your Love With Me," this is the state from which George is carrying his love.
Well before the "Murder On Music Row," George came to the real Music Row for the first time in the late '70s, when he was rejected as "too country." When he returned a few years later, the town welcomed him.
In "The Nerve," George sings about an ancestor meeting an Indian maiden in this East Tennessee mountain range.
The city where George began his current tour, on Jan. 16.