The King of Country Music is now the King of Texas arts.
The Lonestar State is showing its love again for native son George Strait by naming him the Texas State Musician of 2017, and honor bestowed every two years in recognition of excellence in the arts. "Musician" joins other honors under the Texas State Artist umbrella including "Poet Laureate," "Two-Dimensional Artist" and "Three-Dimensional Artist."
"It's a great honor for me to be selected as Texas State Musician of 2017 and join this very prestigious list of other honorees," George says through his publicist. "I'm a very proud Texan and love to sing the praises of our great state every chance I get. Thank you very, very much."
The Texas public nominates candidates for the honor. Recipients are then selected from those nominees by the Texas Commission on the Arts through various committee processes. Past include honorees Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons.
"Texas State Artists represent the best of Texas' rich and diverse artistic community," according to the Texas Commission on the Arts. "These individuals inspire others through their unique creative expression. This designation is our state's highest recognition for excellence in the arts." See George's profile and those of his fellow honorees here. See a baby-faced version of the King of Country music earning his keep in 1987 with "Amarillo By Morning" below.
Teddy McDonald is a fun-lovin' country music fan man living in Nashville, Tennessee.