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    Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:37:46

    George Strait to Be Honored by ASCAP - A fete for the King of Country is set for November 4

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    Long live the King...the King of Country, that is! George Strait!

    The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor George Strait with the ASCAP Founders Award at the 51st annual ASCAP Country Music Awards. The fete will take place Monday, November 4 at the new Music City Center in downtown Nashville. It's an invitation-only black-tie gala that will also honor the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed country songs from April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013.

    "George Strait is a living legend whose revitalization of classic country music defined a generation of country singers and continues to inspire songwriters today," ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams said. "He has topped the charts more often than any country artist in history, captivating millions while remaining true to his style and love of tradition. 'King' George is a genuine musical pioneer whose influence on country music is immeasurable, and we are honored to recognize his extraordinary career with the ASCAP Founders Award."

    The ASCAP Founders Award is the most prestigious honor that ASCAP presents to songwriters and composers who have made "pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators."

    Past recipients include Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Emmylou Harris, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Carly Simon, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry, Stevie Wonder and more.

    Congrats, George! The singer is retiring from active touring next year, but he will not retire from performing shows or making music, which is a big "Whew!" for the country genre's faithful.

    What is your favorite George Strait song?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    08.22.13



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