More than 35 years ago, George Strait debuted at Rodeo Houston as a newcomer to the country music scene. Since then, he has become a household name with 33 platinum or multi-platinum-selling albums, the most in all of country music, and 60 No. 1 singles, the most of any artist of any music genre in history. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, holds a Grammy for Best Country Album with “Troubadour” and more than 60 music and entertainment industry awards.
In 1996, Strait was inducted into the Rodeo Houston Star Trail of Fame in recognition of his musical contributions to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He is one of only eight artists to receive this award since the first entertainer performance in 1942. In 2013, the first four-year Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo George Strait Scholarship was awarded through the Rodeo’s scholarship program in honor of his partnership and friendship with the Rodeo. To date, Strait has entertained more than 1.5 million Rodeo Houston fans. His return to Rodeo Houston in 2019 will mark his 30th performance at the Rodeo, and his only performance in Texas for the year.
Performing with George Strait are special guests Lyle Lovett and Earl Keen. A man of many talents, Lovett is an iconic singer/songwriter, creative actor and skilled horseman. Raised on a horse ranch in Klein, Texas, just 30 minutes northwest of Houston, Lovett began to pursue a career in music in the late 1970s while attending Texas A&M University. Keen, meanwhile, is one of the most highly-regarded Texas singer/songwriters of this generation. A native of Houston, Keen began his musical career more than three decades ago while attending Texas A&M University alongside Lovett. Together, they wrote “The Front Porch Song,” and the rest is history.