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April 6th, 2009
San Marcos’ favorite son takes bow at ACM Awards


The San Marcos live music scene’s patron saint, George Strait, was honored as Artist of the Decade at the Academy of Country Music awards on Sunday but was passed over in five categories for which he was nominated.

That didn’t stop the honky-tonk and western swing artist form turning in a crowd-pleasing performance of a song from his latest record, “Troubadour,” for which he garnered an Album of the Year nomination. He was also nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Top Male Vocalist, Song of the Year (for “I Saw God Today”) and Video of the Year.

Strait and his Ace in the Hole band started their career at Cheatham Street Warehouse in October 1975 and played there weekly until Strait landed a MCA record deal and first made the charts in 1981 with “Unwound”. Since then, he has amassed 56 top country singles and sold more than 73 million record, third behind Elvis and The Beatles in certified sales.

He graduated from Texas State University, then Southwest Texas State University, in 1979 with a degree in agriculture and managed a ranch before his breakthrough as a performer. In 2006, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the university.

Also representing San Marcos, the Randy Rogers Band, which played their first gig at Cheatham Street Warehouse in October 2000, was nominated for Top Vocal Group, which went to Rascal Flatts. The group recorded their first album, “Live at Cheatham Street,” in 2000 and signed their contract with Mercury Records on the stage there.

Another artist with San Marcos ties, Larry Franklin, was nominated for “Fiddler of the Year.” He played at Cheatham Street during the 70s and 80s with groups that included Cooder Brown and Asleep at the Wheel.

Video: George Strait’s ‘Troubadour’


George Strait performs during dress rehearsal for the Academy of Country Music Awards, which were held on Sunday. Strait was honored as Artist of the Decade, only the fifth performer to earn the designation.

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