GEORGE STRAIT MAKES A RARE AND REVEALING TELEVISION APPEARANCE
 
Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Jimmy Buffett Speak Out About Strait
 
NASHVILLE – September 24, 2004 – The quiet superstar rarely speaks about himself, but when he does, the whole world listens. In a rare and in-depth interview country music legend George Strait talks about his mammoth career in a special edition of CMT’s weekly series on GEORGE STRAIT: CMT INSIDER SPECIAL EDITION premiering Saturday, Oct. 9 at 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT* exclusively on CMT. GEORGE STRAIT: CMT INSIDER SPECIAL EDITION looks at the music that has made Strait a legend and includes interviews with celebrity friends and fans Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, and Jimmy Buffett, who talk about Strait’s influence on their own superstar careers and reveal their favorite Strait songs.

Strait, with a record breaking string of hits, will release his newest album “50 Number Ones” on Oct. 5, and in a rare interview CMT INSIDER talks with the intensely private singer as he celebrates the career landmark that distinguishes him from every other singer of his generation. GEORGE STRAIT: CMT INSIDER SPECIAL EDITION provides a personal look at his career, the songs that made it and his relationship with songwriter Dean Dillon who penned many of Strait’s hits. Strait discusses such personal topics as eloping to Mexico, ranching and home life.

Commenting on the fact that he has had more No. 1 hits than anyone in the history of country music Strait says, “I was never really counting No. 1s myself, honestly, until we got somewhere in the 40s. Then someone made me aware of the fact that we might have a chance to break Conway Twitty’s record. After that I can’t say that it wasn’t in the back of my mind. ‘She’ll Leave You With A Smile’ was my 50th and I love that song. I’ve always said it reminded me of a Conway Twitty song, and I think that’s pretty ironic.”
Strait, a Lone Star state native, came from a small southwestern ranch town to become one of the biggest stars in popular music shattering several music records and garnering more than 40 major entertainment awards. Along with his unprecedented 50 No. 1 country singles and 26 platinum albums (including 1995’s seven-times platinum “Strait Out of the Box” and 1992’s six-times platinum “Pure Country”), he is second only to Elvis Presley for RIAA Certifications.
CMT’s weekly series CMT INSIDER, hosted by Katie Cook, gives viewers their fix of country music news plus broader topics from the entertainment world including the latest in movies, music, fashion and sports. Each week CMT INSIDER explores the week’s hot topics in entertainment including the lifestyles of celebrities, legends and breaking country music events.