In Country Aircheck’s Feb. 2013 issue we get a peek at how it all started for George Strait and the road that led him to his 2013 CRB Career Achievement Award which he received on Tuesday, Feb. 26 in Nashville, Tenn.

The Awards ceremony began on Tuesday night with this artist testimonial video with Strait’s peers talking up his illustrious career.

Soon after the video finished, Strait emerged to a long standing ovation. After acknowledging the importance of radio to his success, he gestured toward the video screen from which all the praise had just beamed and said the 'great thing' about his career 'was meeting people like that and the people who are here in this room.'

Before being discovered by Erv Woolsey at a bar in San Marcos, Texas, Strait was inspired by a lot of rock and roll music until he was exposed to Ray Price’s “Walk Me To The Door.” Strait’s initial taste of country sparked his interest and led to two trips to Nashville to record a demo. “Unwound” began Strait’s unfathomably successful career and was followed by a several decades long career and 59 No. 1 records.

Strait reveals that opening Cowboys Stadium, as well as closing down the Astrodome marks as some of the greatest moments in his professional career. When asked what he’ll miss most about the road, Strait shares his love for the roaring crowds.

While sustaining a streamline of consistent hits, Strait has managed to stayed true to his work and remain current in country music. Country radio has been playing Strait since the early “Unwound” record, and has continued to play his chart-topping singles for several decades. Strait maintains that he wouldn’t be where he is today without the support of country radio.

His label home, MCA Nashville, asks that fans help Strait secure his 60th No. 1 single with “Give It All We’ve Got Tonight” before his 61st birthday.