George Strait is Named Texas State Musician

As George Strait celebrates his 65th birthday today (5/18), the Texas State Legislature will officially appoint him as Texas State Musician for 2017. Selections for the prestigious honor are made every two years, with the general public nominating the candidates and the Texas Commission on the Arts selecting the recipients. Artists who’ve been bestowed this honor in the past include Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons.


  • Strait says, “It’s a great honor for me to be selected as Texas State Musician of 2017 and join this very prestigious list of other honorees. I’m a very proud Texan and love to sing the praises of our great state every chance I get. Thank you very, very much.”

Chris Stapleton Sings ZZ Top Parody on Tonight Show

Chris Stapleton didn’t just perform his own music on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night (5/10); he also teamed up with Fallon and actor Kevin Bacon for a parody of ZZ Top’s hit “Legs.” The collaboration was part of the show’s “First Drafts of Rock” segment, which featured the unlikely trio dressed up as the rock group as they confused the song’s lyrics with different body parts other than legs. The hilarious video can be seen here.


  • Stapleton later returned to the stage to perform the song “I Was Wrong,” which appears on his new album, From A Room: Volume 1.


Stay updated, sign up for our newsletter.