GEORGE STRAIT SET TO HONOR JERRY LEE LEWIS FOR SKYVILLE LIVE TAPING ON AUGUST 24

10/08/2017

The King of Country Joins an Already Announced Lineup Featuring

Kris Kristofferson, Toby Keith, Chris Stapleton, Lee Ann Womack and Waylon Payne

 

NASHVILLE – (August 10, 2017) – Emmy Award-winning online music series Skyville Live has announced country superstar George Strait will grace the stage on August 24 as part of a show honoring rock and country icon Jerry Lee Lewis. Celebrating the legacy of Jerry Lee Lewis and his award-winning catalog of hits, previously announced performers in addition to Lewis include Kris Kristofferson, Toby Keith, Chris Stapleton, Lee Ann Womack and Waylon Payne.

 

“This is going to be an over-the-top night of music with the King of Country joining an already amazing lineup honoring living legend Jerry Lee Lewis,” commented Wally Wilson, creator of Skyville Live. “George is a tremendous talent and adding him to the lineup will make the evening even more unforgettable.”

 

The show will film live in front of a studio audience on August 24 and streaming details will be announced at a later date. The latest edition of Skyville Live will also feature the Skyville Live band of industry elites. Led by guitarist Kenny Greenberg, the band features the best session musicians around including Mike Rojas (keys,) Mickey Raphael (harmonica,) Fred Eltringham (drums,) Justin Schipper (pedal steel/utility) and backup singers.

 

Unique and unexpected pairings will add to the growing list of once-in-a-lifetime collaborations delivered only by Skyville Live, from Lady Antebellum, Jason Isbell, Jewel, Brandy Clark and Amanda Shires bringing down the house with Kris Kristofferson on his classic “Me and Bobby McGee” to a fiery take on “Come to My Window” with Cam joining Melissa Etheridge on stage to the impassioned performance of Steve Earle’s “Pilgrim” featuring the acclaimed songwriter alongside Emmylou Harris, Brothers Osborne, Margo Price and Colter Wall.

 

George Strait is the unambiguous King of Country Music, having sold more than 68.5 million records and counting. With 33 different platinum or multi-platinum albums, he’s earned the second most certifications of any artist in any genre, following only Elvis Presley. With a total of 60 No.1 songs, George Strait has more than any other artist in history (including Elvis). In October of 2011, Strait celebrated his first No. 1 as a songwriter with the debut single and album title track “Here For A Good Time” – a song he wrote with his son Bubba, for whom was also his first No. 1 as a songwriter, and legendary songwriter Dean Dillon. With this songwriting success, Strait co-wrote three songs for his 40th studio album, Love Is Everything, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard Country Albums Chart in May 2013 and features the Strait co-penned current single, “I Believe,” and his 60th No. 1, “Give It All We’ve Got Tonight” on label home of more than 30 years, MCA Nashville. In July 2013, Strait was awarded Billboard's Legend of Live award. With a history holding the record for most No. 1 albums, gold albums, and platinum albums, Strait is also the only artist in the history of music (all genres) to have a Top 10 hit every year for 30 years. He also is second all-time in Top 10 hits in the history of music, currently 10 away from breaking the all-time record held by Eddy Arnold who had 92 Top 10 hits in his historic career. Strait was only the second artist at the time (after Eddy Arnold in 1966) to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (2006) while still actively recording and producing chart-topping hits and albums. Throughout his career, George Strait has received more than 60 major entertainment industry awards and countless nominations. He earned 2014’s Entertainer of the Year title from the Academy of Country Music and 2013’s Entertainer of the Year title from the Country Music Association, having been a nominee in the prestigious category 17 times, as well as a nominee for the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year 25 times. Strait currently holds the record for most CMA wins with 22 as well as also being the most nominated artist in CMA history with 81 Country Music Association nominations. He was the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year five times and the only artist in history to be so honored in two different decades. He has won the prestigious CMA Album of the Year five times across three different decades proving he continues to make great music. Strait was further honored this year by the Academy of Country Music, receiving the Cliffie Stone Icon Award, which is presented to a country music artist or industry leader who throughout their career has advanced the popularity of the genre through their contributions in multiple facets of the industry such as songwriting, recording, production, touring, film, television, literary works, philanthropic contributions and other goodwill efforts.


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