George Strait and Jim Lauderdale Perform at the Americana Music Awards 

When the Americana Music Awards were held in Nashville, Tennessee last year, one of the biggest events was a performance by George Strait and Jim Lauderdale. The two artists performed their hit single, “The King of Broken Hearts,” during the ceremony, which took place at the Ryman Auditorium. Strait also presented Lauderdale with the WagonMaster Award, which recognizes his contributions to the Americana genre. 

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Martina McBride 

As the opening act for the evening, Martina McBride did an incredible job. The setlist was varied and her voice was powerful and piercing. Her support act, the Randy Rogers Band, was a honky-tonk twist on Jason Aldean hits. Both acts performed with a great deal of energy and both received standing ovations. 

George Strait has recently re-signed to MCA Records and plans to release another album. He recently performed duets with Willie Nelson at the Moody Center in Texas. His tour schedule will include eight dates in 2023. Martina McBride has also been preparing for a new tour in 2022. 

In September 2010, Martina McBride made a cameo on the Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon with the likes of Ace in the Hole and Leona Lewis. She also hosted the YWCA for 16 years, raising more than $50,000 for the organization. 

George Strait 

George Strait kicked off his 2013 tour with The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. His first leg sold out in six minutes, and now only one show is left. Strait, who is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, is the top country act on Pollstar’s Worldwide Tickets Chart. Strait’s second leg of the tour is expected to begin later this year. 

Strait talked about his early days as a country singer and told the audience about his first trip to Nashville, where he cut some of his early songs and landed his first record deal. He also paid tribute to his old writing partners Dean Dillon and Darryl Staedtler. He also played several songs from his early albums, including Strait Country, which featured some of his most popular songs. 

Strait’s performance was a mixture of somber tunes and feel-good songs. Other performers, such as Martina McBride, also sung duets with the country superstar. Songs like “Love’s Only House,” “80 Proof Bottle of Tear Stopper,” “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” and “Independence Day,” were also performed. 

Jim Lauderdale 

During the 2016 Americana Music Awards, George Strait teamed up with Jim Lauderdale for a duet. The pair performed “The King of Broken Hearts” at the ceremony, which was a tribute to the genre’s impact on country music. The song originally appeared on Jim Lauderdale’s solo debut and was later recorded by George Strait for the film Pure Country. Strait helped present Lauderdale with a WagonMaster Award, which recognizes contributions to the Americana genre. 

Before making his solo debut, Lauderdale worked as a backup vocalist on other artists’ records. He toured with the likes of Freed Johnston, Nick Lowe, Johnny Cash, and Merle Haggard. In 1991, he released his debut album, Planet of Love, produced by Rodney Crowell and John Leventhal. The album received good reviews, and Lauderdale re-entered the recording business. In 1994, he released two solo albums, “Pretty Close to the Truth” and “Every Second Counts.”