Eric Church is in awe of his musical hero for doing this “incredibly difficult thing” FruAmanda/YouTube Screenshot
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When Eric Church and George Strait got together during the 2014 CMA Awards to perform the song “Cowboys Like Us,” many country fans watched and wondered – just what did these two have in common?

A good guy paired with a bad boy on one of country’s music’s biggest stages singing about cowboys?

Many scratched their heads.

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Yet, in the years that have followed, many country music fans’ eyes have opened wider at the fact that Eric himself just might be one of the most worthy people in today’s country music to continue on with the country traditions George has always kept within his music.

In a recent interview with the “Las Vegas Sun,” Eric paid allegiance to George and all that he has offered to the country music genre.

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“He is incredible, especially his longevity,” Eric said in the interview. “He has stayed true to who he is as an artist. It is an incredibly difficult thing to do, and he has been able to do that. And he’s had more than 60 No. 1 songs — some labels don’t have that!”

He also spoke of George and others such as Shania Twain and Garth Brooks’ success within Las Vegas via their various concert residencies. “I’m not surprised,” Eric said. “The country music era you’re talking about from about 1990 on was arguably was the most popular music format, very popular or growing. And Las Vegas is a destination city, so I’m not surprised.”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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