It’s important to live in the moment. It’s worthwhile to learn to love the country music of today and appreciate the artists that make the music playing on our radios and try to embrace new sounds.

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But every once in a while, it feels so nice to go back to the days before cell phones and DVRs to the time when a television show was the perfect excuse to get the whole family on the couch together for an hour or two.

That’s exactly the memories that get conjured up when looking at this rare footage of country music legend George Strait performing “Amarillo By Morning” on “Hee Haw” back in 1983. Looking adorable in his Wranglers and cowboy hat, George looked a tad on the nervous side being on the national stage.

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On the same show, George also performed “A Fire I Can’t Put Out,” and The Statler Brothers performed “Guilty” and “Oh Baby Mine.”

Always one to tip his hat to the history of country music, George will be on hand to present songwriter Jim Lauderdale with the Americana Music Association’s Wagonmaster Award on Sept. 21 at the 15th annual Americana Honors & Awards show in Nashville.

George will also head back to Las Vegas’ T-Mobile® Arena for a special set of shows on Sept. 9-10 for what is sure to be a packed house.

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