George Strait’s Honky Tonk Time Machine Album Debuts at No. 1
Country music icon George Strait’s Honky Tonk Time Machine has debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart— his record-making 27th No. 1 album! With 51,000 equivalent album units, the album also lands at No. 4 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart and marks the largest week of 2019 for any country album.
Honky Tonk Time Machine includes 13 tracks, eight of which were written by Strait himself. The album includes “Sing One with Willie” featuring Willie Nelson and Strait’s own take on the Johnny Paycheck classic “Old Violin.” Strait kicked off his album launch with a sold-out show at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Performing hits from across his 30+ year career plus debuting songs from the new album. This week, Strait’s loyal fans also propelled his current single “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar” to the Top 20 on the country music charts.
YOU WILL NEVER GUESS THE IDENTITY OF GEORGE STRAIT’S COUSIN…
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Any guesses? While you think, enjoy George Strait’s official “Troubadour” music video! Scroll down for the surprising answer…
If you guessed Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, then you are 100 percent correct! The entrepreneur was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Jacklyn Gise Jorgensen and Ted Jorgensen. After Jeff’s parents divorced, Jacklyn married Miguel Bezos the family moved to Houston, Texas. Miguel adopted Jeff and his surname was changed to Bezos.
So how are 67-year-old George Strait and 55-year-old Jeff Bezos linked within their family tree? Well, Jeff’s maternal grandmother is Mattie Louise Gise (maiden name Strait). In his youth, Bezos spent plenty of time assisting his maternal grandfather Lawrence Preston Gise on the family’s expansive ranch in Cotulla, Texas.
George Strait’s Cousin, Jeff Bezos
Fast forward to present day and Jeff Bezos is now worth about $113 billion dollars, making him the richest individual in the world. While Jeff is a well-known technology entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist— George Strait has certainly earned his own status as a legend.The Texan currently holds the record for most number one albums and singles, gold albums, platinum albums, and multi-platinum in the history of country music. Strait is also the only artist in all musical genres to have a top ten hit every year for three decades. Overall, the ‘King’ has sold over 100 million albums during his career. According to the RIAA, the star is the 12th best-selling recording artist in the United States.
Although they share common ancestors, neither men have publicly commented on their surprising family ties. Imagine the level of that family reunion if it ever occurs!