With thirty-eight hit albums, including fifty-seven number-one singles and twenty-two country-music awards, the title of the "King of Country" is fitting for George Strait. Known as a neo-traditional country performer, Strait harks back to the sounds of Merle Haggard and George Jones with his singing, clothes, and stage presence. Photographer Michael O'Brien captures the Strait on the family's century-old, 2,000-acre cattle ranch in Pearsall, Texas. Shown with his signature ten-gallon hat, jeans, western shirt, and oversized belt buckle, Strait stays true to his country roots.
Over his career, Michael O'Brien has photographed for Life, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, and National Geographic, among other publications. This image was taken for the cover of Texas Monthly.