Photographer: Tony Baker .
When George Strait appeared on the country scene in the early 1980s, he refreshed things with his ultra-traditional blend of honky tonk and western swing, the perfect example of how looking back is a good way to move forward, at least when it comes to country and pop culture. He charted dozens of hits through the '80s and '90s, all without changing his approach, and he became a country icon in his own right. This set has 11 of those hits, including signature tunes "Amarillo by Morning," "All My Ex's Live in Texas, "Love Without End, Amen," and "I Saw God Today," among others, making this a concise introduction to this steady and unassuming country star. ~ Steve Leggett