Yesterday (Feb. 22), George Strait made a guest appearance at the Universal Music Group label luncheon show at Nashville’s Country Radio Seminar, which was held at the Ryman Auditorium. Though King George wasn’t listed as an act for the event, he came out as the first performer and stunned a crowd that quickly cheered, stood and clapped to show their approval. The audience primarily consisted of radio station personnel, all of whom were surprised by Strait’s presence.

“I want to thank you all for supporting my career,” Strait told them. For his portion of the show, the legend offered up ‘I’ll Always Remember You,’ ‘Here for a Good Time’ and his 2008 single ‘Troubadour,’ telling the crowd: “I’m not through by any means.” After his show, he was presented with a plaque that honored his recent single, ‘Here for a Good Time.’

“I really enjoyed coming to Nashville to do this today,” the country legend told the exuberant audience. Strait recently scored his 85th Top 10 single with his song ‘Love’s Gonna Make it Alright,’ which puts him only seven away from a record currently held by Eddy Arnold for 92 Top 10 hits. The first of Strait’s hits came in 1981 with ‘Unwound,’ and he’s been racking them up since then, averaging two Top 10 hits per year in the past few years.

The hitmaker recently experienced a triumph in a softer side of his life with the birth of his first grandchild on Feb. 2, born to his son Bubba and Bubba’s wife Tamara.

Watch Video of George Strait Surprising the Ryman Audience

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