Today at a press conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum, George Strait announced his new tour — called “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour,” named after his 1985 hit song of the same name. It will most likely be his last big stretch of dates.
“I’ve decided not to tour anymore after these next two years,” George told the crowd.
At the Hall of Fame, George revealed the first 21 markets he will visit during the winter and spring legs of his 2013 tour. Special guest Martina McBride is set to join George for the 2013 dates, which begin on January 18 in Lubbock, Texas.
George, who celebrated his 60th birthday earlier this year, shared, “This is going to be a very special, emotional tour for me. Everywhere we’re going holds fond memories and I’m looking forward to paying my respects.”
Even though this will be his last organized tour, George stressed that he plans to continue recording new music and play select dates around the country following the completion of the tour.
“I’ve had great fans,” George reflected. “They’ve been so loyal over the years. I’ll see fans that have been coming out [to the shows] since the ’80s and that is so special to me.”
The Cowboy Rides Away Tour will offer fans a final opportunity to take in George’s live show filled with hits from throughout his remarkable career. In addition to Martina — who also spoke at today’s press conference — George announced that the Randy Rogers Band and Miranda Lambert would also play select dates on the tour.
George has thus far yielded 59 No. 1 songs, has earned more than 60 major industry awards, and has sold over 65 million albums. He is the only artist in music history to achieve at least one Top Ten hit each year during his 30-year career and was only the second artist at the time (after Eddy Arnold in 1966) to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (2006) while still actively recording and producing chart topping hits and albums.
One of the most spectacular voices in any genre of music, Martina has sold more than 18 million albums and has garnered six No. 1 singles. She is the “most played female artist on country radio for the past 11 years,” according to both Mediabase and Broadcast Data Systems (BDS). The breadth of her talents – as recording artist, producer, songwriter, and concert entertainer – has made her an in-demand performer and personality. Among her hits are such empowering songs as “Independence Day,” “This One’s for the Girls,” and “A Broken Wing,” all of which have underscored her incredible popularity as one of music’s preeminent female vocalists.
George Strait fan club members will have an opportunity to purchase tickets beginning at 10 a.m. in the venue’s respective time zone on Oct. 9, 2012, and tickets available to the general public will be available for purchase beginning Oct. 12 (same time zone restraints apply). Ticket prices start at $69.50 and may be purchased at www.georgestrait.com.
THE COWBOY RIDES AWAY – 2013 TOUR DATES
JAN 18 | Lubbock, Texas | United Spirit Arena
JAN 19 | Oklahoma City, Okla. | Chesapeake Energy Arena
JAN 25 | Salt Lake City, Utah | Energy Solutions Arena
JAN 26 | Nampa, Idaho | Idaho Center
JAN 31 | Sacramento, Calif. | Power Balance Pavilion
FEB 1 | Fresno, Calif. | Save Mart Center
FEB 2 | Las Vegas, Nev. | MGM Grand Garden Arena
FEB 15 | St. Paul, Minn. | Xcel Energy Center
FEB 16 | Grand Forks, N.D. | The Alerus Center
FEB 22 | Buffalo, N.Y. | First Niagara Center
FEB 23 | Hartford, Conn. | XL Center
MAR 1 | Knoxville, Tenn. | Thompson-Boling Arena
MAR 2 | Lexington, Ky. | Rupp Arena
MAR 17 | Houston, Texas | Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo*
MAR 22 | Greenville, S.C. | Bi-Lo Center
MAR 23 | Greensboro, N.C. | Greensboro Coliseum Complex
APR 5 | Albuquerque, N.M. | The Pit
APR 6 | Las Cruces, N.M. | Pan American Center
APR 12 | N. Little Rock, Ark. | Verizon Arena
APR 13 | New Orleans, La. | New Orleans Arena
JUN 1 | San Antonio, Texas | Alamodome**
*Denotes previously announced tour date featuring Martina McBride and the Randy Rogers Band.
** On Sale TBD
Additional markets will be announced for 2013 and 2014.