At a press conference held last week at the Country Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, country music star, George Strait announced he will hold the last tour of his career next year. Kicking off January 18 in Lubbock, Texas, the tour so far consists of 21 dates set for 2013 and 20 more in 2014.
The Cowboy Rides Away Tour will be a celebration of Strait’s career. He will be playing both old favorites as well as “a few surprises.” Since his first hit single, Unwound was released in 1981, Strait has produced 59 number one hits and has 13 multi-platinum, 33 platinum and 38 gold records. According to Newsday, he is the only known artist to have a top ten song every year during the duration of his music career.
Strait wants to assure fans, however, “Don’t think I’m retiring, because I’m not.” Newsday noted that he has plans to keep recording music and making occasional live appearances, it is just his tour career that is ending. Strait said, “I just don’t want to go to the point where I show up and nobody else does, you know? It’s been great. I’ve been doing it for 30-some odd years and I’ve loved it… And here lately it’s just the walking out onstage part, that’s all great. I’m still loving that. It’s just the hectic part about touring and traveling and bam bam bam. I just feel like it’s time for me to try something else.”
“I’m sure I’ll miss it. I’m sure I will,” Strait exclaimed. “How can you not after doing it for so long. It was a hard decision to make. It was tough. I’ve lost sleep. But I think about midway through the tour I’ll realize that yeah, I did make the right decision. It’s just a part of it.”
Country singer Martina McBride will be joining The Cowboy Rides Away Tour for its 2013 dates which is sure to add to its hype. Tickets will be available for the first leg of the tour on Friday, October 12.