George Strait, also known to the music world as the “King of Country”, closes out his 33-year career of touring with his final live show in Arlington, Texas tonight.
The 62-year old musician and actor from Frio County, located just south of San Antonio, is going out in big style with special guests, Jason Aldean, Martina McBride, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Sheryl Crow, and Asleep At The Wheel.
You could call this more than a concert, it’s a celebration of Strait and what he has meant to country music. His neotraditional style is credited by many critics for returning country back to its roots.
As long as I have loved country music, I have loved George Strait. His down home, country-boy good looks, sporting a Stetson and Wranglers with a crooked smile that draws you in immediately as he is the picture of what a cowboy looks like. His dedication to his craft, staying true to the roots of the genre, and his dedication to his fans over his expansive career are a few of the reasons George is loved by all who have known him throughout his career.
With a career that boasts 28 albums, 68 million in record sales, 60 No. 1 singles, and 82 nominations for Country Music Association Awards – 22 of which he had won, it is not surprising to see him inducted into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
This legend will continue recording and doing music on his own terms. He is, however, done with the road and the touring with no “come back” stories to follow.
For those lucky enough to be at tonight’s show in person, this moment in time should be etched in your minds forever, as his legend as the ‘KING OF COUNTRY” will forever be in ours. Thank you, cowboy, for the memories. Enjoy your ride in to the sunset; you deserve it!