George Strait will wrap up his career as a touring artist on Saturday, June 7 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, when he plays the final show of his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. While King George says he’ll miss performing for fans, he won’t miss all the elements that come with a major headlining tour. “I’m gonna miss the shows,” he said. “I’m not gonna miss the traveling, but I’m gonna miss [the shows] a lot. I’ve been doing it so long. It’ll be interesting to see just how I handle that in 2015. We’ll see what happens, but I think I’m making the right choice. It’s the right decision. I’m pretty happy with my decision, knowing that I can still go out and do one-offs here and there.”
Strait’s final show will include a “who’s who” of country music, with an all-star lineup featuring Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack, who will each play three songs. Asleep At The Wheel will be the opening act for the concert. For Eric Church, getting to know Strait as both a performer and a person has been a special experience. “I got a chance to get to know George and hang out with George and Norma,” he said of Strait and his wife. “And it’s just one of the coolest things that has ever happened in my career to get to know more than just the guy you see on stage, but to get to know him is very important.” Strait is the reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year, and has scored 60 No. 1 singles, 85 top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and sold more than 45 million albums. While he may not launch a full tour again, he does plan to play the occasional show. He also signed on for another five albums with his longtime record label, MCA Nashville. Strait’s latest single, “I Got a Car,” is climbing the charts.