Though careful to note that retirement is not imminent, George Strait today announced that his 2013-2014 The Cowboy Rides Away tour, would be his last.
At a press conference at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame, Strait revealed he'll embark on his final tour Jan. 18 in Lubbock, TX, with Martina McBride in support. The first 20 markets are already set. "This is going to be a very special, emotional tour for me," he says. "Everywhere we're going holds fond memories and I'm looking forward to paying my respects."
"Don't think I'm retiring, because I'm not," Strait said. "I'm still gonna make records, as long as [UMG/Nashville Chairman Mike Dungan] will let me."
The 60-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer will continue to record and issue singles via MCA, and he will continue to perform at select dates.
Markets already set for the tour include:
Jan. 18 – Lubbock, Texas, United Spirit Arena
Jan. 19 – Oklahoma City, Okla., Chesapeake Energy Arena
Jan. 25 – Salt Lake City, Utah, EnergySolutions Arena
Jan. 26 – Nampa, Idaho, Idaho Center Arena
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 – Saint Paul, Minn., Xcel Energy Center
Feb. 16 – Grand Forks, N.D., Alerus Center
Feb. 22 – Buffalo, N.Y., First Niagara Center
Feb. 23 – Hartford, Conn., XL Center
March 1 – Knoxville, Tenn., Thompson-Boling Arena
March 2 – Lexington, Ky., Rupp Arena
March 17 – Houston, Texas, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo / “RodeoHouston”
March 22 – Greenville, S.C., Bi-Lo Center
March 23 – Greensboro, N.C., Greensboro Coliseum
April 5 – Albuquerque, N.M., Pit Arena
April 6 – Las Cruces, N.M., Pan American Center
April 12 – N. Little Rock, Ark., Verizon Arena
April 13 – New Orleans, La., New Orleans Arena
George Strait fan club members get first dibs via presales beginning Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. local time. General onsales begin Oct. 12. Visit GeorgeStrait.com for more information.