Video: George Strait launches his “The Cowboy Rides Away” farewell tour, playing Oklahoma City Saturday
The end of an era for country music begins this weekend.
The reigning “King of Country,” George Strait is opening his aptly named “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour,” which he has said will be his last, Friday night (tonight) with a home-state stop in Lubbock, Texas.
He will play the second show on his 2013-14 farewell jaunt Saturday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena, where he has ruled as a top draw since the venue opened back in 2002.
A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Strait has racked up records and accolades since his 1981 debut single “Unwound” became a top 10 hit. He has scored 59 No. 1 songs, earned more than 60 major industry awards and sold more than 65 million albums.
The last time he played Oklahoma City two years ago, Mayor Mick Cornett proclaimed it “George Strait Day,” recognizing the singer as the top-grossing concert act in the venue’s history.
In this video, NewsOK host Angi Bruss talks about Strait’s legacy and farewell tour.
To check out the sweet timeline of the Texas troubadour’s life and career, which The Oklahoman artist Christopher Schoelen designed, click here.
To read my column about King George’s influential career, click here.
Martina McBride will open for Strait on the 2013 leg of his tour. To read my interview with her, click here.
George Strait’s “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour”
Featuring: Martina McBride.
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno.
Information: (800) 745-3000 or www.chesapeakearena.com.