First off, it was announced this morning that the final 2014 dates of Strait's The Cowboy Rides Away Tour will be released September 9.
From his Facebook page:
George Strait To Announce Final Tour Dates For 2014 On September 9th
Want to learn what cities George Strait will perform in during 2014 for the final leg of The Cowboy Rides Away Tour as they are revealed? Watch George’s press conference live from the iconic AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, Monday, Sept. 9 beginning at 11:00 a.m. CDT at www.GeorgeStrait.com. In the meantime, you can re-watch last year’s announcement from Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum HERE (link to:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ra4jz3cMffI). Live tweet to help us spread the word by using @georgestrait and#cowboyridesaway.
It's sad to know that Strait is retiring from the road, but there is some exciting news to help fans get over the sadness. On Wednesday night, there was an invite-only event held in Nashville to celebrate George's 30-year career at MCA Nashville. During the event, UMG Nashville Chairman Mike Dungan made the exciting announcement that King George has signed on to record five more albums in the coming years for MCA Nashville.
Five more albums. That's epic. Good to know that no matter what direction country music goes in, there's going to be music coming from George Strait to balance everything out.