Newly crowned CMA Entertainer of the Year George Strait and Texas businessman Tom Cusick hosted the third annual Vaqueros del Mar Invitational Golf Tournament and Auction at Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort & Spa in Boerne, Texas on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3. Strait and Cusick, who are joint owners of the resort and spa, first created the fundraiser in November 2011 to support wounded U.S. servicemen and women. This year's event benefited Feherty's Troops First Foundation, an organization that provides meaningful assistance to military members who have been wounded serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Reigning "King of Country" George Strait will be holding court with 17,178 ticketholders during his highly-anticipated appearance at Los Angeles' STAPLES Center on February 8, 2014. The concert, which sold out within 9 minutes today, Friday, Sept. 27, was his first to go on sale and will be Strait's ninth stop during the last leg of his final, two-year The Cowboy Rides Away Tour.
Tickets for the following dates will go on sale beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the venue's respective local time zone on Friday, October 4:
George says, according to The Country Vibe, that one of his biggest career regrets is that he stopped writing his own music.
“I kind of quit writing for years. Because starting out I loved to write and wrote a lot and then I just kind of got away from it.”
Fortunately for fans (and George's regrets) he's getting back into writing. He says, “Now I’m getting back into it more and I’m enjoying that a lot. I’m writing with my son and other writers, so it’s a lot of fun.”
Strait just recently signed a five album deal with MCA Nashville so it's great to know that he has a lot of time left to write the wrongs of his career.
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So did you catch the news conference this morning that announced the final leg of George Strait's Cowboy Rides Away Tour?
If you did then here's the press release that came shortly after the conference. Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack, and Chris Young were all announced as Special Guests on 2014 Tour Dates.
Full press release:
ARLINGTON, Texas – Musical icon George Strait has announced the dates for the second leg of his final two-year tour – The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. In a press conference streamed live on georgestrait.com from AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, earlier today, Strait revealed the final 26 markets he will visit during the winter and spring legs of his 2014 tour. Additionally, Strait revealed he will have special guests on each tour weekend that will be matched with the corresponding tour date and market via a "tweet to unlock" campaign. Special guests will include Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack, Chris Young, and more.
"The first leg of the tour earlier this year was very fun, but also very emotional," said Strait. "Every city and venue holds such great memories. I'm really looking forward to seeing our fans out on the road in 2014."
This morning, George Strait will hold a press conference from the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas starting at 11 a.m. Central Time. He's expected to announce his 2014 The Cowboy Rides Away Tour dates, cities, who will be on tour with him, etc., but he's also expected to make several other announcements.
You can watch the press conference live here on NashvilleGab starting at 11 a.m. Central.
Once the conference is over, you can have the chance to win tickets to see Strait on one of his final tour dates by visiting GeorgeStrait.com.
I will leave this video at the top of NashvilleGab until the press conference is over so you don't have to hunt for it.
Times for conference start: Noon Eastern, 11 a.m. Central, 10 a.m. Mountain, 9 a.m. Pacific.
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.
“George Strait is a living legend whose revitalization of classic country music defined a generation of country singers and continues to inspire songwriters today,” said ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams in a release. “He has topped the charts more often than any Country artist in history, captivating millions while remaining true to his style and love of tradition. ‘King’ George is a genuine musical pioneer whose influence on country music is immeasurable, and we are honored to recognize his extraordinary career with the ASCAP Founder’s Award.”
Past recipients of the award, which honors songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music, include Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, and Emmylou Harris among others.
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