George Strait’s Last Ride Makes Memorable Stop In Music City

George Strait rode into Music City’s Bridgestone Arena Friday on stop 16 of 26 on his two-year record-breaking The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, presented by Quicken Loans with special guest Sheryl Crow. The crowd, a raucous 16,652, welcomed the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and current ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee with overwhelming applause as he opened his nearly two-hour and 30+ song set with the Top 5 hit “The Fireman” – not even one of his 60 No. 1 singles.


Crow, who joined Strait for Saturday’s Atlanta, Ga. show, too, accompanied Strait during his set on the hits “Here For A Good Time” and “When Did You Stop Loving Me.” Then, as an unannounced surprise to the crowd, Eric Church joined Strait halfway through the set for “Cowboys Like Us.” Upon exit, Strait said, “Eric Church, everybody – we’ll see you in Dallas!” referring to Strait’s tour finale on June 7 at AT&T Stadium.


As if that was not enough—being that it was Nashville—Kenny Chesney sauntered on stage to accompany Strait for the 1983 hit “Amarillo By Morning.”


Earlier in the evening, UMG Nashville President Mike Dungan presented Strait, who is a 33-plus year veteran of the label MCA Nashville, with an RIAA Certified Platinum Plaque for his 60th No. 1 single, “Give It All We’ve Got Tonight” from his latest album, Love Is Everythingwhich features his current Top 40-and-climbing single “I Got A Car.”


Remaining 2014 The Cowboy Rides Away Tour dates are as follows:
4/4 INTRUST Bank Arena Wichita, Kan*With special guests Lee Ann Womack and Merle Haggard
4/5 Pepsi Center Denver, Colo*With special guests Lee Ann Womack and Merle Haggard
4/11 Moda Center Portland, Ore*With special guest Chris Young
4/12 Tacoma Dome Tacoma, Wash*With special guest Chris Young
4/18 Wells Fargo Arena Des Moines, Iowa *With special guest Ronnie Dunn
4/19 BOK Center Tulsa, Okla. *With special guest Ronnie Dunn
3/23 Tiger Stadium Baton Rouge, La*Bayou Country Superfest
3/31 Gillette Stadium Foxborough, Mass. *With special guests Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
6/7 AT&T Stadium Arlington, Texas *With special guests Jason Aldean, Asleep At The Wheel, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack
(Photo Credit: Terry Calonge)

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