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George Strait Set to Release 20-Song LIVE Album!

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Country icon George Strait is offering fans a 20-track live album recorded at his momentous The Cowboy Rides Away Tour finale at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium commemorates a night of celebration for one of the most influential figures in country music. Due in stores Sep. 16, the MCA Nashville release contains hits from throughout Strait’s remarkable 30+ year career, features special guests Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride, and introduces George “Bubba” Strait, Jr.

The undisputed “King of Country Music” and reigning ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year performed for over 1 million fans during his two-year, record-breaking, final U.S. tour. The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium epitomizes the energy and shared emotion largely thanks to a Texas-sized crowd of nearly 105,000. Equally prevalent on the album is Strait’s sentimentality and immense gratitude for his legion of fans.

As previously announced, Strait fans have an opportunity to relive the June 7th, 2014 The Cowboy Rides Away Tour Dallas date with a two-hour “George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away” concert special airing Aug. 29 exclusively on CMT (check local listings).

The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium Track Listing:
1. Check Yes Or No
2. The Love Bug (with Vince Gill)
3. Fool Hearted Memory (with Jason Aldean)
4. Arkansas Dave (with Bubba Strait)
5. Cowboys Like Us (with Eric Church)
6. That’s What Breaking Hearts Do
7. Marina Del Rey
8. Here For A Good Time (with Sheryl Crow)
9. I Can Still Make Cheyenne
10. Jackson (with Martina McBride)
11. A Showman’s Life (with Faith Hill)
12. Murder On Music Row (with Alan Jackson)
13. The Chair
14. Give It All We Got Tonight
15. Run (with Miranda Lambert)
16. I’ll Always Remember You
17. Ocean Front Property (with Kenny Chesney)
18. Troubadour
19. All My Ex’s Live In Texas (with Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow,
Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride)
20. The Cowboy Rides Away

George Strait Sets New Record!!!

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George Strait added another career accomplishment to his belt on Saturday night when he broke an indoor concert attendance record for North America initially set by The Rolling Stones in 1981*. With 104,793 in attendance and the top names in country music joining him for the final ride of Quicken Loans Presents: The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, the reigning ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year took fans on a three-hour journey of memories by way of 40 songs from throughout his storied career, including 20 of his massive 60 No. 1 hits.

Strait appeared on the stage after a warm welcoming introduction from good friend Ray Benson of opening performers Asleep at the Wheel. The King of Country appeared to be in awe of the sheer magnitude of the crowd, and after waiting for the applause to subside following his opening song “Check Yes Or No,” he addressed the crowd with his trademark grin and echoing his expression said, “I can’t tell you how excited I am to be here tonight, it’s been on my mind since we started this tour two years ago!”

Shortly after–a mere two songs in–he welcomed his first of eight special guests for the evening to the stage signifying the commencement of a historical musical journey showcasing over thirty years of Strait classics.

Strait told People Magazine, “I knew it would be kind of emotional but I was still a little surprised to feel it that strongly. The first three or four shows in 2013 were the toughest, but every night it was in the back of my mind to take it all in, because I probably wouldn’t ever come back there again. It made me want to put on the best show we’ve ever done there. I hope we did that. I feel like we did.”

To add to the emotional charge filling the AT&T Stadium air was the retirement of Bruce Hardy who has also celebrated 30+ years in the industry as the general manager of Texas Stadium and the current home to the Dallas Cowboys and Strait’s tour farewell stage, AT&T Stadium. Hardy surely echoed Strait’s sentiment following the performance of “The Chair,” as the crowd roared and the superstar revealed, “That’s what I’m going to miss the most right there.”

Amidst the hits, Strait paused for a very special moment and continued his tour tradition of presenting a home as part of the Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF) “Homes 4 Wounded Heroes” (H4WH). Sergeant First Class Leroy Arthur Petry, a medal of honor recipient, and his wife Ashley were recognized as 51st recipients from the tour and received a million dollar home in the Dallas area.

The 2013-2014 H4WH home presentations were made possible through Strait’s longtime friend, Lieutenant General Leroy Sisco, U.S. Army (Retired). The homes made available for the program are donated to MWSF through partnerships and, as unveiled at Strait’s first 2013 show in Lubbock, Texas, were awarded to at least one service member at every tour stop on The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. In addition to the homes, all of the recipient families from the tour stops also received groceries for a year from Walmart, a flat screen television, and an entire George Strait CD collection.

In addition to the charitable contributions through H4WH, Strait also partnered with CID Entertainment to facilitate a charity auction at every 2013 and 2014 tour stop including front row Troubadour Package tickets, a meet-and-greet with Strait, and more. After the final 2014 tour stop in Dallas, the program has raised $1,325,619 for The Jenifer Strait Foundation ($239,302 in 2013 and $1,086,317 in 2014) with over 3,000 VIPs ticketholders hosted and 500 travel packages accommodated.

June 7, 2014 Set List:
“Check Yes or No”
“A Fire I Can’t Put Out”
“Lovebug” with Special Guest Vince Gill
“Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” with Special Guest Vince Gill
“River of Love”
“Lead On”
“Fool Hearted Memory” with Special Guest Jason Aldean
“Nobody in His Right Mind Would Have Left Her” with Special Guest Jason Aldean
“Arkansas Dave”
“I Saw God Today”
“Cowboys Like Us” with Special Guest Eric Church
“Easy Come Easy Go” with Special Guest Eric Church
“The King of Breaking Hearts”
“Marina Del Rey”
“Here For A Good Time” with Special Guest Sheryl Crow
“When Did You Stop Loving Me” with Special Guest Sheryl Crow
“I Can Still Make Cheyenne”
“Drinkin’ Man”
“Jackson” with Special Guest Martina McBride
“Golden Ring” with Special Guest Martina McBride
Military Warrior Support Foundation Home Giveaway
“Give It Away”
“I Got A Car”
“A Showman’s Life” with Special Guest Faith Hill
“Let’s Fall To Pieces Together” with Special Guest Faith Hill
“I Believe”
“Blame It On Mexico”
“Amarillo By Morning” with Special Guest Alan Jackson
“Murder On Music Row” with Special Guest Alan Jackson
“The Chair”
“Give It All We Got Tonight”
“How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls” wit Special Guest Miranda Lambert
“Run” with Special Guest Miranda Lambert
“You Look So Good In Love”
“I’ll Always Remember You”
“Ocean Front Property” with Special Guest Kenny Chesney
“The Fireman” with Special Guest Kenny Chesney
“Troubadour”
“Unwound”
Encore (Strait was joined by all special guests):
“All My Ex’s Live In Texas”
“Folsom Prison Blues”
“The Cowboy Rides Away”

For more information on MWSF, please visit www.militarywarriors.org. For more information on George Strait, please visit www.georgestrait.com

George Strait’s Final Tour Stop Comes With Rules and Regulations

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Anticipation continues to rise for reigning ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year George Strait’s final tour stop at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas as the June 7 date approaches, but those attending the star-studded show will want to pack lightly for the event. Due to stadium security policies aimed at enhancing public safety, AT&T Stadium limits the size and style of bags allowed inside the 100,000-seat capacity venue.

According to the policy, prohibited items include, but are not limited to: All purses, bags or containers larger than a small, single-compartment clutch purse; backpacks; binocular cases (binoculars may be worn around the neck); briefcases; camera bags; cinch bags; computer bags; coolers; diaper bags; fanny packs; luggage of any kind and seat cushions.

Approved bags include clear totes that are plastic, vinyl or PVS and do not exceed 12-by-6-by-12 inches in dimension; re-sealable, clear, plastic storage bags up to one gallon in size; and small clutch purses that are approximately the size of a hand. Clutch purses cannot be larger than 5-and-one-half-inches by 8-and-one-half-inches with or without a handle or strap.

Despite what pre-printed tickets for the event may say, gates to the plazas at AT&T Stadium will open at 3:00 p.m. and doors to the stadium will open at 4:00, with the show set to begin at 6:00. A star-studded lineup will join the “King of Country” for his final show on The Cowboy Rides Away Tour 2014 presented by Quicken Loans: Six-time Grammy Award-winning group Asleep At The Wheel will be the opening act and country superstars Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride will each perform three songs during the show.

For more information and the latest updates, visit www.georgestrait.com or follow on Twitter and Facebook @GeorgeStrait.

George Strait Adds ‘Cowboy Rides Away’ Tour Stop

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Only a few dates remain on the final leg of recently crowned ACM Entertainer of the Year and reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year George Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away Tour Presented by Quicken Loans, but Strait is announcing today the addition of a tour stop Thursday, June 5th at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. Tickets for the added show will go on sale to the public at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 2nd.

After The Cowboy Rides Away Tour wraps in June, Strait will continue to record new music for longtime label home MCA Nashville and will perform select dates across the country. Remaining dates for The Cowboy Rides Away Tour are as follows:

May 23, 2014 Tiger Stadium│Baton Rouge, La.
*Bayou Country Superfest
May 31, 2014 Gillette Stadium│Foxborough, Mass.
*With special guests Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
June 5, 2014 State Farm Arena│Hidalgo, Texas
June 7, 2014 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, and Martina McBride

For more information, please visit www.georgestrait.com.

Photo Favorites of the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards

TV personality Guy Fieri (L) and singer Lee Brice pose backstage during day two of the ACM Party For A Cause Festival

TV personality Guy Fieri (L) and singer Lee Brice pose backstage during day two of the ACM Party For A Cause Festival

Luke Bryan attends the ACM & Cabela's Great Outdoor Archery Event during the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards

Luke Bryan attends the ACM & Cabela’s Great Outdoor Archery Event during the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards

Musicians Ashton Shepherd, Chris Janson, President of Careco TV Wade Middleton, musicians Justin Moore, Tyler Farr and Brantley Gilbert attend the ACM & Cabela's Great Outdoor Archery Event

Musicians Ashton Shepherd, Chris Janson, President of Careco TV Wade Middleton, musicians Justin Moore, Tyler Farr and Brantley Gilbert attend the ACM & Cabela’s Great Outdoor Archery Event

Singer Brett Eldredge (R) and guest pose backstage during day two of the ACM Party For A Cause Festival at The LINQ on April 5, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. -

Singer Brett Eldredge (R) and guest pose backstage during day two of the ACM Party For A Cause Festival at The LINQ on April 5, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. -

Singer Keith Urban performs onstage during day two of the ACM Party For A Cause Festival

Singer Keith Urban performs onstage during day two of the ACM Party For A Cause Festival

Singer Kellie Pickler performs onstage during day two of the ACM Party For A Cause Festival

Singer Kellie Pickler performs onstage during day two of the ACM Party For A Cause Festival

Singer Jerrod Niemann (C) poses with singers Colton Swon (L) and Zach Swon (R) of the Swon Brothers backsstage during day two of the ACM Party For A Cause Festival

Singer Jerrod Niemann (C) poses with singers Colton Swon (L) and Zach Swon (R) of the Swon Brothers backsstage during day two of the ACM Party For A Cause Festival

Taylor Swift and George Strait Chatting during the ACM Awards Show last night

Taylor Swift and George Strait Chatting during the ACM Awards Show last night

Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan hosting the ACM Awards was pure genius for the second year in a row.

Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan hosting the ACM Awards was pure genius for the second year in a row.

Photos Courtesy of Getty Images for ACM

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