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George Strait is Back on Country Radio with “Goin’ Goin’ Gone”

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Country music superstar George Strait’s new radio single, “Goin’ Goin’ Gone,” is playing now on country radio – officially going for adds Sep. 26. “It’s one of my favorite cuts,” says Strait. “It’s a fun song that if I was drinking a cold beer with some buddies, I’d want to hear.” Strait performed “Goin’ Goin’ Gone” at both of his sold-out Strait to Vegas shows at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena last weekend, leading over 34,000 fans in their swaying, toasting and singing along.

“Goin’ Goin’ Gone,” written by Wyatt Earp and Keith Gattis, is a tune off Strait’s No. 1-debuting album, Cold Beer Conversation (MCA Nashville). Available now on vinyl, Strait’s 29th studio album and 26th to top the country charts has been hailed by critics as “classic, by-the-book George Strait . . . the best effort from a mainstream male artist that country music has seen, well, since the last George Strait album” (Dallas Observer) and “another gem to one of country music’s deepest, most entertaining catalogs” (Associated Press). The New York Times notes that Cold Beer Conversation “finds Mr. Strait at his most pulpy and resonant” while Rolling Stone named it one of the “Best Country Albums of 2015.”

The artist Billboard recently named as the No. 1 Greatest of All Time Country Artist has more than 70 million albums sold, more No. 1 hit songs than any other artist in history, countless fans across multiple generations and more than 60 major entertainment industry awards. In recognition, Strait’s social channels are featuring “Strait Through September” where fans are being walked through the many milestones achieved in the month of September throughout Strait’s 30+ years in entertainment. Along with celebrating Strait’s accomplishments, “Strait Through September” hosts information on what is new and upcoming for the quintessential country singer. Fans can also enjoy the over two-hour “Strait Country” playlist. Check in daily using Facebook or Twitter.

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

Artistry and Songwriting Spotlighted at First of Two September “Strait to Vegas” Shows

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Early Friday afternoon, before the doors opened at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena for only its second pair of Strait to Vegas shows of 2016, George Strait stood in the nearly-empty arena thumbing his Merle Haggard Signature Telecaster, contemplating his setlist for the night. As his Ace in the Hole Band ran through selections from the man the Dallas Morning News dubbed as “the most influential genre artist of the last 30 years,” BMI Icon Award winner and longtime collaborator and friend of Strait’s, Dean Dillon, sat in for the rehearsal, almost as if an extension of the tight-knit, 11-piece backing band for the King of Country. For those few witnesses in the soon-to-be-at-capacity, less-than-a-year-old arena, it was a sign of what was to come – a night where Strait’s smooth vocals spotlighted the poignant writing and influencers that have contributed to his storied career – one that has amassed 60 No. 1 singles and counting.

As the arena filled to capacity, the energy was palpable. With nearly five months since his last show, Strait’s fans were brimming with anticipation. Seemingly appropriate, he met their excitement and kicked off the night with “Here For A Good Time,” a song Strait penned with Dillon his son Bubba that became Strait’s first No. 1 as a songwriter.

“You have no idea how good your voices sound tonight,” Strait commented before taking a detour just a few songs in to pay tribute to one of his biggest influences, Merle Haggard, again enlisting the telecaster he teased in rehearsal. “I’m going to play a few songs from someone who was my musical hero and probably the reason I’m standing on this stage right now…” Strait shared before playing a medley of “Mama Tried,” “Workin’ Man Blues” and “My Life’s Been Grand.”

Next, Strait pulled up two wooden stools and invited the man with whom he shares 55 songs with, Dillon, up to the stage, only insisting he sit adjacent to him this time and share the spotlight and tales. The pair swapped memories – and praise for each other – while the crowd relished in their storied exchange.

“I’ll never forget. A buddy of mine pulled his car up on the sidewalk on Music Row one day playing George Strait [in the car stereo] and asked, ‘who does he sound like?’,” shared Dillon. “I said, ‘well, I think he’s got his own thing.’ We had this thing; we just wrote and was gonna pitch to Johnny Paycheck, but he was in jail, and so instead we pitched it to George. And that song was ‘Unwound,’” Dillon continued, candidly revealing the song’s origin while grinning. “I don’t get nervous [saying that] until I’m sitting up here with the King of Country Music.”

Strait was quick to return the admiration, “That’s nice of you to say that, but I’m a bit nervous up here with you! I’ve been really fortunate to write some songs with Dean, and hopefully we’ll do that some more,” he said while smiling at his friend. With that, they traded verses while performing “Honky Tonk Crazy” and “Nobody In His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her” before Dillon left the stage to a standing ovation.

Strait retired the stools after those two songs with Dillon and went into the latter part of his 30+ song set before reinvigorating the crowd with a four-song encore that closed with his hit from 1984, “The Cowboy Rides Away.”
For an artist with so many celebrated successes and hits, it was clear from tonight’s show that Strait’s focus right now is on the craft, the songs and the stories. For the five-time Entertainer of the Year, it was a chance to celebrate his influences as well as look ahead to some things he’s yet to say. For the 17,000+ crowd, it was a night they won’t soon forget.

George Strait Captivates at Opening Sold-Out Show in Las Vegas

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On a balmy Friday night in Las Vegas, the heat only added to the excitement as George Strait packed the new T-Mobile Arena and captivated a record-setting 19,222 fans during the opening night of his Strait to Vegas exclusive concert series. With his Resistol cowboy hat on his head, his signature Wrangler shirt and denim with a well-worn acoustic guitar and the expert Ace in the Hole Band backing him up, Strait proved once again that he is the undeniable “King of Country Music” and consummate entertainer. As he churned through hit after hit, he lived up to the Las Vegas Review Journal’s bolstering observation, “George Strait is someone you can legitimately say is in a league of his own.”

“I’ve missed you guys and I’m looking forward to being here a few more nights this year,” Strait told the crowd early on in the night before performing for over two hours. In addition to playing a selection of his illustrious 60 career No. 1’s including “Give It All We’ve Got Tonight,” “Ocean Front Property,” “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” and more, Strait also took a moment to pay tribute to Merle Haggard who was not only an icon for Strait but also a friend. “We’ll never get to hear Merle play live again, but his music will live on forever,” Strait said before performing a medley consisting of “Mama Tried,” “Fightin’ Side of Me,” and “My Life’s Been Grand,” with Strait pausing at the end in remembrance.

Kacey Musgraves opened the show.

Strait first announced his plans to perform a series of select shows at T-Mobile Arena last September, immediately selling out every date in the Strait to Vegas concert series for 2016 and 2017. Musgraves will join Strait as support for all 2016 dates.

Upcoming Strait to Vegas dates are as follows, with more likely to be added in 2017:

Saturday, April 23, 2016
Friday, Sept. 9, 2016
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016
Friday, Dec. 2, 2016
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017

For more information, visit www.straittovegas.com.

George Strait Announces 2017 “Strait to Vegas” Dates

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After immediately selling out all six of his 2016 “Strait to Vegas” shows, George Strait is already looking to extend his exclusive concert series at the Las Vegas Arena into 2017, announcing today the addition of two shows slated for Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 and Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Tickets for the new dates will go on sale to the public Friday, Nov. 6 at 10:00 a.m. PT, with pre-sales beginning this Friday, Oct. 30 at 10:00 a.m. PT and ending Thursday, Nov. 5 at 10:00 p.m. PT while supplies last.

“I’ve missed stepping on stage and playing that first note…hearing the crowd sing in unison…there’s just nothing like it,” said Strait, who announced his return to the stage at a September press event in Las Vegas. “I’d be lying if I said it didn’t feel good to know that the fans have missed me too.”

Fans and critics alike have shared effusive praise for Strait’s latest chart-topping album, Cold Beer Conversation, and current single of the same name. The New York Times proclaimed the album “finds Mr. Strait at his most pulpy and resonant” and the Associated Press calls Cold Beer Conversation “vintage Strait,” noting that the “King of Country Music” maintains “such a strong vocal presence… the highlights prove that Strait remains at the top of his game: From the casual way he captures a meaningful talk between buddies on the title cut to the melodic intimacy of ‘Let It Go’ to the jaunty swing of ‘It Takes All Kinds,’ the album adds another gem to one of country music’s deepest, most entertaining catalogs.”

Cold Beer Conversation is available now at all digital retailers and Walmart.

Strait will be among the first performers to appear at the Las Vegas Arena, which opens in April 2016. GRAMMY, CMA and ACM Award-winning singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves will join Strait as support for the 2016 dates, with support for 2017 to be announced soon. Current “Strait to Vegas” dates include:

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