George Strait announces two-year farewell tour
George Strait, a country music legend known for hits like "Fool Hearted Memory" and "Ocean Front Property," announced on Wednesday, September 26, that he will retire from touring with a two-year farewell tour called "The Cowboy Rides Away."
The 60-year-old singer's final tour is set to kick off on January 18, 2013 in Lubbock, Texas.
"This is going to be a very special, emotional tour for me," Strait said in a press conference on Thursday. "Everywhere we're going holds fond memories and I'm looking forward to paying my respects."
Although this will be Strait's final tour, the singer still plans to record new music and play select dates around the country following the completion of the tour, according to the statement on his website.
Singer Martina McBride will join Strait for the 2013 tour dates, which includes stops in Oklahoma City, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas and Houston.
Straight has had a successful career in country music that nabbed him the nickname "King of Country." The singer has a record 59 No.1 hits and has earned more than 60 industry awards. He has also sold over 65 million albums. Strait was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.
Artists like Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire spoke about Strait in a special video made after his announcement. Check out the video below.