Five years ago today, on Sept. 26, 2012, George Strait shocked the country music community by announcing that he was retiring from touring. The King of Country Music held a press conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame, announcing that his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour would be his farewell tour; the trek kicked off in January of 2013 and ran through June of 2014.
“I always had it in the back of my mind, when I turned 60, it might be the time to start thinking about it,” Strait said at the time. “I didn’t want to book a tour where nobody came.” Still, Strait insisted that he wasn’t retiring entirely from country music, but instead wanted to focus solely on making albums. “I’m still going to try and make a record every year,” he said. “I’m feeling a little antsy about getting back in the studio.” . . . . Read More