He may be driving his tour bus off into the sunset, but don’t think George Strait is retiring anytime soon. The country legend has announced his next round of concert dates, beginning in January of 2013 and ending sometime in 2014, will be his last – although, “I’m still going to make records,” the 60-year-old asserts. The first leg of the poetic and appropriately named “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour” has a kickoff date of January 18, where the man who holds the record for most No. 1 singles ever, of any artist, in any genre, will play the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, TX. From there through June, Strait’s keeping things well-worn and local, visiting venues in the Southern and Western regions of the US.

Racking up accomplishments like other cowboys corral horses, Strait has been nominated for and won more Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association awards than any other singer, has 44 Billboard No. 1 singles beneath his rawhide belt, and is the proud penner of a grand total of 59 top hits. After cranking out barroom staples for 30+ years, the 12th best-selling American recording artist could use a cold one of his own, and a chance to hang up his spurs. Before that happens, don’t miss your shot to see the revered King of Country on his (kind of) farewell tour:

George Strait Tickets 2013

George Strait Tour Dates 2013

DateCityStateVenue

1/18/2013 Lubbock Texas United Spirit Arena
1/19/2013 Oklahoma City Okla. Chesapeake Energy Arena
1/25/2013 Salt Lake City Utah Energy Solutions Arena
1/26/2013 Nampa Idaho Idaho Center
1/31/2013 Sacramento Calif. Power Balance Pavilion
2/1/2013 Fresno Calif. Save Marcht Center
2/2/2013 Las Vegas Nev. MGM Grand Garden Arena
2/15/2013 St. Paul Minn. Xcel Energy Center
2/16/2013 Grand Forks N.D. The Alerus Center
2/22/2013 Buffalo N.Y. First Niagara Center
2/23/2013 Hartford Conn.  XL Center
3/1/2013 Knoxville Tenn. Thompson-Boling Arena
3/2/2013 Lexington Ky. Rupp Arena
3/17/2013 Houston Texas Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
3/22/2013 Greenville S.C. Bi-Lo Center
3/23/2013 Greensboro N.C. Greensboro Coliseum Complex
4/5/2013 Albuquerque N.M. The Pit
4/6/2013 Las Cruces N.M. Pan American Center
4/12/2013 N. Little Rock Ark. Verizon Arena
4/13/2013 New Orleans La. New Orleans Aren
6/1/2013 San Antonio Texas Alamodome

George Strait Average Ticket Prices

CityStateVenue NameDateAvg. Price

Austin TX Frank Erwin Center 1/14/2011 $211.07
Oklahoma City OK Chesapeake Energy Arena 1/15/2011 $199.07
Fresno CA Save Mart Center 2/4/2011 $206.47
Indianapolis IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse 2/17/2011 $146.98
Cleveland OH Quicken Loans Arena 2/18/2011 $151.98
Auburn Hills MI Palace of Auburn Hills 2/19/2011 $143.70
Cincinnati OH US Bank Arena 3/4/2011 $122.20
Rosemont IL Allstate Arena 3/5/2011 $137.17
Lubbock TX United Spirit Arena 3/26/2011 $270.26
Denver CO Pepsi Center 4/1/2011 $213.25
Salt Lake City UT EnergySolutions Arena 4/2/2011 $190.81
Columbia MO Mizzou Arena 4/8/2011 $166.80
Louisville KY KFC Yum! Center 4/9/2011 $135.17
Lafayette LA Cajundome 1/27/2012 $205.75
Bossier City LA CenturyLink Center 1/28/2012 $170.67
Phoenix AZ US Airways Center 2/3/2012 $192.56
Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Garden Arena 2/4/2012 $243.82
Duluth GA Gwinnett Performing Arts Center 2/10/2012 $146.07
Orlando FL Amway Center 2/11/2012 $127.70
Tulsa OK BOK Center 2/16/2012 $165.04
Saint Louis MO Scottrade Center 2/17/2012 $131.13
Wichita KS Intrust Bank Arena 2/18/2012 $160.67
Des Moines IA Wells Fargo Arena 2/24/2012 $153.37
Kansas City MO Sprint Center 2/25/2012 $199.50
Kansas City MO Sprint Center 3/3/2012 $162.51
Houston TX Reliant Stadium 3/17/2013 $294.86

George Straight Past Setlist

Main Set

TrackSong

1 Here for a Good Time
2 I Gotta Get to You
3 I Saw God Today
4 Check Yes or No
5 I Can Still Make Cheyenne
6 The Seashores of Old Mexico
7 Ocean Front Property
8 Run
9 Arkansas Dave
10 Drinkin’ Man
11 Take Me Back to Tulsa
12 Milk Cow Blues
13 Love’s Gonna Make it Alright
14 River of Love
15 Where Have I Been All My Life
16 Living for the Night
17 The chair
18 Give it Away
19 The Breath You Take
20 Amarillo By Morning
21 I’ll Always Remember You
22 Troubadour
23 Unwound

Encore

TrackSong

1 Same Kind of Crazy
2 All My Ex’s Live in Texas
3 Folsom Prison Blues
4 The Cowboy Rides Away

What people are saying about George Strait tour dates

Plenty of positivity about the George Strait tour…

…and a little cynicism:

Personally, I think Mr. Hubbell’s dyspepsia is unfounded. These days, it’s farewell tours are the norm. It would be downright weird if George Straight announced tour dates knowing that it would be his last tour, but didn’t tell anyone. So I’m all for this.

George Strait Videos

George Strait:”The Fireman”

George Strait:”I Cross My Heart”

George Strait:”Carrying Your Love With Me”

George Strait:”All My Ex’s Live In Texas”