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Fans Attending George Straight's Star-Studden Final Tour Stop At AT&T Stadium Must Leave Bags & Purses Behind

Posted by Administrator on May 29, 2014 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

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.

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George Strait Adds June 5th Stop In Hidalgo, Texas To 'The Cowboy Rides Away' Tour

Posted by Administrator on April 23, 2014 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

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 5 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 2.

As only the “King of Country” can, Strait has wooed fans of all generations at every packed-in show on his final concert tour. The only act in the history of music to have a Top 10 hit every year for over three decades, Strait announces the addition after his sold-out stop in Tulsa, Okla. Saturday night, which prompted Tulsa World to rave: “For every song, Strait sounded spot on with his iconic voice. The Texas twang was as good as it’s ever been. [. . .] So many of these songs have deep connections to the generations of fans. Several people [. . .] brought emotional reactions several times, no doubt pleased with not just the song, but how it still remained iconically good, holding up in this changing popular country landscape.” 

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


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George Strait named ACM Entertainer of the Year

Posted by Administrator on April 6, 2014 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)


Academy of Country Music winners as announced April 6:


Entertainer of the Year: George Strait

Male Vocalist: Jason Aldean

Female Vocalist: Miranda Lambert

Vocal Duo: Florida Georgia Line

Vocal Group: The Band Perry

Best New Artist: Justin Moore

Album of the Year: Same Trailer, Different Park, Kacey Musgraves

Single of the Year: Mama's Broken Heart, Miranda Lambert

Song of the Year: I Drive Your Truck, Lee Brice

Video of the Year: Highway Don't Care, Tim McGraw ft. Taylor Swift & Keith Urban

Vocal Event of the Year: We Were Us, Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert



Duck Dynasty's Sadie Robertson Talks To Billboard About The Show, 'Duck The Halls' & Fame

Posted by Administrator on November 24, 2013 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Over the past couple of years, there have been a lot of changes for the Robertson family of 'Duck Dynasty' fame. According to Sadie Robertson – daughter of Willie and Korie, nowhere is that any more apparent than when she and her mother make a trip to the local Walmart.

"Every time I go to Walmart, I feel like all eyes go straight to me," she admits. "There's one about ten miles from my house. You walk in, and there are TV's on display, and each of them has 'Duck Dynasty' on. Then you see things like 'Duck Dynasty' band aids. That is so weird to me, but people like it." 

People are definitely liking it these days. Ratings for the A&E series are at an all-time high, their likenesses are on a wide array of products, and their debut musical release "Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas," looks to be one of the bonafide hits of the holiday season -- currently topping Billboard's Top Country Albums chart for a third-straight week. Sadie told Billboard that the success of the album has been staggering, yet also surprising.

"Our family really doesn't sing that much in front of each other. We only thought that Missy could sing. I'm not a shy person whatsoever, but when it come to singing, I cannot do it. So, it took a lot for me to do that, but it's crazy that so many people are hearing it. The response to it has been amazing."

Fans and critics alike have been raving about the musical talents that the Robertsons display on the album. Sadie says that she feels the family was also surprised at how well the Buddy Cannon-produced project came out.

"I think we kind of impressed ourselves with it, to be honest," she said. "We sing in church and stuff, but there's a lot of people there, so you don't really hear just the family members. We would never sing in front of each other because you've got to have thick skin in our family because they will make fun of you until the day they die. We were very surprised with each other."

"Duck The Halls" features vocal guest appearances from some of the biggest stars in the format – such as Luke Bryan, Josh Turner, George Strait, and Alison Krauss, who lends her vocals to Sadie's "Away In A Manger." Recording with such an all-star line-up was a once-in-a-lifetime moment, she says.

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"It's very crazy, and actually overwhelming to think about it," she admits. "These are people that just two years ago, we were fans of. Take Luke, for instance. I remember my dad telling me that they were friends, and I was starstruck. Now, to be singing with him on an album is something that I never thought would have happened."

When asked about holiday traditions in their family, Sadie said that food definitely is one that they take a great deal of pride in. "Every Christmas, we eat at Mamaw Kay's house, and Papaw Phil and Mamaw Kay cook. But, since we eat together all the time, we have a seafood dinner for Christmas. He always cooks Crawfish Pie. I guess it's more of a Louisiana feast for Christmas dinner. Each of us draws a name, and we have to buy a present for them, and we open them up. The show does not give Mamaw Kay enough credit for how funny she is. Every Christmas, she buys some hilarious presents for the men of the family. She has a story behind each present she gets. She cracks us up."

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George Strait To Bring It Home With Star-Studded Lineup For Final Show at AT&T Stadium

Posted by Administrator on November 20, 2013 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)



Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and “King of Country” George Strait will play his final concert June 7, 2014 at the 100,000-seat capacity AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The show, which is the last date for Quicken Loans Presents George Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away Tour 2014, will include an all-star lineup of guest artists (performing three songs each) including Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack.


Fittingly, the opening act for Strait’s final concert will be the “Kings of Texas Swing” and six-time Grammy Award-winning group, Asleep At The Wheel.


Tickets for the highly-anticipated concert will go on sale to the public Friday, December 6 at 10:00 AM CST and can be purchased via Strait's official website here.


Additionally, Strait's latest single "I Got A Car" is working its way onto country radio. It is the third release from his chart-topping 40th album Love Is Everything and was penned by Tony Douglas and Keith Gattis. To see more on the story behind the song, click here.


Although this is Strait’s final concert tour, the legendary artist will continue to record new music for longtime label home MCA Records and will perform select dates across the country after the tour has wrapped. For more information, please visit




George Strait Named "Legend Of Live" At Billboard Touring Awards

Posted by Administrator on November 16, 2013 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

George Strait was named the 2013 Billboard Legend of Live on Thursday night, Nov. 14 at the 10th Annual Billboard Touring Awards at New York’s Roosevelt Hotel. Strait joked jovially about receiving the honor just a week after receiving the coveted CMA Entertainer of the Year trophy.


“I feel like I fit right in here,” Strait said. “I stared touring about Eighteen ninety – well, it feels like that anyway. I started touring in 1981. I tell ya, I’ve been touring so long that I kinda got it through the years. Part of it got a little hard for me and the burnout thing was happening. I’ve always loved the shows – don’t get me wrong, but all the other stuff that goes along with it I kinda got tired of. Thanks to Louis Messina for making it fun again for me out there, and giving me a lot of years on his team.”


The awards honored the concert industry’s top artists, execs, and venues for the year based on Billboard’s Boxscore chart and box office performance. Other big winners of the evening included Taylor Swift, who received the Top Package Tour Award for her Red tour, which was the top-grossing tour with three or more artists on the bill.

George Strait's Vaqueros del Mar Invitational Golf Tournament & Auction Raises Record Funds For Military Servicemen & Women

Posted by Administrator on November 13, 2013 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Newly crowned CMA Entertainer of the Year George Strait and Texas businessman Tom Cusick hosted the third annual Vaqueros del Mar Invitational Golf Tournament and Auction at Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort & Spa in Boerne, Texas on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3. Strait and Cusick, who are joint owners of the resort and spa, first created the fundraiser in November 2011 to support wounded U.S. servicemen and women. This year’s event benefited Feherty’s Troops First Foundation, an organization that provides meaningful assistance to military members who have been wounded serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

The weekend-long event was filled with non-stop excitement, kicking off with a roping competition at Cusick’s exclusive Texas hill country community Estancia at Thunder Valley, just minutes from the resort. Strait participated in the roping event, and Norma Strait and Silvia Cusick made a grand entrance by riding into the rodeo arena on a pair of Texas Longhorn bulls.

More than 450 invited guests also participated in a high-energy live auction, which raised an impressive $425,000 within a half-hour. At one point, Strait even sweetened the pot by removing his boots and offering them as part of a package deal, which sold for $130,000 alone. Rick Kell, co-founder of Feherty’s Troops First Foundation, presented Strait and Cusick each with an American flag that was used during operations Enduring Freedom and Proper Exit in Afghanistan. The weekend came to a close with Strait, ever the consummate entertainer, leading a lively jam session that included special guests Asleep At The Wheel, Ray Benson, Dean Dillon, Keith Gattis, Jamey Johnson, Jewel, Kyle Park and Randy Rogers.

Click here to view highlights from the Vaqueros del Mar Invitational Golf Tournament and Auction.

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Quicken Loans to Become Presenting Sponsor of George Strait's "The Cowboy Rides Away Tour 2014"

Posted by Administrator on November 7, 2013 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Quicken Loans Inc., the nation’s largest online mortgage lender, today announced it will be the presenting sponsor for the final leg of George Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away Tour 2014.


Quicken Loans joins a highly successful tour, where 16 tour stops are completely sold out and only four more venues have yet to release tickets for sale. Strait’s highly anticipated show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena sold out within six minutes of going on sale Friday, Oct. 25.


“It is an absolute honor to sponsor George Strait’s final tour,” said Jay Farner, Quicken Loans President and Chief Marketing Officer. “George means so much to country music fans everywhere, and we can’t wait to help him create a concert experience of a lifetime for those who have supported him for so many years. Plus, we’re hoping he refers some of his ‘ex’s in Texas’ to us for a mortgage.”


Quicken Loans is planning several fan promotions to enhance the concert-going experience that will launch with the beginning of the tour in January.


A limited number of tickets is still available for concert dates in Auburn Hills, Mich., Louisville, Ky., Newark, N.J., Philadelphia, Penn., Portland, Ore. and Tacoma, Wash.


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George Strait Sells Out Staples Center In Less Than 9 Minutes!

Posted by Administrator on September 30, 2013 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Reigning “King of Country” George Strait will be holding court with 17,178 ticketholders during his highly-anticipated appearance at Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center on February 8, 2014. The concert, which sold out within 9 minutes on, Friday, Sept. 27, was his first to go on sale and will be Strait’s ninth stop during the last leg of his final, two-year The Cowboy Rides Away Tour.


Tickets for the following dates will go on sale beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the venue's respective local time zone on Friday, October 4:


January 17, 2014 CenturyLink Center│Omaha, Neb.

*With special guest Eric Church

January 31, 2014 Valley View Casino Center│San Diego, Calif.

*With special guest Miranda Lambert

February 7, 2014 US Airways Center│Phoenix, Ariz.

*With special guest Martina McBride

February 14, 2014 The Palace│Auburn Hills, Mich.

*With special guest Little Big Town

February 15, 2014 Nationwide Arena│Columbus, Ohio

*With special guest Little Big Town

March 22, 2014 Philips Arena│Atlanta, Georgia

*With special guest Sheryl Crow

April 5, 2014 Pepsi Center│Denver, Colo.

*With special guests Merle Haggard and Lee Ann Womack


The STAPLES Center is a world-class sports and entertainment venue, hosting more than 250 events every year. Other notable artists to perform at the arena include Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Prince, U2, Paul McCartney, Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift and more.


Concert-goers will get to hear Strait perform a full set, including many of his 60 No. 1 hits (a record no other artist, in any genre, has achieved). Throughout his distinguished career, Strait has sold more than 68.5 million records to date and is second only to Elvis in certifications, with 33 different platinum or multi-platinum albums to his credit. Billboard will recognize “King George’s” unmatched catalogue of No. 1 singles with its highest accolade, the Legend of Live Award, in November.


Each weekend of The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, Strait will also be joined by special guests including Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack, Chris Young and more.


Strait will continue to record new music for longtime label home MCA Records and will perform select dates across the country after the tour has wrapped. For more information, please visit


George Strait, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church & More To Perform At George Jones Tribute

Posted by Administrator on September 18, 2013 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (0)

With the SOLD OUT tribute concert already hosting top names in all genres of music, Nancy Jones is excited to announce the addition of George Strait, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Reba McEntire, and Alabama to the all-star lineup.

“I am thrilled and honored that so many of George’s friends are coming to what would have been his last concert, but is not a fitting tribute,” says Nancy Jones. “George loved these artists and before passing had actually wrote letters to almost all of them.”

The newly added list of performers will join previously announced artists Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner, The Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Sam Moore, and others. All previously announced artists are currently being reconfirmed.

George Jones, often referred to as the "the greatest living country singer" was on his farewell tour titled "The Grand Tour,” when he passed away. The icon’s hits, "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair", "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes", "White Lightning" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today" will surely become standards for honky-tonk cover bands for years to come.

About George Jones

George Jones was the #2 best-charting country artist of all time, with a staggering list of hit singles since the ‘50s. The Beaumont, Texas native also has 143 Top 40 hits to his name, has received two Grammy Awards, was a 2008 Kennedy Center Honor recipient, is a Country Music Hall of Fame member, was presented with a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and holds a National Medal of Arts medallion.