George Strait Plans Farewell Tour

George Strait will be launching his two-year farewell tour, The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, early next year.

Strait revealed the first 21 markets he will visit during the winter and spring legs of his 2013 tour at a live press event at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

Special guest Martina McBride is set to join Strait for the 2013 dates, which begin on January 18 in Lubbock, Texas.

Strait, who celebrated his 60th birthday earlier this year, shared, "This is going to be a very special, emotional tour for me. Everywhere we're going holds fond memories and I'm looking forward to paying my respects." Strait plans to continue recording new music and play select dates around the country following the completion of the tour.

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

*Denotes previously announced tour date featuring Martina McBride and the Randy Rogers Band.

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