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Kenny Chesney Reflects on George Strait’s Final Cowboy Rides Away Tour Stop

Kenny Chesney, George Strait
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George Strait is soon closing the door on an epic part of his country music career — touring. With the legend’s final Cowboy Rides Away Tour stop coming June 7, fellow country star Kenny Chesney reflects on what Strait means to country music.

“This coming Saturday night in Dallas is gonna be so many things for so many people — only because George Strait means so many things to so many people,” he says. “It’d be hard to find someone that’s had a bigger impact on the music that we love and all the lives that were touched than George Strait.”

The 46-year-old was in high school when he first heard Strait’s hit ‘Unwound’ but didn’t actually meet the star until he hit the road with him. So, to perform along with other fan-favorite artists at Strait’s last stop is an extreme honor to Chesney. “To be a part of his last show is exciting, but it’s gonna be pretty emotional I would imagine. There’s your hero up there, and he’s walking away from something that he loves to do; that’s all he’s known.”

Dallas’ AT&T Stadium will be chock full of emotional fans and artists alike. Each guest artist will perform three songs each, and among them include Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack in addition to Chesney.

The opening act for the evening will be the Kings of Texas Swing and six-time Grammy Award-winning group Asleep at the Wheel. It will be a night to remember for everyone — and then Strait’s tour bus will ride away, and quietly turn off its engine after decades of hard work that impacted millions.

Chesney believes that Strait will still be playing out and about. Says the singer, “I don’t know if he’s walking away, but as far as touring constantly … I think he’ll do shows here and there — I would [laughs].”

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