George Strait Passed on ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ and We’re Mad About It
George Strait sat down for a nearly 15-minute-long Q&A prior to a show in Las Vegas. Host Kacey Musgraves got him to open up about his tour plans beyond 2017, what's still on his bucket list and which ACM nominated song he passed on.
Fans submitted most of the questions for the Facebook Live chat, but the "Follow Your Arrow" singer added one or two of her own. When pressed to name a hit song he passed on, Strait conceded that Dean Dillon came to him with "Tennessee Whiskey" over 30 years ago, but he wasn't feeling it. George Jones would make a hit out of it, and most recently Chris Stapleton fans are enjoying a 21st-century remake. It was just nominated for Song of the Year at the 2017 ACM Awards.
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Strait's 2017 tour plans include 10 shows at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and he says he's open to playing a more diverse set of venues in 2018 — just don't expect him to sit on a tour bus for more than a weekend at a time. He doesn't miss it, and will continue to keep a limited performing schedule moving forward. The details aren't clear, but shows in Texas seem to be a priority. A bigger priority, however, is his golf game, roping and checking off what's left on his bucket list, specifically fishing in Cuba.
Musgraves opened both of last weekend's shows. The next dates are slated for April 7-8, and he'll split his 60 No. 1 hits evenly amongst those shows. That's 30 each night, about half of which he shares he needs to relearn every time. The pair also talk about his favorite non-hits to perform and their mutual love of horses in the video interview.
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