George Strait Announces Final Tour in 2013

It looks like it’s the end of the road for George Strait, who will retire his tour bus for good following an upcoming two-year tour.

The country legend turned 60 this month, and announced the appropriately titled “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour,” which will run through 2014. The first leg of the tour will kick off January 18 in Lubbock, Texas, and is scheduled to run through June 1, when the Texas native plays a show in San Antonio. Martina McBride will join Strait on the road for the first leg of the tour, which also includes stops in Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Saint Paul, Albuquerque and New Orleans. More dates on the extensive tour will be announced at a later date.

Strait announced his future plans at a press conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville yesterday, September 26, and pointed out that he is not retiring.

“Don’t think I’m retiring, because I’m not,” he said. If a special event happens to come up somewhere I want to do, by all means, I’m going to do it. I hope I still have a lot of those left in me.”

Throughout his career, which began in 1981 with his debut album Strait Country, Strait has released an album almost every year (and sometimes he’s released two a year). In all, he sold 65 million records and has 59 number one hits.

“I’m sure I’ll miss it. I’m sure I will,” Strait said, according to the Associated Press. “How can you not after doing it for so long. It was a hard decisions to make. It was tough. I’ve lost sleep. But I think about midway through this tour I’ll realize that, year, I did make the right decision. It’s just part of it.”

The tour is named after Strait’s 1985 single, “The Cowboy Rides Away.”