Country Music’s King had two big announcements for his fans today, both of which came as somewhat of a surprise. George Strait may have quit touring last year, but he’s not done singing or performing. Strait will be releasing a new album and be returning to the stage for the first time in almost two years.
During a press conference earlier today, it was announced that Strait will be releasing a new album, Cold Beer Conversation, this Friday, September 25th and that he’ll be playing a series of shows at the new Las Vegas Arena when it opens in 2016. Strait reports that he wrote a handful of the tracks on the project, sharing songwriting credits with gifted country songwriters such as Dean Dillon, Bill Anderson, Jamey Johnson, Brandy Clark and Buddy Cannon.
I always say this, I think it’s one of the best records I’ve done, and I always shoot for that. You’ve got to go in the studio thinking that way,” says Strait. “I’m inspired to make music all the time. There’s no particular inspiration for this record, other than going out and making the best record I can make.”
George Strait, Cold Beer Conversation Track List:
1. “It Was Love”
2. “Cold Beer Conversation”
3. “Let It Go”
4. “Goin’ Goin’ Gone”
5. “Something Going Down”
6. “Take Me to Texas”
7. “It Takes All Kinds”
8. “Stop and Drink”
9. “Everything I See”
10. “Rock Paper Scissors”
11. “Wish You Well”
12. “Cheaper Than a Shrink”
13. “Even When I Can’t Feel It”
Among Cold Beer Conversation‘s tracks is “Let It Go,” which Strait released as a single back in April. The record’s title track will be its second single and will be released to radio tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 23rd. “Cold Beer Conversation” will be available at iTunes, on Apple Music and at Wal-Mart stores.
George Strait will be one of the first entertainers to play the new Las Vegas Arena in April 2016, returning to the venue again the following September.
Las Vegas has been a big part of my country music career,” he said in a press conference today. “It’s fun to play Vegas. . . The crowds are great and they come from all over the place, because there is so much to do here. A concert is kind of a bonus.”
The Las Vegas Arena is being built on the south end of the famed Las Vegas Strip, and the 20,000 seat stadium is being used to try to lure top talent and professional sports teams to Sin City. It’s estimated to cost $375 million.
Through 2013 and 2014, the country music legend set out on the record setting Cowboy Rides Away tour as a sort of farewell, ending four decades or touring. He was quick to point out, though, that he wasn’t done playing live shows, only that he was done touring.