GEORGE STRAIT: THE COWBOY RIDES AWAY Includes Guest Performances with Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Strait’s Son, George “Bubba” Strait, Jr.
NASHVILLE – August 18, 2014 – It was a concert fit for a king. Filmed live from his final show in Dallas, Texas, CMT is set to premiere an exclusive two-hour television special GEORGE STRAIT: THE COWBOY RIDES AWAY on Friday, August 29 at 7:00-9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Joining George Strait onstage to perform some of his most-loved hits, the star-studded special includes performances with Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride. Strait’s son George “Bubba” Strait, Jr. also joined the stage to perform a song he penned for his dad, “Arkansas Dave.”
GEORGE STRAIT: THE COWBOY RIDES AWAY is an historical account told through the music from the superstar’s storied career. The special features new interviews with Strait, along with a selection of his incredible 60 No. 1 hits performed at the farewell tour, including “Fool Hearted Memory,” “I Can Still Make Cheyenne,” “Check Yes Or No” and “The Cowboy Rides Away.”
Strait’s final date of The Cowboy Rides Away Tour shattered indoor concert attendance records for North America, with more than 104,000 fans there to witness the last night of his two-year tour. It is no wonder fans love him. The reigning ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year amassed more No. 1 singles than any artist in any genre, and is the only artist to chart a Top 10 hit every year for 30 years.
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Erv Woolsey and Louie Messina served as executive producers of GEORGE STRAIT: THE COWBOY RIDES AWAY. Danny O’Bryen produced and directed, with Brian Lockwood also directing.
Strait is the unambiguous “King of Country Music,” having sold more than 68.5 million records and released 33 different Platinum or multi-Platinum albums, the highest number of such certifications in the country music genre and third-highest in any genre (following only Elvis Presley and The Beatles). With a total of 60,George Strait has more No. 1 songs than any other artist in history and has received more than 60 major entertainment industry awards, most recently taking home his second ACM Entertainer of the Year and third CMA Entertainer of the Year titles, respectively. He will continue to record new music for longtime label home MCA Records and perform select dates across the country. For more information, please visit www.georgestrait.com or follow on Twitter @GeorgeStrait.
CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 92 million homes in the U.S. CMT, CMT.com and CMT Radio offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and are the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Pure Country, CMT App, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.
Amanda Murphy (CMT)
Ebie McFarland (Essential Broadcast Media, LLC, George Strait)
Leigh Parr (MCA Nashville)