Strait releases new album, will play Las Vegas in 2016

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George Strait Announces ‘Cold Beer Conversation’ Album, Las Vegas Dates.

George Strait announces four concert dates at the new Las Vegas Arena, scheduled to open in 2016, during the “Strait to Vegas” press conference held at MGM Grand Resort and Casino on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, in Las Vegas.(Photo: Powers Imagery, Invision/AP) Maybe George Strait got rid of a little too much stress. George Strait will be among the first entertainers to play Las Vegas’ new state-of-the-art arena in April 2016, returning to the venue again next 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. . .

Well… Tuesday Strait announced the upcoming online release of his new album — “Cold Beer Conversation” and made it clear that while he’s not touring, he’s not done singing or performing. A concert is kind of a bonus.” The news of his concerts comes a day before Strait is set to release a new single called “Cold Beer Conversation.” A new album of the same name will be released this Friday, September 25th. Strait reports that he wrote “three or four” tracks on the project, sharing songwriting credits with such lauded country hitmakers 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.

It’s an album with ballads and toe-tappers for those “dudes and dudettes” reminiscing about high school football games, family and life over a cold beer. “I wish I would have stuck a phone in his shirt, as ridiculous as that may sound,” he said of the death of his father, as he pondered the information cloud and being able to communicate with his dad from the beyond. Strait last gave a full concert in June 2014 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the last show of a two-year farewell tour that drew more than a million fans. “It hasn’t been all time off” since, he says. “I’ve been working a little bit here and there. The Grammy winner and repeat Country Music Association entertainer of the year said he’s always looking for a good swing tune and found one, writing the tongue-in-cheek, “It Takes All Kinds” with lyrics such as, “Some got a boat they like to float/ Some got a story they sugarcoat / some got a clue and then some don’t / it takes all kinds.” Strait said he traded lyrics in texts with his son and his song-writing buddies. “Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys were a big influence on me,” he said. “At one point, I thought I was going to do a big band record of standard songs like Sinatra-type songs, and that’s still a possibility.” The Las Vegas Strip has been many things to many people.

I’m excited about it and excited to come out and play for the fans again.” In response to a question from the media, Strait acknowledged that the work he’s done since that April 2014 show in Texas – a CMT special, a DVD and putting together the new album – has been extensive. There’s no particular inspiration for this record, other than going out and making the best record I can make.” Through 2013 and 2014, Strait set out on the Cowboy Rides Away tour as a sort of farewell. The Vegas gig gives him the best of both worlds. “I said all along I wasn’t going to tour anymore, but I also said I wasn’t retiring,” said Strait. “I didn’t want to do another structured tour. But it has increasingly become a hub for country music fans, whether seeing Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace or seeing The Judds reunite at upcoming shows at The Venetian. “George retired from touring at the top of his game,” said Gary Bongiovanni with the concert industry tracking firm Pollstar. “He has a very loyal fan base that will be delighted to hear the news they have a chance to see him again.” That being said, Strait insisted that when he gave up the keys to his tour bus in Dallas, it didn’t mean that he was done making music or playing gigs.

Tickets got on sale October 2nd at StraitToVegas.com. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Strait, who after more than three decades of performing, completed his final tour last year, admits he just couldn’t stay away from the stage – and he always intended to continue to record and write. “When I’m sitting in a rocking chair somewhere, just play me a live album so I can hear the crowd again,” Strait added in a video interview shown at the press conference. “That’s what it’s all about.” You could win tickets to a 4-night luxury cruise with Florida Georgia Line! Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.

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