Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Cowboy Rides Away


Today marks the beginning of the end of an era:  the kick-off show of the final leg of George Strait's "The Cowboy Rides Away" tour.  Country Weekly says GS is "getting a little emotional" about the tour.  I guess you could say the same for me.


George Strait has been my ultimate favorite since I was born in 1981, the same year his first single (Unwound) was released.  His concert was the first I ever attended--at the Kansas Coliseum when I was in 3rd grade.  I've lost count of how many times I've seen GS perform, but since graduating from college, his shows have come to mean so much more than just going to a concert.  It's become a tradition for my brother and me to attend one of King George's concerts each year, often times with the Wheelocks and/or Packards in tow.



2005:  Kansas City


I know we have photos from this concert, but they must be on a computer or external drive that is somewhere other than Dallas.  :(  It was a family affair...Mom, Dad, Landon & me.  One of these days I'll find those pictures.

2006:  Frisco, Texas


George Strait, concert, 2006
George Strait in Frisco, Texas 2006
Landon and Leslie
George Strait concert 2006
Brendon and Landon
"Let's do it" 2006
Hugh, Landon, Brendon and Todd
GS 2006

2007:  Kansas City


George Strait 2007
George Strait in Kansas City 2007
Landon and Leslie
George Strait concert 2007
Lance, Landon, Brendon
Leslie, Brandy
GS in KC 2007


2008:  Oklahoma City


George Strait 2008
George Strait in Oklahoma City 2008
Landon and Leslie
George Strait concert 2008
Brandy, Stephanie and Leslie
GS 2008

Landon and Brendon
"Let's do it" 2008


2009:  Dallas, Texas--the opening of the new Cowboys' Stadium


George Strait 2009
George Strait in Dallas 2009
Landon and Leslie
George Strait concert 2009


2010:  Wichita, Kansas


George Strait 2010
George Strait in Wichita 2010
Landon and Leslie
George Strait concert 2010
2010: we added Kelli to the crew!
Landon, Kelli, Mom, Leslie


2011:  



Landon & Kelli were on their honeymoon when GS performed anywhere remotely close to us in 2011, so we missed that year...but I'll throw in photos from a couple extra shows I caught in 2009 to make up for it!  :)



George Strait 2009
George Strait in Houston 2009
Rachael and Leslie at GS in Houston
George Strait 2009
GS in Cedar Park, Texas 2009
Adam and Leslie at GS in Cedar Park, Texas


2012:  Wichita, Kansas


George Strait 2012
George Strait in Wichita 2012
Leslie and Landon
George Strait concert 2012
2012: we added Ryan to the crew!
Ryan, Leslie, Landon, Kelli
Leslie and Dad
GS 2012
Brandy and Leslie
George Strait 2012


2013:  Oklahoma City


George Strait 2013
George Strait in Oklahoma City 2013
Landon and Leslie
George Strait concert 2013
Landon, Kelli, Leslie, Ryan
GS 2013
Ryan and Leslie
George Strait concert 2013
Leslie and Kelli
GS 2013


Upcoming 2014:  Dallas, Texas

  

King George obviously knows how to throw a going away party.  The line-up for his June 7, 2014 final show at AT&T Stadium (Cowboys Stadium) is unbelievable....  

Jason Aldean
Martina McBride
Kenny Chesney
Miranda Lambert

Eric Church
Alan Jackson
Ronnie Dunn
Lee Ann Womack
Sheryl Crow
Faith Hill
Vince Gill

We've got tickets in hand, which was quite a challenge in itself, and I desperately hope we can get the whole crew together for this one.  It's going to be bittersweet...the ending of an era, the closing of a tradition...but also one-helluva-show!  I'd be willing to bet my life savings that King George won't disappoint.   

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