King George Doesn't Disappoint
The crowd in the Tacoma Dome on Saturday night knew they were getting ready to see and hear something very special! The night started with an amazing setlist from Chris Young who is a rare breed among young country artist today. He brings the energy of his youth, and combines it with a true country sound. And he has the gift of making everyone in the audience feel like he is there just for them. He was well received, but then...then the King arrived!
George Strait strolled on stage with a Texas swagger that speaks of humility and confidence all at the same time. Even the way he threw his guitar strap over his shoulder was cool! He sported the always perfectly pressed shirt and Wranglers that only a true cowboy knows how to pull off, and even at 61 years of age the ladies both young and old love George! This was evident in how may of them had tears in their eyes through out the night. Well, I should mention there were more than a few cowboys that had tears in their eyes as well!
The CMA Entertainer of the year kicked off the concert with "The Fireman" as the Texas band, Ace in The Hole, backed him up and didn't miss a beat. He said goodbye after a cover of Tom Petty's "You Wreck Me", but the crowd wouldn't have it! They brought him back out for an encore with roars, screams, and applause that combined sounded like a Texas tornado.
George finished up the night with "Same Kind of Crazy", the classic "All My Ex's Live in Texas", and he absolutely nailed a cover of Johnny Cash's "Folsom County Blues", but he wasn't done yet. As the crowd remained standing this true cowboy said goodbye to his fans with, "The Cowboy Rides Away." At that moment the crowd knew they were possibly watching the last of the true country music artist. King George didn't have on skinny jeans, dangling earrings, and sing pop music with a slight twang. No, he is the real deal, and this was real country music. And don't worry folks, the Troubadour may be riding off into the sunset, but his music will live on forever.