George Strait Announces Farewell Tour

09/26/2012 at 02:30 PM EDT

George Strait's Cowboy Rides Away Farewell Tour Announced
George Strait
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King of Country George Strait says he's ready to ride his tour bus into the sunset – but don't count on him hanging up his hat anytime soon.

A living legend in the world of country music with a record 59 No. 1 hits to his name, Strait, 60, told reporters Wednesday at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum that after three decades of performing, he'll take his show on the road for a final time next year with the Cowboy Rides Away Tour.

"This is going to be a very special, emotional tour for me," Strait said in a statement. "Everywhere we're going holds fond memories and I’m looking forward to paying my respects."

Martina McBride will open for Strait on the tour, which begins Jan. 18 in Lubbock, Texas, and will stretch into 2014 with other opening acts taking over.



The tour will be a last chance for fans to see the Texas troubadour live, but the star, who has sold more than 68 million albums in his career, says he'll continue to record.

"Don't think I'm retiring, because I'm not. I'm still going to make records and I'm going to write," Strait explains.

"If a special event happens to come up somewhere that I want to do, by all means I'm gonna do it. I'm not saying this is going to be the last time I'll be on stage singing with my band. I hope I still have a lot of those left in me, but as far as a structured tour goes, after the last date in 2014 that will be it."

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