Will George Strait Ever Really Retire From the Road?

As Ticket Sales Soar for His Final Shows, Is He Ready to Say Goodbye to the Highway?

If you’ve been one of the thousands of fans trying to buy George Strait tickets these last several months, you know it’s a mission that can seem nearly impossible.

Since Strait announced the two-year run of his Cowboy Rides Away tour, his swan song to the highway, his fans have clamored to get their hands on country music’s hottest ticket in order to say goodbye to one of the greats.

Aside from the initial demand when they first went on sale, the online marketplace is booming with people reselling their tickets. USA Today reported that StubHub is seeing a whopping 700 percent increase in sales, and that Strait’s final show on June 7 in Arlington, Texas, is the single most popular event on the site right now. In fact, some sellers are asking more than $10,000 for prime tickets for the show that will also feature Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack.

But I still can’t help but wonder whether Strait is truly ready to walk away from all of this.

Backstage at the CMA Awards in November, he offered a little more insight and teased that his win for entertainer of the year made him have second thoughts.

“Like I’ve said before, I’m not totally quitting … I’m just slowing down a little bit,” he told the press. “But I don’t know. This gets me fired up again. Cowboy might be riding back in, I don’t know.”

However, he was quick to clarify he’ll continue to release albums and plans to perform occasionally. He just doesn’t intend to do any touring on a major scale.

“No, I’m not gonna do that,” he explained. “I said I was done, and I’m done touring. I’m still gonna do … I’m thinking a few things every year. I don’t know what. I can’t imagine not ever having a band. I’m not selling the bus or anything. … I just can’t imagine not being in the business.”

He’ll record five more albums for his longtime label home, MCA Records, and then who knows? Like he said earlier, “a couple of things here and there.” We’ll have to be patient and see what happens.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.