George Strait Breaks Venue Attendance at Rodeo Houston

sets new record for concert event


Shania Twang

23 March 2019

Shania Twang

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Since announcing his plans to no longer tour in the traditional sense: city-after-city, night-after-night, American music icon George Strait has redefined what it looks like to entertain crowds in the 21st century.

From his 22-and-counting sell-out shows at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, to one-off performances at New Orleans’ Superdome and Austin’s Frank Erwin Center, to his upcoming March 30 performance at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, the man The New Yorker calls “country’s most consistent hitmaker” has discovered an entirely different way to engage and entertain his fans with select 2+ hour shows throughout the year.

As the Texas native stepped onto his signature in-the-round stage at Rodeo Houston, he greeted the crowd with a wave and a smile having been told moments before he had set a new record for a concert event at NRG Stadium with 80,108 fans in attendance, beating his previous attendance record set in 2013 of 80,020. The Houston Chronicle calls Strait “a living legend among country music greats,” adding, “there was energy and enthusiasm in every verse and lyric,” before further noting he is one of five entertainers to have performed in front of more than 1 million RODEOHOUSTON fans.

Strait kicked off the night with one of his crossover No. 1’s “Write This Down” before covering a setlist spanning his 30 studio albums.

When Strait introduced the lead single “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar” from Honky Tonk Time Machine, his new album due out March 29th on longtime label home MCA Nashville, the crowd erupted, singing along from the first verse. Strait’s grandson, Harvey, also joined the troubadour on stage for a special performance of “God and Country Music.”

Strait produced his forthcoming 30th studio album alongside Chuck Ainlay and wrote 8 of the 13 songs including a co-write and feature with Willie Nelson marking the first time the two have collaborated on a song. Album pre-order is available HERE and fans can hear new songs including the title track, single “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar,” “Código,” “God and Country Music” and latest, “The Weight of the Badge,” now.

Honky Tonk Time Machine track listing:
1. “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
2. “Two More Wishes”
Written by Jim Lauderdale and Odie Blackmon
3. “Some Nights”
Written by Bubba Strait, Brice Long and Phillip White
4. “God and Country Music” (with Harvey Strait)
Written by Luke Laird, Barry Dean and Lori McKenna
5. “Blue Water”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
6. “Sometimes Love”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
7. “Código”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
8. “Old Violin”
Written by Johnny Paycheck
9. “Take Me Away”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
10. “The Weight of the Badge”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
11. “Honky Tonk Time Machine”
Written by Bubba Strait, Brice Long and Bart Butler
12. “What Goes Up”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Jeff Hyde
13. “Sing One with Willie” (featuring Willie Nelson)
Written by George Strait, Willie Nelson, Bubba Strait and Buddy Cannon

With an unmatched 60 singles hitting the top of the charts – more than any other artist in any genre – during the span of his 30-year career, Strait has collected 33 Platinum or multi-Platinum-selling albums, more than any country artist and ranking third across all genres behind only The Beatles and Elvis Presley.

George is the only act in history to have a Top 10 hit every year for over three decades and has sold nearly 70 million albums and earned more than 60 major entertainment industry awards, including induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

Now that there is a true legend!

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