Wednesday, 23 September 2015

George Strait: New Album Cold Beer Conversation + Vegas Dates


Updated Oct 2, 2015: December 2016 shows added, listen to George talk about the album name, songs from the album and sample songs.

Will perform exclusive worldwide concert engagements at new Las Vegas Arena
beginning April 22 – 23, 2016
 New single “Cold Beer Conversation” premieres on country radio Sept 23, 2015
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Sept. 22, 2015) – George Strait, the musical icon who has been reverently referred to as “The King of Country Music,” will release his new album COLD BEER CONVERSATION this Friday, Sept. 25, as announced at a press conference from MGM Grand in Las Vegas today.
The album was produced by Chuck Ainlay and Strait for George Strait Productions and features 13 songs including his latest single, “Cold Beer Conversation,” premiering at country radio tomorrow.
The album is available as an exclusive digital download on iTunes, available for pre-order now at US iTunes   and, (from Friday Sept 25). 

** Update ** The US Walmart Exclusive can now be purchased from the UK ordering through Smart Choice Music

The track listing for Cold Beer Conversation is as follows:
1.  “It Was Love” (Keith Gattis)
2.  “Cold Beer Conversation” (Al Anderson, Ben Hayslip and Jimmy Yeary)
3.  “Let It Go” (George Strait, Bubba Strait and Keith Gattis)
4.  “Goin’ Goin’ Gone” (Wyatt Earp and Keith Gattis)
5.  “Something Going Down” (Jamey Johnson and Tom Shapiro)
6.  “Take Me To Texas” (Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally)
7.  “It Takes All Kinds” (George Strait, Bubba Strait, Bob Regan and Wil Nance)
8.  “Stop And Drink” (Dale Dodson and Troy Jones)
9.  “Everything I See” (George Strait, Bubba Strait, Dean Dillon and Keith Gattis)
10. “Rock Paper Scissors” (Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell and Bubba Strait)
11. “Wish You Well” (Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde and Brice Long)
12. “Cheaper Than A Shrink” (Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon and Jamey Johnson) # previously recorded by Joe Nichols
13. “Even When I Can’t Feel It” (Dean Dillon, Ben Hayslip and Lee Miller)

As can be seen Cold Beer Conversation includes an impressive list of songwriting contributors such as Jamey Johnson, Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Bill Anderson, Tom Shapiro and George’s son Bubba

This is the first new studio album in two years from the MCA Nashville recording artist. His last studio album was the Gold-certified Love is Everything, which featured the Platinum-certified No. 1 hit (and 60th No. 1 hit of his career via the Country Aircheck chart via a
fanbase started movement then artist campaign called "60 for 60" in order to “help” the song reach #1; it peaked at No.2 on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart) “Give It All We Got Tonight” as well as the Gold-certified hit “I Got A Car.” Strait also released The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium CD and DVD in 2014, celebrating his mega-successful, two-year final tour.

Listen to "Let It Go"
Strait co-wrote it with his son Bubba Strait and Keith Gattis. It was released April 20, 2015, as the lead-off single from his upcoming 28th studio album. It has a highest rank of #46 on Billboard Country Airplay and #29 on Hot Country Songs. Ukulele and steel drum pick away at the traditional fiddle and steel guitar arrangement of this beachy tune. It was Strait’s first release since he fully retired from the road.

Strait retired from touring in 2014 but it was never meant to convey his final performance, however.
Also announced in the Sept 22nd press conference, Strait will perform a series of exclusive worldwide concert engagements at the new Las Vegas Arena opening in April 2016. The Country Music Hall of Fame inductee will be among the first entertainers to perform at the new venue, with four shows beginning April 22 and additional dates slated for April 23, September 9 and September 10, 2016. Opening for Strait will be GRAMMY, ACM and CMA Award-winning singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves, who recently released her second studio album Pageant Material to critical acclaim.
George Strait Credit: Vanessa Gavalya

I said all along I wasn’t going to tour anymore, but I also said that I wasn’t retiring by any means and I still wanted to do some dates,” Strait said during the press conference. “I’ve been working a little bit here and there, and I’m really proud of this new album that’s coming out. . . I think it’s a great record – I always say this; I think it’s one of the best records I’ve done. I always shoot for that. You’ve got to go in the studio thinking that way, so I’m very excited about that and I’m also very excited to be coming back out and playing for the fans out there. I’m looking forward to it so much, singing those songs that I love so much and haven’t done in a while. I’m really, really looking forward to being able to play in the new Las Vegas Arena. I hear it’s just unbelievable. I can’t wait.”

Tickets for the concert series will go on sale Friday, Oct. 2 at 10:00 a.m. PT via and range in price from $75 to $200 plus applicable fees. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Friday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. PT through Thursday, Oct. 1 at 10 p.m. PT.

UPDATE NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 29, 2015) – As soon as George Strait announced that he would be taking the stage for select dates at the Las Vegas Arena in 2016, fans started lighting up social media with their plans to see the “King of Country Music” perform in Sin City. Due to overwhelming demand for the four shows announced, Strait will be adding December 2 and 3, 2016 to the schedule.
Tickets for the 2016 concert series go on sale Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. PT via and range in price from $75 to $200 plus applicable fees

With 60 No. 1 singles and more than 68.5 million records sold, George Strait is a musical legend and the most-nominated artist in CMA Awards history, with a career spanning more than three decades. He was the first country music artist honored with Billboard’s “Legend Of Live” Award, and he earned 2013’s Entertainer of the Year title from the Country Music Association as well as 2014’s Entertainer Of The Year title from the Academy of Country Music.

To re-watch the press conference:
Starts at 29 min 30secs >> YOUTUBE

Hear how the album name came about from George!

In a MCA Nashville Radio Promotional Special Mr. George Strait talks about the new songs and hear tracks “Cold Beer Conversation”, “Goin’ Goin’ Gone” (Wyatt Earp and Keith Gattis) and “It Was Love” (writer Keith Gattis) Listen :

About Las Vegas Arena
Las Vegas Arena is a privately funded $375 million indoor arena set to open in Spring 2016.  The 20,000-seat venue, located west of the Las Vegas Strip between New York-New York and Monte Carlo, is expected to host more than 100 events annually, including UFC, boxing, hockey, basketball and other sporting events, major headline entertainment, awards shows, family shows and special events.  Las Vegas’ newest landmark will feature 50 luxury suites, more than two dozen private loge boxes, complete broadcast facilities, and other specially designed exclusive hospitality offerings and fan amenities destined to create a guest experience second to none.  The Arena has partnered with international iconic brands Coca-Cola, Schneider Electric and Toshiba American Business Solutions Inc., as the venue’s first “Founding Partners.” These Founding Partners will introduce and brand signature fan initiatives, displays and interactive spaces including Toshiba Plaza, an adjacent two-acre entertainment space which will feature a performance stage, a variety of video screens and other interactive content and display areas.  Industry-leading architect Populous designed the venue to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s standards for LEED® Gold Certification. Las Vegas Arena is a joint venture between AEG and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM).  For more information visit the Las Vegas Arena website at

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