George Strait, country music's most successful chart-topping artist, has announced that he will retire from concerts after his next tour.
Dubbed "The Cowboy Rides Away Tour," Strait will begin a series of shows in January in his native Texas and is scheduled to continue through 2013 into 2014.
Strait, who turned 60 in May, emphasized at his news conference to announce the final tour that he is not retiring from recording. He also stated he will do individual shows in the future. It is the long-term tours, which have kept him on the road for months at a time since his first hit, "Unwound," in 1981, that he is giving up.
Strait has hit the top of Billboard magazine's country singles chart 59 times, more than any other act in country history. In 2006 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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