The King of Country might not be touring, but he will premiere some new music during his performance at the awards show in April.
George Strait played the final show of his Cowboy Rides Away show in June 2014 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. After 33 years of near-constant touring, he hung up his famous Stetson and officially retired from performing live.
He will return to Arlington on April 19 to perform at the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards. It will be the first time in almost a year since he performed for a live audience.
This news is exciting enough for any Strait fan. However, the Academy also confirmed he will premiere new music during his very special performance.
Strait’s most recent album was released in September 2014, just 3 months after the final show on his farewell tour. The live album, called The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium, captured his performance in front of a record-breaking 104, 793 fans. Although he retired from touring, he has a contract with his label for five additional studio albums.
The ACM Awards will air Sunday, April 19 at 8 PM (EST) on CBS.