Wow, they’re not wasting any time.

From the San Antonio Express-News:

Even if you weren’t one of the 105,000 or so George Strait fans packed into the AT&T Stadium in Arlington in June for the final stop of the “Cowboy Rides Away” tour, you can still grab a souvenir of that landmark concert.

On Sept. 16, Strait will release a 20-track live album, “The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium,” featuring almost a dozen of the country stars who joined him onstage that day.

For those of you not keeping track, that’s barely more than three months after the actual concert. That’s probably the fastest turnaround on a live album that I’ve ever seen, and definitely the fastest for a live George Strait collection; For The Last Time: Live from the Astrodome came out a little more than a year after the actual concert, and Live At Texas Stadium (from the show with Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett on Memorial Day weekend in 2004) came out almost three years after that show.

Not that I think that’s a bad thing, mind you. I remember not long after the Texas Stadium show hearing rumors that a live recording of that show was going to be made available at some point and waiting with bated breath. Got an email in June ’06 about it, but it was a false alarm; it finally hit the stores the first week of April 2007. As far as this recording goes, it looks pretty cool. I am not sure about some of the guests, but I bet it’ll still be more than worth the money. It’d take a LOT to sour me on anything with George.

(I do still long for the video to be released from the 1999 tour that CMT aired as An Evening with George Strait. Of all the Strait tours I saw, I think that one was probably my favorite between getting to see the Dixie Chicks and Asleep at the Wheel with their then-new fiddler Jason Roberts. And George’s SET LIST. “There Stands the Glass,” “Cherokee Maiden,” and “Linda On My Mind,” along with all the great Strait originals up to that point….)

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2 Responses to “Wow, they’re not wasting any time.”

  1. Greg Says:

    Always hoped George would release a Western Swing/honkytonk-heavy CD (hopefully with the mentioned “There Stands The Glass”). At the AT&T concert, AATW (with Jason returning in a final performance) were absolutely outstanding in their solid hour of songs.
    I already purchased Jason Robert’s new CD; pretty solid stuff, with a couple of “different” songs.

  2. southtexaspistolero Says:

    Always hoped George would release a Western Swing/honkytonk-heavy CD (hopefully with the mentioned “There Stands The Glass”)

    Saaaaame here. TSTG was the song he opened with on the ’99 tour.

    I am not surprised that Asleep at the Wheel was great. I saw them open for Strait on the festival tours from 1998 to 2001 and they never once failed to deliver.

    I remember seeing a Billboard article about the time Strait announced his retirement where he said he was gonna record a big-band/Western swing album at some point. I look forward to it.

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