There’s this specific beauty in Nashville that lots of folks never get to see, mostly because a lot of the town’s magic happens when the rest of the world goes to sleep.
That has rung true for many years, but especially on the night of June 26, 1984.
That was the night when George Strait played the magician at a late-night recording session at Sound Stage in Nashville. He produced a song that went on to represent the cowboy for the rest of his career. For a guy with 60 #1 hits, you wouldn’t think a song that isn’t on that list would be a definitive one, but that is actually the case when it comes to “The Cowboy Rides Away.”
Even though it only peaked at #5 on the charts, “The Cowboy Rides Away” has stayed close to King George’s heart. It was the song he always played when he ended his concerts, and it’s the song after which his final tour was eventually named.
As a matter of fact, the track also holds the title of the last song George ever played on tour – not just in every city, but also when he sang goodbye to 104,000 people at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Thankfully, King George only parked his horse and didn’t completely ride away. Fans can still see George perform this song and a lot more in his limited shows at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.