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George Strait: The Cowboy Rides ...

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Mar 8, 2014

Sat 7:30 PM

6920 North Mannheim Road
Rosemont, IL

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Performers:

  • George Strait
  • Vince Gill

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Cost

74.50 to 95.50

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George Strait: Maybe its because he has more #1 singles than any artist in history or maybe its his timeless style that has transcended generations; Either way George Strait is the unequivocal King of Country Music, he has 57 #1 singles to his credit and he continues to record relevant and heartfelt music with soul and commercial appeal. Currently, the King is on tour, George Strait concert dates are scheduled nationally throughout 2011.

The native Texan ranks as one of the most celebrated American musicians of any genre and has sold nearly 70 million albums in the United States alone. To speak about his accomplishments would be to merely list the dozens of awards he has received from the Academy of Country Music Awards, Grammy Awards, CMT Awards, American Music Awards, and Country Music Association Awards. The singer has won them all. His music is organic and was cultivated on the rural plains of Texas where he was influenced by George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Frank Sinatra as well as the rugged cowboy lifestyle that reared him.

Strait joined the US Army in 1971 and began performing with the band "Rambling Country" on base while stationed in Hawaii. He returned to Texas after his army stint and enrolled at Texas State University where he joined the country group "Ace in the Hole". Eventually the band gained some recognition and was invited to open for the Texas Playboys. After touring for several years, George was approached by MCA Records who quickly signed Strait to a recording contract in 1981.

Strait released his first album Strait Country in 1981, but it wasn't until 1982's sophomore set Strait From the Heart that he scored his first #1 single "Fool Hearted Memory". Since then Strait has gone on to record a record 57 #1 tracks on country radio. His career spans over thirty years and he has 25 studio albums, 19 of which have hit #1 on the Country Albums charts. He has 13 multi-platinum, 33 platinum, and 38 gold albums under his belt and he has shown no signs of slowing down.

Strait's most recent album Twang marked his 26th studio release and it hit #1 on the Billboard 200 in 2009. Strait was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Country Album for the disc in 2009. He was also honored at the 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards with the Artist of The Decade Award and was named Billboard Magazines Country Music Artist of the past 25 years in 2010. Strait is truly an American recording legend, his music has spanned the decades and has captivated the ears of millions of fans. Use Eventful as your source for George Strait tour dates and concert schedule information as they become available.

Vince Gill: Country music star Vince Gill has proven throughout his career that he can play nice with others. Gill's brief tenure as lead singer of Pure Prairie League produced the hit single "Let Me Love You Tonight", as well as some of the group's biggest tour dates. His collaborations with other hit artists have won countless awards, including Grammys for his work with Randy Scruggs, Rosanne Cash, and Chet Atkins. While Vince Gill has proven his talent with teamwork, it's his illustrious solo career that will soon be honored at his 20th Anniversary celebration at the Grand Ole Opry this year. It's also the work that his fans are lining up to see on Gill's 20th Anniversary, 2011 tour dates this summer/fall.

Vincent Gill learned how to play the guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin, dobro, and fiddle as a child and joined many bluegrass bands as a teen. Major exposure for Gill came when he was invited to replace George Powell as lead singer for Pure Prairie League. He recorded three hit albums with the band until they lost their record contract in 1982 and Gill decided to leave and pursue a solo career. Gill scored big in 1989 with When I Call Your Name, which featured a hit duet with Reba McEntire on "Oklahoma Swing" and a Grammy Award for the album's title track. Gill continued to release hugely successful albums, including the chart-topping The Key in 1998, which was followed by a hit duet with Barbara Streisand called "If You Ever Leave Me." Gill's many achievements over the years were finally honored in 2005 when he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Fans are ecstatic over the country legend's upcoming US tour dates in 2011, which include his anniversary celebration at the Grand Old Opry, appearances a numerous fairs and casinos, and a brief 12 Days of Christmas Tour at the end of the year. For all the details on Vince Gill's many 2011 tour dates, be sure to check Eventful.

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