George Strait may be bringing his touring days to an end, but he wants fans to know that it doesn't mean he's ready to stop making albums.
Strait, 60, has decided to call it quits when it comes to criss-crossing the country, saying he'd always had a stopping point in mind and that he wants to quit while he's ahead in the game.
“I think I made the right decision. In 2016 I might say ‘What a dummy,’" he said.
The country crooner doesn't want his fans to think he's deserting them, however, and is fairly itching to get back into the studio to record. He'll do so in a couple of weeks and says he has zero plans of giving up that aspect of his career, insisting he'll make records for as long as his label will let him.
Strait, who holds a record 59 number one hits, has been closing out his concerts with "The Cowboy Rides Away" for several years. Now, it's the name he's bestowed upon the last tour he'll ever make, which will encompass 40 cities and features Martina McBride as the opening act for about half of the dates.
"This is going to be a very special, emotional tour for me," Strait said in a statement. "Everywhere we're going holds fond memories and I’m looking forward to paying my respects."