George Strait Starts 2011 Tour and Honors Military in AUSTIN, TX

2011 Tour Kicks off This Weekend with Strait’s Introduction of “Red Shirt Fridays”

Nashville, TN (January 11, 2011) – Pollstar recently announced it’s “Top 50 North American Tours for 2010” and ACM Artist of the Decade George Strait with superstar entertainer Reba and traditionalist Lee Ann Womack landed the top country music tour of the year. The tour was #14 on the overall Top 50 list grossing over $41.6 million.

Strait continues the successful pairing when he, Reba & Lee Ann kick off 2011 this Friday at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX. In addition to being the first date on the 2011 tour, Friday will be another first for Strait. The legendary singer and military vet has teamed up with RedShirtsFridays.org to show support for US military servicemen and women. He personally began participating in “Red Shirt Friday” during the holidays and will continue that tradition this Friday as he wears a red shirt to perform at the Austin tour stop. Strait is also encouraging fans to wear red shirts to all of his Friday shows.

“We are going to wear red shirts to every Friday’s tour date and we encourage the fans to do the same,” exclaims Strait. “I want to see a building full of red shirts if possible.”

2011 Tour Dates

January 14 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
January 15 Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center
January 27 Tallahassee, FL Leon County Civic Center
January 28 Jacksonville, FL Veterans Memorial Arena
January 29 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
February 4 Fresno, CA SaveMart Center
February 5 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
February 17 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
February 18 Cleveland, OH Quickens Loan Arena
February 19 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace
March 4 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena
March 5 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
March 25 Lubbock, TX United Spirit Arena
March 26 Las Cruces, NM Pan American Center
April 1 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
April 2 Salt Lake City, UT Energy Solutions Arena
April 8 Columbia, MO Mizzou Arena
April 9 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Arena

At the recent, 44th Annual CMA Awards, King George was nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year award for the 24th time and Album of the Year for Twang, an award he won in 2008 for his critically claimed album Troubadour.

With a career spanning more than 30 years, George Strait has the most number one singles of any artist in history including Elvis (57 to date inclusive of all charts). He has sold nearly 69 million records and with 33 different platinum or multi-platinum albums has the most RIAA platinum certifications in country music and the third in all genres, behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley.

Strait’s CD Twang debuted at #1 on The Billboard 200 chart and the Top Country Albums chart. This is the fourth time in Strait’s career that a new release has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and the 13th time debuting at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart. His current single is “The Breath You Take.”

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