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George Strait and Chris Stapleton Rock Lucas Oil Stadium with 'Honky Tonk Hall of Fame' Debut, New Album 'Cowboys & Dreamers' on the Horizon

George Strait and Chris Stapleton at Lucas Oil Stadium in front of a sold-out crowd of 51,132 in Indianapolis, Ind. on Saturday, May 4, 2024. | Photo Credit: Andy Barron

In the heart of Indianapolis, under the vast dome of Lucas Oil Stadium, country music icon George Strait ignited a wildfire of pure cowboy magic on Saturday night, May 4, 2024. With a sold-out crowd of 51,132 eager fans, Strait and his legendary Ace in the Hole Band proved that time away only serves to fuel the fire of their passion for performing.

The night was full of magical moments. During the iconic “Check Yes or No” a couple got engaged while surrounding fans captured the moment, sharing in their celebration. And before “How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls,” Strait remarked, “I always like seeing some cowboys in the crowd because that means cowgirls are nearby.” Pausing briefly after to share that the next song was written by his longtime manager, Erv Woolsey, a cowboy himself who recently passed, Strait shared, “I miss you, Erv.”

But it wasn’t just the classics that had the stadium rocking. Amidst the timeless hits and fan favorites, Strait unveiled a brand-new gem that stole the show: “Honky Tonk Hall Of Fame.” And who better to share the stage with than the incomparable Chris Stapleton? The dynamic duo delivered a performance that sent shivers down the spines of every cowboy and cowgirl in attendance.

Stapleton, joining Strait in the midst of his set, added his signature soulful flair to classics like “Pancho and Lefty” and “You Don’t Know What You’re Missing.” But it was their first-ever collaboration, “Honky Tonk Hall of Fame,” that truly set the night ablaze. With their voices intertwining in perfect harmony, they paid homage to the rich heritage of country music while paving the way for its future.

Yet, amidst the celebration, Strait took a moment to honor those who were dearly missed. With a heavy heart, he acknowledged the recent losses within his touring family, including his longtime manager Woolsey, Ace in the Hole member Gene Elders, and tour manager Tom Foote. Their absence was felt throughout the evening, a poignant reminder of the bonds that tie the country music community together.

As the lights dimmed and the echoes of applause filled the stadium, it was clear that

George Strait’s return was more than just a concert—it was a testament to the enduring spirit of country music. And with a new album on the horizon, aptly titled “Cowboys and Dreamers,” fans can rest assured that the King of Country will continue to reign supreme, carrying the torch of honky-tonk tradition into the future.

Strait’s 2024 Concert Calendar:

5/11 EverBank Stadium  Jacksonville, FL

5/25 Jack Trice Stadium  Ames, IA

6/1  Bank of America Stadium  Charlotte, NC

6/8  MetLife Stadium  East Rutherford, NJ

6/15 Kyle Field  College Station, TX

6/29 Rice-Eccles Stadium  Salt Lake City, UT

7/13 Ford Field   Detroit, MI

7/20 Soldier Field   Chicago, IL

12/7 Allegiant Stadium  Las Vegas, NV

For more information and to purchase tickets to all upcoming dates, visit


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