by Robert Bell
7:30 p.m. Verizon Arena. $86-$109.
One of the true giants of country music will be retiring from the road soon. George Strait's "The Cowboy Rides Away Tour" is likely your last chance to see King George perform in Arkansas.
Let's check out some of the man's stats: More than 65 million albums sold; 59 No. 1 hits; highest-selling box set of any country artist (1995's "Strait out of the Box" has sold more than 8 million copies); he's the only musician ever to notch at least one Top 10 hit every year during his three-decade career, and he's only the second artist to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame while still touring and recording hits.
Speaking of hits, that's what you're in for at this concert, which Strait said will be "a very special, emotional tour for me. Everywhere we're going holds fond memories and I'm looking forward to paying my respects."
Opening the show will be Martina McBride, who's certainly one of the biggest names in country music herself, having sold north of 18 million albums.