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It’s like King George wants to show the boys how it’s done before he rides off into the sunset—and the boys love it.
George Strait has, several times, called up an opener to do a song or two with him during the headliner set on the Cowboy Rides Away Tour. The last time was Saturday night (Jan. 18) in Kansas City, when Eric Church sang “Cowboys Like Us” and “Easy Come, Easy Go” with George.
Video from that night shows Eric smiling  his face off and, at one point, fist-pumping to the crowd because he’s so excited to be singing with George.
“The juxtaposition was telling,” a Kansas City newspaper reviewer noted .
“Church is among the reign of country singers who like to sing about what country is (trucks, beer, blue jeans and boots, small towns and dirt roads). Strait, on the other hand, just is country—a true cowboy who sings about life and love and the hard-living and hard lessons they entail.”
A week or so earlier (Jan. 10), George and Jason Aldean sang  “Nobody in His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her” in Austin. The crowd loved it so much, they practically sang over the artists during the chorus.