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George Strait Brings Legendary Friends for Houston Rodeo Closer

Much Anticipated Concert Adds Even More Star Power

BY // 09.18.18

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is going legendary with its concert performers when it returns this March. Country music icon George Strait was already slated to perform Sunday, March 17th, the final night of the 2019 rodeo.

But it turns out, he’s bringing a few well-known friends.

That’s right. Lone Star State singer-songwriters Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett will set the stage for the Amarillo by Morning crooner in an NRG Stadium spectacular.

“We are proud to close out the 2019 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo with three of the Lone Star State’s most influential music artists,” Joel Cowley, Rodeo president and CEO says in a statement. “Bringing both Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett back to the RODEOHOUSTON stage for a Texas-sized performance with George Strait will be an incredible experience for fans.”

The two have wowed Houston rodeo crowds before. Keen took the stage at the Rodeo from 2000 to 2004 and then again in 2006. Lovett performed his classics in 2001 and 2002.

Keen and Lovett have been keen on each other’s music for years and years now. Their 30-year friendship started back at Texas A&M University, where the students strummed acoustic guitars on Lovett’s front porch in College Station. The experience led to country classic “The Front Porch Song.” You’d better believe it gets radio play even to this day.

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The two top acts were inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012. In early 2018, Keen and Lovett joined up to play acoustic shows together for intimate evenings brimming with storytelling, songs and friendship. You could say their Road Goes on Forever.

The March 17th Houston Rodeo concert comes after the duo’s recent country music collab with Strait. Last year, the entertainers shared the stage with Strait during his Hurricane Harvey relief concert in San Antonio.

The rodeo show will be a rare treat — the full-length evening concert will be one of the few performances Strait will put on in Texas in 2019. The concert will be the star of the stadium. There will be no rodeo competitions in NRG Stadium that night, but all activities on the grounds will be open. That means shopping and dining, carnival, livestock and horse show competitions and even more attractions.

When it comes to Strait, Keen and Lovett, you know you’re gonna love it.

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