Singer-songwriter George Strait will continue to hold his title as the King of Country Music in summer 2009 with a new tour of North America. The musician has nearly 20 weekend performances currently slated, from a May 9 concert at Dodge Arena in Hidalgo, TX, through a July 25 show at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL.

Regular tour stops will feature Strait on May 22 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH, and June 12 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA, among other places. However, a couple special gigs on the itinerary will take the country legend into Canada for a July 11 performance at the Calgary Stampede at the Exhibition Grounds in Calgary, AB, and a July 12 appearance at the Craven Country Jamboree at Qu’Appelle Valley in Craven, SK.

Public on-sale dates have not yet been announced for the summer tour, though tickets for some of his concert event appearances are already available. According to the performer’s Web site, additional major tour dates will be announced early in 2009.

Strait is touring behind his April 2008 album, “Troubadour,” which topped both the Billboard 200 and the country album charts. The Gold-certified album’s first single, “I Saw God Today,” debuted at No. 19 on the country song charts and went on to become Strait’s 43rd chart-topping single.

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In the past few months, Strait has been honored with multiple award nominations and wins for “Troubadour.” The musician received five Country Music Award nominations, winning for the categories Single of the Year (“I Saw God Today”) and Album of the Year, as well as for his role as co-producer with Tony Brown.

During the inaugural Grammy Nominations Concert on December 3, Strait received four nominations, most notably Best Male Country Performance for “Troubadour,” and Best Country Album. He was also nominated twice in the category for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for “House of Cash” with Patty Loveless and “Shiftwork” with Kenny Chesney.

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George Strait itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

May 9 Hidalgo, TX Dodge Arena
May 15 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 16 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
May 22 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
May 23 Burgettstown, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion
May 29 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
May 30 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
June 12 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
June 13 Washington, DC (Bristow, VA) Nissan Pavilion
June 28 Cadott, WI Country Festival
June 29 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest @ Marcus Amphitheater
July 11 Calgary, AB Calgary Stampede @ Calgary Exhibition Grounds
July 12 Craven, SK Craven Country Jamboree @ Qu’Appelle Valley
July 17 Salt Lake City, UT Usana Amphitheatre
July 18 Cheyenne, WY Cheyenne Frontier Days
July 24 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
July 25 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre