By Pepper

George Strait fans flocked to Las Vegas over Super Bowl weekend to see King George continue his run of “Strait to Vegas” shows at T-Mobile Arena in the nights leading up to the Big Game.

Saturday night’s show found the iconic country singer in good spirits for a show that relied not on pyrotechnics or production, but simply all about the music.

Included in his set were timeless classics like “Check Yes or No,” “I Cross My Heart,” and “Write This Down,” but also the Bruce Robison-penned “Wrapped,” and rarely-performed “Baby Blue.” He also paid tribute to the late Merle Haggard and Tom Petty, as well as a nod to the next generation of songwriters, like his son, who wrote “Arkansas Dave.”

Opening the show were two artists who have been friends since 1976, ever since their days as students together at Texas A&M University: Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen, who traded off singing lead on their own songs and back-up for the other.

It was a trifecta of Texas singer-songwriters.

Setlist:

George Strait:

  1. Write This Down
  2. Ocean Front Property
  3. You Can’t Make a Heart Love Somebody
  4. Cold Beer Conversation
  5. Wrapped
  6. Baby Blue
  7. River of Love
  8. Run
  9. She’ll Leave You with a Smile
  10. Old Violin (Johnny Paycheck cover)
  11. Kicked Out of Country
  12. I Cross My Heart
  13. The Fireman
  14. Arkansas Dave
  15. The Man In Love with You
  16. Check Yes or No
  17. Sing Me Back Home (Merle Haggard cover)
  18. Are the Good Times Really Over (Merle Haggard cover)
  19. Here for a Good Time
  20. Lead On
  21. Take Me to Texas
  22. Give It All We Got Tonight
  23. Give It Away
  24. You Look So Good In Love
  25. It Just Comes Natural
  26. I Can Still Make Cheyenne
  27. Amarillo By Morning
  28. The Chair
  29. Troubadour
  30. Unwound
  31. All My Exes Live in Texas
  32. You Wreck Me (Tom Petty cover)
  33. Take Me Back to Tulsa (Bob Wills cover)
  34. Milk Cow Blues (traditional)
  35. The Cowboy Rides Away

Lyle Lovett/Robert Earl Keen

  1. Private Conversation
  2. Feelin’ Good Again
  3. If I Had a Boat
  4. Merry Christmas from the Family
  5. Nobody Knows Me Like My Baby
  6. I’m Coming Home
  7. San Antonio Girl
  8. The Road Goes on Forever
  9. This Old Porch
  10. T for Texas
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