Catie Offerman Reveals The Remarkable Tale Of How She Scored A Gig Opening For Her Musical Hero, George Strait
The opportunity hailed from the moment she walked into a Texas hair salon 15 years ago.
Catie Offerman; Photo by Acacia Evans, Courtesy CMA, George Strait; Photo by Jill Trunnell
Catie Offerman just shared some major news with her fans. This November, this rising star is returning to her home state to open for one of her “musical heroes” and fellow Texas native, George Strait.
With this being a dream-come-true opportunity for Offerman, she couldn’t help but take to social media to share a clip of the moment she found out about the offer. The look of pure shock never left her face as she asked, “Aren’t there other people that need to play instead of me?” followed by “Wait, how? What?”
The member of her team then informed her that she was at the top of the list of artists to choose from. To make matters even more special, the gig will feature Offerman as the sole opener for two back-to-back sold-out shows on November 17 and 18 at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX.
Dream Come True Gig
In her caption, Offerman revealed that she and Strait have a bit of history together, as they first met in a hair salon when she was just 14 years old.
She wrote “15 years ago I sat next to this man in a salon in San Antonio (not just any man – one of my true musical heroes) and got my hair done next to him. Fast forward and now I’m opening for him on two sold-out shows in our home state of Texas. The KING! My favorite – Mr. George Strait.”
Chance Meeting 15 Years Ago
The “Don’t Do It In Texas” singer recently expanded upon this whirlwind story during an interview with Country Now. She started off by sharing that her chance meeting with the King of Country Music came as a result of her clever tactic of going to a hairstylist in Texas who also did Strait’s hair.
“I sought her out. I mean, my mom’s friend went to her, and she was like, ‘Catie, should go to George…’ you know, I was like 13 just getting my hair trimmed. And I’m like, yes, she does George’s hair,” Offerman said enthusiastically.
While she didn’t know it at the time, she recently found out that her younger self was setting her up for success down the line. Offerman went on to say that she initially believed she was chosen for this upcoming gig as a result of her team’s tireless effort to get her name in front of Strait. However, five days after receiving the offer, she learned that it was actually the former hairdresser who had played a big part in getting her the gig.
How Her Former Hairstylist Played A Role
“After I got offered those shows, five days later, I had a missed phone call from the gal that used to do my hair that still does George’s hair. I hadn’t talked to her in 14 years. She said, ‘call me.’ And I called her and she didn’t know I got in these shows. She said, ‘You’re never going to believe it. I was listening to the radio, I didn’t know you were still doing music, and I heard Bobby Bones talking about you two weeks ago.’ She said, ‘I googled your name and it was you. You’re the one I’d been doing her hair so many years ago.’”
Offerman continued, “This is just a couple of weeks ago, she sold her salon. And George just comes over to her house and she was like, ‘You’re never going to believe this. George came over the next day and on a whim, something in my heart just told me to bring you up.’ She said, ‘I told him, ‘George, do you remember the girl you met in the salon 14 years ago? The only girl you met, she was in a heat treatment mask and a hair bonnet?’ And he was like, ‘I do… she gave me her CD.’ And she said, ‘Well, she’s still doing music. Bobby Bones was talking about her and you should have her on some shows.’”
“A Crazy Thing”
Following his trip to the hairdresser, Offerman learned that Strait was heading to a meeting to figure out who would fill the opening slots of his shows. The very next day, she got the offer.
“It was just a crazy thing. I’m like, that’s why you got to care about who does your hair,” she said with a laugh.
Between her thick accent, welcoming personality, and songs that pay tribute to her home, Catie Offerman has embraced her Texas roots every chance she gets. After opening up for George Strait, Offerman will continue her run with Texas country stars as she prepares to join Parker McCollum as a special guest on his Burn It Down Tour 2024.
This just-announced trek kicks off January 18 in Spokane, WA, and runs through next August, when McCollum will wrap things up in Corpus Christi, TX.
In the meantime, Offerman will continue to perform a variety of headline shows, festivals, and opening slots throughout December. She is next scheduled to appear at the 24th Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival in Richmond Hill, GA on October 21.
Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.