Remember When George Strait and Eric Church Teamed Up To Sing ‘Cowboys Like Us?’ In 2014, George Strait invited several of country music’s hottest stars to join him at AT&T Stadium in Arlington,…


Lauren Jo Black

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May 18, 2020


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In 2014, George Strait invited several of country music’s hottest stars to join him at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas to help him bid farewell to his touring career. Although he still plays stadiums here and there and performs in Las Vegas every now in then, this star-studded show marked the end of his yearly tours.

Artists such as Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride performed alongside Strait and it was all captured on film for a two-hour CMT Special, George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away.

One of the most memorable performances from that night was between Strait and Church, who joined forces to sing Strait’s 2003 hit, “Cowboys Like Us.”

Although their musical styles are a bit different, Church believes he and “The King of Country Music” have a lot in common.

“There’s a commonality in our career paths,” Church once said. “We were doing it our own way at a time when everybody was doing it a different way. I don’t have any more respect for anybody else than I do for George Strait. I respect him more than anyone. It’s been great to get know him and become friends with him and have somebody you can talk to about certain things.”

More than 104,000 fans were there to witness Strait’s farewell concert, which at the time, shattered North American concert attendance records.

Click above to re-live the incredible moment.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.