Venue: Grand Garden Arena
3799 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV
Show Dates: February 2, 2013 - February 2, 2013
Show Times: 8pm
$72.60 - $133.45
Out of all the new country singers to emerge in the early '80s, George Strait stayed the closest to traditional country. Drawing from both the honky tonk and Western swing traditions, Strait didn't refashion the genres; instead, he revitalized them for a new decade. In the process, he became one of the most popular and influential singers of the decade, sparking a wave of neo-traditionalist singers from Randy Travis and Dwight Yoakam to Clint Black, Garth Brooks, and Alan Jackson.
Contemporary country singer Martina McBride rose to stardom in the late '90s, starting out with a more traditionalist approach and later moving into pop-friendlier territory. Her debut album, The Time Has Come, was released in 1992, offering a set of songs indebted to traditional honky-tonk and progressive-minded country-folk. The pop-inflected 1993 follow-up, The Way That I Am, was her commercial breakthrough, with the lead single "My Baby Loves Me" zooming up the country charts to the No. 2 position. The affecting story-song "Independence Day" became something of a signature number.