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FILE - In this April 19, 2015 file photo, George Strait poses in the press room with the milestone award at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Arlington, Texas. Strait announced on Tuesday, Sept. 22, that he’s releasing a new album, “Cold Beer Conversation,” on Friday and that he’ll play a series of shows at the new Las Vegas Arena when it opens in 2016. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Country music king George Strait may have quit touring last year, but he's not done singing or performing.

During a press conference Tuesday, it was announced that Strait is releasing a new album, "Cold Beer Conversation," on Friday and that he'll play a series of shows at the new Las Vegas Arena when it opens in 2016.

The country music legend ended four decades of touring with his record-setting "Cowboy Rides Away" tour, but has said he'll continue to play the occasional gig and has a deal with MCA to produce additional records. "Cold Beer Conversation" will be available at iTunes, on Apple Music and at Walmart stores.

Strait will play Las Vegas starting on April 22-23 and again on Sept. 9-10.

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