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Back where it all began, George Strait returned to New Braunfels’ Gruene Hall Wednesday night (Nov. 16.) and performed a nearly two-hour set in celebration of Strait Out of the Box: Part 2, available Friday, Nov. 18 exclusively at Walmart and Walmart.com (HERE).

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Taking the stage just after 7 p.m., The King of Country Music with his band, The Ace in the Hole Band, kicked off the surprise performance with “Here For A Good Time,” a song Strait co-wrote with his son, Bubba Strait, and Dean Dillon.

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For the first time, Strait performed the two brand new songs from Friday’s upcoming release, “Kicked Outta Country” and “You Gotta Go Through Hell,” both of which he co-wrote.

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As awareness of the surprise show grew, a frenzy erupted in the historic township with fans flocking to the dancehall to see and hear Strait through the dusty side screens of Gruene Hall.

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As the show came to a close, Strait paused for a moment – taking it all in – before walking one final time along the stage’s rim thanking those fans that helped celebrate his return to the storied hall.

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Fans wanting to see Strait live will be able to purchase tickets to 2017’s newly announced 2 Nights of Number 1’s, a limited-engagement concert series at T-Mobile Arena across four weekends (April 7-8; July 28-29; Sept. 1-2; Dec. 8-9), with tickets on sale beginning Friday, Dec. 2 at StraitToVegas.com.

Photo credit for all images: Erika Goldring for MCA Nashville

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Back where it all began, George Strait returned to New Braunfels' Gruene Hall Wednesday night (Nov. 16.) and performed a nearly two-hour set in celebration of Strait Out of the Box: Part 2, available Friday, Nov. 18 exclusively at Walmart and Walmart.com (HERE). Taking the stage just after 7 p.m.,...