Carly Pearce Says Her ‘Heart Melted’ Meeting George Strait

by Matthew Memrick
(Photo by Erika Goldring/WireImage)

County star Carly Pearce met the King of Country George Strait in Texas and had her “heart melted.”

Strait surprised both performers and fans at the iHeartCountry Festival Concert in Austin, Texas, on Saturday.

Quite The Year For Carly Pearce

This year has been a great one for the Kentucky native Pearce.

Country music legend Dolly Parton surprised Pearce with the news of her Grand Ole Opry induction on Aug. 3. Parton brought Pearce to the iconic country music venue under the guise of a Dollywood promotional video.

Next, Opry member Trisha Yearwood welcomed the CMA Awards Female Vocalist and Album of the Year nominee “to the family.”

Then, Pearce’s “29: Written in Stone” album hit stores to the delight of her fans. Some of the tracks featured were “Dear Miss Loretta” with Patty Loveless and “What He Didn’t Do.”

On Saturday, Pearce wrapped her Austin setlist with “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” featuring Lee Brice. 

And now she’s met Strait. 

And there’s still lots of time left in 2021 for more

She spun a wheel on Saturday night during an interview and got the question, “if there were a crossover artist she’d love to perform with in the future.”

Her answer? John Mayer.

“I would imagine that we’d sing some kind of sexy version of (Mayer’s) ‘Slow Dancing in a Burning Room,’ and then I’d melt to the ground and die.”

I don’t know how many times you can melt. Haha.

Pearce To Have Special Concert This Week

According to the website udiscovermusic, Pearce is sticking around Austin for a unique LiveXLive Presents: Rooftop Series series.  

Pearce’s invite-only show at The Summit will be intimate but will air in 200 countries.

The singer will perform her critically acclaimed album 29: Written In Stone in its 15-track entirety for the first time. Artists Danielle Bradbery and Laci Kaye Booth will open the show before handing it off to Pearce.

Strait Honored Before Saturday Concert Appearance

Parker McCollum and Maddie & Tae appeared ready to play some George Strait music at the show.

Maddie & Tae started with Strait’s “Die From A Broken Heart,” followed by McCollum’s version of “To Be Loved By You.”

“We’re going to do something really special. We’re going to honor the king of country music — George Strait,” Maddie told the crowd. “I’m from Texas, so everybody pray I make it through without crying.” 

Maddie & Tae performed Strait’s “Run,” while McCollum tackled “Carrying Your Love With Me.”

Strait, then, came out on stage. He thanked first responders and military guests before launching into “The Weight of the Badge.” Then, he finished with “Amarillo By Morning” to the delight of many.

Cole Swindell, Chase Rice, Little Big Town, and Pearce also came to play. 

Many of Saturday’s performers, like Pearce, got their time with the country music legend.