On This Day: George Strait Releases ‘Cowboys Like Us’ in 2003

by Katie Maloney

Eighteen years ago, country music legend George Strait released his hit song, “Cowboys Like Us.”

The song is about the true nature of a cowboy. During the song, George Strait sings, “And cowboys like us sure do have fun. Racing the wind, chasing the sun. Take the long way around back to square one. Today we’re just outlaws out on the run. There’ll be no regrets, no worries and such. For cowboys like us.”

The song was co-written by songwriters Bob DiPiero and Anthony Smith. George Strait released the “Cowboys Like Us” in 2003 as the second single from his album Honkytonkville. The song reached number two on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.


Like A True Cowboy George Strait Performs On His Own Terms

When you’re known as the King of Country, you can pretty much make your own way in the country music industry. And that’s exactly what George Strait does. After decades of hard work and success, Strait now only performs on his own terms. Strait hasn’t officially toured since 2014 when he traveled for his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. During the tour, just as a king does, Strait broke attendance records while packing 104,793 fans into AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on June 7, 2014.

During an interview in 2019, George Strait said that there isn’t a whole lot he misses about touring.

“I can’t think of anything that I miss about touring,” Strait said.

That’s probably partly because he still connects with fans via live performances, he just does it on his own terms now.

“I do as many shows as I feel like doing and when I feel like doing them,” he added. “If I don’t want to play in April, for example, I don’t play in April. When you’re touring, you don’t get to do that.”

Now that he’s not officially on tour anymore, George Strait performances are even more of a big deal. When the King decides to perform live, people show up. For example, Strait agreed to perform for the first concert at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth Texas a few years ago. When tickets first went on sale, a small number of tickets went on sale for $19.82. The cost was a clever reference to one of Strait’s rare appearances in Fort Worth at Billy Bob’s Texas in 1982. Well, the 14,000-seat arena sold out in minutes. And people started selling tickets for upwards of $400. But is that really surprising? It is George strait after all. We’d be lying if we said we wouldn’t shell out $400 to see the king of country perform.

During the same interview, Strait said that he wants to continue writing new songs. But he holds himself to a high standard. He is a king, after all.

“For the last 10 years or so I’ve been writing again,” said Strait. “I wanted to record more of what I’ve written — but only if it held up.”