Country music legend Lee Greenwood, 81, set to retire in 2024 after more than 40 years in the music industry: 'I'm so grateful for the years'

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Published: 17:03 EST, 13 November 2023 | Updated: 17:20 EST, 13 November 2023

Lee Greenwood, 1 of state music's astir iconic and longest touring singers, is hanging up his cowboy hat. 

The singer, 81, announced that he will beryllium retiring astatine nan extremity of his 2024 circuit to Brilyn Hollyhand, nan 17-year-old co-chair of nan Republican National Committee's younker advisory assembly connected The Brilyn Hollyhand Show.

'There are rumors of you perchance retiring astatine nan extremity of 2024. Are those rumors true?' Hollyhand asked Greenwood earlier his performance successful Montgomery, Alabama connected November 9.

'It's not conscionable a rumor. It will beryllium my past twelvemonth to tour,' Greenwood - who said Maren Morris doesn't understand state music - responded, adding that nan nonstop day and spot of his past performance has not yet been determined. 

And erstwhile he retires, that's it - location will beryllium nary comeback circuit successful nan future.

Retiring: Lee Greenwood, 1 of state music's astir iconic and longest touring singers is hanging up his cowboy hat

The Dixie Road vocalist cited wellness challenges he's faced arsenic good arsenic nan desire to walk much clip pinch his family arsenic nan main reasons for his retirement.

'I conscionable turned 81. This is simply a factor. I've had immoderate surgeries. I person titanium knees, I person a titanium cage successful my backmost pinch 10 screws.... 

'I conscionable I don't deliberation I tin do this overmuch longer pinch nan 2 boys successful college,' Greenwood said, explaining his determination to discontinue from nan industry. 

Greenwood shares sons Dalton and Parker Greenwood pinch his woman of 31 years, erstwhile Miss Tennessee USA Kimberly Payne. 

The Bandit Express vocalist noted that his woman 'has yet to person my full time.'

'It's only fair, I think, that I backmost distant astatine this constituent and person nary distractions but her and I and springiness these past fewer years that I will unrecorded to her and my 2 sons,' he added. 'So that's a large decision, and I cognize it is.'

He besides gave a typical mention to nan fans who person turned retired for his concerts complete nan past 41 years. 

'I'm truthful grateful for nan years that they travel to my shows continually.'

'Here I americium astatine nan extremity of my career, and they still come, and they still perceive maine singing nan aforesaid 40 songs that I've sang for 40 years,' Greenwood said.

Greenwood first roseate to fame successful nan 1980s pinch hits including Ring connected Her Finger, Time connected Her Hand, IOU and She's Lying. 

Long career: The singer, 81, announced that he will beryllium retiring astatine nan extremity of his 2024 circuit to Brilyn Hollyhand, nan 17-year-old co-chair of nan Republican National Committee's younker advisory assembly connected The Brilyn Hollyhand Show

Question: 'There are rumors of you perchance retiring astatine nan extremity of 2024. Are those rumors true?' Hollyhand asked Greenwood earlier his performance successful Montgomery, Alabama connected November 9

Confirmation: 'It's not conscionable a rumor. It will beryllium my past twelvemonth to tour,' Greenwood responded, adding that nan nonstop day and spot of his past performance has not yet been determined

No coming back: And erstwhile he retires, that's it - location will beryllium nary comeback circuit successful nan future

Family: The Dixie Road vocalist cited wellness challenges he's look arsenic good arsenic nan desire to walk much clip pinch his family arsenic nan main reasons for his retirement

He had his first number 1 azygous successful 1983 with Somebody's Gonna Love You and nan pursuing twelvemonth he wrote his signature opus God Bless nan U.S.A. while connected his circuit bus.

'USA is nan opus I ever felt nan request to write,' Greenwood said successful 2013. 'I wanted to person thing that would merge Americans from seashore to coast. 

'I wanted to instill pridefulness backmost successful nan United States. The opus represents my family, my organization and those men and women who person paid nan value for nan freedoms we each emotion and enjoy.'

He has released 22 albums, 8 top hits albums and has had much than 35 singles connected nan Billboard state euphony charts complete nan people of his career.


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