Country music icon Lee Greenwood is one of the biggest patriots in music.
He stands up for America in an increasingly left-wing entertainment industry.
And “God Bless the USA” singer Lee Greenwood shocked his fans with this major announcement.
Country music singer Lee Greenwood confirmed that his 2024 tour would be the last one of his storied career.
The Grammy-winning artist confirmed that he’s retiring during an interview on a podcast with the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) youth advisory council co-chair Brilyn Hollyhand.
“There are rumors of you potentially retiring at the end of 2024. Are those rumors true?” Hollyhand asked before the singer’s concert in Montgomery, Alabama.
“It’s not just a rumor,” Greenwood replied. “It will be my last year to tour.”
Greenwood hasn’t made a decision yet where he’ll hold his final performance in 2024.
This one is final, unlike the retirement tours that some musicians put on before backtracking and going back out on the road again.
The “God Bless the USA” singer said his 2024 tour won’t be “one of those farewell and then come back next year” tours.
Greenwood pointed to his age and his desire to spend more time with his family as the reason he’s hanging it up.
“I just turned 81,” Greenwood said. “This is a factor. I’ve had some surgeries. I have titanium knees, I have a titanium cage in my back with 10 screws . . . I just I don’t think I can do this much longer with the two boys in college.”
He said that he wanted to spend more time with his wife of 31 years, former Miss Tennessee USA Kimberly Payne, because “she has yet to have my total time.”
“It’s only fair, I think, that I back away at this point and have no distractions but her and I and give these last few years that I will live to her and my two sons,” Greenwood explained. “So that’s a big decision, and I know it is.”
Greenwood thanks his fans who supported him throughout his storied career.
“Here I am at the end of my career, and they still come, and they still hear me sing the same 40 songs that I’ve sang for 40 years,” Greenwood said with a laugh.
Greenwood is an outspoken conservative and former President Donald Trump frequently uses his best-known song “God Bless the USA” at his rallies.
He wrote the hit in the back of his tour bus in 1983 to unite Americans and instill pride in the country.
He’s a throwback to an era when celebrities were more willing to wear their patriotism on their sleeves.
Billboard magazine named Greenwood as one of the top 100 artists of all time.
Fans will have one last chance to see the legendary country music singer before he calls it a career.