George Strait at Cheatham Street?

Did George Strait make a surprise appearance at Cheatham Street Warehouse?
by Cody Oxley

For the past couple of years, Randy Rogers has held acoustic performances at Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, TX every month or two. Each time, he invites a special guest or two to join him. The shows always sell-out. The guest is almost always a secret until showtime, and the list includes Hayes Carll, Kyle Park, Sunny Sweeney, and an exhaustive list of artists you likely love.

On October 13, 2015, Randy took the stage again. Cheatham is special for Randy. It's where the Randy Rogers Band had its first gigs. Cheatham is also special to other noteworthy artists. Stevie Ray Vaughan once held down a Tuesday night residency, and some say he still makes a random spiritual appearance at the hallowed old warehouse. George Strait and the Ace in the Hole Band started at Cheatham as Southwest Texas students, and band members current and former are often in the audience.

Cheatham Street Warehouse lost its founder, Kent Finlay, to cancer earlier this year. He was not just a music venue owner. He was a songwriter and a mentor to many up and coming songwriters, Rogers included. It must be a bittersweet return each time Rogers takes the stage knowing that though Kent no longer watches from his stool at the end of the bar, Mr. Finlay definitely watches from somewhere over the stage.

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