Oklahoma-based country singer Chris Cagle has announced that he will come out of retirement in 2019 to record new music and headline Guthrie’s River Ruckus in Iowa.
As previously reported, the Texas-bred singer-songwriter moved to Nashville, Tenn., on Aug. 3, 1994, and waited tables and tended bar for five years until Oklahoma native Scott Hendricks signed him to Virgin Records. Cagle released his debut “Play It Loud” in 2000. About six months later, EMI shuttered Virgin’s Nashville division and shifted him to sister label Capitol, where he released three more albums. His fourth single, “I Breathe in, I Breathe Out,” became his first to top the charts in 2002.
After enduring label shake-ups, tabloid scrutiny and other unpleasantries, the country rocker initially retired from the music business in 2008, bought land in Marietta, founded his Big Horse Ranch and settled in with his wife and three daughters. He returned to the music business in 2012 with the release of the album “Back in the Saddle.”
In 2015, the “Chicks Dig It” singer decided to walk away from his music career, telling his loyal Cagleheads “I’m going home” to focus on his family.
“I’ve had a great run and would just like to go home with my dignity! #ithankAllofyou,” Cagle posted on Twitter on Nov. 1, 2015.
The singer announced this month that he will come back for one show in 2019. He will play his final show July 27 at the Guthrie County Fairgrounds in Iowa as the headliner for the 11th annual Guthrie’s River Ruckus, according to the event website.