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Garth Brooks came out of retirement with a bang and a massive tour. Naturally, fans were hoping that meant new music wasn’t far behind and originally, that was Garth’s plan. Unfortunately, timing among other things have changed that. Garth took to Facebook to ask fans for patience as he flexed his writing muscles.
In the fifteen months we have been touring, we have been fortunate to have seen a lot of faces and heard a lot of voices. When it comes to the new music, the one thing I keep hearing over and over is, “Where is the garth stuff?” I made the statement that when we came back on the road and into the studio, I was not confident in my own writing…it is a muscle and if you don’t use it, you just can’t turn it back on again…it takes time…but I DID hear you. And because of that, teamed with the touring schedule, I am asking a huge favor from you, I am postponing the release of the new studio record…I ask for your patience as I explore the writing again. I have been at it for over four months now, enjoying the challenge and enjoying the studio more because of it. This new album will be the most Garth thing I have ever done… whether that is a good thing or a bad thing, you will decide.
As a sort of consolation prize, Garth is inviting fans in on his process by sharing bits and pieces on social media.
I would like to invite you in on the process…see how we make records and see what goes on behind the scenes of the making of a record, from the production of the music, the manufacturing of the package, to the release of the record which should be sometime this summer
. I believe the g-team and Facebook have found a way to make this happen using Facebook LIVE like you have never seen it, to pull back the curtain on this process in a very cool and personal way. I really hope you are going to like this journey with me.
Luckily for Garth, he has TONS of hits to entertain his fans while we wait for new tunes…that hopefully live up to the old.
Garth Brooks, Lee Brice, Bobby Braddock and Jessi Alexander Play “The First and The Worst” to Benefit Music Health Alliance
Music City celebrated The First And The Worst from its talented creative community as hit-makers Jessi Alexander, Bobby Braddock and Lee Brice, along with special guest Sandy Knox, performed the very first and worst songs they have ever written, as well as their biggest hits, all to benefit Music Health Alliance. Joining for the sold-out show was Garth Brooks, who stepped in for Chris Stapleton after an unforeseen scheduling conflict. The second annual event raised over $200,000 for the non-profit, representing more than half of its annual budget. Music Health Alliance has secured over $10 million dollars in life-changing healthcare resources and enabled access to doctors, medicine, health insurance and financial assistance for 4,100 music industry entrepreneurs and professionals in only three years.
Highlights from the evening included Garth Brooks’ stirring performance of his quintessential hit, “That Summer,” while Lee Brice delivered a soulful rendition of self-penned “More Than A Memory,” recorded by Brooks. Special collaborations for the evening included Jessi Alexander joined onstage with powerhouse vocalist Trisha Yearwood for “Nothin’ ‘Bout Memphis.” You could hear a pin drop as special guest Jon Randall wowed the crowd with “Whiskey Lullaby” and Alexander and Brice performed “I Drive Your Truck” for the very first time together. Among the more than 500 taking in the epic night were Kix Brooks and Major League Baseball’s Barry Zito.
Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Braddock received the “Crappy” Award for a song he wrote at the ripe old age of four, voted by over 500 audience members, as The First And The Worst’s most memorable song of the night. Last year’s recipient, Wynn Varbel, presented the award. Braddock later received a standing ovation for his iconic song, “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”
“It gives me chills to witness our amazingly talented creative community come together to support the long-term health of our own industry at The First And The Worst,” said Music Health Alliance Founder and 2015 Nashville Healthcare Hero, Tatum Hauck Allsep. “Not only was it an incredibly memorable night of music, the funds raised will allow us to provide access to life-saving medicines, surgeries, treatments and health insurance that is not readily available to the majority of the music industry who are self-employed and part of small businesses.”
The First And The Worst – an evening of really bad songs by really good writers – showcased songwriters Alexander, Braddock, Brice and Brooks as they divulged the stories and the songs that led to their biggest hits. Hosted by esteemed journalist and music historian, Peter Cooper, this unique event allowed the audience to peek inside the brilliant minds of hit songwriters long before they had ever written a chart-topper or had songs recorded by superstar artists, all for a worthy cause. Proceeds from The First And The Worst benefit Music Health Alliance, the music industry’s non-profit healthcare advocate. Funds raised help Music Health Alliance Protect, Direct & Connect music industry professionals with medical and financial solutions.
Garth Brooks admits that Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson and Miley Cyrus are among his dream non-country collaborations.
“[She] has no ceiling, whatsoever,” Garth says of Kelly Clarkson at a recent press conference. “She’s very rare. One of those very rare artists [that] I don’t know if I’ve ever heard the top of her range, so it’s amazing.”
Garths’ second pick was Gaga.
“She’s a monster. Great entertainer. And the [The Sound of Music medley] she did at the Oscars just showed everybody, hey, flip a coin. Want to go talent? She could go head-to-head with anybody. You want to go entertainment and craziness? She could go head-to-head with anybody.”
“She’ll try to make you think she’s crazy as she can be, but that little gal is talented as hell,” Brooks finally says of Cyrus. “. . . That gal’s got talent coming out of her ears.”