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Joe Nichols Surprises Crowds on Back to Back Nights of The Garth Brooks World Tour

Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes

Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes

Multi-platinum chart-topper Joe Nichols joined forces with megastar Garth Brooks to surprise The Garth Brooks World Tour sold-out crowds this past weekend (9/17, 9/18) at The Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. Unbeknownst to the keyed up, countrified crowds, Nichols was onsite to deliver a rollicking opening performance back-to-back nights on Saturday, 9/17 and Sunday, 9/18.

Taste of Country has an exclusive glimpse of the exciting weekend, which includes a frenzied helicopter ride down the coast of California. Check out the special behind-the-scenes footage below.

“I was honored by the invitation to join Garth in Anaheim this past weekend. His showmanship, hospitality and overall presence is first-class and larger than life. We had an absolute blast!” shared Nichols of the experience.

The weekend was full of rumbling excitement; kicking off an unforgettable weekend, the Country icon joined in for Nichols’ sound-check on Saturday, 9/17. Additionally, as highlighted in the video montage, Nichols returned to Anaheim, CA in style via helicopter for Sunday, 9/18’s show as the RED BOW Records act was pulling double duty, also headlining the California Beer Festival in Ventura, CA that same afternoon.

Nichols scored with the rambunctious Honda Center crowds both nights performing a slew of his six #1 chart-topping hits like “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Come Off,” “Sunny and 75” as well as his sultry new single “Undone,” which continues to climb at Country radio.

The 4x Grammy nominee is currently on the road performing headlining shows and major festivals throughout the U.S. in support of the new single on RED BOW Records.

Garth Brooks Joins Target to Release “Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection,” An Exclusive 10-Disc Boxed Set Featuring New Album


Target and Garth Brooks are collaborating to release an exclusive 10-disc boxed set, “Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection,” on Nov. 11th, ahead of the national release of his highly anticipated new album. The boxed set will include an exclusive version of the new album, featuring Target bonus tracks, and nine discs of curated music from his celebrated catalog, remastered in thematic playlists and featuring a selection of previously unreleased songs. Complete track lists, pricing and pre-sale information for “Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection” will be released later this fall.

“Target has always been a friend to artists and their music. I can’t begin to describe how excited I am to be partnering with them,” said Brooks. “This holiday season is going to be amazing with a new album, plus a boxed set with never-before-released music from the vault and music you can’t hear or get anywhere else.”

“Simply put, Garth is in a league of his own. He is unquestionably one of the most accomplished and celebrated musicians, with a fan base that spans all ages and genres,” said Mark Tritton, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, Target. “We’re thrilled to welcome Garth into the Target family, and are confident that the boxed set we’ve created with him, which we’ll offer for an unbeatable value, will be at the top of many wish lists this holiday season.”

This exclusive boxed set with Brooks continues Target’s legacy of partnering with world-class musicians to give fans more music and access to their favorite artists. This includes partnering with Gwen Stefani to deliver a show-stopping live commercial moment during the 2016 GRAMMY® Awards broadcast on CBS, which served as her video for the hit song “Make Me Like You.” In 2015, Target partnered with Adele on a campaign to give fans a sneak peek of tracks from her album, “25,” through seven captivating commercial spots prior to the album’s release. The record-breaking album sold one million copies at Target in the first 10 days following its launch.

For the latest news about “Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection” and the singer’s partnership with Target, fans can visit



Musicians Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Inductees


The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum™ is excited to announce the 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees. The Induction Ceremony and Concert will be held on Wednesday Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Historic Nashville Municipal Auditorium. The Municipal Auditorium is home to the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and GRAMMY Museum Gallery™ at Musicians Hall of Fame. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster on Sept. 12.


Garth Brooks & The G-Men – Garth Brooks is certified by the RIAA as the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history with over 137 million albums. He has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist. Garth has been inducted into the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame and most recently, the Musicians Hall of Fame.

Garth is currently on the three-year Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. The tour began with 11 sold out shows at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. The tour is smashing records previously held by such acts as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and even Garth Brooks. In just over a year and a half, the tour is approaching 5 million tickets sold making it the biggest tour in the world.

The G-Men are a group of musicians who have played with Brooks on all of his studio albums. This show will be a rare opportunity to see the G-Men play with Brooks live in concert. Members include Bruce Bouton (steel guitar), Mark Casstevens (rhythm guitar), Mike Chapman (posthumously, bass), Rob Hajacos (fiddle), Chris Leuzinger (lead guitar), Milton Sledge (drums), and Bobby Wood (keyboards).   Click to Longer Bio Here

Jerry Reed (posthumously) – Jerry Reed, known throughout country music as “the Guitar Man” after his 1967 hit single of the same name, gained recognition not only for a successful solo career, but also as an actor and ace session player. After leaving school, he auditioned for Bill Lowery, founder of Lowery Publishing Co. and Southern Track Studios in Atlanta, Ga., who encouraged him to write more songs and booked him for a tour opening for Ernest Tubb.  Click to Longer Bio Here

Sigma Sound Studio Rhythm Section (The Sound of Philadelphia) –  This group of session musicians created a genre of soul music with funk influences, often with sweeping strings and piercing horns, which sets the unique sound of Philadelphia apart. These musicians have added their talents to hits such as “Back Stabbers” by The O’Jays, “La La Means I Love You” by the Delfonics, and “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. Members include Ronnie Baker (posthumously, guitar), Tommy Bell (keyboards), Charles Collins (drums), Bobby Eli (guitar), Dennis Harris (guitar), Norman Harris (posthumously, guitar), Vince Montana (posthumously, vibes), TJ Tindall (posthumously, guitar), Larry Washington (posthumously, congas), Jimmy Williams (bass), and Earl Young, the drummer who was credited as the inventor of the disco style of rock drumming. Click to Longer Bio Here

Ricky Skaggs – Ricky Skaggs entered the world of professional music when he was invited to join the band of bluegrass patriarch Ralph Stanley. He moved into country music in the 1970s, first as a member of Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band and later as an individual recording artist on his own. Click to Longer Bio Here


Lou Bradley – Lou Bradley began his engineering career working for WPFA radio in Pensacola, Fla. where he built his own recording studio. From there, he moved to Atlanta and worked for Bill Lowery Music Co., where he engineered hits such as “Cherry Hill Park” by Billy Joe Royal and “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy” by The Tams. Click to Longer Bio Here

Mark Miller – Mark Miller, a highly successful Nashville engineer, has engineered “18 Wheels And A Dozen Roses”, “Walk The Way The Wind Blows”, and “Love At The Five And Dime” with Kathy Mattea. And “Small Town Saturday Night”, “Past The Point Of Rescue” and “Mama Knows The Highway” with Hal Ketchum. Click to Longer Bio Here

Ron “Snake” Reynolds – Ron “Snake” Reynolds has engineered over 600 Billboard Top 40 hits including 60 number ones, 100 gold, platinum and multi-platinum records, has received 9 GRAMMY citations, 6 Golden Reel Awards and two “Country Music Engineer Of The Year” awards. He started at Nugget Records owned by Fred Carter, Jr. in Goodlettesville, Tenn., where he signed an artist development and songwriting contract. In 1972, he started working as a staff engineer with Columbia Records Studios in Nashville. Click to Longer Bio Here

Joe Tarsia – Joe Tarsia has engineered an amazing number of classic pop music songs, earning him over 150 gold and platinum record awards. His engineering credits include albums such as “A Brand New Me” by Dusty Springfield, “To Know You Is To Love You” by B.B. King, and “Life Is A Song Worth Singing” by Teddy Pendergrass, to name a few. Click to Longer Bio Here


Allen Reynolds – Allen Reynolds has produced many hits such as “Talking In Your Sleep” and “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” by Crystal Gayle, “18 Wheels And A Dozen Roses” by Kathy Mattea, not to mention Garth Brooks’ iconic records “Friends in Low Places” and “The Dance”. Reynolds also wrote the hit single “Five O’Clock World” for the rock band The Vogues in 1965.

ICONIC RIFF AWARD – “Hotel California”

Don Felder – Don Felder is renowned as a lead guitarist formerly of the Eagles. He is the 2016 Iconic Riff Award recipient for creating the incredible guitar intro and solo in “Hotel California,” which has been referred to as one of the best guitar solos of all time. Before moving to Los Angeles, Felder taught guitar in Gainesville, Fla., where one of his students was Tom Petty. Click to Longer Bio Here



Garth Brooks Plays First Ever Show at Ryman Auditorium


Garth Brooks took to the storied Ryman stage for his first-ever full concert last night (9/8), at an invitation-only event to celebrate the launch of SiriusXM’s “The Garth Channel.” Curated personally by Brooks, the exclusive channel (SiriusXM Channel 55) is also significant as it is the first time Brooks’ music has been made available 24/7 in one place, on radio or online.
In an emotional and long-anticipated performance for both Brooks and the enamored crowd, he welcomed the change of pace offered by the intimate and ethereal surroundings, and took fans on a timeline of his revered career as they soaked in every moment, taking to their feet for countless standing ovations. The unforgettable night in Nashville kicked-off with just Brooks and his guitar, as he opened the show with the curtain drawn behind him starting with Cal Smith’s “Country Bumpkin,” a rousing rendition of “I Will Always Love You,” “Amarillo By Morning” and “Don’t Close Your Eyes.”

Fans were enthralled as Brooks offered hit-after-hit from his unrivaled catalogue including “Friends In Low Places,” “Two Pina Coladas, “The Thunder Rolls” and more, as he continued past the scheduled 2-hour broadcast on his SiriusXM channel, even taking requests from the audience. Embracing the legendary venue and much to the roar of the crowd, Brooks also invited special guest and wife Trisha Yearwood to join the stage as the pair collaborated on the heart-stopping “Walkaway Joe,” as well as revealing a new song, “Whiskey To Wine.” Watch highlights from the day.


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