What Rodeo Houston Taught Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks will headline Rodeo Houston on Sunday night (March 18), and he’s doing it kind of unplugged. In 1991, Brooks played his very first Rodeo Houston show. And the show in Houston was the first time Brooks ever played a show wirelessly, allowing him to walk out into the crowd and not be tethered... Read more »

Garth Brooks Finally Plays Lower Broadway

This is virtually impossible to believe: Garth Brooks had never paid his dues playing for tip jars on Nashville’s Lower Broadway. That is, until Monday night (Feb. 5). That’s when Brooks finally showed up at Layla’s — one of many tiny honky-tonks on Broadway — for an invite-only show to unofficially kick off this year’s... Read more »

The First No. 1 from Garth Brooks and Kent Blazy

Exactly 30 years ago, Garth Brooks wrote his first No. 1 song. He was in his 20s, didn’t have a record deal yet, and went to write with Kent Blazy for the first time. They’d met when Brooks had moved to Nashville, and was trying to get his start by singing demos for Blazy. It... Read more »

The Garth Brooks Hit That Almost Wasn’t

Garth Brooks has got friends in low places, alright. Starting with George Strait and Mark Chestnutt. The first single off Garth Brooks’ second album No Fences came with its own kind of backstory, and on the next CMT Hot 20 Countdown, Brooks explains how things went down back in 1990. When Brooks’ was writing his... Read more »

Garth Brooks’ Anthology Is Country’s First Top Album of New Year

Christmas leftovers haunt the charts as well as your refrigerators. Billboard‘s first country albums chart for 2018 is still festooned with Christmas titles, and the only new song on the country airplay chart is an old Christmas carol. However, there is a bit of ice-breaking going on. Garth Brooks’ The Anthology: Part 1, the First... Read more »

Garth Brooks on Righting the Country Ship

In the latest issue of industry publication Country Aircheck, there is a long Q&A with Garth Brooks. He has a lot to say about the state of country music, and how artists can make sure the music always matters. “I don’t know who gets credited with the saying, but the one thing that always saves... Read more »

The Pratt-Stapleton Duet of 1987 Hit

It’s no secret that actor Chris Pratt is a serious country fan. We’ve documented every moment he’s ever sung the praises of Eric Church, Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks and Chris Stapleton. But especially Stapleton. So when Pratt was as guest host on Monday’s (Dec. 4) Jimmy Kimmel Live, Stapleton was there to make duet dreams... Read more »

What Garth Brooks’ Book Taught Me

Garth Brooks’ new book The Anthology: Part 1 starts 32 years ago. His first chapter is titled “Late Summer, 1985,” and it begins with Brooks’ pre-Nashville days. His band at the time — a cover band that played all over Oklahoma — was called Santa Fe. But a couple years later, he packed up his... Read more »

The Garth Brooks Lip Sync Battle

Yes, the CMA’s reigning entertainer of the year Garth Brooks lip-synced his performance of “Ask Me How I Know” during the 51st annual CMA Awards. This happened before an audience of 14.29 million television viewers nationwide. Reporters didn’t ask Brooks directly about his performance during his backstage press conference. He addressed the subject on his... Read more »

Garth Brooks Talks Life After His World Tour

“Sleep. Christmas. Sleep. New Year’s Eve. Sleep.” That’s the official plan for the CMA’s six-time entertainer of the year, Garth Brooks, after his world tour closes on Dec. 16 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Backstage at Wednesday’s (Nov. 8) CMA Awards press conferences Brooks revealed his world tour was originally supposed to be a year-and-a-half. But... Read more »