Garth Brooks, one of the most well names in country music, is making a comeback. The guitar strumming, high jumping crooner is giving his fans an early Christmas present with a live TV concert. Broadcast from the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, the show is free to the audience at home. Simply titled Garth Brooks Live from Las Vegas, the presentation is part of a regularly scheduled weekend concert with a paying crowd. Brooks has been working the part-time weekend gig while enjoying semi-retirement for the last ten years.
Always dedicated to family, Brooks retired from touring back in 2000. He had recently gone through a divorce from his first wife, Sandy, and did not want to be away from his three daughters any more than he had to. He made a commitment to stay close to home and be available while his children were growing up. Able to participate in their activities, music was never far from his mind. In interviews at the time, Brooks projected he would return to regular touring after his youngest graduated from high school. That will happen in 2014, so it is right around the corner, with fans anticipating his comeback.
Brooks, the youngest of six children, was born in Tulsa, and grew up around Yukon, Oklahoma. He was a star athlete in high school and was greatly influenced by his parents love for music. Learning the banjo and guitar at a young age, Brooks finally pursued his musical ambitions in Nashville in the late 80’s. Married to Sandy, and father of three little girls, Brooks became an overnight sensation in the world of country music. He remained a family man throughout his rise to fame and fortune. Brooks earned two Grammys, as well as honors from the American Music Awards, Country Music Awards and Billboard Awards. Brooks was a hot ticket for a good decade in the 90’s, topping the charts with such songs as Friends in Low Places, Unanswered Prayers, If Tomorrow Never Comes, The Dance, and Thunder Rolls.
After, his divorce from Sandy, Brooks took both retirement and fatherhood seriously. Along the way he reconnected with another country star, Trisha Yearwood, and their chemistry was undeniable. The two married in December of 2005. Brooks and Yearwood are soul mates and even after close to a decade together they still act like newlyweds. The music they make together on stage is just a sample of the in tune, deep love they share.
Brooks has been a critic of musical styles, yet respectful of the why, when and how they occurred. In a humorous, exaggerated way, he sort of makes fun of the songs from his childhood in his act. Opting for the country style of his own, he crossed over to pop for a time with his alter ego, Chris Gaines. The fictional character was a promotion for an album and possible movie, but was abandoned after fans missed and searched for the down home original Garth Brooks. He has a niche and a following, even after years of not touring. The weekend only concert schedule has been a dream come true for Brooks, as he flies back and forth from Vegas to his home in Oklahoma.
Brooks, now a grandpa, is a thankful man. He has a loving wife, three beautiful daughters he has seen grow up before his very eyes, an appreciation of God and country and always his love for music. As the dedicated family man sees his last daughter through her senior high school year, his creative juices are revving up again. Brooks has plenty to write and sing about as he will be in full force again in the very near future. Fans have been dedicated as well, over the years, keeping his songs on the top of the charts, always waiting in the wings ready for his promised comeback. It will not be a surprise when Brooks starts to soar again, and it looks like it will be soon.
UPDATE: Sooner than we thought, Brooks announced his upcoming world tour on the Good Morning America Show, Monday December 9, a day before his wedding anniversary. His old pal, Robin Roberts somehow got the cat out of the bag, as up until now, Brooks had been holding back the secret. He’s excited, he’s ready and he’s back.
The tour is to be called Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences. Growing up surrounded by music, he developed a style with bits and pieces of some of the greatest musical artists of all genres. From Merle Haggard, George Jones, Randy Travis and James Taylor, Brooks mastered his own unique talent and crafted a fan base with his ultimate showmanship, using his powerful, yet touching voice. Fans around the globe have been waiting patiently for his return and the news is music to our ears.
By Roanne H. FitzGibbon