Garth Brooks’ latest single, The Call, is all about the point in his marriage with superstar Trisha Yearwood when it almost ended in divorce. Brooks, who has sold more records than anyone except Elvis Presley, has connected with fans over the years because he puts his heart on his sleeve and in his music. As is typical with Brooks, he is being open about the song and how it deals with his relationship with Yearwood.
In an interview with Country Aircheck, Brooks said, “It’s about that point in a relationship when you make the decision whether what you have is worth fighting for, or is it just easier to call it ‘friends’ and live life from there. Everybody goes through this; Miss Yearwood and I were in the middle of it in 2002-03.”
“We tried cutting this song with a full band, but kept going back to the Wynn performance, where it’s just like two people talking to each other,” he notes. “The echo-type piece in this is something I haven’t seen since Mockingbird with James Taylor and Carly Simon. I love how unique this song sounds, and when you bring it down to just two voices and a guitar, the conversation happens.”
Recorded live during a performance at the Wynn Las Vegas, The Call is included in the new box set, Blame It All on My Roots.
Brooks was born February 7, 1962, in Tulsa, Oklahoma and was the youngest child of Troyal Raymond Brooks, a draftsman, and Colleen Carroll, a country singer who recorded for Capitol Records. As Brooks was growing up in Yukon, Oklahoma, his family hosted weekly jam sessions in their home and all of the children were expected to participate, either by doing skits or singing. It was for these homegrown talent shows that Brooks learned to play the banjo as well as the guitar.
Yearwood was born and raised in Monticello, Georgia to Gwendolyn and Jack Yearwood. Her parents were well-settled in the community, with Gwendolyn being a school teacher and Jack, a local banker. After high school, she enrolled in the University of Georgia; and, upon becoming disenchanted with the large campus, transferred to Belmont College in Nashville. While at Belmont, she obtained an internship with MTM records and was eventually hired as a full-time employee. With the assistance of her record label’s resources, she recorded several demo tapes and sang backup for raw artists, one of which was Garth Brooks.
Brooks and Yearwood married in 2005, following years of knowing each other as struggling singers in Nashville. They now split their time between Las Vegas, where Brooks’ shows are a continual sellout, and homes in Georgia, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
Brooks recently announced that he will embark on a massive comeback tour in 2014.
By Jerry Nelson