Garth Brooks (Finally) Ready to Resurrect His Country Music Career
Garth Brooks is one of the all-time bestselling performers in music history, and his career success virtually single-handedly revived the country music genre before he retired in 2001. After a decade of only sporadic activity, the superstar entertainer has revealed that he is mulling a return to the spotlight.
Brooks retired at the height of his success so that he could spend time with his daughters while they were growing up, but now that two of them are out of the house and off to college, the iconic singer says he and his wife, fellow country star Trisha Yearwood, have been talking about what the next part of his career might involve — not that he has any clear plan just yet.
“We’re just going to start,” Brooks tells the Huffington Post. “It will be fun. We’ve got our youngest baby [Allie], this is her junior year, and she’s really in touch. Now, down from three to one, you spend a lot more time with that one. She’s in on every plan. She knows all the decisions. She’s really well-educated in what’s going on.”
Brooks was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday (Oct. 21), along with Connie Smith and musician Hargus “Pig” Robbins, whose piano playing graced such classics as ‘Behind Closed Doors’ and ‘Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.’ Fellow Hall of Famer George Strait was on hand to sing ‘Much Too Young to Feel This Damn Old’ and present Brooks with his medallion at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Despite his past success, Brooks is turning his attention to the future. He recently wrapped up a three-year residency in Las Vegas, and hints that his future plans might include a return to full-fledged touring. The entertainer adds that he might put out a call soon for songs for a new album project.
“You talk about songwriters, the great ones can birth a career, but the greatest ones can bring life back into one,” Brooks notes. “So we’ll be looking hard for songs just to see what the future might hold for us.”