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In an interview with Vegas Deluxe, Garth Brooks admitted that he’d love to be able to tour again with his wife, Trisha Yearwood, once his kids have moved out and he would be “guilt-free.” His youngest graduates in 2014, so Garth fans may be waiting a few more years for that tour, however.
R.L.: You mentioned the tour possibly starting up again. When do the kids finally get out of your hair, even though it sounds like you don’t want them to?
G.B.: I don’t think you ever stop being a parent, but when we become empty nesters, well, my youngest graduates in May of 2014. So, we become empty nesters right around then, and who knows. Our business, as you know, this business is very fickle, so there might not be a hole for us. But if there is, I would love to tour again for the first time ever without guilt from being away from either your spouse or your children. Now my children are off doing their own thing, and my spouse is with me. You know we’re together on tour, so I think that would be all the fun things.
In the same interview, Garth also discusses if he has a desire to record a new album after 2014 when he’s an “empty nester.” He doesn’t feel like the current country music business is set up to have a “successful” album, and says that he doesn’t see many of what he would consider to be successful albums out right now, so that may stop him from releasing another album anytime soon.
Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, and songwriters John Bettis, Thom Schuyler, and Allen Shamblin were the five inductees into the Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame last night at the 41st anniversary of the Hall Of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony. The event was held at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.
Garth was inducted by manager Bob Doyle and Hall of Fame songwriter and producer Allen Reynolds. Five of Garth’s songwriting buddies performed a medley of his hits including “The Thunder Rolls,” If Tomorrow Never Comes,” “We Shall Be Free,” “The River,” and, “When You Come Back To Me Again.”
Alan was inducted by Capitol Nashville boss Mike Dungan. The Wrights performed a medley of Alan’s greatest hits including “Good Time,” “Remember When,” “Chattahoochie,” “Don’t Rock The Jukebox,” and, “Here In The Real World.” Taylor Swift then took the stage to perform “Where Were You.”
John Bettis was inducted by songwriter Michael Clarke, with Brett James and Wayne Kirkpatrick performing a medley of his hit songs. Lynn Anderson joined the set with a performance of “Top Of The World.” Thom Schuyler was inducted by Don Schultz. Fred Knoblich, Tony Arata, and Jelly Roll Johnson performed Thom’s songs including “16th Avenue” performed by Lacy J Dalton. Allen Shamblin was inducted by songwriter Mike Reed, with Lionel Cartright performing a mix of Allen’s songs. Wynonna came onstage for the finale performance of the medley for Allen with “I Can’t Make You Love Me.”
The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young” also received recognition at the ceremony, winning “Song Of The Year” honors for lead singer, and songwriter, Kimberly Perry. Chris DuBois was once again named “Songwriter of the year,” and Taylor Swift won “Songwriter/Artist Of The Year” for the fourth straight year.
The NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) also named its “10 songs I wish I had written” at the ceremony. Check them out below:
The Nashville Hall of Fame Foundation have announced their 2011 nominees for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Hit songwriters John Bettis, Thom Schuyler, and Allen Shamblin will be inducted into the songwriters’ category. For the artist category, country music legend Alan Jackson will be inducted alongside Garth Brooks.
The five inductees will be part of the ceremony at the 41st anniversary of the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Dinner & Inductions Ceremony on Sunday, October 16th, 2011.
“These five very talented individuals are among an era of powerhouse writers and artists who propelled country music to unparalleled heights beginning in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and also made substantial contributions to popular and rock music,” said JOHN VAN MOL, chairman of NaSHOF. “We look forward to a fantastic evening of recognition for our inductees, and great entertainment for all who attend.”
While usually it’s a maximum of three inductees each given year, the foundation decided to increase it to five inductees for 2011.
Tickets for the induction run at about $200 each but there are only a limited number available to the public.
Billboard is reporting that Meatloaf has enlisted a few surprise friends for help on his 2012 Christmas album. Reba McEntire and Garth Brooks will join the former Celebrity Apprentice contestant on “Hot Holidays.” While it’s not know what song(s) they’ve collaborated on, I can’t say I saw this one coming.
Meatloaf is also celebrating his 40th year as a recording artist this year. He’s currently touring in support of his 2010 album “Stay Cool Teddy Bear.” He has two other projects he’s working on besides the holiday album.
The 5th Annual ACM Honors will take place on September 19th at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Downtown Nashville. The night celebrates the non-televised special honorees and winners from this year’s ACM Awards, held in Las Vegas in April, and includes special tribute performances and award presentations. For the second year, a limited amount of tickets will be made available to fans via Ticketmaster beginning in August. Host, presenters, and performers will be announced later in the summer.
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June 16th was a special day for country music star Garth Brooks. Not only was he inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in a New York City gala; but he was inducted by the legendary Billy Joel. Joel also performed “Shameless” before inducting Brooks. Trisha Yearwood was also on hand to celebrate the honor, singing a Hal David medley.
“You talk about songwriters, there’s one of the greatest songwriters of all time,” Brooks said about Joel. “And he’s taken a day out of his life to do this, I feel very lucky.”
Other inductees included Leon Russel, Allen Toussaint, Tom Kelly and John Bettis. Other performers included Drake, “Best I Ever Had,” Chaka Khan, “I’m Every Woman,” Dwight Yoakum, “Superstar,” and Boz Scaggs performed with Toussaint for “What Do You Want The Girl To Do.”