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This past Friday night, Garth Brooks‘ Las Vegas show aired live on CBS from The Wynn to fans’ delight, and the highly anticipated television special certainly did not disappoint! With 8.7 million viewers spending their Black Friday nights curled up on their couches, watching one of country music’s best, the special doubled Lady Gaga’s recently aired Muppets event. Clearly fans do not live by the old cliche “out of sight, out of mind,” and are eagerly awaiting the day Garth announces that he will be bringing his show back out on the road!
Clad in work boots, baggy jeans, a hoodie, and a Wynn Las Vegas baseball cap, Garth owned the stage on which he was only accompanied by a guitar. With stories from his childhood and brief covers of songs on which he grew up, Garth entertained the live and television audiences with his sense of humor, charisma, and stellar vocals. While sharing tales about his large family and their many adventures during Garth’s childhood (such as riding shotgun and fearing for his life as his mother’s lead foot took over the vehicle), Garth covered some of the influential songs that impacted his career. The show could best be classified as “stand-up comedy … with a guitar.”
Garth also “surprised” the audience with a cameo by his superstar country vocalist wife, Trisha Yearwood, who joined her husband on stage for a performance of the couple’s “In Another’s Eyes.” Before leaving the stage, Trisha also gave us a brief sampling of one of her most infamous songs “She’s In Love With the Boy.” Luckily for us diehard Garth fans, we were also blessed with performances (albeit mere clips) of some of Garth’s oldies and goodies, including “Somewhere Other Than the Night” and party classic “Friends In Low Places.” Perhaps the most incredible moment of the night, at least for this particular huge Garth fan, was the performance of “Shameless.” Not only does Garth own the Billy Joel cover every time the words slip through his lips, but during this specific performance, Garth let go of his true and tried stage companion (his acoustic guitar), and sang a portion of the song a cappella. At that point, 8.7 million hearts simultaneously melted.
The two-hour event was a blast from the past, as well as a glimpse into the future, of Garth’s country career and left fans craving more … especially to the tune of a 2014 tour. Between the release of Garth’s eight-disc Blame It All On My Roots boxed set and the live airing of his final Las Vegas show, fans are buzzing about the possibility of Garth coming out of “retirement,” hitting the road, and sharing his music — new and old — with country music fans across the world.
Not only did fans of country music sit with their eyes glued to their televisions on Friday night, but Garth’s peers in the country music industry tuned in to watch their beloved idol entertain the masses. Below are some of our favorite reaction tweets from country musicians:
@DierksBentley: still the man… #garthbrooks
@carrieunderwood: Loving this #GarthBrooks special! Saw the show in Vegas a few years ago…so much joy and love for music! #Inspired #FellowOkie
@TheSwonBrothers: Who does Chuck Norris fear?? #GarthBrooks
@KCMuessigmann: Garth Brooks is the single greatest entertainer EVER born. Biggest influence on my music, as well as every other mid-20′s artist out there.
@jodeemessina: OMG! Watching Garth special. He is amazing! Some people have just “got it”. Ha. He just happens to have a LOT of it. Rock on Garth! Xoxo
@TheFarmMusic: That’s about as good as it gets folks …a true entertainer. #Garth
@johnrich: Watching #Garth right now. Country music’s Elvis! Also, I never realized how much he and @glennbeck look alike. Am I right?
@mallaryhope: Garth Brooks is the best ever. The end
@WillHoge: there’s some jackass on CBS TOTALLY ripping off Chris Gaines right now. He should sue this dude
@cavanaughmusic: Garth brooks is the man for a reason
If anything became evident during this event, it is that “retirement” has not affected the stunning vocals of this iconic performer, nor has time away from the limelight hindered his ability to bring a memorable show to his fans. Here’s to hoping that Garth is ready to travel the world again for one more “Rodeo”!
Last year, we introduced a new annual feature on Keepin’ it Country – Ones to Watch. Our predictions were pretty spot on last year, with Dustin Lynch and JT Hodges quickly becoming popular with country music fans. This year it’s time for a little love for the ladies – and our first 2013 One to Watch: Rose Falcon.
Rose, a singer-songwriter signed to Show Dog Universal, is the writer behind Country Strong’s hauntingly beautiful “Give Into Me,” and has been named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country. Rose, a songwriter just like her father, has been praised by the legendary Bon Jovi as a “true artist” and “an old soul in the voice of a beautiful young lady.” She recently released her single “If Love Had A Heart” to country radio, and she’s definitely one to watch out for in 2013.
In a country music world where males dominate airplay and it’s hard for a new female to break out, Rose is one you will be cheering for. With her talented writing and pretty vocals, she has what it takes to hold her own at country radio.
Check out her EPK below then read our exclusive interview with Rose. Get to know her before she takes over country – which she will:
The Academy of Country Music welcomed singer-songwriter and first time ACM nominee Will Hoge to the office while he was in Los Angeles last week. While at the Academy he performed “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” a song which earned Hoge his first ACM nomination as composer in the Song of the Year category. The most recent chart topping Eli Young Band single will compete in both Song of the Year and Single of the Year categories at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 7, 2013.
Check out the picture of Will’s visit below:
If you don’t know the name Will Hoge yet, it’s time for us to help change that. He’s been making music for well over a decade and has garnered an impressive fan base on the merits of his often-independent releases. He’s appeared on stage at the Grand Ole Opry alongside Vince Gill, performed on GAC’s flood relief program “Music City Keep On Playin,” and has opened for the likes of Needtobreathe, Sugarland, and the Civil Wars.
Rising star group Eli Young Band were the first artists to receive the brand new CMA Medallion this week. The new Olympics-styled medal replaces the former CMA plaque for writing or performing a number one country song, and was awarded to the group in celebration of their newest chart topper “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.” The party was a standing room only event at the Country Music Association offices on Music Row as supporters and friends of the group overwhelmingly came out to share the love.
Yesterday’s presentation of the new CMA medals was made by BMI’s Jody Williams, ASCAP’s Mike Sistad, Cal IV Entertainment’s Danielle Hill, Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta and Jimmy Harnen, Avenue Bank’s Ron Cox, CMA’s Brandi Simms and CRS’ Bill Mayne.
“Thank you for believing in us and believing in this song,” said Mike Eli. “We fell in love with the song not because we saw, or had any foresight, or thought it was a No. 1. We just loved this song.”
The song was especially personal to writers Eric Paslay and Will Hoge. Will spoke about writing the song together:
“It was so personal for Ericand I, we thought it would never connect because it was so personal. Eli Young took it and truly made it an anthem.”
Congratulations to Eli Young Band! Check out the picture below of the group getting their medals:
Dierks Bentley has an affinity for the old-school albums. We’re talking vinyl records. The format is far from the most popular these days, but it’s still big with Bentley.
The country superstar demonstrated his respect for records on Saturday by taking part in Record Store Day. He celebrated the fifth annual event with an in-store performance at Easy Street Records in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood.
Fittingly, the show took place in the store’s vinyl section, where dozens of people packed in between the displays of old-school discs. If they glanced down from the stage the fans found themselves faced with a diverse array of album artwork with artists ranging from Eddy Arnold to Warren Zevon.
Leading up to Record Store Day, Bentley had said that he wishes the country crowd put more value into vinyl.
“Record Store Day is such a great event that has hardly had any attention in country music,” said Bentley. “Some of the coolest exclusive product comes out on this day at indy retailers, and I wanted country fans to be able to get in on the action. I may have a few surprise special guests up my sleeve too. I’m really excited to take over Easy Street for an hour that afternoon…Seattle is such a great music town.”
Nashville rocker Will Hoge is getting ready for his debut appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live tomorrow night. He’ll be performing his latest single from his seventh studio album “NUMBER SEVEN,” “Too Old To Die Young” on Tuesday night’s program. Catch the episode tomorrow night at 11 pm CST / 12 am EST on ABC.
Will is scheduled to perform at the Super Bowl village on January 29th in Indianapolis. He’ll head to the historic Ryman Auditorium after his performance to share the night with Dierks Bentley on February 2nd, 2012.
Nashville singer-songwriter Will Hoge finally debuted his music video for “When I Get My Wings” on CMT yesterday. His seventh studio album “Number Seven” will be released on September 27th. The song was inspired by a newspaper obituary he read about a 50-year old marriage. He wanted to reflect that in his music video, which shows the story of love from its beginning until the end when the spouse passes away.
“The song started life as a bluegrass song, but it just wasn’t working,” says Hoge. “On the last day of recording, I wasn’t willing to give up on it. I sat in the studio and rethought the whole song and that led me to the Stax sound. After that, the song took on a whole new life. It’s really cool that CMT wants to get behind this video, I’m so appreciative of their support.”
To watch the music video, click HERE to go to CMT’s website. Make sure you let us know what you think about it in the comments below.
Will is kicking off his “When I Get My Wings 2011 Tour” on September 24th in Athens, Georgia. Joining Will his 30-city tour is indie pop-rockers Locklsey, Jaron And The Long Road To Love, James Dunn, Brighton, and Nic Cowen.
Will Hoge will be getting his wings this fall when he heads out on his first headlining tour across America. His 30-date “When I Get My Wings 2011 Tour” will kick off September 24th in Athens, Georgia. He’ll be joined by special guests indie pop rockers Locksley, with Jaron And The Long Road To Love, James Dunn, Brighton, Nic Cowan and Aunt Martha joining him on select dates. Will will release his brand new studio album “Number Seven” on September 27th, just after the start of the tour.
“Being on the road is like second nature to me, and me and the guys in the band are so ready to start this fall tour,” says Hoge. “I’ve spent years building relationships with fans all over the country, and they have been so supportive and loyal. Some fans come up and tell me they’ve been to like 50 shows, and it just blows my mind.”
For a full list of tour dates click the “read more” button.
Nashville singer-songwriter Will Hoge is getting ready to release his seventh studio album this September. Appropriately titled “Number Seven,” he’s planning on showcasing his mix of blues and country with this effort. This album is the follow-up to 2009′s “The Wreckage” which was named “triumphant” by the BBC. The road warrior is currently planning headlining tour dates this Fall in support of the new record.
“When I Get My Wings,” the first single from “Number Seven,” is the final cut on the album due out September 27th. For the full track listing click the “read more” tag.