In the wake of the 50th Annual ACM Awards, country music icon Garth Brooks is right back in the groove. Garth is gearing up for a series of six shows at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA. It will be Garth’s first appearance in the area in 18 years. Before the run of shows kicked off, we caught up with the legendary singer to reflect on the ACMs, talk about the tour, and more.
I asked Garth if winning the Milestone Award at the show’s 50th Anniversary served as a moment of reflection. “Well, I’ve had about 14 years to look back on everything,” he replied jokingly. “What I loved about the award show was just getting back into the family again,” he continued. “Seeing people I haven’t seen for the first time in ten years. Everybody was really sweet to me, and that was very nice.” Garth’s legacy is undeniable, but he just wants to be like everyone else. “People [at the ACM Awards] were treating me like an artist, and not something from the past or anything which was also very nice.”
Garth’s music is most certainly timeless, and despite his lengthy hiatus he has stayed relevant. “The big thing that I’m seeing on this tour, or feeling in my heart and I hope I’m right, is the youth is not coming to this thing to go ‘Ok, I saw him ’cause my parents told me to.’ I hope the youth are coming here going, ‘Because the music moves me.’ That’s what I want, and I’m hoping that those lyrics mean the same thing, the exact same thing, to those kids as it meant to the generation before.”
Brooks released his much-anticipated new album Man Against Machine last November. Ignited by the hit single “People Loving People,” the disc was quickly certified platinum by the RIAA. The album’s current single “Mom” is dominating country radio and making a serious impact on social media. The new album is Garth’s ninth studio effort, and he’s expected to release another LP later this year. Brooks is currently trekking across the U.S. as part of his 2015 World Tour, playing several shows at each stop. Garth is set to appear on ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday, May 8 for a special Mother’s Day surprise.
Garth Brooks is the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, and one of the greatest country music artists of all time. A true music icon, Garth has sold over 150 million records worldwide throughout his career. He’s been nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, winning two of them. He’s won 16 Billboard Music Awards, as well as the Billboard Music Artist Achievement Award in 1997. He’s also garnered 12 American Music Awards, nine CMA Awards, 22 ACM Awards, among many other honors. In 2012, Garth Brooks was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. – by Matt Bishop