Garth Brooks - Classic or Dud?

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He has sold more albums than any other artist with the exception of the Beatles. He is perhaps one of the most influential artists of the nineties, and without a doubt, the entirety of Nashville was carried on his back during that decade. He is the man, the legend, the icon. He is the cultural force known as Garth Brooks. But is he a force for good... or for evil? You decide.

My name is Kenny (My name is Kenny), Monday, 30 June 2003 20:31 (nineteen years ago) link

Like with Dave Matthews Band, I've never knowingly heard any music from the man. Should I be glad?

Siegbran (eofor), Monday, 30 June 2003 21:03 (nineteen years ago) link

he's a cowboy air traffic controller

King Kobra (King Kobra), Monday, 30 June 2003 21:10 (nineteen years ago) link

that "i've got friends in low places" song is top notch. everything else i've heard is not so good. still, anyone responsible for such a great tune shouldn't be deemed "dud".

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Monday, 30 June 2003 21:10 (nineteen years ago) link


Kenan Hebert (kenan), Monday, 30 June 2003 21:11 (nineteen years ago) link

b double e double r. u. n. = genius.

sometimes when the streetlights glitter in my eyes on particularly ember-hot evenings i glimpse a fissure through the historical accident that made hip-hop important and good to us, and young country so worthless-seeming; i see into the philip k dick alternaverse where the south didn't just lose the civil war but the civil rights war as well, and white southerners became seriously oppressed [and blacks actually empowered], and country music became the voice of their grievances - and it oddly sounds much the same, although i always wish country top hits were more violent, sneering, hateful, brazenly sexual, bent on rewiring and reconfiguring technology and culture, etc.

instead, garth is a sort of mythical clone-man, the first truly soulless technological country star, with the madonna style hands free mic attached to his face, with the incredible demonstration of the power of the more efficient modern payola to make an elvis out of a schmuck. of course for me as i suppose for most of you he is simply the necessary missing link that gave rise to shania, who is actually quite enjoyable.

mig, Monday, 30 June 2003 21:36 (nineteen years ago) link

has anyone ever seen him and chris gaines in the same room?

s1utsky (slutsky), Monday, 30 June 2003 21:37 (nineteen years ago) link

because I'm beginning to think that maybe something's up here

s1utsky (slutsky), Monday, 30 June 2003 21:38 (nineteen years ago) link

duh chris gaines = richey manic

James Blount (James Blount), Monday, 30 June 2003 21:38 (nineteen years ago) link

i always wish country top hits were more violent, sneering, hateful, brazenly sexual, bent on rewiring and reconfiguring technology and culture, etc.

Two kinds of people: those who reconfigure technology, and those who lose their jobs whne technology is reconfigured. Country music exists for the benefit of the latter.

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Monday, 30 June 2003 21:39 (nineteen years ago) link

VCR repairmen?

s1utsky (slutsky), Monday, 30 June 2003 21:44 (nineteen years ago) link

no, FORTRAN specialists duh.

amateurist (amateurist), Monday, 30 June 2003 21:57 (nineteen years ago) link

duh chris gaines = richey manic

Do not make me hurt you.

Ally (mlescaut), Tuesday, 1 July 2003 01:09 (nineteen years ago) link

of course, add one letter to "garth" and you get....

gabbneb (gabbneb), Tuesday, 1 July 2003 01:57 (nineteen years ago) link


trife (simon_tr), Tuesday, 1 July 2003 01:59 (nineteen years ago) link


gabbneb (gabbneb), Tuesday, 1 July 2003 02:08 (nineteen years ago) link


Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 1 July 2003 02:09 (nineteen years ago) link

"i kill you with guns ok?"

Ally (mlescaut), Tuesday, 1 July 2003 02:10 (nineteen years ago) link


M Matos (M Matos), Tuesday, 1 July 2003 02:13 (nineteen years ago) link

one year passes...

gabbneb (gabbneb), Saturday, 14 May 2005 00:37 (seventeen years ago) link


Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Saturday, 14 May 2005 19:36 (seventeen years ago) link

Classic greatest hits album.

Without a doubt, the most commercial music I have ever heard, by far. And not commercial in a bad way, either.

I respond to the best of Garth's music the same way I respond to a really well-put together cabinet, or kitchen. Nobody's going to mistake him for Hank Williams, but that doesn't mean he's not talented.

Want proof? Look for Calling Baton Rouge, That Summer, or I'm Much Too Young To Feel This Damn Old.

kornrulez6969 (TCBeing), Saturday, 14 May 2005 21:07 (seventeen years ago) link

And anybody who doesn't like him is Garthist.

kornrulez6969 (TCBeing), Saturday, 14 May 2005 21:08 (seventeen years ago) link

I respond to the best of Garth's music the same way I respond to a really well-put together cabinet, or kitchen

That must lead to some embarrassing incidents when you go on home tours.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 14 May 2005 21:10 (seventeen years ago) link

You're telling me. The other day I broke down in tears at a particularly artful section of grout.

kornrulez6969 (TCBeing), Saturday, 14 May 2005 21:12 (seventeen years ago) link

obviously classic

j blount (papa la bas), Saturday, 14 May 2005 21:20 (seventeen years ago) link

When my parents bought our first home stereo with a CD player, the only two discs we had for a long time were Natalie Cole's awful Unforgettable and Garth Brooks' No Fences. Even though we had a serious lack of selection, I was obsessed with the new toy and, as a result, ended up hearing No Fences approximately a bazillionty times that year.

I thought I had blocked the whole album out of my mind until, when visiting my mom for Mother's Day last weekend, I heard "Friends in Low Places" and "Unanswered Prayers" on the modern country station she listens to when she drives. To my horror, I still remember all the words to these songs. While "Friends In Low Places" is okay, "Unanswered Prayers" is some really terrible shit. I kind of want to listen to the whole album again so I can determine what the exact okay to shit ratio is. I have a feeling the scale's going to sway in the direction of shit and at some point I'll call my mom and jokingly acuse her of child abuse for letting me listen to that repeatedly for over a year before expanding our CD collection.

Thinking about this now, though, I wonder if having such limited selection then has something to do with my current habit of obsessive CD hoarding.

Jeff Reguilon (Talent Explosion), Saturday, 14 May 2005 21:24 (seventeen years ago) link

obviously some kind of genius, and just as obviously, to me, a menace. I find myself liking it in the same way I like certain contemporary Christian recordings--hmm, so this is populism, I guess I'd better pay attention. And there are some fine songs. I just don't like what he represents, I guess, I have no desire to get on the bandwagon to prove my street cred. Big not-as-dumb-as-they-could-be emotions. I hate his stupid stage show. But obviously some kind of genius.

edd s hurt (ddduncan), Sunday, 15 May 2005 18:52 (seventeen years ago) link

expand on his menace?

gabbneb (gabbneb), Sunday, 15 May 2005 19:02 (seventeen years ago) link

He is this strangely fascinating blank spot to me. I see the results of his influence clearly but he himself is just faded away.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 15 May 2005 19:10 (seventeen years ago) link

**While "Friends In Low Places" is okay, "Unanswered Prayers" is some really terrible shit.**

Try the version of "Friends" by Mark Chesnutt. He makes it sound kinda tragic, like a dose of some self-immolating drunk's bitter humor. Garth turns it into a "rowdy" goodtime crowd-pleaser.

"Unanswered Prayers" is an abomination, just the most complacent shit imaginable. Guy sees his old girlfriend at a highschool football game, realizes how lucky he is that they didn't end up getting married. So he sends a thank-you note to Jesus. And this guy's supposed to be a country singer. Hell, Conway Twitty would've lured her under the bleachers for old time's sake and then felt exquisitely guilty about it for the next 15 years. And Jerry Lee Lewis wouldn't have even remembered her in the first place.

m coleman (lovebug starski), Sunday, 15 May 2005 19:56 (seventeen years ago) link

He was one of the greatest musical artists of the '90s. In any genre.

I'd like to hear more, though, on why Edd considers him a menace.

xhuxk, Sunday, 15 May 2005 21:56 (seventeen years ago) link

I mean, what exactly do people think he "represents"? Maybe I hate it, too; I just don't know what it is!

xhuxk, Sunday, 15 May 2005 21:57 (seventeen years ago) link

I saw him in a Taco Bell drive-thru in Nashville once (during some famous country singer's funeral, I forget who at the moment). His music makes me want to die. It's like someone took good country music, made it more radio-friendly, and then vomited all over it.

Jessie the Monster (scarymonsterrr), Sunday, 15 May 2005 22:00 (seventeen years ago) link

he represents headset mics and shirts that are one half black and one half white

Al (sitcom), Sunday, 15 May 2005 22:01 (seventeen years ago) link

its weird, because i find most of his work lacking wit or grace, lacking any sort of irony, sort of stupid w/o the silliness, and i find his voice devoid of any subtly, he has a poor voice, frankly.

and then i listen to one of half a dozen or so of his songs and i am moved by them--to dance, to sing along loudly, to even cry, his belief in the mass power of spectacle is fascaniting.

some other things--i think his poliitics--both textually and intertextually-- as personal, as bascially about being nice to each other, about the power of community, and even the sort of least of my brethen thing is very seperate from people like toby keith--though the arguments that kieth makes in favour of war are similar, and i think that his position on queer issues was strangely forward, and how many people assume that nu-country is homophobic, it is a blank issue or at least one that is heavily coded, and that might be garth.

and conceptually, making a middle of the road rock album, is v. similar to the connections made in the company after him, kenny chesney talking about journey, the john mellencamp stuff and even big and riches obsession with southern rock--there is something fecund about chris gaines/his song on kiss my ass, the tribute album, but im not sure what it is birthing.

he left his wife--and i dont remember it being that much of a scandal, but left her for trisha yearwoood, and he chose to leave his career on top (though country weekly is counting back the time when comes back from retirement, and it would not suprise me if he was producing or writing) but i think that he ruined her career, and she is trying to break free from that, have a comeback and i think that trisha yearwood is as good or better then the women before her--a straight matrrilenaral(sp) line from mother maybelle to kitty wells to patsy cline to loretta lynn to tanya tucker to trisha yearwood, and that his blankness suggests a lack of care towards his new wife.a

anthony, Sunday, 15 May 2005 22:05 (seventeen years ago) link

two good (and complimentary more or less) quotes about Garth

"He got bored one day down in Houston and decided to fuse George Strait with Styx and Journey." -- Jim Hunter

"You see him up there on stage and it's like he's gettin' away with murder." -- some guy in his band early 90s.

I don't mind Garth in general, but "Unanswered Prayers" gets my goat.

m coleman (lovebug starski), Sunday, 15 May 2005 22:08 (seventeen years ago) link

two years pass...

revive cuz i was listening to "fences" tonight and it is a great slice of mid90s twangy pop

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 28 April 2008 05:51 (fourteen years ago) link

i grew up on this ish

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 28 April 2008 05:51 (fourteen years ago) link

actually come to think of it i prob only listened to it a couple times on this one road trip when i was 12 but still ARTIFACT OF CHILDHOOS UP IN THIS YALL

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 28 April 2008 05:52 (fourteen years ago) link


President Keyes, Monday, 28 April 2008 20:15 (fourteen years ago) link

nine months pass...

i lucked across a used copy of the hits real cheap about two yers ago, and there's some utter crap ("unanswered prayers," for sure, and i don't particularly like "standing outside the fire"). but the two highest points—"friends in low places" and "rodeo"—are about as high as country got in the early 90s for sure, maybe the whole decade. maybe as good as pop got.

and against everything, too—simpleminded, straightforward, none of the narrative/perspective complexity that so much great country has, a pretty limited voice, not much emotional nuance. but he distilled all that into some really remarkable stuff. when you hear "friends" in a redneck dive when you're half-drunk, it's enough to make you fall in love with every other person in there.

that said, i doubt i'll ever expand my collection beyond this disc. i do wish it had "beaches of cheyenne" on it.

mte, Friday, 20 February 2009 19:22 (thirteen years ago) link

Isn't he fairly socially liberal (We Shall Be Free)? I'm not sure what the "menace" is in "what he represents" that some posters are talking about upthread. GB always struck me as twangy exurban c&w pop more than the kind of populist right-wing id that many people here seem to associate with country sometimes. That's why he was so popular.

Stefanthenautilus, Friday, 20 February 2009 19:41 (thirteen years ago) link

b double e double r. u. n. = genius.

Borrowed from Todd Snider, though.

The Billy Joel of country, he's shameless and a craftsman and that's OK. "Rodeo" -- I like that one.

Eazy, Friday, 20 February 2009 19:44 (thirteen years ago) link

he did have a hit called "shameless."

mte, Friday, 20 February 2009 20:11 (thirteen years ago) link

there's some dumb shit posted upthread.

The Screaming Lobster of Challops (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 February 2009 20:12 (thirteen years ago) link

Without a doubt, the most commercial music I have ever heard, by far. And not commercial in a bad way, either.

I know this is a compliment, but wtf at the last sentence.

The Screaming Lobster of Challops (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 February 2009 20:14 (thirteen years ago) link

The Billy Joel of country, he's shameless

he did have a hit called "shameless."

And it was a Billy Joel cover!

I actually think he improved on those Todd Snider and Mark Chestnut songs, too. (Never really got what people think "Beer Run" was one of Garth's best songs, though -- It doesn't even seem all that clever, and I say that as somebody who goes on lots of beer runs. Way way way prefer Gary Allan's version of Snider's "Alright Guy," for instance.)

xhuxk, Friday, 20 February 2009 20:28 (thirteen years ago) link

he did have a hit called "shameless."

and on it, he growls louder and more frequently than gary stewart. 'at's how you know he means it.

but that same lack of subtlety is part of what makes 'rodeo' great. i'm not sure a more capable singer could've given into that v. dramatic minor key and keyboard line of the verses the way he did. he'll show you drama, all right. and that's all before the guitar noise he makes with his mouth at the final rodeoooooooooooooooowowo-ow.

paper mohney, Friday, 20 February 2009 20:29 (thirteen years ago) link

Gotta say, though, especially working at Billboard, I kinda soured on the guy some. It's not like he's put out much (any?) especially notable music this decade, yet he's been obsessive to point of insanity about driving his world-record lifetime sales numbers up with limited edition for a limited time only box sets, Walmart exclusives, that sort of thing. That's part of his genius too, of course, but it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I wish Garth was as worried about still making good music as he seems to be about selling it. Once upoin time, he at least made sure fans got their money's worth.

xhuxk, Friday, 20 February 2009 20:37 (thirteen years ago) link

Re: Chesnutt. His best song has to be "Bubba Shot The Jukebox". David Cantwell's Heartaches by the Numbers has it ranked at #300. Also, the best way to enjoy Chesnutt was through his various TV appearances, which he made often when he was charting. Although he still appears on the TV version of the Grand Ole Opry. He was a guest on Ralph Emery's RFDTV show in the summer of 2008 and he was very funny, with a quick wit. I always felt he would be perfect to host one of those Country awards shows.

jetfan, Saturday, 21 February 2009 20:19 (thirteen years ago) link

When one hears "Friends in Low Places" emanate from the male-only third floor (which generally smelled of vomit) of your Uni dormitory for the 100th time, its very easy to become predjudiced against Garth.

derelict, Sunday, 22 February 2009 16:22 (thirteen years ago) link

Or male-only dormitories.

The Screaming Lobster of Challops (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 22 February 2009 16:24 (thirteen years ago) link

So, in what way is Mark Chestnutt a "better" singer than Garth?

i obviously think garth, at least on "friends," is the more effective. hence the scare quotes in the first reference.

but chesnutt does have a sonorous baritone and range and control. he's the one who'd fit into the old songbook tradition better, i guess. less dynamic than garth, for sure, but more subtle.

mte, Monday, 23 February 2009 16:06 (thirteen years ago) link

That might explain a lot, actually, given that sometimes I'm convinced my ears have a mental block against subtle sonorous baritones. But I obviously still need to listen to the guy more someday.

xhuxk, Monday, 23 February 2009 16:36 (thirteen years ago) link

seven months pass...

Get ready.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 15 October 2009 16:17 (twelve years ago) link

Although, noting this, I assume they're not going to bill him as 'our replacement for Danny Gans!'

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 15 October 2009 16:34 (twelve years ago) link

oddly, i seem to have passed the '90s without consciously hearing a single one of his songs. i'm still not sure i've ever heard one.

amateurist, Thursday, 15 October 2009 16:38 (twelve years ago) link

Um, seriously? I didn't think it was possible to breathe during the '90s and not have at least heard "Friends in Low Places".

& other try hard shitfests (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 15 October 2009 16:38 (twelve years ago) link


amateurist, Thursday, 15 October 2009 19:08 (twelve years ago) link

"that summer" is so classic. best lyrics ever.

i covered "friends in low places" at a charity show for my friends' bands' stolen van/gear and ppl went ape shit. granted, i live in mississippi.

also, flying over the crowd and crying at the end of your show = classic.

akaky akakievich, Thursday, 15 October 2009 19:18 (twelve years ago) link

Some of the best lessons he learned from Kiss there.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 15 October 2009 20:10 (twelve years ago) link

"Friends in Low Places" is a song I'm always singing to myself, out of its insane there-ness.

existential eggs (Abbott), Thursday, 15 October 2009 20:15 (twelve years ago) link

three years pass...

this lawsuit is hilarious, particularly because Garth supposedly was offered major roles in Twister and Saving Private Ryan:

HOOSTEENA/The Steens of God (some dude), Wednesday, 17 April 2013 04:22 (nine years ago) link

GB did a little duet with George Strait last week at the ACM awards and it was really just staggering how hammy and cringe-inducing his stage presence is, how much he was outclassed by Strait to an even greater degree than you'd expect

HOOSTEENA/The Steens of God (some dude), Wednesday, 17 April 2013 04:25 (nine years ago) link

"He got bored one day down in Houston and decided to fuse George Strait with Styx and Journey." -- Jim Hunter

What are some of the best examples of GB doing this?

EveningStar (Sund4r), Wednesday, 17 April 2013 05:14 (nine years ago) link

six months pass...

Gotta be testing the waters for a tour:

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 29 October 2013 18:39 (eight years ago) link

The special will feature Brooks, in an intimate setting, paying tribute to the musicians he grew up listening to along with those who have influenced him, including Merle Haggard, George Jones, Simon & Garfunkle, James Taylor, Otis Redding, Bob Seger and George Strait. Throughout the show, Brooks will perform some of their classic songs and show how they influenced his greatest hits.

Poor Artie, can't get Billboard to spell his name right.

I've always been curious about that Vegas show--sounded like it's been Garth solo in sweats with an acoustic guitar, playing whatever he wants to play. I'll watch.

Bailey (Collins) Lover (Eazy), Tuesday, 29 October 2013 20:18 (eight years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Still chasing the Beatles, I see.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 13 November 2013 01:05 (eight years ago) link

I’ll be at walmart at midnight to get this box set. I’m so damn excited. Can’t wait. I wish walmart would release info to find out how much it will be. GARTH IS BACK!

JACK SQUAT about these Charlie Nobodies (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 14 November 2013 05:36 (eight years ago) link

forgot my tags but, uh, obvs a comment from ned's link. i'll buy this at Reckless instead.

JACK SQUAT about these Charlie Nobodies (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 14 November 2013 05:38 (eight years ago) link

Haha, thought this was a whole other side to you for a minute, j.v.c.

Bailey (Collins) Lover (Eazy), Thursday, 14 November 2013 06:34 (eight years ago) link

$24.96 for 6 discs?!

Bailey (Collins) Lover (Eazy), Thursday, 14 November 2013 06:39 (eight years ago) link

Suck on that, Eagles!

A Made Man In The Mellow Mafia (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 14 November 2013 06:46 (eight years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Annnnd he's back

Ned Raggett, Monday, 9 December 2013 15:52 (eight years ago) link

the guy said around 2001 that he wouldn't perform again until is youngest daughter was 18, and she turns 18 in 2014. While he did the vegas thing and some big charity shows in between, it's kind of impressive that he put the same kind of restraint and discipline into NOT doing a lot of work that he used to put into doing a lot of work.

da croupier, Monday, 9 December 2013 16:21 (eight years ago) link

should say "Effort" and discipline rather than restraint. restraint's definitely the wrong word to describe garth's way of doing things

da croupier, Monday, 9 December 2013 16:22 (eight years ago) link

'Tis the season for box set. If one of you has extra dough to spend I would not be offended if you got his for me.

the objections to Drake from non-REAL HIPHOP people (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 9 December 2013 16:28 (eight years ago) link

six months pass...

does anyone else care about us at all

its martial law west of the Shannon my ppl tell me

cpt navajo (darraghmac), Tuesday, 8 July 2014 16:01 (seven years ago) link

Even Nashville hates us!

everyday sheeple (Michael B), Tuesday, 8 July 2014 16:09 (seven years ago) link

I heard that the Dail or certain factions therein were trying to see if they could rush legislation in to allow the Garth Brooks gigs to go ahead.
Saw WSM on Facebook complaining that it was the same people who had dragged abortion rights legislation amendments out for the 20+ years I've been in Ireland. But when it came down to something that needed prioritising like stadium country fans being able to see their hero it would obviouls y need to be rushed through the Dáil in a couple of days.

Still haven't actually heard what the story was in why it was given the initial go ahead then stopped but that's a gig by somebody I'm not very interested in on the far side of the country.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 8 July 2014 18:43 (seven years ago) link

Right, just seeing that it was supposed to be happening in Croke Park stadium. Having lived about 4 doors down from there on Jones Rd for about a year and a half 20 years ago I know what it was like to be living there if you didn't have any interest in what was happening in the stadium.

I used to go to the cinema all day on match day afternoons cos I wasn't going to be able to hear myself think otherwise. & the entire area would be flooded with people.

Looks like the Dublin council would only give a license for 3 out of 5 concerts after the gigs had all sold out. I don't understand that, like how could tickets go on sale before a license was granted?

Stevolende, Tuesday, 8 July 2014 18:51 (seven years ago) link

heh yr kinda catching up to the basics here stevo

common enough to wing the permission after being certain there's a crowd to cover yr costs apparently, all tickets sold subject to licence. but there's very specific agreements in place here covering large events and the gaa are 100% the most culpable party here in knowingly planning for blatant and egregious breaches of these clear guidelines once the one direction gigs used up their quota for the year.

Aiken never dreamt that these would be upheld (or more likely never dreamt that the residents association weren't just holding out for more cash- which idk, IMO they probably were but it steamrollered on them so that they couldn't handle it in the end).

DCC, when pushed, absolutely could not but act as they did in refusing the two gigs that were above quota (idk maybe even three allowed was already above the allowed?) but I think they mis-stepped in refusing to countenance any compromise after delivering the shock.

brooks' petulance may be justified ito the economies, again idk. attempting to push around an authority clearly bent on flexing its muscles was a real mistake.

DCC making a clear and legit decision along prescribed guidelines and unapologetically telling whoever didn't like it to read it and weep is a v v v v good thing IMO. same thanks they'll get but hey more of that please from our public bodies.

cpt navajo (darraghmac), Tuesday, 8 July 2014 19:38 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

As the opening salvo for GhostTunes, Brooks introduced “The Bundle,” a $29.99 digital package that will include all eight of his studio albums, a new studio album coming this fall and another he’s planning to release next year, plus a 25th anniversary edition of his “Double Live” album.

I hope "The Bundle" is some obscure cowboy terminology I'm unaware of.

the one where, as balls alludes (Eazy), Friday, 5 September 2014 03:07 (seven years ago) link

his new single sounds poorly recorded :\

dyl, Friday, 5 September 2014 03:15 (seven years ago) link

You need to hear it on pono.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 5 September 2014 11:46 (seven years ago) link

four weeks pass...

And then this happened...

Johnny Fever, Friday, 3 October 2014 21:38 (seven years ago) link

"Yeehaw! I'm not going to do what you tell me!"

You and Dad's Army? (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 3 October 2014 21:45 (seven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

A special message for you all (if you were on his email list, I gather):

Hey everyone,
I so appreciate you trusting us with your email and I try not to abuse our direct connection with you. I have a couple of things I would like to make you aware of...first and foremost, our family lost our sister Betsy on Halloween night, 2013. Since then, we have flown the "B 13" on the guitar in her honor. We will fly it one last time on the two shows in Lexington this Halloween night. It has been an honor to fly her salute for the past year, she was and is loved by so many and she will forever be with us every time we take the stage.

Second, from family to the music...a friend of mine at GhostTunes asked if we would take a different look at sampling for this new record...he wanted to know if we would speak a little bit on each song as a snippet of the song was playing. Because he asked, we went into studio and tried it. We were all surprised to hear how cool it turned out. Because it was his idea and his ask, I felt it fair to keep this to GhostTunes. Because it is GhostTunes, Halloween seems like the perfect time. So, for 24 hours, starting at midnight Thursday night, October 30th and for the entire 24 hours of Halloween, 2014, a sneak-peek at the new album will be available...only you all know about it so no sweat if you don't get over there, I just thought you all should be the first to hear it if you wanted to. I really hope you like the new music.

All my love and gratitude...g

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 30 October 2014 16:53 (seven years ago) link

I'm still not sure what he's saying in that second paragraph. "Instead of a straight sample, here's me talking over it!"

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 30 October 2014 16:54 (seven years ago) link

I still think he should have called it "Ol' Pumpkinhead is Back."

Your Favorite Album in the Cutout Bin, Thursday, 30 October 2014 18:57 (seven years ago) link

I hope he reads his breakfast bowl recipe over every song

$0.00 Butter sauce only. No marinara. (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 30 October 2014 19:01 (seven years ago) link

Since then, we have flown the "B 13" on the guitar in her honor

i wonder if someone's ever spotted that in the audience and assumed garth got into parkour

da croupier, Thursday, 30 October 2014 19:52 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

So I realize that this is from a year ago but I can't deal with this.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Monday, 16 November 2015 20:15 (six years ago) link

six years pass...

I decided to buy the Garth Brooks vinyl boxset on Amazon. I know what you're thinking, don't buy vinyl on Amazon, support your local retailer, blah blah blah. But this thing was 15 bucks, and it shipped for free. That's fucking crazy! Shipping this probably cost like $7-8 alone! And it's seven records and seven CDs!! If anything, I'm doing my part to bankrupt them! Plus, every album I actually want was delayed 6 months because they had to press a million copies of this stupid thing, so I might as well grab it while I'm waiting.

The thing is, I actually don't know anything about Garth Brooks!! I am sure I have heard his hits but country music is so in one ear and out the other for me. And so I'm listening to No Fences now, trying to figure out how the fuck this thing sold 18,000,000 copies in the US alone. It's some of the blandest shit I have ever heard in my life. The songs are fine, but not exactly great. Garth's voice is about as "generic country dude" as it gets. I actually managed to somehow memory hole "Friends in Low Places" because it's that fucking dumb. And yet this was the breakthrough album for the greatest selling solo artist of all time not named Elvis Presley. It's not like he was only popular for a minute like Lou Bega, he fucking dominated the charts for a solid decade after this. How am I supposed to explain this to my kids?

Credit where it's due, though...the pressing itself is really great!!

frogbs, Thursday, 9 December 2021 22:29 (six months ago) link

ok that's a funny story

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Thursday, 9 December 2021 22:31 (six months ago) link

oooh wait I think I get it now, it's that "Unanswered Prayers" song isn't it? must've soundtracked the wedding to every shithead guy who cheated endlessly on their first girlfriend

frogbs, Thursday, 9 December 2021 22:34 (six months ago) link

by the way I don't wanna make it sound like I'm down on Garth Brooks. he's one of the original "dudes rock" guys. everything he does is funny for reasons I can't really explain

frogbs, Thursday, 9 December 2021 22:49 (six months ago) link

five months pass...

Dude is doing crazy business this year. Just gargantuan shows. And is finally going to get to do the five nights in Ireland that he canceled back in '14. Still not streaming, though.

j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Tuesday, 31 May 2022 16:33 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Am I the only one kinda blown away by this tour? He sold 86,000 tickets in both Boise and Lincoln, Nebraska. 140,000 in Minneapolis. 120,000 in Edmonton. The show in Baton Rouge registered on a seismograph.

j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Monday, 20 June 2022 23:02 (one week ago) link

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