During a highly anticipated press conference on Thursday morning, Garth Brooks announced he signed with Sony Music Nashville’s RCA imprint and will release new music in the coming weeks with a full double-sided album expected out around Black Friday. Brooks is excited about his new label home and looking forward to the future.
“Everybody loves everybody when you get started,” he said. “We’ll see in a year. I hope you don’t regret this. I hope I don’t. I think we’ll be all right.”
With the retirement of Brooks’ producer, Allen Reynolds, Brooks started working with Mark Miller, who engineered the Reynolds-produced albums. “I’ve never had more fun in my life making music,” Brooks said. “I’m getting my ass kicked by the songwriters right now. We’re cutting everything but Garth stuff right now. The level of songwriting stunned me.”
Fans have long been eager for the chance to buy Brooks’ music digitally. Brooks, however, has refrained from offering his music for download. That will change in the coming weeks.
“We’ve never allowed ourselves to go digital,” he said. “That will begin in next two or three weeks, exclusively at garthbrooks.com. That’s the only place you can get Garth Brooks music.” Fans looking to buy Brooks’ music online will have to act fast, however, as it will only be available for a limited time.
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As for the highly speculated comeback tour Brooks is planning, he is keeping a promise he made to a young fan at a show in Las Vegas. He will call “Andy from Atlanta” on July 14 to announce the date and city of his first tour stop with an official announcement coming afterward. “We hope we give you a show that makes you forget the ones in the ’90s,” he said. “That is our goal.”
Brooks also addressed the cancellation of his five comeback shows, scheduled to take place in Dublin later this month. The sold-out shows were canceled after the city council denied permits for two of the five nights.
“I wish I could tell you I saw it coming,” he said. “We don’t treat people different, so now what do I do with those 160,000 people, and why are they treated different?” He offered to fly to Ireland immediately to “get on my knees and beg” if the Prime Minister would agree to meet with him.