Brooks talks in depth about his future plans during a CMA Fest Q&A
Garth Brooks made a special appearance Saturday afternoon (June 9th) at CMA Fest in Nashville, where he discussed his future plans that include a new honky tonk single, massive tour, upcoming music projects and downtown bar. The iconic country singer also performed on the CMA Close Up Stage at Xfinity Fan Fair X inside Music City Center that included “Friends In Low Places,” “The Dance,” “Callin’ Baton Rouge” and “The River.”
During the Q&A with SiriusXM host Storme Warren, Brooks says his upcoming trek will be “the biggest thing we’ve ever been apart of” on the road. The tour announcement will be made Monday, July 9th and is expected to include countries outside of North America, unlike his 2014-2017 tour.
Brooks is also releasing a new honky tonk single on Monday, June 18th. The title will be announced on that date, but Brooks claims it to be a “good damn honky tonk song” in the vein of “Two Of A Kind (Workin’ On A Full House)” meeting “Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til The Sun Comes Up)” and “Callin’ Baton Rouge.”
“This is one of those songs I could play all day long. I love this song!” Brooks states of the upcoming single. “I’m just gonna say a seat belt and a helmet might be nice on this one. It’s fun.”
Brooks isn’t just working on new studio music, but also his second live album which is a thank you to the fans and includes two and a half hours of music. The three disc set, titled Triple Live, will feature songs from shows from the past three years including Nashville, Tacoma, Baton Rouge and more. Brooks also claims he’s working on a “fan mix” of the project which, “if we can pull it off,” will include the concert with Brooks’ voice in the left speaker and the fans singing in the right.
The music will continue to be distributed on CD and via his partnership with Amazon. Brooks has once again shot down any type of streaming deal until “they can figure out how to compensate the songwriters properly.”
A fan question from the audience inquired about Brooks joining Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton and Alan Jackson about opening his own Nashville bar. Brooks confirmed those plans are in the works, stating it would be unlike anything ever seen before. Warren presses Brooks about the location in which he replies, “It’ll be close to where we are right now, if it happens.” Brooks says it’ll be a place where people who love to party and love music will enjoy.
Brooks also stated that the long-awaited duets album he and wife Trisha Yearwood have planned is still coming. He confirmed it’ll be released following Yearwood’s next two projects, which are expected over the next year or so, but wouldn’t give details.
Brooks is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of his Teammates 4 Kids Foundation by participating in spring training with another big league baseball team next year. The team wasn’t disclosed, but it’s expected to be near Tennessee where he can stay close to Nashville.
The CMA livestreamed the event which can be seen in its entirety below.