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Brooks announces new music, tour

Thursday, July 10, 2014 – Garth Brooks said at a press conference Thursday he is coming out of retirement with a new double CD probably in November and a world-wide tour.

New music will be out within two months.

Brooks is going to release his disc through Sony Music Nashville.

Brooks appeared in jeans, blue shirt and baseball hat to make the announcement. "It's a day of joy," he said." Not going to be lying to you with everything that's been going on over the last 10 days." The latter was a reference to licensing problems with scheduling five shows in Dublin, Ireland later this month.

"Scared. Yeah. Old? Yes" said Brooks, who said he was looking forward to "see what the second half is" of his music career. I want to thank God and everybody's that given me the chance to have a second half of a career. I don't know that many artists that have the second half of a career." "I'm here today to announce a record deal between Garth Brooks and Sony Music," said Sony Music CEO Doug Morris. "When you have the opportunity...you jump at it."

"We couldn't be more excited," said Morris. "When we met, there was such an instant connection."

Brooks started his career at Capitol and then through his own label, Pearl. The new music will be on Pearl in conjunction with Sony Music's RCA Nashville and be listed as a Pearl/RCA Nashville release. Sony Music will provide distribution services and collaborate in marketing efforts, as RCA Nashville will promote singles at country radio.

He made it clear that Morris' pursuit of Brooks made the deal happen. "It's because Doug Morris took the time to find me at my convenience. It was very humbling."

Exactly what the deal entailed was not specified. Brooks acknowledged that everyone is happy when a deal is signed, but he said, "We'll see in a year...I hope I don't regret this day in a year."

Brooks said he was going to release a double album, probably around Black Friday, which is the day after Thanksgiving. However, he said that the day has become a moving target in recent years, so he was not exactly sure when the CD would be out.

Brooks said he would offer a double album "because there's a lot to say.

When asked during the 48-minute press conference to describe the music, Brooks said, "I wish I could. We had albums 'No Fences,' 'Roping the Wind,' I thought we had a Garth sound. Then we had 'The Chase,' which was totally different. 'In Pieces', the most live album we ever cut. "Will we do songs we wish George Strait would have done? Yes. Will you hear on the radio, and you go 'who's that?' - yeah."

Brooks also said that he did not consider the music to be bro country as exemplified by Florida Georgia Line, or hick hop. "Two terms going around now - bro country. Are you familiar with it? Hick hop? I don't think my stuff is either one of those. It's not. I wouldn't describe it that way. I would describe it as Garth music.."

Brooks acknowledged that while he was scorned during the '90s by more traditionalists, he indicated that he might be considered more country flavored than current sounds. "All I can do is open this up," he said, pointing to his heart, "and show you at the time."

Brooks did not name any songs that would be on the release. He said he has been writing songs, but that he has been cutting the music of other writers.

"I'm kind of all pent up," he said about writing, "if that's the right word because it's been awhile since you got to express yourself.

"I'm getting my ass kicked by these songwriters today. We're cutting everything but Garth stuff today," he said. Brooks said he was cutting outside songs and making them his.

"The level of songwriting stunned me," Brooks said. "These kids got it together. They got great grooves. Great message. I'm having a great time playing and writing and again.

Referring to the quality of his songs and not cutting them yet, "I hope it's because I'm rusty, not because I suck."

Mark Miller, who previously served as an engineer on Brooks' discs, will produce. Long-time Brooks producer Allen Reynolds has retired. Brooks said his regular team of musicians would play with him.

While Brooks has done exclusive deals in the past with Wal-Mart, he said that would be not the case this time around. He also said he understood if retailers who were unable to carry previous releases refused to stock the new CD.

Long resistant to digital media, Brooks said he would start selling, but only at his web site, garthbrooks.com. "People are going to mistake for giving away but I'm not," he said about his plans. "There was going to be a window coming for this digital era to get it all at a stupid price."

"People who have waited should be rewarded," he said.

Brooks gave no details about pricing. He has previously on occasion sold his music at cut-rate prices.

Brooks did not say when the tour would start. "We'll be announcing the opening city soon," he said.

But he said a fan by the name of Andy from Atlanta - Brooks did not know his surname - would find out first. Brooks related that the youth attended a Brooks show in Las Vegas where he had a residency and took questions from the audience including someone asking when the tour would start. Someone shouted out that it should start in Vegas, which left Andy unexcited.

"The crowd was gracious except for Andrew," Brooks said. He then promised to call Andy first to tell him. "On July 14, I'm going to call Andy," who can choose to make the information public or not, according to Brooks. "Shortly after, we'll make our announcement," Brooks said.

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