Tuesday, October 18, 2016
– Garth Brooks announced his 11th studio disc will be called "Gunslinger."
Brooks unveiled the cover art, which features him wearing a black cowboy hat covering part of his left eye, looking to his right. He is wearing an orange and white shirt. The disc drops Nov. 25 on Pearl, Brooks' label.
The album title first appeared during this weekend's SEC Game of the Week on CBS, where his song "Pure Adrenaline" serves as theme.
The first single, "Baby, Let's Lay Down And Dance," debuted at 19 on the Billboard Country Songs chart on Monday and is the most added song at country radio this week.
"The album title came to me when somebody asked me what my favorite thing about being on the road was," said Brooks. "I said 'It just feels good to be out there being a gunslinger again. Just aiming with the heart and shooting from the hip, that's what you do on the stage, right? And, lucky enough, you've got the ammo of 'Friends In Low Places,' 'Callin' Baton Rouge,' 'Shameless' and you do. You're a gunslinger out there. And each show's different and you just shoot from the hip all night long.' As soon I said it, I knew that was the album title right there."
This is part of a busy period for Brooks. He will release "Christmas Forever" with his wife Trisha Yearwood on Nov. 11. That same day, Brooks is out with a 10-disc box set "Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection" through Target, which will include "Gunslinger," featuring Target exclusive bonus tracks.