Saturday, June 17, 2006

Garth, the ultimate artiste

He's in retirement now, but when he was touring, recording and workin' it, he was the best example of doing "it" right.

I should say that I've known Garth Brooks since about 1990, when he was a relative unknown. We had met a few times and had some interesting discussions. In 1993, Garth came to play in St. Louis, and during the backstage event, he remembered not only my name, but also my wife's. He was gracious and humble, and spent a good chunk of time with us.

In 1996, he came to town and again remembered my name, asked about my wife, and spent about an hour just sitting around with me and a few other staff members from the radio station.

My, weren't we both young looking here?
Remind me to tell you the story about how in 1997, I single-handedly forced Capitol Records to release Garth's "Sevens" album about two weeks early. It's a true story, but I have to wait until the statute of limitations passes before I tell on myself.


Blogarita said...

I have mixed feeling about an entertainer, of course, since I've never met him.

I waffle over whether or not I like his music; the older, more "country" stuff was best, IMO. I do have to say I also like the last release, "That Girl Was A Cowboy" and being a fan of the late Chris LeDoux, I also liked "Good Ride Cowboy". But I thought some of the music between the then and the now left a big to be desired.

Blogarita said...

BTW, I am impressed, though, that he remembered you and was so personable.

Kimmy said...

Don't make me call G and have him tell me the "Sevens" story!

Nichole said...

I love Garth. I'll have to tell you the story of how his drummer selected my girlfriends and I to sit in front row center from nose bleed. That was one of the most exciting times in my life.

Violet said...

Listen... I know the story about "Sevens" and am not above spilling my guts for the right price... Any bidders?

That is a pretty hot pic of the two of you...

Fantastagirl said...

I like Garth - loved his Sevens album (I still cry every time I hear Belleau Wood - reminds me of my G'pa).

Have all of his albums. He was 'it' when I was in highschool - and he put on a great show.

CP said...

I think the guy on the right is totally hot. Is that Garth??

*blank stare*

I don't know country, but I think it's safe to assume the dude with the hat too big for his head is Garth, right? You're still cuter.

BTW...happy Father's Day, big daddy!


phoenix said...

Happy Fathers Day Dave :)

Weary Hag said...

I agree with the others. You ARE cuter than Garth ... hands down.

Now, if you tell me the story of "Sevens" ... I will tell you the twisted story of how I got to hold Liberace's balls in the palm of my hand.

No, I'm not lying.