Country Weekly is reporting that 90s superstar Garth Brooks will be coming out with a new music in the coming months and a new album for later this fall. Brooks gained mind-boggling popularity in the last decade of the 20th century with his brand of rocking, over-the-top, show-stopping music and concerts to bring country music to a whole new legion of fans. In the early 2000s, Garth took his leave from making music and performing to focus on raising his family. He had said at that time that he would return to music in the future and now that time has arrived.
But with the changes and evolution of sound that have come to country music in the most recent years; think Jason Aldean’s ‘Dirt Road Anthem’ and Luke Bryan’s ‘That’s My Kinda Night’, will Brooks’s stuff sound dated? It’s a question that he pondered during the press conference announcing his return:
When asked what the 2014 version of Garth will sound like, he replied, “There’s two terms that are going on right now. One is called ‘bro-country.’ Are you familiar with these? Are you familiar with ‘hick-hop’? Ummm, I don’t think my stuff is either one of those. So, for me, it’s Garth music. Which, again—there aren’t too many people here from the ’90s, but if you remember—I was the guy that wasn’t the country guy in the ’90s, so it kind of feels weird to me to be the guy that’s going, ‘Oh, that’s old country.’ So, it’s kind of odd. All I can do is just open it up and show you and then you’ll make that decision what it is.”
So will the man who transformed country music and it’s fan base twenty years ago, get left behind due to country’s new transformation? Or can Garth make lighting strike twice? What do you think?