By Annie Reuter
(This story has been updated from its original form.)
Today, (July 10) the stars finally aligned for Garth Brooks.
The dark cloud of his canceled Ireland comeback concerts slightly parted today at a Nashville press conference with the announcement of a new record deal with Sony Music, new music and a forthcoming tour, which will be announced on July 14.
Dressed in blue jeans, a blue button down shirt and baseball cap, Brooks took the stage to talk of his excitement to join Sony Music and slip a few hints as to what we can expect from his forthcoming album.
“I want to thank God and everyone who is giving me a second chance to look at a second career,” he said to journalists. “I don’t know too many artists who get this chance.”
He went on to say that he has never had more fun making music than right now.
“The world has changed, we know that. My job is to create, have fun, and find new songs.”
While he’s busy creating, he announced that he will be making his entire catalog available for digital sale on his website.
“We’ve never allowed our stuff to go digital. When you do it right, you can all succeed,” he said. “We do digital the best we only know how. Digital will be handled at garthbrooks.com it will be the only place you can get Garth Brooks’ music.”
As far as new Garth Brooks music, it may be available as early as the end of this month.
“I’m going to say sometime around the end of this month. They told me to keep it vague,” he said. “Sometime in the next two months. The album is going to hopefully be released somewhere around Black Friday. The new record I think is what we traditionally know as a double album. I’m getting my ass kicked by these new songwriters today. We’re cutting everything except Garth stuff. The level of songwriting stunned me. [In Nashville] they have great grooves, great messages. I have a great time playing and writing again. I’m not sure that my writing is up to the level of the town right now. I’m hoping it’s because I’m rusty and I don’t suck.”
He added: “The first single might be one of the greatest statements ever. This album also holds a song on there that… I shouldn’t say this, that might have taken the place of ‘The Dance’ for me as my favorite Garth Brooks song. I didn’t write it but it’s a beautiful song.”
Brooks went on to say that you can best describe the sound of his forthcoming music as having the “Garth Brooks sound.” There won’t be any bro-country or hick-hop songs.
“I don’t think my stuff is either one of those. I wouldn’t describe it that way. For me it’s Garth music. Hopefully it stands the test of time,” he said. “I can tell you this, will we do cowboy songs on this album? You’re damn strait. Songs that I wish George Strait would have done? Yes. You’ll hear it on the radio and go, ‘Wow, who’s that?'”
More details on Brooks’ upcoming tour will be announced on July 14.
Billboard has estimated that Brooks will sell tickets to his upcoming tour in the $60-$80 range in order to play in front of the most people he can.
Brooks’ last three-year tour before retirement grossed $105 million and drew nearly 5.5 million concertgoers, according to Billboard.