It’s getting to be a thing that Garth Brooks reveals a little bit of breaking news in every new “Inside Studio G,” his Facebook Live series every Monday night. And, the Oct. 17 episode was no exception.
Garth showed off the album art for his upcoming project “Gunslinger.” The Oklahoma native commented that it was “the most country thing we’ve ever done.” That would be accurate considering the image features the country music superstar in a traditional pearl snap, western cut shirt and dark cowboy hat. In his right hand is a length of rope and he leans against a saddle with beautifully tooled leather. Garth looks every bit a cowboy with a strong, set jaw and longer sideburns, and he compared the “Gunslinger” cover to previous album art for “No Fences” and “Ropin’ the Wind.”
It’s hot… quite hot.
He also explained that the title reflected his return to the road, saying that he told an interviewer, “It just feels good to be out there being a gunslinger again. Just aiming with the heart, shooting from the hip, that’s what you do on the stage, right? Lucky enough, you’ve got the ammo of ‘Friends In Low Places,’ ‘Calling Baton Rouge’ [and] ‘Shameless.’”
Garth seemed a little more excited to talk about the prior night’s Country Music Hall of Fame inductions than he did revealing his album art. He was almost boyish in his excitement when he spoke about Randy Travis and the tributes provided by Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley and himself. Garth was given the honor of actually inducting Randy into the Hall of Fame by presenting him with his medal, and he admitted that he was overcome with emotion as the legend, who suffered a near fatal stroke in 2013, made his own way up the steps. He summed the moment up saying “Last night got a little closer to the world making a little more sense.” You can watch video of that night in the link below.
Garth’s Seven Diamonds celebration in Nashville makes more sense now as well. Garth explained that the difference between that show and his world tour shows is that he has been instructed to pick one song from each diamond album, which he will perform with just a guitar. He also said that he was only a part of this event and not the reason for it, modestly crediting the songwriters, producers, retail outlets and fans that contributed to the huge milestone.
Before signing off, Garth also made a plea to fans. With an upcoming appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Ellen tweeted that “Baby Let’s Lay Down and Dance,” Garth’s new single, seemed like an awkward way to dance. Garth is asking that fans post videos to Facebook of laying down and dancing so that he can share them with Ellen.
That’s your assignment should you choose to accept it.