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Garth Brooks’ fans were definitely ready for their guy to return to the concert stage. He just wrapped his three-year “World Tour,” playing for more than six million fans with wife Trisha Yearwood and the shows earned him the CMA Entertainer of the Year trophy for the last two years in a row.

All that success wasn’t a given when Garth set out on the trek back in 2014. He’d retired from the road to return home to Oklahoma to actively raise his three daughters. It’s a decision he’s never regretted, but Garth is now opening up about that decision to return to touring once the girls all left the house. It turns out it wasn’t just due to the overwhelming demand from his fans for more shows. Garth felt like he needed to go back to work.

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In a new interview with industry trade publication “Country Aircheck,” Garth says, “The vision was, ‘What am I going to do when my kids are gone?’ Miss Yearwood’s having great success in the cooking world. Maybe I’ll be Martha Stewart’s husband — sit by the pool with other husbands and take her credit card when she goes to work.”

That easygoing lifestyle didn’t appeal to Garth, but he also remembered watching his own mother struggle once her kids left home.

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Garth says, “My mom had a serious problem with empty nest syndrome. Alcohol became her answer, and two of the greatest fights I ever saw that woman win were with alcohol and cancer. And it made her a hero to me.”

Taking that lesson from his mother, Garth also listened to Trisha, who encouraged him to get back to doing what he does best — entertaining his fans.

“My wife could see it coming in me with the children leaving,” Garth adds. “And it was her that said, ‘Would you ever think about touring again?’ I said, ‘I would, but would the people? Would the industry?’ So, it was one of those things you were scared to death nobody would show up, then you were scared to death when they did, because they showed up in great numbers with great attitudes. But to think that was the plan, no.”

Though Garth broke multiple records with his just-wrapped “World Tour,” he’s got a few shows already announced for 2018. Garth is set to perform on the opening day of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo coming up Feb. 27, as well as the closing day on March 18. Both of those dates are sold out. Look for Garth to headline the final night of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival on April 29, in Indio, California.

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Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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