Garth Brooks could call on just about anyone in the music world to join him as a surprise guest for his seven shows in Nashville this month. He’s not calling on his superstar pals like Justin Timberlake or Kelly Clarkson, though. Garth’s got his sights set on a Nashville sports hero — Carrie Underwood’s hubby, former NHL star Mike Fisher.
It all started about two years ago when Carrie posted a video of Mike singing Garth’s song, “The River.” She joked at the time that a duet was coming soon, and added the hashtag, #IAlwaysWantedtoMarryGarth.
Shortly after that clip went viral, Mike actually sang “The River” with Garth backstage at one of his shows.
Carrie was a little miffed about the situation, though. She said on Facebook, “How is it that my hubby, Mike, gets to sing with THE Garth Brooks before I do? As payback, I think I’ll try to see if Wayne Gretzky wants to play a pick up hockey game sometime!”
Now, Garth is closing out the North American run of his “World Tour “with seven shows at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, the home of Mike’s former hockey team, the Nashville Predators. Garth really wants Mike to join him for a duet of “The River” during one of those shows, but Mike’s nerves are getting the best of him. After all, singing a song in your car or in a small room is much different than singing in front of nearly 20,000 people.
During a Dec. 9 press conference in Music City, Garth said, “There’s a dream of mine that started with a Carrie Underwood post of her husband singing ‘The River’ three years ago. I told him, ‘Come on. Let’s finish it here.’ I bet you the phone calls have been a hundred of, ‘I’m in. No, I can’t. I’m in. No, I can’t. No.’ He’s scared to death, and of course he is. I don’t think there’d be a better joy for me.”
It turns out Garth really admires Mike and how he led the Preds all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals earlier this year.
“I’m talking a kid that represents this town great, classy,” Garth said of Mike, “and has a pretty good singing voice, too.”
Garth’s wife, Trisha, thinks Mike might bend to the pressure once this story gets out to the public.
She told the reporters at the press conference, “If you print that, you might actually shame Fisher into actually coming. It might be good.”
While we wait to see if Mike makes a guest appearance at any of Garth’s remaining Nashville shows, you can go ahead and cast your votes for the Rare Country Awards. Carrie is up for Female Artist of the Year as well as Story of the Year for the way she led the Nashville Predators fans in cheering on the hockey team in the Stanley Cup Finals. She has additional nominations in the Duet and Grand Ole Opry Moment of the year categories.
Garth is also nominated for Fan Moment of the Year and Tour of the Year with Trisha. Voting is open through Wednesday, Dec. 13 at RareCountryAwards.com. The winners will be revealed during our livestreamed concert event Thursday, Dec. 14. Kane Brown, LANCO and RaeLynn will perform during the show.