Garth Brooks is arguably the biggest star in country music and has been since he burst onto the scene in the late 1980s with his self-titled debut and iconic hits like “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old),” “If Tomorrow Never Comes” and “The Dance.”
Then Garth released one of his most iconic songs, “Friends In Low Places,” and a party anthem was born. But that was in 1990, a whole generation ago and country music has significantly changed since then.
However, “Friends In Low Places” is a classic, which means that it isn’t readily forgotten, especially since some you can hear it at one of Nashville’s honky-tonks, Texas dancehalls, at your cousin’s wedding or on the Waffle House jukebox on any given day. But would a television studio full of Californians know it?
Sure they would!
On Oct. 21, Garth cranked out the all-time fan favorite for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” As he picked out those opening and oh-so recognizable first few notes of “Friends in Low Places,” the crowd hopped to their feet to join in on the singalong. And when he threw it to the fans to sing without him, it looked like most, if not all, of them knew every word. Now, some folks were into it more than others (watch the lady at 2:12), but from the looks of the standing ovation that followed, no one was hating the magical moment.
Just FYI – “Friends In Low Places” was released in 1990 and was only Garth’s fifth single ever and his third No. 1. It was a big one though, spending four weeks in the top spot and earning the superstar both CMA and ACM single of the year awards.