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Rare Country/Hunter Kelly

Garth Brooks did something he’s never done before on Monday night, Feb. 5. A little after 11 p.m. Garth and his band took the stage at Nashville honky tonk Layla’s and played a club show for just 170 folks.

Though he’s sold out concerts around the world and broken just about every record there is to break in the music business, Garth had never performed his massive hits in one of the famous country bars that line Lower Broadway in Music City.

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Garth entered the club through the front door and got onstage to perform his honky-tonk classic, “Two of a Kind (Workin’ on a Full House).” He then took requests from the crowd and asked the people requesting the song to share why that song was so special for them.

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The fans really opened up, with one guy requesting “Rodeo” because it was the song that helped him bond with his late stepfather.


A woman up front requested “The Thunder Rolls” and simply said “Hashtag Me Too” when Garth asked what that song meant to her.

Of course, he broke out the song’s famous third verse, too.

Garth kept the hits coming, including intimate performances of “She’s Every Woman,” “To Make You Feel My Love” and his latest No. 1 hit, “Ask Me How I Know.”

“If Tomorrow Never Comes” was also a real tear-jerker.


So, Garth Brooks took over Layla's tonight in Nashville!!!!

Posted by Hunter Kelly on Monday, February 5, 2018

As the show went on, the word got out that the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year was performing at Layla’s and fans gathered outside the window behind the stage to cheer Garth on. He ended up playing to the fans outside as well as the ones in the club, who were mostly radio station employees from around the country who are gathered in Nashville this week for the annual Country Radio Seminar.

Just for good measure, here’s a photo of Garth looking really happy to be onstage at Layla’s. as well as clip of him performing “Shameless.”

More than 90 minutes into the show, Garth brought the energy level up even further with “Friends in Low Places.” He said performing it at Layla’s brought out an entirely new side of the song for him.

Then he broke out “Ain’t Goin’ Down (’Til the Sun Comes Up).”

It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime kind of night.

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