It would be difficult to find a current country music hit-maker who doesn’t count Garth Brooks as at least one of the major influences on their career. And for those young artists, just meeting the iconic star and Country Music Hall of Fame member is excitement enough to last a lifetime. So for Jason Aldean to be joined onstage by Garth? Well, that’s just a next level thrill.
And from the looks of social media, it wasn’t just a pretty big deal for both stars, it was a big deal for a roomful of industry insiders who are often perceived to be jaded by industry politics. But from the overwhelming number of images on Instagram and Twitter of this special moment, and the incredible volume of the voices singing along, they just don’t look too jaded to us. In fact, they look and sound like they are beside themselves to witness this milestone event.
It all happened during an Amazon Music-sponsored show in Nashville on Feb. 5. Jason was performing for the industry crows at the city’s Omni Hotel and when he rolled into his 2010 smash, “My Kinda Party,” Garth strolled out onstage, picked up a mic and joined his pal.
You guys. I was at a country music conference where @jasonaldean was playing. I’ve literally seen him at @stagecoach with tens of thousands of people. And here he was playing a ballroom for maybe 200? And then! And then! Out came @garthbrooks !!! What!! It was incredible! They sang this song together. And then they sang Friends In Low Places, but my battery only had 1% left. It was something I will always remember. Good surprises are the best and I can officially say I’ve seen Garth Brooks play now. It was absolutely amazing and I felt like a wide-eyed grateful kid. . . . #garthbrooks #jasonaldean #crs #crs2018 #nashvillegram #nashville #musiccity #nashvillemusic #countrymusic #ilovecountrymusic
Of course, turnabout is fair play, so there was also a rousing duet version of Garth’s smash hit, “Friends In Low Places.”
And if you think Jason minded sharing the stage with the mega-star, guess again. Check out that expression on Jason’s face.
There’s a whole lot of love and respect written across both of those faces, right?
Find someone who looks at you the way @jasonaldean looked at @garthbrooks when he surprised the crowd at #CRS2018 last night. . . . . #goat #garthbrooks #jasonaldean #crs #amazonmusic #alexa #countrymusic #radio #musicindustry #hatsoff #expecttheunexpected #friendsinlowplaces #duet #surprise #concert #nashvillenights #livemusic #musiccity #nashville #musiccitytyler #bbrmusicgroup #latergram #instagramer
Earlier in the night, Jason also headline a showcase sponsored by his record label, BBR Music Group, that also featured incredible performances from Randy Houser, Trace Adkins, Joe Nichols, Dustin Lynch, Lindsay Ell, Parmalee, Runaway June and Granger Smith, among others.
In fact, speaking of incredible, Randy shared a bit of his soundcheck before the event, and holy high notes! This boy can sing his Mississippi tail right off!
Following this epic night of music with Jason, Garth scooted down the road a bit and played one of Nashville’s most legendary honky-tonks, Layla’s, to lead another big country music sing-along.
Nashville is currently bustling with hundreds of members of the country radio community who are in town for the city’s annual Country Radio Seminar. In addition to the daily panels and seminar that the attendees participate in, there are lunches that come complete with musical entertainment and evening concerts and showcases that allow the newest, brightest, biggest and best country artists coming out of Nashville to offer up a sample of their upcoming musical wares.
So, if you’re looking for a great gig in country music, consider pursuing a career in radio! Like any job, it isn’t all fun and games, but at least once a year, they blow the doors off!