Garth Brooks is a busy man between his upcoming Las Vegas residency, the new Friends at Low Places Bar & Honky-Tonk in Nashville, and the release of his 14th studio album, Time traveler.
ET’s Rachel Smith caught up with the 61-year-old country crooner at his bar and he discussed his music collaboration with Brooks & Dunn’s Ronnie Dunn, Kelly Clarkson and his wife, Trisha Jaarwood.
“Ronnie Dunn is the only guy who doesn’t even know who he is. He’s one of the greatest voices to ever play music and he doesn’t even have a clue. …He sings his ass off and it’s fun” , Brooks says about Dunn and their song “Rodeo Man.”
As for Clarkson, Brooks recalls, “And then Kelly Clarkson says, ‘I’ve never done a studio session like that.’ She says, “What if I just came in and sang?” That’s what I thought we were doing, right? So she had such a good time. It sounds like she’s in your face right here, which I love.”
He adds of the Kelly Clarkson Show host: “And then of course the queen lets it loose during the ride, because she always does the great backing vocals.”
Brooks also notes that Clarkson is a big fan of his wife and her music. “Kelly will tell everyone Trisha Yearwood is the reason she sings,” he muses. “It was fun to be in the studio, and every time Kelly would do something, you’d be like, ‘Don’t make me let Trisha come in here and sing this thing.’ They love each other and it was a lot of fun.”
As for what he thinks of Clarkson making a full-length country album, Brooks exclaims, “Oh my god, that woman can sing anything. I’m telling you, I don’t know how she ended up.” not in country. …Because when you sit down with her and talk to her, she’s as down to earth.”
Continue to flow over the American Idol alum, he continues, “I love her. She’s got her head on straight and I don’t know if you’ve seen her lately, but just her whole everything, I think she’s in the right space at the right time. So I couldn’t be happier for Kelly Clarkson right now.”
In addition to new music, Brooks will also perform at Caesars Palace’s The Colosseum in Las Vegas from September to December 2024, with tickets go on sale later this month.
“Vegas is fun because we pack the phones. So the people who come in there, it’s so sweet, they talk to each other before the show, they make friends,” Brooks says. “And then when the music starts, they just get glued together.”
But before he heads west, the “Thunder Rolls” singer is giving a concert at his place Friends at Low Places Bar & Honky-Tonk on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.
“It’ll be the first time we’ve ever filmed a dive bar concert. So prepare for what you’re about to see. These people are hot, they’re sweaty,” he teases about the performance. “They’re loud, which is nice.”
Time traveler can be purchased at Bass Pro Shops sporting goods stores. Check out the links below for more information about Brooks.
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