Garth Brooks 2014 tour isn't only project he's contemplating
Stephen L. Betts
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After Garth Brooks announced on "Good Morning America" recently that he would soon mount a world tour, he spent a solid three days talking with folks at country radio. He also checked in with Lon Helton at radio's trade publication, Country Aircheck, going over some of the details of the impending tour and explaining that the forthcoming music that has been hoped for from him still remains something of an "if." The singer-songwriter also continues to assert his position regarding iTunes, which does not have access to his music catalog because he doesn't want to allow the sale of individual tracks from his albums, preferring fans to have the entire project as it was recorded.
"It’s from a forthcoming 'era,' if it happens," says the iconic entertainer of potential new material. "Right now there are a lot of hurdles to climb, one of which is digital. We don’t have a digital partner right now. I’ll never have a digital partner in iTunes as long as they keep the same rules they have now. I respect them; they’re friends of mine. They show me respect. They make me believe they’re friends of mine. But if they’re not going to change their ways, I’m not going to change mine. We have to figure out how we get new music to the people."
In terms of when fans can expect the tour to rev up, Garth explains that it will be the fall of 2014 "before we stick the key in the engine and fire it up to see what we've got."
He also teases a potential project that could take place before then, but reveals very few details about it.
"There is something that could be happening between now and the tour that might be the biggest thing I've ever tried to take on. I'm excited. If it comes to fruition, and it looks like it's going to, it will be the biggest thing I've ever tried to attempt. I'm really excited about it. It'll be done right, it'll be done quality. I’m in love with the idea and we just have to see if it's going to happen. We'll know within the next four weeks or so."
So, as with all things Garth-related, stay tuned. Garth's single with wife Trisha Yearwood, "The Call," is out now. It's taken from his Walmart-exclusive boxed set, "Blame It All on My Roots."
Listen to Garth's interview with his Tulsa, Okla., hometown radio station here.