After a lengthy hiatus from music, Trisha Yearwood is touring again. Her 20-city run kicked off yesterday (Feb. 19) in Florida and runs through mid-April.
“I’m calling the tour ‘Just Because.’ You’ll see that on a T-shirt,” Yearwood tells Billboard
“I don’t have an album out, nothing to promote and people are like, ‘Why are you going on tour?’ Because I want to,” she says. “So that’s why I’m calling it the ‘Just Because’ tour. I’m not going out there to try to get somebody to play my record . . . These shows can just be about playing music and having a good time.”
She says she made the decision to tour after a fan posted a message asking “Are you done with music?” Says Yearwood, “I thought, ‘Oh I’ve got to go do some shows!’”
She re-grouped her old band in its entirety, and tells Billboard, “It’s all these guys whom I’ve toured with many times so there’s a comfort there because they know my music and they know how we do shows. They know what it’s about. Even the crew people are all the same. I think we have one new person. I’m pretty excited about that. It’s like family getting a chance to go play music together, so that will be fun.
“I really do love to perform live,” she continues. “I love that immediate response. I love to sing and I love to perform. When [husband] Garth [Brooks] had been in Vegas for the past two years, I’d go out with him and do two or three shows with him and it just feeds my soul. It’s something that I can’t imagine not doing and I need to do it . . . I love being a chick singer.”
In addition to touring, Yearwood tells Billboard she also plans on recording new music. “I started a record right before my mom got sick and, of course, put it on the back burner and after she passed away, I just didn’t really care,” says Yearwood, whose mother Gwen died in 2011. “I didn’t have any desire to do anything for a while, and then that desire came back . . . I have six or seven [songs] recorded, but it’s very disjointed because it’s been done over the course of two and a half years. It’s different periods in my life.”
Trisha and Garth plan to tour together in the fall, so she wants to complete her album this spring and summer. “Next on my list is to really sit down and figure out which of these songs to keep,” she says. “There are a couple of things in there that really do stand out. My window is now probably between April and September to really get in and get it done. I don’t know exactly what it’s going to look like. I’m listening to a lot of songs right now and I’m really loving what I’m hearing. I think I needed to take a break to be able to listen with fresh ears because I’m hearing some really great stuff . . . I definitely feel like if I don’t get something done before I go on tour with Garth, I’d be trying to piece something together again and I just don’t want to be doing that. I want to have something new out for that tour. So that’s the plan.”
Her last album, "Heaven, Heartache, and the Power of Love," was released in 2007. She’s currently without a record label home, and exploring her options. “I’m not signed with anybody at the moment, but I’m working on that,” she tells Billboard. “There are some irons in the fire, so I’m trying to figure out what is the best thing for me. There’s some good options.”
On her fall tour with Garth, Trisha says, “This could be so awesome for us to get a chance to do what we love and be together. We’re just so sappy. We don’t do well apart and so to be able to go play music and be together every night, in the same bed and to travel together, it’s going to be so awesome.”
And while she’s looking forward to playing large venues with Garth, she’s also excited about playing smaller venues on her own, even if Garth has to fend for himself for a while. “I love these intimate theater shows and I won’t get a chance to do for a while so I thought, ‘You know what? I’ve got a little window here, I need to go do these for me.’ [Garth] was wonderfully supportive because it’s right in the middle of soccer season and he won’t be able to go with me, but I’m only gone like two weekends out of the month. It’s not like I’ll be gone a long time. He can survive. I’ll leave him some casseroles to bake. I’m not going that far.”
See the full list of Trisha’s upcoming tour dates here