Garth Brooks 24 hour at the Ryman Auditorium

Garth Brooks launches the 24 hour a day “Garth Brooks Channel on
Sirius XM with a historic ‘first’ concert at the Ryman Auditorium.

Garth Brooks took a short break from his three year “Garth
Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood” to launch his new channel
on SiriusXM Satellite Radio
.  He
kicked it off with a press conference September 8, at Sirius XM’s studios
at Bridgestone Arena on Broadway
in Nashville, in front of an
‘invitation only’ group of print and broadcast media, before performing a
concert at the Ryman Auditorium.

Garth started out by saying, “I got to step inside the
[Ryman] yesterday. That’s a cool place, man. Feels good. Don’t know if I
deserve to be there but it treated me like welcome.
It welcomed the band and everybody. I hope it knows its heart and soul, because
you might have said it in front of as big a country fan [as me], but you’ll
never say it in front of a bigger one.”

He went on to describe how it would feel, walking on to that historic
stage with his guitar for his first ever concert at the Ryman. It’s amazing to
think this was to be a ‘first’ for Garth.
“The only time I got to stand on the Ryman stage was at
Loretta Lynn’s Lifetime Achievement Presentation and I had to stand in for
Conway on “Cold As Ashes,” said Garth.

I asked Garth to compare the difference between two milestones
in his career, playing Central Park and playing at the Ryman.  Garth said, “Probably feeling the same
good anxiety, good fear, all those good things. Central Park was cool for its
size and stuff. I wanted to represent country music, I wanted to represent the
flag of Country music, your family and God the best you can. Everybody is in
their seats. Tonight you think about, this ain’t a million people, there has
been about a hundred names that played that house that – you – want  – to
– represent…” (He slows he speech down with emotion as he finished the
He continued, “To represent those people who have been there
before. The biggest thing between this and Central Park is just that the
Central Park show was representing Country music as it was. Here [Ryman], I
think we’re trying to represent Country as it is, as it was and of course – as
always like a family moving together – hopefully for the future of it.”

All throughout the press conference he would turn every few
minutes and look out the window at the Ryman Auditorium with evident emotion in
his voice and his eyes welling up, referring to the Ryman as “The
House”. This seemed almost like a homecoming, just to listen to his sincerity
and honestly as he spoke his thoughts and heartfelt emotions.  
He was asked what song he was going to start the concert with
and he said that he couldn’t even tell us what song he was going to start off
with or end with, and assured those present that he was being totally upfront
with the media.
Immediately following the press briefing, Garth crossed the
street to Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium for a soundcheck preceding his
performance at the special concert in front of invited
guests.  The concert aired live on the Garth
Channel, SiriusXM channel 55 and via SiriusXM apps on
smartphones and other connected devices.
His appearance marked the first time in Garth’s career that he
has put on a full concert at the Ryman Auditorium, known as “The Mother Church
of Country Music.”
Additionally, Garth recently launched Inside Studio G, a weekly
Facebook Live series that will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making
of his next album. It airs every Monday on Garth’s Facebook page at 7:00
The final leg of his and Trisha’s North American Tour resumes on
Monday, September 12.  
Preshias Harris for Country Music News International

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