The Man, the Myth, the Garth

The Man, the Myth, the Garth

Lisa and Jim talk with country music superstar Garth Brooks about his just-announced Yankee Stadium concert, baseball, the challenges and expectations of a massive world tour, strong handshakes and more.

Show Participants

  • Garth Brooks
  • Lisa Konicki, Editor in Chief
  • Jim Casey, Managing Editor

Show Notes & Links

Show Quotes

  • “Are you gonna go out like Babe Ruth, point to center field and call your shot?” Jim Casey
  • “Hopefully the people will show up. And if they do, there’ll be a party there.” Garth Brooks
  • “I think the people will show up.” Jim Casey
  • “Yeah, I don’t think you’ll have a problem there!” Lisa Konicki
  • “Every athlete wants to be a musician. Every musician wants to be an athlete.” Garth Brooks
  • “It’s kinda like getting Babe Ruth off the bench. This woman – when she opens her mouth – you remember what a female singer sounds like. She’s got the goods.” Garth Brooks on his wife, Trisha Yearwood
  • “If it’s me and you and this microphone, I’m gonna tell you, ‘No, not at all.’ Me and you off the microphone? Yeah, it’s been more challenging than I thought it would be.” Garth Brooks
  • “If you don’t rise to meet [the fans with high expectations], you’re gonna disappoint them. And you’re gonna miss out on a lot of fun.” Garth Brooks
  • “The first thing I noticed about you is you still got this vise-like handshake. Is that from your days of throwing javelin? Where’d you get that grip?” Jim Casey
  • “That’s from your father being a Marine and your mom being ten times tougher than him!” Garth Brooks
  • “[My dad] told all of us kids – I’m the last of six kids – a handshake is the sincerity you have for who you’re meeting.” Garth Brooks
  • “‘Do you remember how bad-ass Garth Brooks was? No you don’t. You just hesitated. Check this out.’” Jim Casey quoting his friend Kevin Baltz 
  • “You’re a sweet man.” Garth Brooks to Jim Casey
  • “You tell Kevin ‘RIGHT ON.’ Tell him his parents raised him right.” Garth Brooks to Jim Casey
  • “Is there anything you haven’t done?” Lisa Konicki
  • “When people talk about a bucket list, I just want more of the same. I want my children to be happy. Finding their path, mistakes and all. Like we got to do when we were their age. Being Mr. Yearwood. Probably the greatest gig on the planet. And getting to play where people are showing up. Showing up in great numbers with great enthusiasm. Truth is, my bucket list would be for it not to end.” Garth Brooks
  • “Haggard was one of those guys that – when he opened his mouth – you felt safe. When you heard his music, you felt safe.” Garth Brooks
  • “The greatest country artist we will ever know, Merle Haggard.” Garth Brooks
  • “That’s the first music I ever remember hearing, was my dad playing Haggard. I guess I think of my dad. I think of the safety that brings.” Garth Brooks
  • “My guy, of course, is the king. My guy is Strait. If anything ever happens to Strait, I don’t think I’ll ever pick up a guitar again.” Garth Brooks
  • “Haggard and Jones. Losing those two guys was as tough as losing LeDoux for me.” Garth Brooks 

The Writers Room, Ep. 12, 14 minutes

photo by Mark Tucker/Sony Music Nashville

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