Garth Brooks Dishes How His “Dive Bar” Duet With Blake Shelton Came Together: “I Called Him Up”

Garth Brooks Dishes How His “Dive Bar” Duet With Blake Shelton Came Together: “I Called Him Up”

Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton have a Top 20 hit on their hands with their new duet, “Dive Bar,” which is currently No. 19 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart after 13 weeks. Penned by Garth, Mitch Rossell and Bryan Kennedy, “Dive Bar” will be featured on Garth’s upcoming album, FUN.

If you were wondering how two of country music’s biggest stars ended up joining forces for the duet, it was a simple phone call. As Garth tells Kix Brooks of American Country Countdown, he was inspired to make the call after watching Blake’s performance of “God’s Country” during the ACM Awards in April.

“I saw him on the ACMs—he was doing ‘God’s Country,’ his current single,” says Garth to Kix. “And I just saw it in his face. It was like, ‘Wow.’ . . . Every entertainer, if you’ll listen to what you’re saying and if it still gets you, that’s a statement to the song, it’s a statement to how you’re treating the song. And something got [Blake], you could see it in his face when he was singing ‘God’s Country,’ so I called him up afterwards just to say, ‘Hey, man. I was just real impressed. That was cool. Would you ever think about doing a duet?’ And it wasn’t, ‘Let me think on it.’ It was, ‘Hell yeah, I’d like to do a duet,’ so we picked ‘Dive Bar,’ and it was fun.”

Watch Garth’s full interview with Kix below.

photos by NCD

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Miranda Lambert is Settling Down and Setting Up Shop

Miranda Lambert is Settling Down and Setting Up Shop

If you’ve been to lower Broadway in Nashville over the last several years, you know country music artist owned honkytonks having been sprouting up all along Music City’s famous strip.

Jason Aldean, John Rich, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Alan Jackson all already have venues…but now there’s another name being thrown in the mix, and it’s a first!

Miranda Lambert will be the first female country artist to have a downtown venue. Miranda’s place will be located at 308 Broadway, and looks to be named “Miranda Lambert’s Casa Rosa.”

Miranda was perhaps encouraged to move into this new venture by a 2018 Nashville Business Journal poll. When music industry pros were asked, “Which female country star should open a downtown bar?” — Miranda garnered the most votes.

Miranda is partnering with TC Restaurant Group on the new place, and it looks like even more details will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Photo Credit: Ellen Von Unwerth