Garth Brooks had a great year on the road in 2015, but he admits he’s a little rusty when it comes to writing news songs. In a letter to fans posted on Facebook last Thursday, the country music icon shed some light on what’s happening with his new music, explaining that he’ll be postponing the release of his new music as he attempts to sharpen his writing muscle.
“First of all, I can NEVER thank you enough for making 2015 the busiest year of our career, yet! What a blast that was … it seemed it went by in a blink,” he writes on Facebook, adding, “The tour has shattered expectations and has put a serious kink in our scheduling (and I am NOT complaining!).”
Brooks expanded on the “serious kink” to explain why new music has yet to be released:
In the fifteen months we have been touring, we have been fortunate to have seen a lot of faces and heard a lot of voices. When it comes to the new music, the one thing I keep hearing over and over is, “Where is the garth stuff?” I made the statement that when we came back on the road and into the studio, I was not confident in my own writing…it is a muscle and if you don’t use it, you just can’t turn it back on again…it takes time…but I DID hear you. And because of that, teamed with the touring schedule, I am asking a huge favor from you, I am postponing the release of the new studio record…I ask for your patience as I explore the writing again. I have been at it for over four months now, enjoying the challenge and enjoying the studio more because of it. This new album will be the most Garth thing I have ever done… whether that is a good thing or a bad thing, you will decide.
Brooks furthers that he wants to invite fans into the record making process, taking them behind the scenes via Facebook Live, where he will physically show his progress and “pull back the curtain.”
“I really hope you are going to like this journey with me. Who knows? 2016 could be the best year, yet?”
Eric Church is well-known for his passionate ongoing battle against ticket scalpers, and the country superstar is once again taking unusual measures to combat scalpers at an upcoming run of shows at Red Rocks.
Church released his latest album, Mr. Misunderstood, to his most hardcore fans — called the Church Choir — first and for free in November of 2015 before putting it on sale to the general public. That focus on putting his fans first also drives Church to limit ticket sales to his shows in blocks to make it more difficult for potential scalpers, but he took it a step further than that after his two back-to-back shows at Red Rocks went on sale for Aug. 9 and 10.
“I get asked all the time about my favorite venue, and I always answer the same way. Red Rocks. When people ask why, I just smile and say, ‘You must not have been there.’ It’s truly breathtaking,” Church says in a press release. “I’m honored to have two shows there.”
After reviewing the orders for the two nights, Church and his team discovered 2,700 tickets that had been purchased by known scalpers, including a whopping 750 seats paid for by a Texas-based scalper ring. So Church made the decision to cancel those purchases and put those seats back on sale at standard rates, to make sure that his fans would have access to the best seats at the best prices possible. That kind of intense scrutiny of tickets sales is simply part of Church’s commitment to making sure his fans always come first.
“On an ongoing basis, our team will continue to examine ticket orders and cancel tickets purchased by scalpers,’ says Fielding Logan of Q Prime South, the group that manages Church.
“I do want to add a quick word about the scalpers,” Church says. “I have never seen more relentless, nefarious and frankly disgusting efforts to defraud the fans and the general public. Six words for you thugs: You will not win. I will.”