Country music star Garth Brook announced a new world tour and album during a Nashville news conference Thursday, saying that he will play the country music that made him the genre's top act during the 1990s.
Brooks said he will announce the first cities on the tour Monday. His new album, part of a new record deal with Sony Music Entertainment, will be released by Thanksgiving holiday season.
"I want to thank God and everyone who is giving me a chance to actually look at a second half of a career," Brooks said, according to People magazine
. "I don't know many artists who get this chance."
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Rolling Stone writers Andrew Leachey and Joseph Hudak
said Brooks' entry could signal to sea change for country music.
"The return of the Nineties giant, even at age 52, signals major competition for today's young hitmakers and the antithesis to the 'bro country' currently reigning on the charts," noted Rolling Stone. "Brooks, while praising contemporary country music, stated that his new songs wouldn't veer toward 'bro country' or 'hick hop.'"
Brooks, who said his new tour could run into 2017, said he planned to play his style of country music and not try to duplicate music of current country standouts like Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean, reported USA Today
"You've got to be yourself," Brooks told USA Today. "You start chasing (stuff), it doesn't work. If radio takes it, great. If they don't, hey, we've had a great run."
Brooks told Rolling Stone that the tour information will be shared on his website and Ticketmaster.
"Our job is to go out there and fly the flag for country music," he said. "I've seen the world tour stage. It's phenomenal."
Brooks said goodbye to his one-man show in Las Vegas in late November along with a television special
where whispers started of an eventual comeback tour.
"Rumors flew before the show that Brooks might use the national TV platform to announce details of his first world tour since the late 1990s," wrote Norm Clarke of the Las Vegas Review-Journal back in December
. "Brooks made no mention of it but all signs — the TV special and last week's release of a new CD/DVD box set — suggest a 2014 comeback launch is on track."
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