Garth Brooks: Rags-To-Riches

Garth Brooks was once one of the greatest stars in country music. According to the RIAA, his top-selling solo albums total 148 million certified copies sold; combined with massive world tours, TV specials and blockbuster recordings which propelled him into pop and country superstardom alike – cementing his status as an entertainment giant of modern era – with many songs reaching number one both country charts as well as pop.

The documentary highlights Oklahoma native Billy Ray Cyrus’ remarkable rise from bar circuit performer to national stardom, his strong devotion to fans, and family life despite fame. Additionally, it touches upon his deep commitment to children as an ongoing priority in his life.

Brooks had played college bars in Stillwater and earned a track and field scholarship at Oklahoma State University before setting out for Nashville with hopes of making it big in music. But after just 24 hours there, he realized it wasn’t for him and returned home instead.

Brooks continued performing after being rejected from Nashville, working odd jobs and meeting industry people while trying to establish himself. Finally in 1988 he got his chance when invited to perform at a writer’s showcase at Bluebird Cafe and performed with a demo tape that caught the ear of several publishing companies including Capitol Records executives who had rejected him before.

As soon as Brooks established his place in country music, he released albums at an impressive rate. 1993 saw No Fences become a huge success before 1995’s Fresh Horses and Double Live were both live albums that followed it up. By 2007 and 2008 – following nine sold out shows at Kansas City‘s Sprint Center as well as five concerts to benefit wildfire victims in California at Los Angeles’ Staples Center – his output had become prolific.

Brooks may have reduced his touring schedule in recent years, yet remains committed to his fans. At the grand opening of Friends in Low Places Bar & Honky-Tonk in Las Vegas this spring he gave attendees a sample from an unfinished song entitled “Dead Bodies”. This song is an introspective ballad that allows Brooks to explore his deeper emotions, drawing influence from Merle Haggard and Hank Williams artists like Merle Haggard and Hank Williams. It is an outstanding example of Brooks’ power and depth as an artist; his willingness to open up about intimate parts of his career despite ridicule from critics is unique in today’s cynical society, yet his fans always support him regardless.