Garth and Trisha Are Just As Sweet as You Hope They Would Be
Seconds after Garth Brooks hugged her, my wife whispered to me, "I had no idea how handsome he was in person."
Before the second Garth Brooks show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia Saturday night, my wife and I got to spend some time with Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood backstage. (Yes, I know how lucky I am.)
Garth and Trisha were both as nice, charming, and sweet as you hope they would be. (Yes, I know how lucky I am.)
Before the show, we were ushered backstage in small groups to spend 5 or 10 minutes with Garth and Trisha. Our group had 10 people. I believe I was the only "radio person." (I have no idea how the other people got meet and greet passes.)
Garth and Trisha came into the room and shook everyone's hand and sat down in a circle and talked with us as a group. They were personal and friendly, easy-going and easy to talk to. (Yes, I know how lucky I am.)
I had met Garth before and interviewed him a couple times, but this was the most time I'd spent with him in person. In addition to answering a couple of our questions, they both seemed genuinely interested in each person and tried to find out a little about everyone.
I joked to Trisha that I was hoping she baked something for us. (She has her own TV cooking show, you know.) Garth quipped, "Stand in line, pal."
At the conclusion, the couple posed for pictures with everyone, then gave us each a hug, and went and got ready for the concert. (Yes, I know how lucky I am.)
My wife didn't grow up a country fan, and wasn't a Garth fan from his "first-time-around." I wanted to take her and show her what a Garth Brooks concert was - a BIG SHOW!
When Garth first started, there was no one like him (and technically, there still is no one like him). Garth broke boundaries and rules with his stage shows that were more like Kiss than Merle Haggard. He brought energy, fun, and excitement that wasn't a part of country music back then. Garth was the guy who made it possible for so many, like Kenny, Brad, Luke, and Florida Georgia Line.
My only regret talking with Garth and Trisha was that I didn't mention how big of an impact TRISHA YEARWOOD made on Country Music. Her "She's in Love with the Boy" helped kick the door open for so many female artists. Without Trisha, would we have Carrie Underwood today?
Saturday night was a great night: Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood hugged me. (Yes, I know how lucky I am.)