Our review of the new album ‘Man Against Machine’ will be published next week
On June 17, 1988 the music world subtly changed. On that summer day, a shy and somewhat awkward young man from Oklahoma signed to Capitol Records. On October 26th, 2000 the world would change again, as Garth Brooks would pack up his legacy and walk away from Nashville, trading Music Row for the family life.
Fourteen years later, the world is still waiting for Brooks to return.
Brooks’ resume speaks for itself. As of May 2013, he has sold over 68 million records. This number is nothing to scoff at. In the modern Soundscan era, 68 million records is enough to secure the title of “best selling artist in the United States” (since 1991). Brooks has had six of his releases achieve diamond status, despite the fact that those albums have never been made available digitally like many modern releases. Throughout his career, Brooks pocketed 2 Grammy awards, 17 American Music Awards and inductions into both the Grand Ole’ Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame.