Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line Join Garth Brooks for All-Star Update of 'Friends in Low Places'
A remake of the 1990 country classic is coming, a source tells Billboard.
One of country music’s most popular songs, Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places,” may be getting an update for its silver anniversary.
According to a source, Brooks has re-recorded the song to commemorate its 25th birthday with some friends in high places -- his musical hero George Strait, and Brooks acolytes Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban. Moreover, it is believed that the new version includes the beloved mysterious third verse, not included on the original, but captured on Brooks’ 1998 Double Live album.
The song, instantly recognized by its opening chords, was originally released in August 1990 and spent four weeks atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. It was named single of the year at the CMA Awards that year.
Brooks’ representative declined to comment, but in an Aug. 19 interview with Storme Warren of SiriusXM's The Highway, Brooks was asked what he had been doing during his tour hiatus. The singer coyly answered: “I’ve been revisiting old friends and making new friends.”
No word on if Brooks is considering reissuing No Fences, the album that featured the song. That set, also released in August 1990, has sold 9 million units since the 1991 launch of SoundScan and has been certified 17 times platinum by the RIAA.
Brooks returns to the road Sept. 17 for seven shows at Dallas’ American Airlines Arena.