While attending school, Brooks said he got into advertising and walked his graduation, but later learned he was just one hour short of his degree -- so he went down to a saloon, where a woman let him perform with his guitar. That, of course, changed his life.
“She left me play one night there, and then one night turned into two nights -- three nights -- and pretty soon I was playing like Monday through Friday all over town -- and all of the sudden, I was going, ‘hey, maybe this is what you’re supposed to be doing,’ Brooks recalled.
“The great thing was, you weren’t working,” he continued. “I said, ‘Wait a minute — I can feed myself and feed somebody I love doing something that isn’t a job?’ Count me in on this one.”
After touching on his ten-year break from music to raise his daughters, Brooks praised the realness of A Star is Born, Bradley Cooper's directing skills and the film's depiction of life as a musician. “Whoever had their hands on the wheel — and I’m thinking, it’s Miss Gaga, actually — it was authentic as hell," he said, raving about Lady Gaga's performance in the film.
Garth also made sure to plus his upcoming concert special, Garth: Live at Notre Dame, which will air on CBS on Sunday (Dec. 2) at 8:00 p.m. ET
Watch Brooks' full Late Show discussion with Stephen Colbert below.