Brooks shared that as a kid music wasn’t actually is first love, he wanted to grow up to play sports professionally. “The only thing that stopped me was my professional athlete ability,” he joked. At his peek, Garth was a javelin thrower at Oklahoma State University — and host Stephen Colbert gladly shared a throwback action photo to prove it.
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.