As the 2014 CMA nominations were revealed Wednesday morning, one of country’s biggest stars released his first solo single since 2008, “People Loving People,” to country radio. After spending more than a decade away from music, Garth Brooks is officially launching his comeback. You can listen to Brooks’ “People Loving People” on Maine’s Q106.5.
“People Loving People” is firm, crunchy country rock. Brooks starts out singing, “Doctor you ain’t got a pill / For whatever’s making this world ill.” The chorus preaches community as a solution to those ills: “The only answer to the problem is people loving people / That’s the enemy of everything that’s evil.”
Brooks released his first album in 1989 and became a massive star during the ’90s. He is the best selling album artist in the U.S. during the Nielsen SoundScan era (since 1991), and six of his albums have sold at least 10 million copies each. His last studio album, Scarecrow, came out in 2001.
Last year, Brooks released a compilation entitled Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences, which contained four discs of cover songs. Brooks played his own versions of “Country Classics,” “Classic Rock,” “Blue Eyed Soul,” and a category of music he called “Melting Pot” (this included Simon & Garfunkel, Cat Stevens, and Bob Dylan). Brooks then announced his comeback on July 10.
He plays a series of shows in Rosemont, Ill. starting on Sept. 4th, and plans to release a new album around Nov. 28, i.e., Black Friday.