In a press conference yesterday at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX, Garth Brooks announced that “Ask Me How I Know,” (Pearl Records, Inc.) written by Mitch Rossell, will be the second single from his “strong new album” (New York Times) GUNSLINGER. The song, available to preview here, is a poignantly reflective track heralded as a “romantic power ballad” by LA Times. It was also revealed that Brooks will headline Saturday night at the SXSW Outdoor Stage featuring Garth Brooks: Presented by Amazon Music. Taking place at at Ladybird Lake, complimentary general admission tickets can be obtained here starting at 12:00pm today (3/17.) Tickets to this event are restricted to residents of Austin and surrounding areas. SXSW registrants and Music Festival wristband holders can also attend, with a special allocation of space made available via Primary and Secondary access. To view the full press conference click here.
Later today, Brooks will be joined by Amazon Music Vice President Steve Boom for a special keynote conversation. Last year in a landmark deal, Brooks made his music available to download and stream exclusively on Amazon Music, including countless hits from his unrivaled catalog as well as new releases.
Garth Brooks recently won Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards for a fifth time, a first for any artist. He is also the first artist in history to receive 7 Diamond awards for the now seven albums certified by the RIAA at over 10 million album sales each and remains the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history certified by the RIAA with 149 million album sales. He has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist. Garth has been inducted into the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame and most recently, the Musicians Hall of Fame. Garth is currently on the three year Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. The tour began with 11 sold out shows at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. The tour is smashing records previously held by such acts as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and even Garth Brooks. In just over two years the tour has sold over 5 MILLION tickets, making it the biggest tour in the world. Garth has also launched Inside Studio G, a weekly Facebook Live series. It airs every Monday on Garth’s Facebook page at 7:00 PM EDT.