This past weekend, I had the extreme pleasure of seeing GARTH BROOKS perform in Buffalo, NY! This was not my first country concert (seeing as 95% of the concerts I attend are country concerts) but it was my first time seeing Mr. Garth Brooks. My mom, sister, aunt, uncle, cousin, and I all attended the concert on Friday alongside 20,000 other Garth fans. Garth Brooks is more than an amazing country artist. He is an entertainer, a comedian, and a great person. His two-hour show included his amazing hits and was accompanied by his wild energy and comedic commentary. Not every artist can play the first few chords of a song and send the crowd into an eruption of excitement. I screamed and sang along with the rest of the crowd to Garth’s hits like Ain’t Going Down (Til the Sun Comes Up), Unanswered Prayers, The Thunder Rolls, and Friends in Low Places. He also played songs off of his new album, Man Against Machine, including Man Against Machine and People Loving People. It is amazing that after over 25 years Garth Brooks still has his original fan base and it continues to grow rapidly.
This was such an amazing concert for me because not only did I finally get to see the man who sparked my love of country music perform, but my mom got to see her favorite artist once again after waiting twenty years. My mom always said she loved Garth Brooks and I grew up simply referring to Garth as if he was someone we spoke with frequently. Perhaps Garth Brooks is amazing because of his vocal and musical talents. Maybe it’s his country based personality. Maybe it’s his down to earth love for people, music, and life. And maybe it is all of those reasons. I love Garth Brooks because (1) my mom loves him, and (2) he is the beginning of my love for country music. I listened to him alongside Tim McGraw, Randy Travis, Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, and Shania Twain. I was among the few fourth graders in my town who knew who these people were and listened to them willingly. That’s not to say I didn’t grow up listening to The Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears. I just chose more often than not to listen to country music because it’s what I loved. I don’t exactly look what you might stereotype a country girl as but I’m country in my heart. I love boots, jeans, sunshine, and mark my words, one day, I will own a pick-up truck.
Today more than ever, country music is seen as a culture statement. Now people listen to country music because it is “cool”. I listened to it when people put country music down and said it was trash. When people discovered that country music is about more than beer and girls, the country music industry blew up. Yes, a majority of artists write about revenge on ex girlfriends and boyfriends and losing their weekend in a river of beer and whiskey. But the truly amazing country artists can write about love, life, and their personal experiences which let them connect with fans on a larger level.
So to all the original country fans out there and especially to all of the original Garth Brooks fans out there, keep singing loud and proud because you are the true fans. Stay sparkly, my friends!