By Robyn Collins
Garth Brooks, the biggest selling solo artist in history, has always been known for giving his fans personal attention. And now he’s continuing the ritual on social media.
Although the country superstar joined Facebook, Twitter and Instagram less than two years ago, he’s making up for lost time. In a live webcast Monday (July 11), he announced that his upcoming social media video series, Inside Studio G: A Monday Night Conversation, will give fans an in-depth look at the making of his next album.
“We’re actually going to let the cameras roll for the first time ever on the recording process,” Brooks explained of the weekly series during a Facebook Live chat. “I’m hoping the song that you will see us recording makes the record, because then you’ll see it take its first breath, and it’s pretty sweet to see when something like that comes to life,” reported Rolling Stone.
Garth still loves the element of surprise, though, so he warned fans not to expect him to give all the secrets away. “The greatest lab for new music in the ’90s was the tour,” he said. “I’d call up [producer] Allen Reynolds and [manager] Bob Doyle and say, ‘There’s this song that the crowds are just eating up, it’s crazy.’ But you can’t do that today. You can’t try anything out. So you have to do it in little pieces, little secret labs. It’s the people who determine whether something is a hit or not, and it’s really nice if you know that before you record it. So with [Inside Studio G] it’ll just be pieces, parts.”
During Inside Studio G, Brooks will likely tell stories behind tracks he’s planning for the as-yet-untitled project, and he promises to keep a guitar handy for when it’s time to let the music talk. He added that the show will be interactive and that he will field questions from fans. And he hopes his followers submit their queries via video.
“Building relationships with the people who allow you to be artists, it’s still one-on-one. Take every chance you can to look into somebody’s face, talk to them and they’ll go, ‘This guy is a person.’ It gives you a chance to meet new people, and I think that’s what it’s all about.”
Inside Studio G: A Monday Night Conversation debuts July 18th at 7:00 p.m. ET on Brooks Facebook page. To submit a question for the series, post a video on Instagram with the hashtag #askgarth.