Brooks Plays New Single for ‘Wrapped’ Audience

Following a collective countdown designed to send his new single, “Wrapped Up in You,” rocketing onto country radio playlists, Garth Brooks launched the song Tuesday morning (Oct. 9) for an audience at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville and for radio audiences across the nation.

An earthy, mid-tempo tune, with fiddles and harmonica featured prominently, the song declares the singer “completely wrapped up in you.” To underline the sentiment, Brooks declares, “I love you like a lyric needs a melody” and “I need you like a penny needs a wishing well.”

The single will be part of a new Brooks album, Scarecrow, to be released Nov. 13. At a news conference attended by around 200 fans and 100 members of the working press, he unveiled the album’s cover at the request of a Vanderbilt student.

“For the first time in my life, I think I made a very happy album,” Brooks said. “And that’s so unlike me, but I’m really in a very good place right now. I feel very lucky.”

Brooks initially planned to release “Beer Run (B-double-E-double Are You In?),” his duet with George Jones , on Sept. 17 in a similar ceremony. After the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, he decided to issue “Wrapped Up in You” instead.

He will not tour, Brooks said, but he will make television appearances.

Cory and Renee Keys, from Milwaukee, were first in line. They arrived at the Country Music Hall of Fame at 9 p.m. Monday to claim their places.

A Marine Corps color guard presented the flag, and school kids sang “God Bless America.” Capitol Records also showed a montage of Brooks’ career highlights and an excerpt from an earlier press conference.

Over the weekend of Sept. 29-30, Brooks shot a video for the new single in Watertown, Tenn., east of Nashville.

Brooks also has made a Dr Pepper commercial to support his first product endorsement. Dr Pepper will partner with Brooks to promote and market the new album.