Country superstar Garth Brooks’ life and career are explored in a special 90-minute edition of CMT Inside Fame. In his first in-depth interview since his self-imposed retirement, Brooks deals for the first time with his foray into the rock and pop world with his portrayal of Chris Gaines. The 1999 release of the album In the Life of Chris Gaines found Brooks stepping outside his Garth persona to take on the role of the fictional rock star Chris Gaines.
Of his Gaines episode, Brooks says that the album came about because of an aborted movie project. “Paramount bought the movie idea,” he says, “and I went to them talking about the possible greatest hits [album] of this character before the movie comes out, so you’ll be familiar with the character when the movie’s out — so he’s more real. I don’t know if it sold papers better or what. For some reason it got out that Garth Brooks wanted to be Chris Gaines. … Yeah, I’d like to be something prettier. But, gee whiz. Why do I want to be anybody else?”
Brooks also addresses other aspects of his life and career. Artists who were interviewed for the program include Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Wynonna, Jo Dee Messina, Steve Wariner, Capitol Records executives (past and present), band members and Brooks’ longtime producer, Allen Reynolds.
Brooks is the top-selling solo artist of the 20th century according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). With sales of 105 million since his debut in 1989, Brooks was the top artist of the 1990s and the fastest-selling album artist in RIAA history.
The program premieres on Friday (June 6) at 8 p.m. and airs again that evening at 10. The show will also be televised on Sunday (June 8) at 2:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. and again on Tuesday (June 10) at 8 p.m. All times are Eastern/Pacific.