Garth Brooks Getting Divorce, Mulling His Future

Garth Brooks and Sandy Mahl Brooks, his wife of 14 years, are getting divorced. The singer revealed the impending split in a recent interview with Billboard magazine’s Melinda Newman. Brooks also said he may release one more new studio album, but that he will not consider touring again until after his youngest daughter, who is now 4, turns 18. Should that be the case, Brooks would be 52 years old when he takes to the road again.

A rush of reissued Brooks albums will be back in record stores this month and next. On Oct. 24, according to the Billboard article, Capitol Records will reissue Double Live with a new cover. Then, on Nov. 21, Brooks’ first six studio albums — Garth Brooks, No Fences, Ropin’ the Wind, The Chase, In Pieces and Fresh Horses — will return to record bins, each with a bonus cut added from when they were released in 1998 as part of the Brooks box set, The Limited Series. These albums have not been available individually of late, either in record stores or through record clubs.

Brooks will be in Nashville Saturday (Oct. 14) for the Grand Ole Opry’s 75th anniversary broadcast and again on Oct. 26 for a massive celebration of his having sold 100 million albums, a world record for a solo act according to figures compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to