No one officially in the know is talking, but sources close to the project tell CMT.com that Garth Brooks will release an impressive package later this year that will include four new songs and 30 hits on two CDs, plus a DVD of 33 music videos.
The package will reportedly be titled The Ultimate Garth Brooks and, unlike Brooks’ recent albums, is not expected to be sold exclusively through Wal-Mart stores.
The speculation is that Brooks will release the album via Big Machine Records, the feisty independent label that boasts Taylor Swift and Jack Ingram on its roster and which signed Trisha Yearwood, Brooks’ wife, to a deal earlier this year.
Some sources say Brooks and the label are set to bring radio program directors from major markets to Nashville this month to preview the new material.
One of the new cuts — although probably not the first single — is a remake of Huey Lewis’ 1982 hit, “Workin’ for a Livin’,” on which Lewis plays harmonica.
Calls to Brooks’ manager and to Big Machine to confirm or clarify information about the new project were not returned late Thursday afternoon (Aug. 2).