Garth Brooks Is Back … and Trisha Yearwood, Too

But Will She Be Introducing New Music During His World Tour?

No, Nashville, that rumble and subsequent explosion you felt last week wasn’t some phenomenon of nature. It was Garth Brooks’ press conference.

Now that I think about it, some people do consider Brooks a phenomenon of nature, but his press conference revealed plans for new music, a new tour and a new label home at Sony Music’s RCA imprint. In addition, he announced he’ll be digitally releasing his recordings on his official website for the first time ever.

The news rocked my world in the best way possible. We’ve all been awaiting word about his new music and tour ever since he announced his temporary retirement in 2001. Fans were devastated at the thought they may never see Brooks onstage again, never have the chance to purchase a new album and play it over and over until they needed a new copy.

In the midst of all this Garthmania we’re experiencing right now, however, I can’t help but wonder what it all means for his wife Trisha Yearwood.

After last week’s press conference, he revealed to Billboard that Yearwood is slated to be a co-headliner on the tour.

“The tour is going to be Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood,” he said.

Sure enough, Yearwood will be opening the first and only concert announced so far — a Sept. 4 date in Chicago — but I need and want more details.

What will we hear from Yearwood? I could sit and listen to her sing her hits all day and weep like a baby, but will there be new music in the mix? Is she working on a new album?

Before hitting the road for a mini-tour earlier this year, she told People magazine she has been working on some music and was hoping to “get it done by early summer” — which would be just about now.

So you see why my curiosity is particularly piqued as she prepares to hit the road with her hubby. Will the tour be the moment Yearwood previews some new music? We’ll have to wait and see.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.