Early Thursday morning (Oct. 30), Garth Brooks sent an email to his fans. First, he apologized.
“I so appreciate you trusting us with your email and I try not to abuse our direct connection with you,” he wrote, as if anyone minds when the country superstar directly connects with us.
Then he went on to share the news that his new album Man Against Machine will be available to stream — for free — on GhostTunes at midnight ET on Thursday . The preview will last 24 hours.
And in addition to the music, Brooks explained in the email, there will be talking.
“A friend of mine at GhostTunes asked if we would take a different look at sampling for this new record,” Brooks wrote. “He wanted to know if we would speak a little bit on each song as a snippet of the song was playing. Because he asked, we went into studio and tried it. We were all surprised to hear how cool it turned out.”
The sneak peek of the new music from Brooks is something he hopes you’ll listen to. But if you don’t, that’s cool, too.
“Only you all know about it, so no sweat if you don’t get over there,” he wrote. “I just thought you all should be the first to hear it if you wanted to. I really hope you like the new music.”
Man Against Machine, featuring his world-peace anthem “People Loving People,” will be officially released Nov. 11.
In the email, Brooks also explains why he has “B13” written on his guitar.
“Our family lost our sister Betsy on Halloween night, 2013. Since then, we have flown the ’B13′ on the guitar in her honor. We will fly it one last time on the two shows in Lexington this Halloween night,” he said of his concerts in Kentucky. “It has been an honor to fly her salute for the past year. She was and is loved by so many, and she will forever be with us every time we take the stage.”
Brooks’ older half-sister Betsy Smittle died at age 60 after a two-year battle with cancer.