Earlier this week, Garth Brooks announced what will be his very first show in Hawaii. He and wife Trisha Yearwood will perform at the 75th commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
With only an acoustic guitar and his catalog of hits from the past two decades, Brooks will do two shows on Dec. 10 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu. Proceeds from the show will go to organizations dedicated to preserving the legacy of Pearl Harbor, which was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941.
In addition to the Pearl Harbor announcement, Brooks also made country music news on Thursday (Oct. 13) when he released “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” as the first single from his forthcoming 11th studio album.
Brooks got a familiar creative team back together when he sat down to write again, including songwriters Kent Blazy (“If Tomorrow Never Comes,” “For a Minute There,” “Somewhere Other Than the Night”), Victoria Shaw (“The River,” John Michael Montgomery’s “I Love the Way You Love Me,” and Eric Church’s “Two Pink Lines”) and Kim Williams (“Ain’t Goin’ Down Till the Sun Comes Up,” “Papa Loved Mama”).
“One day Kim, Kent and I sat down and wrote it,” Brooks said. “We got a little help from Steve Dorff, and then Victoria Shaw finished it. In the middle of this, Kim Williams passed away.
“I’ve got to tell you, I love, love, love this song, but probably my greatest joy is the fact that this is a Kim Williams song. Not only did it make this record, it’s the first single off this record.”