Garth Brooks' song "The Old Stuff," off 1995 album Fresh Horses, includes these lines co-written by songwriters Bryan Kennedy and Dan Roberts: "Seven pickers and all our gear in a rental van / Playin' music never sleepin' and workin' on a neon tan / We played The Barn down in Sanford Florida / For Bev Roberts out in Camden Park / We plugged it in up east at Bull Run / And the place went dark."
Nearly 25 years later, Brooks announced The Barn as the fourth stop on his Dive Bar Tour. To date, Brooks' return to fairly intimate venues has taken him to Joe's on Weed Street in Chicago, Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, Calif. and Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, Texas. Now Brooks' diversion from his usual stadium tour stops comes within 20 miles of Orlando on Oct. 16.
Brooks' seven-date tour is sponsored by Seagram. It doubles as promotion for Brooks' new single "Dive Bar," a duet with fellow Oklahoma-born superstar and country music lifer Blake Shelton.
As was the case with the three prior Dive Bar shows, fans near Stanford, Fla. will have to stay tuned to local country radio stations to nab tickets.
The Barn show's announcement comes at a busy time for Brooks, the newest recipient of the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and the subject of the A&E special Garth Brooks: The Road I'm On, which airs Nov. 24-25. As if that's not enough to whet the appetites of Inside Studio G viewers, the Hall of Fame member will hopefully gift us with a new album, Fun, within the next year or so.