Why Country Music Fans Everywhere Love Garth Brooks
(CBS Radio) — Garth Brooks started 2014 in a great spot on the Billboard charts! His album, Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences kicked off the year in the number one spot in country album sales.
After all these years, it’s still great to see Brooks at the top of the charts. But, what keeps him there … and will he continue to dominate in album sales?
The reason country music fans love Brooks is simple: when they purchase his albums, they are purchasing music that they believe to be in-line with traditional country music.
Brooks’ popularity comes at a time when country music was going through an identity crisis of sorts, some say the genre has forever turned pop-country while others say it’s turned rock-country. Either way, many agree … good ole’ traditional country music as we remember it, is a thing of the past.
Ironically though, before embarking on a country music career, Brooks was quite fond of rock music, but felt that country music better suited a country boy from Oklahoma.
In truth, the continued decline of mainstream country music has done wonders for Brooks’ album sales. Not that Brooks’ albums wouldn’t have done well regardless, however, there’s no denying that when old school country fans look for a country artist to identify with, Garth Brooks is probably one of the first country music artists (who is still performing,) that comes to mind.
After all, Brooks fits into a mold of what country music ”should be,” the kind of honky-tonk sound you’d expect to find in the country music world. The sad reality is that new country artists today who who resemble Brooks will, most likely, become well-known at their local bars/venues — and will never go on to make it as a famous country music singer.
Do you welcome the return of traditional country music, or do you think country music is forever changed?
-QC Writer, CBS Radio