Garth Brooks resisted making his music available digitally for years, but now the country superstar is not only offering his music for download, he’s giving fans an online sneak preview of his much-anticipated new album.
Brooks is set to release "Man Against Machine" on Nov. 11 via a new deal with RCA Records and Sony Nashville. He’s already released the first single, "People Loving People," and now he’s allowing fans to hear a sneak preview of the entire album for one day only at his newly-launched digital site, GhostTunes.
Brooks revealed the news in a message to his email list Wednesday night:
A friend of mine at GhostTunes asked if we would take a different look at sampling for this new record…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. Because it was his idea and his ask, I felt it fair to keep this to GhostTunes. Because it is GhostTunes, Halloween seems like the perfect time. So, for 24 hours, starting at midnight Thursday night, October 30th and for the entire 24 hours of Halloween, 2014, a sneak-peek at the new album will be available…only you all know about it so no sweat if you don’t get over there, I just thought you all should be the first to hear it if you wanted to. I really hope you like the new music.
In the same email, Brooks revealed that he is planning a final tribute to his older sister Betsy, who played in his band and passed away last year.
“Our family lost our sister Betsy on Halloween night, 2013. Since then, we have flown the 'B 13' on the guitar in her honor,” he writes. “We will fly it one last time on the two shows in Lexington this Halloween night. 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.”
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