Garth Brooks Ends Retirement. Will Record First Album Since 2001’s “Scarecrow”

At a press conference held at the Grand Ole Opry, country hit maker Garth Brooks announced that he was coming out of retirement. The singer/songwriter went into retirement after the 2001 release of his hit album “Scarecrow” in order to spend more time with his family.

Garth’s spokesperson Nancy Seltzer told CNN that ” The singer [Brooks] will not be announcing a tour.” However, “If he tours again, it still won’t be until his youngest goes to college,”

It’s welcomed news for the country music industry which has witnessed Garth sell over 100 million albums since the early 90’s. His hits include “Friends In Low Place,” “Ain’t Goin’ Down Till The Sun Comes Up,” and “The Dance” among various others.

No word yet on when a new album may hit store shelves or if that material like much of his catalog will once again be a WalMart exclusive. Either way I for one welcome Mr. Brooks back into the fold, his hit song writing has been missed.

Thankfully Brooks didn’t announce any plans to un-retire his alter ego “rocker” Chris Gaines.