Garth Brooks Announces Surprise Dive Bar Tour

Country singer Garth Brooks may be coming to play at a dive bar near you.

Brooks announced on Facebook that he will be playing a surprise, seven-city dive bar tour, inspired by his new song with Blake Shelton “Dive Bar,” alongside his current North American tour. He’ll kick it off in a Chicago dive bar on July 15. The singer didn’t reveal which dive bar in Chicago or the other six locations. The remainder of the dates will be announced on July 15, which is the same day “Dive Bar” will be released to Amazon Music.

Garth Brooks photo
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Earlier this month, on July 7, Brooks celebrated National Dive Bar day on Instagram with his fans:

“Sometimes that’s your church,” Brooks said when talking about his love for dive bars during a Facebook Live event. “A church is people who are like you that are searching, and just sometimes need a shoulder to lean on, and that’s what a dive bar is”:

The new song, co-written by Brooks, Mitch Rossell and Bryan Kennedy, features the catchy lyrics, “We’re gonna spend the weekend in the deep end of a dive bar.” You can read the lyrics here on a video posted by YouTube user Country News:

The duet with Shelton is kind of a big deal because it’s the first time in 18 years that Brooks has teamed up with anyone on a song — not since “Beer Run” with George Jones in 2001.

Blake Shelton photo
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The pair are expected to perform the song together for the first time before an audience at Brooks’ July 19 show in Boise, Idaho, but with this new tour announcement, fans just may hear it sooner.

In the meantime, want a refresher on one of his older hits? Here’s his classic, “Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til The Sun Comes Up)” as posted by Country Studio Crew on YouTube:

This one topped the charts in February 1992. It’s called “What She’s Doing Now,” and it’s one of Brooks’ most enduring ballads, even though it’s a cover of a Crystal Gayle tune.

And here’s “Friends in Low Places,” posted by MusicMan4111 on YouTube. You may have heard this one at some point:


Written by Gabrielle Sorto for CNN.

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