When you're in Nashville, you never know when some of the biggest country stars in the world may drop in to one of the local honky-tonks to play a tune or two.
Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban and Chris Janson were among the mega-country artists who held a surprise concert at Layla's Bluegrass Inn before an audience of about 200 radio guests on Monday night (April 5th)..
Brooks, the best selling solo artist in music history is very grateful and wanted to show his appreciation to the country music industry. He thanked radio programmers who gave him his first No. 1 hit in a decade in December writes Variety.
The bar performance was a first for Garth, who never played in any of the honky-tonks on Lower Broadway in Nashville. He finally had the opportunity to experience it with a secret, nearly two-hour-long bar gig
Brooks wasn't alone. He was joined by Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, and Chris Janson. Bentley had appeared to receive Country Radio Seminar’s humanitarian award for his Miles & Music for Kids charity, along with a keynote Q&A. He touted his forthcoming album “The Mountain,” which he recorded in and around Telluride, Colorado
The Layla’s performance will go down as one of the most unusual of Brooks’ career. It was an all-request night, the condition for the asks being that the requester had to speak up first about some personal memory connected to the song. Sometimes, those explanations were short. Variety says Brooks and his band were never actually stumped by the requests for songs from his 30-year catalog — it helps that, as he noted, the “new guy in the band” has been with him for 24 years.
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