In recent weeks, the “Friends in Low Places” singer has made sure to pay tribute to Pride who passed away 11 months ago. Charley died on Dec. 2, 2020 due to Covid-19 complications, and his friend is assuring his legacy is remembered.
Brooks honored Pride last week by presenting him with a posthumous RIAA lifetime achievement award. The singer shared the moment with Pride’s son, Dion, as they celebrated his dad’s contributions to country music over his long career. However, Brooks wasn’t done paying his respects to the country icon.
The next day, Garth Brooks spoke with Vanderbilt University writer-in-residence Alice Randall. She teaches African-American studies and music at the Nashville-based university. At an event held in the city’s brand new National Museum of African American Music, the two discussed Pride’s life and music at length.
As Brooks’ high profile appearances continued, he and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, took part in the Opry’s recent anniversary celebration. The famous Nashville venue just celebrated their 5,000th Saturday night broadcast over the weekend. Yet Brooks has a few more historic appearances in store as well.
He’ll be playing The Opry once again on Nov. 18 before performing at Nashville’s other famed venue, The Ryman Auditorium. Brooks will play The Ryman on Nov. 19 & 20, and posted about it all on Instagram yesterday.
“Charley Pride, the Opry, and now the Ryman! Could it get any sweeter than this?! love, g,” Garth Brooks wrote on Instagram.
Garth Brooks Honors Charley Pride With RIAA Award
Only weeks before his death, Charley Pride attended the CMA Awards and accepted a lifetime achievement award. Last Monday, the Recording Industry Association of America Awards and Garth Brooks presented Pride’s son with a similar lifetime achievement award.
While he presented the award at the Nashville, Tennessee event, Brooks praised his late friend.
“I love anything that he did,” Garth Brooks told the audience, according to PEOPLE. “Because he was one of those guys that didn’t ever give you 99 percent. It was a hundred percent or nothing … And I think that was something that you kind of learned as a kid, even before you got in the business. ‘Son, if you’re going to do this, don’t leave any of you out. Let’s bring everything you got.’ That’s what … he specialized in.”
As mentioned, he spoke further about Pride at the National Museum of African American Music the next day. Brooks sat on stage with an acoustic guitar speaking with Alice Randall about Pride’s life and music. He also performed sections of Pride’s famous songs as well for those in attendance.
“The guy’s a freak of nature,” Brooks proclaimed. “He was just gifted beyond belief and was so humble about his gifts. I’ve seen people that are gifted one-tenth as much as him that had a head bigger than God himself. But this guy was just humble, fun and talented … You try and sing his stuff. Good luck, Hoss.”