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Garth Brooks Reveals Artist That ‘Single-Handedly Saved Country Music in the ’80s’

by Matthew Wilson
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Even famous country singers have idols. Garth Brooks reveals fellow singer Randy Travis is a personal hero of his. He said Travis is responsible for saving country music for singers like him.

Brooks’ praise came during an Amazon Music Live session. The “Friends in Low Places” singer discussed what he considers great country music, and Travis topped his list of greatest country singers.

“Because man let’s face it, we’ve been lucky enough to hear the greatest of all time in guys like Randy Travis,” Brooks said. “I think he single-handedly saved country music in the ’80s. And for country music to follow from there. I know I’m one of the benefactors for Randy Travis coming when he did.”

Garth Brooks Performs a Randy Travis Song

Brooks then performed a tender rendition of one of Travis’ classic songs “I Told You So” for his virtual audience. This wasn’t the first time that Brooks has performed the song, which seems to be one of his favorites.

(Click here to watch Brooks performance of the song at the 14:00 mark).

He previously covered the song with wife Trisha Yearwood and another time with a cancer survivor on stage. Travis wrote and recorded the song way back in 1987 for his “Always & Forever” album. Since then, the song has become one of his most endearing classics.

After the cover, Brooks briefly teared up as he described how powerful the song is for him. During the concert series, Brooks played songs from his newest albums “Fun” and “Triple Live Deluxe” as well as fan requests.

“I don’t know. When you go for songs that make you feel I’m home, those seem to be the songs that I kind of go to. I like the whole sad thing, I just do man,” Brooks said. “And what makes it so fun is to come out and fly. I just love the whole mix. That’s one of the things I keep hearing on this album. It’s just all over the map.”