Country singer Garth Brooks may be reviving one of the more controversial parts of his career in the near future.
In 1999, the “Friends in Low Places” singer made a risky move. He adopted a rocker alter ego named Chris Gaines for a completely new type of album. Gaines had a special personality, family members, friends, and musical persona.
Brooks’ album “Garth Brooks in…The Life of Chris Gaines” was an interesting project. At least one tune from the album, “Lost in You,” was a certifiable Billboard charting single. However, the Chris Gaines chapter in Garth Brooks’ career was neither long-lived nor beloved by many. Today, fans and detractors alike even mock the Gaines saga.
But now, it seems Chris Gaines could be making his triumphant comeback. Garth Brooks touched on Chris Gaines in a recent interview with Billboard. He all but confirmed new material featuring his alter ego is on its way.
“Trust me, it’s got a whole life of its own and it’s all coming,” Brooks said. “It won’t be anything predictable, I can guarantee you, because that’s kind of what that character’s thought process was.”
Of course, Brooks didn’t suggest any kind of timeline for when the new music would be on its way. He did seem to indicate that we might be able to search his old music for new clues going forward, though.
“If you know the greatest hits, they had to come from somewhere, if that tells you what’s coming,” Brooks said.
If Chris Gaines does end up returning in 2020 or beyond, it’s going to be an interesting time for country music. The industry could finally be ready for his unique type of rock. And just maybe, he could find his “own” fan base this time around.
[H/T: The Boot]