WATCH: Garth Brooks Covers Billy Joel Hit ‘Piano Man’ on Kelly Clarkson Show

by Joe Rutland
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Country music legend Garth Brooks shared a few of his favorite sing-a-long songs on Monday during an appearance on “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”

Brooks, with his guitar in hand, sat across from Kelly Clarkson on the set. They were talking back and forth about cover songs which made up a lot of numbers in Brooks’ “Dive Bar Tour.” These are songs that people would sing in bars sometimes.

When Clarkson asked him what were some of the popular ones people would ask him to perform, Brooks said, “What you do in clubs when I played Willie’s Saloon, and Willie’s Saloon was in college, right. So you don’t have any of your own stuff so you played everybody’s stuff. And you’re gonna play, you’re gonna play (Merle) Haggard.” He then sang a few bars of a Haggard song.

“But you’re gonna play Elton (John), the Eagles, you’re gonna play Buck (Owens), you’re gonna play it all,” Garth Brooks said. “And then you’re gonna venture into women’s things like Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Garth Brooks Knows Bar Crowd Wants To Sing ‘Piano Man’

“At the end of the night, we’d all kinda gather around and this is the song that you’d sing because it was always on the weekend,” he said. It led to Brooks singing the first verse of Billy Joel’s classic song, “Piano Man.”

That verse specifically talks about different people dropping by (“the regular crowd shuffles in”) on a Saturday night.

Upon finishing, Clarkson said, “What the hell happened? Like, no, that was not normal Garth. Not normal.

“I’ve had singalongs with friends with drinks and that’s not normal,” she said. “I want you to come along to my singalongs.”

“Everything was a singalong in the club,” Garth Brooks said, launching into David Allen Coe’s “You Never Even Called Me By My Name.” Clarkson sings along with him on some of the lyrics.

“Everybody, no matter how old or young they are, knows that song,” Brooks said. “I don’t know how they know it.”

He then said, “My favorite song since I was a kid is still my favorite song.” Brooks goes right into an eloquent version of Don McLean’s classic “American Pie.” Clarkson joins in on the chorus.

Here are Brooks and Clarkson talking and singing together.

Clarkson Talks About How Much Song Meanings Change

Recently, Clarkson had a chance to tell Garth Brooks how much a song’s meaning and memories change as she continues living.

She talked about the impact that her father leaving had on her. Clarkson didn’t realize how much it had on her until becoming a parent to River Rose and Remington Alexander.

“I have this song, ‘Piece By Piece,’ I’m the writer,” Clarkson said. “It was all about, like for me, it, like, I’d never really experienced the loss of my father. Like how it never impacted me until I became a parent.

“Because then I knew what a parent should be and what it felt like, and I was like, I didn’t really know the loss,” she said. 

H/T: GarthBrooks.com; KellyClarkson.com

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