Our resident Kiss92 DJ/journo wonders: Who is this Garth Brooks? And why should I care about his comeback?
I have a weird relationship with country music.
I grew up in cowboy country, a rural swathe of Canada just south of Calgary, Alberta, which is famous for The Calgary Stampede, one of the biggest rodeo events in the world.
It is a windswept flatland of wheat and scrub and cows and horses.
Brad Pitt's movie Legends Of The Fall was filmed around there.
How about that gay cowboy flick Brokeback Mountain? They filmed it there too.
My mum was an extra. Not one of the gay ones.
And even though I grew up in this rustic milieu, I utterly rejected it.
Especially the music, which is a shame. A lot of it is pretty awesome.
Which brings us to Garth Brooks.
Were you aware that this guy is the third - THIRD! - best-selling artist of all time in the USA?
Based on the sales of albums certified by the Recording Industry Association of America, Brooks comes in just behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley.
He comes in way ahead of Michael Jackson and Madonna.
This is incredible to me, especially since I've never bought any of his records.
I probably know the lyrics to a few dozen Beatles and Presley tunes, but I couldn't tell you the title of a Brooks song.
She Takes My Truck For Granted? America, America, America, America? Honky Tonk Bonkin'?
They're not Brooks tunes, but who would know otherwise?