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Originally posted 12/16/2009 03:30PM
"Unanswered Prayers" singer Garth Brooks says that his quest to make his mother's name "More Than a Memory" at an Oklahoma hospital has gone unfulfilled – and he's suing the medical center for $500,000 as a result.
Four years ago, the recently out-of-retirement country crooner says, he gave Integris Canadian Valley Regional hospital in Yukon, Okla., the half million dollars to finance a building that would bear the name of his mother, Colleen Brooks, who died of cancer in 1999.
But, according to a court filing by Brooks, 47, the hospital never included the promised building in a $27 million expansion project, leaving CVR in breach of contract, TMZ reports.
Originally posted 12/14/2009 06:05AM
As far as anniversaries go, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood must have to be "lovin' it."
Brooks, who came out of retirement and officially began his 5-year run of shows at Wynn Las Vegas on Saturday, had a fancy dinner planned to celebrate his 4th anniversary with Yearwood, but suddenly that meal became McDonald’s French fries.
"That was our anniversary dinner," he told reporters Friday at Wynn Las Vegas, where – sporting jeans, sweatshirt and a baseball hat – Brooks played an acoustic set Saturday that included his influences (Bob Segar, James Taylor and George Strait) as well as his own songs, including "The River" and "Shameless."
Originally posted 11/05/2009 10:00AM
When Trisha Yearwood was asked to write a cookbook, she didn't have to look any further than her husband, Garth Brooks.
"He's a really good cook," Yearwood, whose new book, Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood, hits stores April 6, 2010. "He has a couple recipes in there that he actually made up, like Garth's Breakfast Bowl. It's just eggs, cheese, bacon, sausage, tortellini and hash browns. Sometimes he even makes French fries and throws them in there!"
And, filling as it sounds, Yearwood – whose first cookbook, Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen, hit the best-seller list – dares diners not to eat the whole thing.
Originally posted 10/17/2009 03:15PM
The news that Garth Brooks is ending his retirement thrilled his fans, but caused a few good-natured groans from his country competitors.
"It sure was nice for the rest of us while it lasted – we got a little more of the consumer money,” joked Trace Adkins of Brooks’s nine-year hiatus. "Now Garth’s going to come back and eat it all up, and I’ll have to get a real job again. Thanks a lot, Garth!"
Adkins adds that Garth’s massive fan base will no doubt put him on top again. "Shoot, he can come back and be as big as he wants to be, I’d imagine," he says.
Originally posted 10/15/2009 01:40PM
Garth Brooks is officially back in the saddle, he announced Thursday morning.
After a nine-year hiatus in which he stepped out of the spotlight to spend more time with his three daughters, Brooks said he’s ready to perform again.
"We're going to take the retirement roof off over our head, and I already feel taller," Brooks said in a press conference at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry.
Originally posted 07/21/2008 06:00AM
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, hanging poolside at the Venus Pool Club in Las Vegas during a private event for the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation. The country music supercouple mingled and chatted with party guests – and even snapped photos with fans.
Originally posted 06/26/2008 01:50PM
Garth Brooks has a new career: Mr. Mom.
While on CBS's Early Show Thursday to promote her new album, Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love, Brooks's wife, Trisha Yearwood, addressed Brooks's latest endeavor.
"He's a great dad, you know. He loves his girls and he realizes that it's important to be there every day," said Yearwood, 43, referring to the 46-year-old Brooks's children from his first marriage: Taylor, 15; August, 14; and Allie, 11. "And so that's what he's doing, and I'm proud of him for it."
Originally posted 04/29/2008 09:45AM
Chart-topping country star Trisha Yearwood has scored another success – as a bestselling author.
Her new cookbook, Trisha Yearwood's Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen, hit No. 3 on the New York Times Bestseller List this week in the "Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous" category. It's the week's top selling cookbook. In a statement, Yearwood said she was "overwhelmed" by the response.
Co-authored with her mother, Gwen, and sister Beth, the book began as a scrapbook of favorite family recipes put together for Trisha, 43, when she moved to Oklahoma to live with husband Garth Brooks, 46. Specialties include Gwen's Fried Chicken with Milk Gravy, Daddy's Biscuits and Just-Married Pound Cake.
Originally posted 01/25/2008 12:30PM
Garth Brooks will fight fire with five concerts, including one that'll be seen on the CBS special Garth Brooks: Live in L.A.! Friday at 9 p.m. ET.
The live concerts, to be played over two days at the Los Angeles Staples Center, will benefit the Southern California 2008 Fire Intervention Relief Effort (F.I.R.E.), and comes in the wake of last October's raging wildfires that struck the Southland.
Obviously Brooks, 45, strikes a chord with fans: Having sold 85,000 tickets in less than an hour, the country singer-songwriter – who retired from touring in 1998 – is the only artist in Staples Center history to sell out five concerts in one hour and play five concerts in two days.
– Stephen M. Silverman
Originally posted 12/05/2007 11:55AM
Garth Brooks has cleaned out his closet, giving some of what he found to the Smithsonian in the nation's capital, reports The Washington Post's Reliable Source column. Among the donations: a reconstructed smashed guitar from a 1991 TV appearance, a Western-style concert outfit (including black elephant-skin boots), handwritten lyrics on a yellow legal pad and some plaques for sales milestones, including one adorned by a gold-painted audio cassette tape.
"To say that I'm flattered would not be enough," the semi-retired singer, 45, said of his inclusion in the American archive. "I always thought that when this happened you'd feel like Elvis, and I don't."
He added, "All I can think of while they're taking me around here is, 'What the hell am I doing in here?' " – Stephen M. Silverman
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