Garth Brooks is hoping fans will understand that songwriting isn't like riding a bicycle. The country phenom penned a note to to his Facebook followers today explaining his need for more time to craft his next album.
"I made the statement that when we came back on the road and into the studio, I was not confident in my own writing…it is a muscle and if you don't use it, you just can't turn it back on again…it takes time," writes the singer, who went 13 years in between studio albums before releasing 2014's Man Against Machine. "But I DID hear you. And because of that, teamed with the touring schedule, I am asking a huge favor from you, I am postponing the release of the new studio record…I ask for your patience as I explore the writing again. I have been at it for over four months now, enjoying the challenge and enjoying the studio more because of it."
Brooks co-wrote three of Man Against Machine's 14 tracks. The LP was a sales and critical success but only produced two radio singles, "People Loving People" and "Mom," which bowed at Numbers 19 and 32, respectively, on Billboard's Country Airplay charts. Machine will be succeeded by a project that's promised to have more of a personal stamp.
"This new album will be the most Garth thing I have ever done," writes the six-time ACM Entertainer of the Year, "Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing, you will decide."
Brooks is in the midst of a giant world tour with wife Trisha Yearwood. He continues to announce the trek's stops one city at a time, with his latest revelation being a May trip to Fargo, North Dakota, for his first show there in 17 years.