Garth Brooks describes his upcoming album as “the most Garth thing” he’s recorded since 1997’s Sevens – and also “the most live thing” he’s ever done. The country icon has been using his massive world tour as songwriting inspiration, and what we’ve heard so far certainly reflects the infectious energy of his show.
Case in point: “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance,” the album’s first official single, which makes its debut today. [Listen below.] The upbeat country tune with Southern rock-inspired guitar riffs has a timeless sound that indeed could fit right in on the Sevens track list — and on today’s country radio.
“It just jumps out when you hear it,” Brooks tells iHeartRadio. “It’s great way to introduce everybody to the new record and the new sound, which hopefully will fit in with the old sound, and it’ll all just be Garth.”
The singer co-wrote “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” with Kent Blazy, Steve Dorff, Victoria Shaw and the late Kim Williams, who passed away in February. “I love love love this song, but probably my greatest joy is the fact that this is a Kim Williams song,” says Brooks.
While “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” is the first single, it’s actually the second song released from the project. The first was “Pure Adrenaline,” a song Brooks and Gordon Kennedy penned for the SEC Game of the Week. They have tweaked the lyrics for each Saturday’s featured game during the 2016-2017 college football season.
Brooks will reveal the new album’s title this Saturday, October 15th, during the SEC Game of the Week. He’ll follow that with the cover reveal on Monday, October 17th, during his weekly Inside Studio G webcast.