Co-writing songs is a longstanding country-music tradition, but it’s not often that a late-night talk show host and a reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year get together to collaborate. On Wednesday night, however, Garth Brooks turned the host of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! into a Music City tunesmith. . . of sorts.
Kimmel, laptop in hand and outfitted in jeans and a two-tone Western shirt with pearl snaps, sat with the Country Music Hall of Famer in hopes of getting their respective creative juices flowing. Brooks was sporting his signature black cowboy hat and had his guitar ready to capture the magic.
“This is so important to me because I feel like I have a lot to say and to share,” Kimmel said earnestly, before adding, “Most of all, I think, I’d like to sell 11 million copies of a record.”
Brooks offered his best advice on how to determine what to write about, saying, “It’s always great if you can find something that moves you, something that you’d die for or something that changed your life. Anything like that come to mind?”
“I’m just thinking of pizza right now,” Kimmel confessed. Asked by Brooks if he owns any trucks, Kimmel replied, “It’s more of an SUV.”
The two then settled on the saga of Kimmel’s friend Daniel, whom the funnyman gifted with four break dancing lessons for his birthday. Once the lessons were paid for, however, Daniel never heard from the instructor.
“There’s your subject right there,” Brooks said. “There’ll be a lot of guys sitting there staring in their beer listening to that lyric. . . because all of us want to break and lock.”
As a finishing touch to being fully prepared, Brooks offered Kimmel his trademark headset before the pair began harmonizing on the tune about Daniel, “a very white and pasty Irish man” with break dancing dreams. Brooks also spent some time being interviewed by the host, which included an impersonation of James Taylor and a discussion about streaming his music. Later in the show, he performed his current single “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” from the forthcoming album Gunslinger.