By Robyn Collins
After months of hinting, teasing and general anticipation-building, Garth Brooks is finally exposing some of the details of his new album, Gunslinger.
The country legend shared the cover art and title during his weekly Inside Studio G Facebook series.
“The album title came to me when somebody asked me what my favorite thing about being on the road was,” says Brooks. “I said, ‘It just feels good to be out there being a gunslinger again. Just aiming with the heart and shooting from the hip, that’s what you do on the stage, right? And, lucky enough, you’ve got the ammo of “Friends In Low Places,” “Callin’ Baton Rouge,” “Shameless” and you do. You’re a gunslinger out there. And each show’s different and you just shoot from the hip all night long.’ As soon I said it, I knew that was the album title right there.”
The album title first appeared during this weekend’s SEC Game of the Week, which uses Brooks’ “Pure Adrenaline” as the theme song.
The first single from Gunslinger, “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance,” is uptempo, but has a sad back story. One of the writers on the track, country songwriting great, Ken Williams, died during the recording process.
“I love seeing his name on songs, such a sweet, sweet man,” Brooks says. “Miss him dearly, but hopefully through music, he’ll live.”
Brooks’ 11th studio album will be available November 25. Gunslinger will also be included in a 10-disc set that is exclusive to Target starting Nov. 11.