Garth Brooks Says He Attended ‘The University of Reba’
Reba McEntire and Garth Brooks chatted last night (4/17) on TalkshopLive and Garth’s Studio G simultaneously. Reba announced her new book Not That Fancy, and Brooks, who wrote the book’s forward, interviewed her by asking questions of his own and sharing many submitted by fans.
The pair reminisced about the first time they met when she was already a proven headliner, and he felt fortunate just to open for her. Reba recalled, “We were in Illinois working a fair, and my tour manager – he came to my dressing room, and he says, ‘Garth Brooks is opening the show tonight! You’re going to love him. That’s the first time we got to work together and when I met you.”
Garth remembers it well, too. He said, “I remember sittin’ off the side of the stage watching you go over rehearsal with your guys. I wore out more pencils and notebooks on your tour. You were going to the University of Reba, man!”
He added, “You’re the one that showed all of us that you could get out of Oklahoma and go follow country music and play it. You’ve just been a shining light for me.”
In conjunction with the book, Reba will release an accompanying album, Not That Fancy. Reba teamed up with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb to record stripped-down versions of some of her most iconic songs. The 14-track collection will also feature a new single, “Seven Minutes In Heaven.” The album is set to release Friday, October 6.
Reba started serving as a Mega Mentor on NBC’s The Voice this week. Reba joins superstar coaches Chance the Rapper, Kelly Clarkson, Niall Horan, and Blake Shelton. She will mentor the remaining artists who have made it through the Battle Rounds as each team prepares for the Knockouts.
Having served as Battle Advisor to Team Blake during the show’s inaugural season, it’s most fitting. Reba returns as Blake coaches his final group of artists and bids farewell to the show. Shelton, who has eight wins, announced last year that the upcoming season would be his last.