Garth Brooks is a country superstar that can command a stadium full of people in any city he plays, even though his last stadium tour is one that he says was his last. Now with his sites set on a Las Vegas “Garth Brooks / Plus One” at the Coliseum at Caesars Palace residency for the foreseeable future, Garth is celebrating his 61st birthday today (2/7).

Brooks chatted with fans on his weekly Studio G recently (1/9). He said, “I’ll tell you right now, this will be the busiest year of our career.” It’s a big statement coming from a guy who’s filled many years of his life on the road and in the studio. He added, “There are going to be so many things happening this year.”

Later in the year, he and Trisha Yearwood are committed to a Habitat for Humanity building project on behalf of former President and First Lady Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter. But what else does he have on tap? He does have his new downtown Nashville entertainment venue, Friends in Low Places. Brooks laughs, “This year, we get to open up, I hope.”

Garth is also expecting to return to the recording studio this year. He offered, “The studio is going to be wide open this year. We’re going to go in and just do a lot of things that probably never will see the light of day. But, to be honest with you, those are my favorite sessions.” He added, “This’ll probably be one of the heaviest years we’ve ever had ’cause everything’s just coming around to an end or a beginning, which is cool.”

We look at 30 songs that solidified his place in music history and made him one of the biggest stars to ever emerge from Nashville.

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