It Could Be a While Before We See Garth Brooks Here

According to the "tour" section of unofficial site, he visited the greater Houston area twice in 1998 near the end of his last significant trek, a world tour that lasted between March 1996 and November 1998 and featured multiple-night stands in almost every city. He played five straight nights at Compaq Center (formerly the Summit, now Lakewood Church) between April 7-11, and the whole thing came to a close November 19, 21 and 22 at College Station's Reed Arena.

Brooks is also promoting recently released Walmart-exclusive box set Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences, six discs and two DVDs of hits, covers and a performance filmed at the Wynn; list price is $24.96. He's also said he'll be bringing wife Trisha Yearwood on tour with him (other acts TBD) and that he plans to be very hands-on in the production design, including a sound system engineered for maximum "thump."

For an artist of his stature -- as in the second-biggest solo recording artist in U.S. history behind Elvis Presley, according to the RIAA -- Brooks has a very light digital footprint. His official Web site is essentially an ad for his new box set, he has no official Facebook page and forget about Twitter. He famously refuses to release his catalog to iTunes, making him the biggest holdout of the digital-music era.

Brooks does have a phalanx of people behind him at Nashville's Major Bob Music, run by Brooks' longtime manager Bob Doyle (who also handles The Band Perry). But Team Garth is not easy to get in touch with. Eventually we tracked down his PR rep's email address through another one of her firm's clients -- an opera singer, no less.

"You have the right place," said Nancy Seltzer, Brooks' publicist. "We wish you a very happy holiday. When we have more information to announce we will put you on our list."


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