Portland is a city famous for its independent music. From Elliot Smith’s quiet introspective tunes, to the punky, psychedelic tracks of the often naked and always underfed Dandy Warhols, Portland’s music is often filled with contemplation and social criticism.
Sometimes you’re just not in the mood for introspection. Perhaps your husband or wife has left you and you’ve been fired. It’s times like these you don’t want the pensive warbling of an over-educated vegan. You want the comfort and catharsis of a world where real men fight, women pine away for those men and God definitely exists. You want to hear some pop country music, and there are no more popular country singers than Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.
County music’s most well-liked couple will appear at Portland’s Moda Center from Sunday, April 12 to Thursday, April 16, 2015. They will perform a total of five concerts as part of the Garth Brooks World Tour.
Mr. Brooks has been climbing the charts since 1989, in spite of an eight year retirement from 2001 to 2009. His unique combination of classic country, with a touch of rock and roll has earned him six diamond status albums. His music and lyrics have proven diverse, whether he is singing a romantic ballad such as The Dance, a folk influenced tale of revenge like The Thunder Rolls or Christian crossover songs such as Mom. He is the second best-selling solo music artist in history, bested only by Elvis Presley.
Although he is best known for his working man’s diatribe Friends in Low Places, which is about a man who lacks social grace and is unable to fit in to polite society, Mr. Brooks has proved himself to be a savvy business man. In 2005 he signed exclusive pact with Wal-Mart, Sam’s Clubs and Walmart.com outlets, making those stores the only places where his music will be commercially available.
According to Billboard Magazine it was, “the first time an artist — and certainly a superstar — has aligned himself and his entire catalog with one chain.”
The deal ended in 2007 and his music became available at all retail stores. In 2014. Mr. Brook’s music finally became available digitally, but only at his own website, giving him much more control over the profits and availability of certain songs.
Although country music is often associated with conservative politics and Christian values, Mr. Brooks won the hearts of the gay community and liberals with his 1992 song, “We Shall be Free.” The song, which called for a world in which, “we’re free to love anyone we chose” won a GLADD award in 1993.
Trisha Yearwood is a three time Grammy winner who is a member of the Grand Ol Opry. She came to the public’s attention in 1991 with her song, She’s in Love with the Boy. Since then Ms. Yearwood has gone on to sell fifteen million albums worldwide.
Unlike many aspiring singers, Ms. Yearwood did not have to wait very long to be immortalized. Her biography Get Hot or Go Home was written in 1992 by Lisa Gubernick, when Ms. Yearwood was only thirty years old.
In addition to her music Ms. Yearwood is also the author of several southern food cookbooks. She appears on Food Network’s Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. She says that she and her husband Mr. Brooks enjoy a diet where they make healthy choices eighty percent of the time and let themselves spurge twenty percent of the time.
The couple will go on stage at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday April 12 and at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 13, Wednesday April 15 and Thursday, April 16. Ticket prices range from $87.00 to $3535.00.
Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive.com Contributor
Eliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to 360drinks.com, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for Examiner.com and AXS.com.