Garth Brooks to Release All-Star Remake of ‘Friends in Low Places’
Garth Brooks scored one of the biggest hits of his career with “Friends in Low Places,” and he’s reportedly marking the song’s silver anniversary by releasing a new version featuring an all-star roster.
An unnamed source tells Billboard that the country icon recently re-cut the country classic with George Strait, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban. Representatives for Brooks declined to comment, but when Storme Warren of SiriusXM’s The Highway asked Brooks what he had been doing on his recent tour break in August, the superstar replied, “I’ve been revisiting old friends and making new friends.”
Written by Dewayne Blackwell and Earl Bud Lee, “Friends in Low Places” was the first single from Brooks’ sophomore album, No Fences. Released in August of 1990, it spent four weeks at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart, and went on to win Song of the Year honors at both the ACM and CMA Awards that year. It has become a concert favorite over the years, with Brooks urging fans to sing along with the song’s “lost” third verse, which does not appear on the studio recording, but was captured on Brooks’ Double Live album from 1998.
The verse is similar to the song’s second verse, but departs from it at the end: “Well I guess I was wrong, I just don’t belong / But then, I’ve been there before / Everything’s all right, I’ll just say goodnight / And I’ll show myself to the door / Hey I didn’t mean to cause a big scene / Just wait ’til I’ve finished this glass / Then sweet little lady, I’ll head back to the bar / And you can kiss my a–.”
A fan singalong with that last phrase is one of the high points of many of Brook’s live concerts, and according to Billboard‘s source, the new all-star rendition of “Friends in Low Places” includes that verse.
The superstar resumes the Garth Brooks World Tour on Sept. 17 in Dallas, where he is scheduled to play seven shows.
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