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Garth Brooks Planning to Release Live Radio Single

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Garth Brooks says he’s been recording shows from his three-year world tour and wants his next radio single to be from a live performance.

The singer stopped short of outright saying he’s releasing a live album a la Double Live from 1998. In the past he’s gotten creative with unique releases, often packaging them within a limited edition box set or releasing them only to select audiences. Brooks first hinted he was recording before a June show in Lafayette, La. On Thursday in Atlanta, he confirmed that to Taste of Country and select media.

“With the tour ending, all the live stuff is now coming to a boil, I think the next song — if it’s something off a record you’ve heard or if it’s brand new — I think it’s going to be a live version of it,” he says.

“I’d love to capture what goes on onstage and get it on the radio waves.”

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It’s hard to name more than a handful of successful live radio singles in recent years. Tim McGraw‘s “If You’re Reading This” (recorded at the 2007 ACM Awards) was one. In 2008 a live version of “Life In a Northern Town” featuring Sugarland, Little Big Town and Jake Owen peaked inside the Top 30. Most famous live recordings come from rock music.

2018 would mark 20 years since Brooks released Double Live, and he’s clearly moved by  live recordings. In Atlanta he cited Peter Frampton‘s Frampton Comes Alive! album and others by Jackson Browne as influences, and he did so while wearing a baseball cap commemorating six million concert tickets sold.

A new single could be a ways off, however. “Ask Me How I Know” is approaching the Top 10, and when asked about his favorite tour memory, Brooks cited watching writer Mitch Rossell open shows for him. Last year he told Taste of Country he hoped this song could do for Rossell what “More Than a Memory” did for Lee Brice.

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