So if Garth Brooks said to you, “Yo, let’s record a song together,” would you have to think twice about it? No, of course not, because it’s Garth Friggin’ Brooks. Wouldn’t matter if you sang like a toad, Garth calls, you say yes. That’s basically what happened to Blake Shelton when Garth got in touch and told him he had a song he wanted Blake to take a listen to for a possible collaboration. Blake said yes before ever hearing the song.
The Tennessean has an insider look at the recording of that song, Dive Bar, from the first day Garth called Blake to the hit it is today. Blake says it was a no-brainer when he got the call from Garth personally:
“I just sat around and waited,” Shelton said. Brooks called about 30 minutes later, and Shelton couldn’t figure out if it was real. “He said, ‘I’ve got this song I wrote. I wanted to see if I could send it over to you and you tell me what you think about it.’ It was kind of like that.”
Shelton didn’t need to hear it before he agreed to sing on the song.
“I said, ‘If you’re asking me to sing a duet with you … I’m going to tell you right now even without hearing the song; I’m apt to say, ‘Hell yes, I’ll do it,’ ” Shelton said. “He laughed and said, ‘You should at least hear the song.’ ”
Too funny, and totally what any normal person would do.
Dive Bar is currently sitting at #49 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs list.
On a side note, Garth and Blake will perform Dive Bar for the first time live this Friday in Boise, Idaho, and yours truly will be there with bells on. With any luck, I will be livestreaming the performance on Facebook so be sure to follow us there for all the fun.