Live (On TV) Last Night: Garth Brooks
After getting caught up on Usher's super-strange "Saturday Night Live" performance on the DVR, I was flipping through the channels last night when I landed on CBS just as Garth Brooks was being introduced on the Academy of Country Music Awards telecast. In retrospect, I wish I hadn't.
Garth has a pretty fine rep as a live performer - more for his showmanship than his musicianship, I guess. But last night, he was pretty lousy: The graying, semi-retired singer was not in particularly good voice while performing a long, meandering medley of hits - and, in fact, he sounded downright winded during the second half of his performance. Could it be that he'd worn himself out trying to pull on those two-sizes-too-small jeans he was wearing?
The medley itself was not particularly well-conceived, as there was no real flow or sense of continuity. Not with "Thunder Rolls" rolling into "Callin' Baton Rouge" into "Friends in Low Places" into (in order) "We Shall Be Free," "The Dance," "Good Ride Cowboy," "In Another's Eyes," "More Than a Memory," "Rodeo" and "Ain't Goin' Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up)." Ten songs in less than eight minutes = some super-short snippets. On Extended Play, Todd Martens likened it "listening to all the 30-second clips on one of Brooks' greatest hits sets on Amazon.com."
At one point, Trisha Yearwood sashayed onto the stage, spilling out of some sort of royal-blue gown; but even she couldn't save her husband. Their voices simply didn't mesh during "In Another's Eyes," not with Garth getting all screechy, and Yearwood quickly returned backstage. Hopefully she was out of earshot at the end of "Rodeo" when Garth held a note to particularly painful effect.
After the performance, Brooks accepted something called the Crystal Milestone Award from Reba McEntire. More proof that he was off his game: In his speech, he made the mistake of referring to Reba as "Miss Yearwood."
If you must: Garth's ACMs performance is linked here - for now, anyway.
Taylor Swift's weird, watered-down performance of her new single, "You Should've Said No," is also worth watching.
The list of winners is here. A lot of the usual suspects: Kenny Chesney won entertainer of the year. Brad Paisley and Sugarland both picked up a couple of awards each. Rascal Flatts. Carrie Underwood. Brooks & Dunn. Blah blah blah.
But the Academy must be doing at least something right: Miranda Lambert's superlative "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" was honored as the album of the year.
By J. Freedom du Lac |
May 19, 2008; 9:23 AM ET
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