Garth Brooks has friends in high places: Congressmen sing to country star at GRAMMYs on The Hill event (VIDEO)
So if you go to a D.C. party honoring Garth Brooks, you can pretty much expect he'll do "Friends in Low Places," right?
Psych! Instead, Brooks stayed seated as members of Congress sang "Friends in Low Places" -- weirdly appropriate -- to him. Ah, the humanity. Members of the band included Paul Hodes (on guitar), John Conyers, Sheila Jackson Lee (on tambourine), Darrell Issa, Dick Durbin, Joe Crowley (on one of those rattler things), Sheldon Whitehouse, Steve Cohen, Louie Gomert. Happily, they had a couple ringers along too: Marc Roberge of O.A.R. took the lead, while Jimmy Jam, Paul Williams (the songwriter and current ASCAP prez) and Bob Schieffer (the newsman and aspiring country singer) chimed in heartily. More later...
Garth Brooks, all humble charm, stopped midway through his address to legislators and recording-industry brass Wednesday and turned to an Illinois high-schooler in the audience.
"Miss Sophie... I'm going to tell you about some things you don't know about yet," he began. "They're called albums."
The chart-topping superstar, largely retired, made a rare D.C. appearance (including an Oval Office visit with President Obama) to be honored at "GRAMMYs on the Hill," a reception pegged to two days of music-maker lobbying. The country legend is a format- purist who refuses to have his music sold on iTunes and seemed quite moved by the mission of getting artists paid.
"Fight to get your albums back, people," he told the crowd. "That's how record companies make money" to develop young talent. "You can't make money 99 cents at a time."
Hmmm ..... Garth Brooks for Congress? "I want to be you, and I don't want to be you, you know what I mean?" he told the reps in the room. (Judging by their singing, the feeling's apparently mutual.)
The Reliable Source
April 15, 2010; 9:29 AM ET
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