Country music power couple Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are moving from Owasso to Nashville, Tenn., as they prepare for life as empty-nesters and renew their country music careers, reports CMT’s Alison Bonaguro.
“I have loved living in Oklahoma,” Yearwood told Bonaguro while in Chicago on Sunday. “It’s been a great place to raise our girls, and the thing I’ll miss the most is that I’ve made some of the best friends I’ll ever have. But we’ll always be best friends.”
With Brooks’ youngest daughter will be graduating high school in spring and leaving for college in fall, the superstar couple is moving on to a new stage of their careers.
“Garth and I have always sort of been gypsies. If you do this for a living, home for us is really just where we are together,” she told CMT.
In 2001, Brooks retired from the road and studio and moved back to Oklahoma to concentrate on raising his three daughters with first wife Sandy Mahl. The youngest, Allie, is now a high school senior. The middle one, August Anna, recently made his a grandfather for the first time. And his oldest, Taylor, is preparing to graduate from college, he said during last year’s Black Friday TV special “Garth Brooks, Live from Las Vegas.”
Soon after it aired, the Tulsa native announced his plans for a 2014 world tour and hinted he may have new music coming beyond “The Call,” a duet he and Yearwood released from his 2013 box set “Blame It All on My Roots.”
Yearwood also has been touring and discussing album plans, along with continuing her second career as a Food Network personality.
“There’s an energy about Nashville that I love and I miss. And it’s so awesome right now. It has a new energy that’s so cool,” Yearwood told CMT. “And it makes sense because it’s been a bit of a challenge to not live there and to have to fly in and out for work.”
The Georgia native also told Bonaguro that she wouldn’t trade her years in Oklahoma for anything.
“It’s been the right thing to be at home. But Garth and I both feel like the job of being home every day and going to every soccer practice, that job is coming to an end for us. And so it’s time for us to do the next thing,” she said, “and we’re excited for whatever’s next for us.”
The word on Brooks and Yearwood moving from Oklahoma to Nashville comes shortly after the news that country music power couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have purchased a home in Tennessee’s Music City. However, Lambert told Taste of Country they plan to continue to live in Oklahoma full time.