As previously reported, Oklahoma music megastar Garth Brooks provided one of the holiday weekend TV highlights Friday night with his “Live From Las Vegas” special on CBS.
The concert showed what’s been billed as his last concert of his three-year residency at the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas and coincided with the release of Brooks’ eight-disc box set “Blame It All on My Roots.” (To read my review of the box set, click here.)
Last night’s concert closely mirrored the show recorded on the box set’s “Blame It All on My Roots: Live at the Wynn” DVD. The Owasso resident eagerly chatted about his musical influences in between zipping through acoustic versions of wide range of covers as well as his own hits. Most of the selections are just snippets – often he sticks with just the first verse and chorus – but they tell the story of how the developed his signature sound.
Growing up in Yukon as the youngest of six children, he got his love of old-school country from his dad (inspiring him to sample Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried” and George Jones’ “She Thinks I Still Care”), his penchant for soul from his mom (leading into covers of Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and Otis Redding’s (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay”) and his devotion to 1960s and ‘70s rock ‘n’ roll from his older siblings (moving him to play Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” and his hero James Taylor’s “Sweet Baby James”).
The Oklahoma State University graduate is a consummate showman, and spending the past 12 years in semiretirement has not diminished his charisma one bit.
In case you missed the special while shopping, feasting or engaged in some other holiday activity, you can watch Friday night’s TV special in its full glory here: