Garth Brooks is a legendary showman. He has sold out stadiums for decades, making large spaces feel small with his innate ability to connect with an audience. So imagine what it would be like to be in a tiny honkey tonk watching Garth perform on a tiny stage with a six piece band for two hours. It would be a dream for any Garth fan. On Monday night, 200 people got to live that dream at Layla’s, a tiny bar on Broadway in Nashville.
The show was an invitation-only gig as part of the annual Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. But, according to Billboard, fans crowded near windows outside to catch a glimpse and the muffled sound of the one-of-a-kind show.
Brooks played for more than ninety minutes and even took requests from the crowd and even asked people to share stories related to his songs. That openness characterized the rest of the concert. During a particularly poignant version of “If Tomorrow Never Comes” Garth was so choked up that he was momentarily unable to sing.
It was the smallest venue Garth had played in 30 years and his first time to play on Broadway.