Our Throwback song today has one of the most recognizable guitar intros in music, and when the crowd goes wild as Garth Brooks plays it in the arena, there is nothing like it. Pure deafening magic.
Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places”, written in 1989 by Dewayne Blackwell and Earl Bud Lee, was released in August 1990 as the first single from his album ‘No Fences.’ The song spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart and won both the ACM and CMA awards for Single of the Year.
According to Earl Bud Lee, the idea of the song was born when he and some songwriting friends gathered for lunch one day at Tavern on the Row, a popular Nashville eatery. When the check came, Lee realized he had forgotten his money. He was asked how he was going to pay for the meal, and he replied, “Don’t worry. I have friends in low places. I know the cook.” They asked Garth to sing the demo for them and it was the last demo session he ever did as a singer. Mark Chesnutt also recorded it for his 1990 debut album ‘Too Cold at Home,’ which was released only a month after ‘No Fences.’
Garth is starting to wrap up the North American leg of his world tour. He and Trisha will be at The Forum in Los Angeles this weekend for their second set of shows, as they end the California run, and I can’t wait to see them again. There’s nothing quite like a Garth show, something you must see to believe.
It’ll be your day tonight if you join us next week for our Throwback song.