There is perhaps no greater star in country music Garth Brooks.
And while he’s received every award imaginable, last night’s NSAI Songwriter Awards honored him with another one – the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award.
According to the Nashville Songwriters Association, the award is given only to those who have made a significant contribution to the American songbook while influencing the careers of others.
And Garth now stands alongside what Kris Kristofferson calls the “Mount Rushmore” of recipients: Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson and Bill Anderson.
Curiously, after last night’s awards ceremony, Garth Brooks said he never considered himself a songwriter until he watched Luke combs perform one of his hits at the awards.
“Until tonight I never felt like a songwriter Luke combs sang the shit from Beaches of Cheyenne!
Many Thanks NSAI for another unforgettable moment in my life and career. love, g.”
Written by Brooks, Dan Roberts and Bryan Kennedy, he originally released The Beaches of Cheyenne, his third single, in 1995 Fresh horses Album.
And further The Garth Brooks Story TV Special, he revealed that the finished song was very different from his original intention.
“[It was] should be really funny. A bit like cowboys on the beach, a swinging thing.
Then it was off to a guy on the beach coming home from a job in a suit and tie. He never had cowboy talents but always wanted to be one.
So he just comes home and kicks off his shoes and goes out and walks on the beach and dreams about Wyoming and stuff…”
He then shared that they were just messing around with the lyrics when the line “Every night she walks the Cheyenne beaches” popped up. And that’s when they knew the song wasn’t going to be funny anymore.
Instead, the finished version was about a widow who loses her husband at a rodeo event in Cheyenne, Wyoming; a decision she never supported in the first place. And while the ending isn’t clearly told, she may or may not have taken her own life as a result of losing him, so yeah… definitely NO laughing matter.
But the song wowed listeners, topping the Billboard charts and becoming one of Garth’s most notable songs.
After Luke’s NSAI performance wrapped, Garth jumped out of his seat, shouting his approval of the cover and showing his admiration, and in that moment you can definitely see that he’s finally feeling like the award-winning songwriter that he is.
And how about that acceptance speech?
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