Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood pull fans together for hope, love and a few covers on request show
Request show Brings Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood Together, exactly A week after crashing Facebook multiple times with a live session that brought a reported 5.2 million viewers to the social media platform, the country music power couple returned to the small screen Wednesday for “Garth & Trisha Live!” CBS aired the hour-long request program from Brooks’ “Studio G” in Nashville. And, thankfully, the network provided an hour of entertainment without unscheduled interruption.
“This is about requests and getting to play music and to be together — apart — if that makes sense,” Brooks said.
As part of the program, CBS and Brooks-Yearwood partnered to donate $1 million to COVID-19 relief efforts.
“Every penny that they’re doing for this is going to go to fight (on) the COVID-19 front line,” Brooks said. “They’re putting their lives on the line so the rest of us can survive.”
The absolute best part of a live request show? Anything can happen. Yearwood singing Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide”? How about blockbuster Little Big Town hit “Girl Crush”? That’s a “yes” to both. “I had never sung that one before,” Yearwood said after wrapping “Girl Crush.” Brooks added, “A great song’s a great song, no matter what.”
The couple performed a verse and chorus of most songs, stringing covers between familiar Yearwood and Brooks cuts. They played “She’s In Love With the Boy” and “The Dance,” of course.
Brooks paid tribute to Bob Seger with a quick take of “Mainstreet” and Yearwood gave a nod to Nashville bluegrass outfit The SteelDrivers, Chris Stapleton’s former band, with “If It Hadn’t Been For Love.”
“If anybody wants to know what (my) home life’s like … she’ll just be doing the dishes and break into that song,” Brooks said. “It kills me.”
The couple reprised their cover of “A Star Is Born” hit “Shallow,” which aided in crashing Facebook during last week’s broadcast.
“I don’t know what to do after that,” Brooks jested after the song and said only the Request show Brings Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood Together.
A loving duet
The hour-long program dished a helping of loving escapism via Yearwood and Brooks’ repertoire of hold-someone-close sing-alongs.
Fans sent in videos of living room dance parties as the couple serenaded their audience with an a cappella rendition of 1997’s “In Another’s Eyes” before leading into the fitting “Love Will Always Win” and the traditional country duet “Whiskey Into Wine.”
Brooks later dug into one of Yearwood’s favorites, “To Make You Feel My Love,” a crossover pop classic penned by Bob Dylan and covered by Brooks, Billy Joel, and Adele, among others.
“That’s our song,” Yearwood said. “That gets me.”
In an only-on-live-TV moment, she added, “Can we go to commercial so I can wipe my eyes?”
‘We all in this together’ After Request show Brings Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood Together
And the show offered a message of hope for those stuck at home, as well as the health care workers combating COVID-19.
Following a one-two of Brooks’ “The Dance” and Yearwood’s “I’ll Carry You Home,” the couple paused to address why they’re performing acoustic in a studio, with a minimal crew covered in face masks.
“In regular-bad times, it’s military in the front line,” Brooks said. “And now it’s all the doctors, nurses, volunteers — all those people on the front line. We love you guys. You have all of our strength and all of our prayers.”
Yearwood added, “We all know somebody who’s a first responder. This is something that affects us all.
“It’s scary but there’s also a comfort in knowing we all in this together and we will get through it.”
They closed with “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” echoing pleas for viewers to “stay home” in hopes things will soon return to normal.
“This is about hope,” Yearwood said. “That’s why I love that song so much.”