Garth Brooks Says Everyone Is Welcome At His New Nashville Honky Tonk

The country star made it clear that this entertainment space will be inclusive to everyone.


Madeleine O’Connell

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November 17, 2023


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Garth Brooks; Photo Courtesy CBS News Sunday Morning

In just one week, Garth Brooks will open the doors to his Friends In Low Places Bar & Honky Tonk for the very first time. Ahead of the grand reveal, Brooks stepped inside for a sneak peek with Jane Pauley in an interview for CBS NEWS SUNDAY MORNING (airing on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 9 am ET) and explained that opening his own bar on Nashville’s lower Broadway is an opportunity for him to “pay back” the town that has given him so much over the years. 

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The Oklahoma native purchased the three-story, 40,000+ square foot property in December 2021 via 411, LLC. Shortly after, he revealed that the honky tonk would fittingly be named after his 1990 hit “Friends In Low Places,” which continues to be a staple in not only his shows but country music concerts around the world. 

“Don’t want to be egotistical. ‘Friends in Low Places,’ for me, is a chapter in country music, so I think it needs to be here,” Brooks tells Pauley.

 “If you’re lucky enough to get to sell some records in this town, you owe this town. And so I’m sitting there going, ‘How can I pay back?’ Well, if you come down here on Lower Broadway and there’s not a Friends in Low Places, are you kidding me?” he added.

Garth Brooks; Photo Courtesy 8 Ten, Inc
Garth Brooks; Photo Courtesy 8 Ten, Inc

Everyone Will Be Welcome

During their conversation, he also made it very clear that the spot he has claimed in downtown Music City will be inclusive of everyone. 

“I think if you want division on this planet at this time, talk about unity, talk about love … What’s our other option, right?” Brooks says. “I’m with love. You come on this ship or not. But love is big enough for all of us.”

Earlier this year, when Bud Light was at the center of debate, the country music star said that even the brands of beer sold inside his honky tonk wouldn’t be discriminated against as his mission of this bar is to welcome music lovers of all kinds with open arms. 

“They say the hardest question on the planet is why are we down here? That’s the easiest one. We’re down here for each other. That’s why there’s more than just one of us down here,” he continued. “So I love that … And I kind of love the differences because that’s the fun part of it.”

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Grand Opening On Black Friday

Over the past couple years, fans, locals and those visiting Lower Broadway in Downtown Nashville have been eagerly watching the building’s progress. Now, the time has finally come for the first round of fans to experience everything the bar and entertainment venue has to offer.

On Friday, November 24, Brooks will host the Friends in Low Places Bar & Honky-Tonk Dive Bar Concert, a special event open to only a limited number of fans who were lucky enough to win a ticket by listening to The BIG 615 station on TuneIn.

For those who will be visiting Brooks’ location either next Friday or sometime in the future, it’s important to understand that this isn’t just a bar, it’s a honky tonk. 

When Pauley with CBS with NEWS SUNDAY MORNING asked what the difference is, Brooks explained, “Well, a bar’s a place usually where just locals come, like you saw in ‘Cheers.’ That’s a bar. A honkytonk’s probably got a dance floor, a little bigger, right? And it’s modeled like a dance hall.”

Fans can learn more about what to be expected from the Friends In Low Places Bar & Honky Tonk from Brooks’ full interview with CBS, which is set to be broadcast Sunday, Nov. 19 (9:00 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network and streaming on Paramount+.

Garth Brooks Released His 14th Studio Album

Garth Brooks Box Set
Garth Brooks Box Set

In addition to awaiting the grand opening, Garth Brooks just released his 14th studio album, Time Traveler. This 10-track project was produced by Brooks and is appears in the country icon’s new seven-disc boxed set, The Limited Series

Time Traveler marks the third and final release of this boxed set. The previous two were unveiled in 1998 and 2005. The Limited Series will include Man Against Machine, Gunslinger, Fun and the three-disc Triple Live.

“There are a lot of different eras on this album, thus the name. Country music’s core is sincerity, after that, you can dress it up a thousand different ways. I am so lucky to live under the flag of Country Music,” Garth Brooks shared of the new collection. 

The Limited Series is on sale exclusively at Bass Pro Shops HERE.

Fans can also see Garth Brooks’ discography come to life live on stage as part of his Las Vegas residency, Garth Brooks/Plus ONE at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. This stint of shows will return on November 29 and continue into the new year with dates scheduled through July 13.  

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.