Students Discover Garth Brooks

Author: McElroy, Meredith

Students Discover Garth Brooks

Scholastic culture editor and close personal friend of CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks Emma Ferdinandi asked me to write an article about Brooks’ on-campus fans. Not knowing who his fans would be, I interviewed some Notre Dame students to assess his popularity.

My first interviewee, sophomore Wendy Burger, pulled no punches. She said, “Garth Brooks? Really? Could you pick a more obvious fake name for a country singer?” Another student, senior John Bailey, asked, “Is that the guy who directed ‘Get Smart?’”

Figuring I needed more proof of Garth Brooks’ existence, I showed pictures to my next interviewees, but they were similarly confused. “Is this like the dad version of a SoundCloud rapper?” senior George Laurence asked. “Yo, that’s gotta be my brother’s baseball coach. No, like for real,” Antoine John, a freshman from Tulsa, declared proudly.

I can see no reason why Garth Brooks would be moonlighting as an unpaid baseball coach for eight-year-olds in Oklahoma, but hey, what do I know? (One student out of 30 that were polled did admit to recognizing the name, but since he was from Nashville, the Scholastic staff registered him as a distinct outlier.)

Getting absolutely nowhere with the student population, I then approached a stadium employee who wished to remain anonymous. His response: “They purposely scheduled his concert while students were on break. I’m not even sure people under thirty were supposed to find out about this.”

After my exhaustive research, I now have to tell Emma that Garth has approximately one on-campus fan. Wish me luck.