Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Married

Country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood were married yesterday at their Oklahoma home.

Country Music Stars Brooks, Yearwood Wed (AP)

Country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood said “I do” on Saturday in a private ceremony at their Oklahoma home. Brooks, an Oklahoma native, and Yearwood exchanged vows before family members, said Nancy Seltzer, a publicist for the couple.
“They said it is the perfect Christmas gift to each other and they couldn’t be happier,” Seltzer said. She declined to provide any other details.

Brooks, 43, got down on one knee and proposed to Yearwood, 41, in May in front of 7,000 fans at the “Legends in Bronze” event at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, Calif. Ten larger-than-life bronze statues honoring country stars were unveiled during that event, including one of Brooks.

The marriage is the second for Brooks, who has three children, and the third for Yearwood.

Brooks is credited with widening the genre’s appeal in the 1990s by merging traditional country with honky tonk, pop, folk and rock. His “Ropin’ the Wind” album was the first such country recording to debut at the top of the pop music charts. His latest album, “Scarecrow,” went triple platinum. Yearwood was named the Country Music Awards female vocalist of the year in 1997 and 1998. Her latest album is “Jasper County.”

Brooks was at the forefront of a group of artists whose first albums came out in 1989 and 1990. Clint Black, Travis Tritt, Alan Jackson, and several others were part of that “class.” Together, they helped make “country” a genre with huge international appeal.

The wife and I heard about this on the way back from dinner with friends last night and she remarked on the similarity of the Brooks-Yearwood romance and that of Johnny Cash and June Carter, at least as depicted in the film “Walk the Line,” which we saw last week.

It’s a good point and I imagine there are similar examples. Certainly, it’s understandable that people get estranged from their spouses if they lead essentially separate lives, as touring musicians whose families stay home do. “Being there” is a huge advantage and it’s also natural that performers would be attracted to other performers, since they can better empathize with the trials and tribulations of the road life. Still, it’s awfully sad for the families back home. It’s not the kids’ fault that daddy’s on the road.


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  1. Julie says:

    I wish Garth and Trisha the Best! All I can say is “It’s about time”!

    I hope you both try for kids because they would be knock out gorgeous!

    Happy Holidays! Your biggest Fan of both!