Yesterday's spotlight highlighted country music artist Toby Keith with emphasis on how many cross-over artists have created a shift in popularity from rock 'n' roll to country. Today, we are turning our sights...ears, that is...in the opposite direction with focus on country music artist crossing over into rock 'n' roll. The name may not be known immediately but once the true identity is revealed, you just might be surprised...or not.
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Chris Gaines: a fictional Australian rock star persona created as an alter ego
Saturday Night Live was going strong in 1999 during its 25th season with easily recognizable names such as David Bowie, Sting and R.E.M. Then, on this day in 1999, a new musical guest arrived, a rocker by the name of Chris Gaines. The music was rock 'n' roll but the singer was none other than Garth Brooks.
According to his official biography, Chris Gaines was a former Grammy-winner and seasoned rock veteran staging a mid-career comeback nearly 10 years after a string of hits in the 1980s with songs that included collaborations with Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan, among others. In fact, "Chris Gaines" was Garth Brooks in a black wig and a glued-on soul patch—the biggest country-music star in the world pursuing his dreams of being a rock star in the guise of a highly developed alter-ego.
This was an album soundtrack to a movie Garth Brooks was supposed to star in that never materialized. He was trying to be creative with an alter Ego that would allow him to play a little different style of music. It was actually a great album!!!
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...