Garth Brooks’ Bar Will Be Inclusive Above All: ‘I Love Diversity’
; cGarth Brooks says that when it comes to his bar, Friends In Low Places, which is currently under construction in downtown Nashville, everyone is welcome. He said on Studio G last night (6/12), “Here’s the deal if you want to come to Friends In Low Places, come in. Come in with love; come in with tolerance and patience. Come in with an open mind and let’s go have some fun, okay?”
Brooks continued, “Diversity – inclusiveness – that’s me! It’s always been me!” He explained, recalling how his song “We Shall Be Free” caught its share of flack years ago, “Everybody’s got their opinions. But inclusiveness is always going to be me. I think diversity is the answer to the problems that are here and the answer to the problems that are coming. So I love diversity.”
He added, “I understand that might not be other people’s opinions, but that’s okay, man! They have their opinions; they have their beliefs. I have mine.”
Bud Light was recently involved in controversy, first for their association with transgender social media star Dylan Mulvaney, and then for distancing themselves from him.
Garth said he wants anyone who visits “Friends In Low Places” to feel free to enjoy any beverage they want. He said, “I’m a bar owner now. Are we going to have the most popular beers? Yes. It’s not our call if we don’t or not – it’s the patrons’ call. The boss.” Brooks concluded, “If they don’t want it, then I’ve got to go to the distributors [and] say, ‘Hey, man – your stuff’s not selling. The truth is, it’s those people in those seats that make those decisions.”
Brooks is now deep into his Las Vegas residency, “Garth Brooks/Plus ONE” at Caesars Palace, and according to the country music icon, things have been getting a bit wild. On Studio G (6/5), Brooks noted, “It’s crazy!”
Garth recently said it’s hard to describe what his shows are like, but they are all distinct. He said, “It’s like every week in that room just gets…more fun, but it’s a different kind of fun! It’s been a blast. [And yet] it’s just starting. And I gotta tell ya – if it gets bigger than this, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to survive it.”