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Garth Brooks Named Ambassador Of Goodwill For Tennessee

NASHVILLE, TN (CelebrityAccess) — Garth Brooks announced that he will be playing a free show in Tennessee later this month to mark his recent accomplishment of selling more than 10 million copies for each of his seven albums.

Brooks made the announcement on Monday at Tennessee's State Capitol Building in Nashville, with the state's governor Bill Haslam. Haslam was on hand to announce that Brooks, a native of Tennessee, had also been named as an Ambassador of Goodwill for the state.

"It's a pretty big deal when one of our own achieves this record milestone," said Haslam, according to The Tennessean. "When people think about what is really made in Tennessee, the thing that comes to mind quickest is music…we're proud to say that Garth Brooks has been made in Tennessee, and he's definitely part of the soundtrack of America."

According to the Tennessean, the free concert will take place on October 24th at Ascend Amphitheater, noting that it will be significantly scaled down from his usual tour show. The show, being underwritten by the state, is part of Tennessee Tourism’s “The Soundtrack of America," and tickets will be distributed via social media.

Brooks, who came back from retirement in 2014, is still doing brisk business. His longtime manager Bob Doyle said that demand for Brooks tickets has been strong.

“This tour has done 125 percent of what the last tour did, which speaks to the fans and embracing it and coming back,” Doyle told the Tennessean. “We didn’t know what was going to happen. And we’re all excited with the results.” – Staff Writers