When country fans think of Garth Brooks, they think of the fact that he’s the number one best-selling solo artist in the U.S. with countless number one hits. Therefore, it’s hard to imagine that Brooks could ever write or sing a bad song. But as one audience learned at a recent concert, there’s one song of Brooks’ songs that is definitely his worst.
Brooks stepped up to help headline the second annual “First and Worst” event in Nashville on Tuesday (Mar. 1), when original headliner Chris Stapleton had to cancel his appearance due to unforeseen circumstances. Singer-songwriter Sandy Knox came up with the idea for the event, in which songwriters come perform the first and worst songs they’ve ever written.
The event was sold out, and helped raise $100,000 for the Music Health Alliance, an organization which helps people in the music industry that are experiencing health care challenges.
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Brooks performed his song “Anybody But Bill,” which starts off sounding like a typical, sad country song as the narrator tells his wife to find happiness with someone else if he passes away. However, the narrator doesn’t want his wife to find comfort in the arms of a man named Bill:
“Then, I start thinking about the men I knew, she knew, anybody but Bill. Know he used to be Jill. You’ve got to trust me on this one, baby, don’t make me put it in my will. Go and have a good life baby, with anybody but Bill.”
Even though Brooks may consider “Anybody But Bill” to be his worst song, we have to admit, it sounds kind of funny!
Everyone at “First and Worst” was appreciative of Brooks’ willingness to take part in the event at such short notice, including Music Health Alliance’s founder, Tatum Allsep. “To read that he is the No. 1-selling solo artist in the world and he is willing to drop everything to help us, that is a superstar,” Allsep told The Tennessean.
Although there isn’t a video of Brooks performing his worst song “Anybody But Bill,” enjoy watching his performance of one of his best songs, “Ain’t Going Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up)” below.