Garth Brooks doesn’t talk much about his bizarre alter-ego Chris Gaines much anymore.
That sucks, because it’s one of the strangest, funniest, most incredible things a global superstar has ever done. I mean, anyone else would send their career into a complete nosedive for something like this, but not Garth… dude is still selling out stadiums two decades later.
To this day, there’s a small cult following for Gaines, and there was even talk of a “Chris Gaines Fest” coming to Nashville a few years back.
If you’ve never really dove into the Chris Gaines story it’s WILD. We’re talking sex, trauma, death, car crashes, plane crashes, house fires, scandals… the VH1 Chris Gaines special might be the greatest documentary in the history of the world. In fact, it might even be the greatest piece of filmmaking in the history of the world.
It chronicles the weird, full throttle, and completely insane (fake) life of Chris Gaines. It even featured appearances from folks like Billy Joel and “girlfriend” Maria Costa (Yes, Chris dated actress Maria Costa). And while Garth’s team has done a great job of wiping it from the internet, you can find pieces of it out there.
And Garth is still getting roasted for it and deservedly so.
“A lot of people misunderstood it, and my ribs are still sore from getting the shit kicked out of me for it.”
There was supposed to be a movie to accompany the character and album, but that never happened. So when Garth was asked if he’d ever revisit being the soul patch singer, or creating a movie, he added:
“I would never even really get close to it again, because it really was a really tough time for me, because of the fact that I saw for the first time that people can be focused on something way past the music. And that’s never a good thing, when music takes a backseat.”
And while the ribs are still recovering, overall, he did enjoy some of the ride:
“All of a sudden you realize the people who got it, got it. And the people who never got it, never picked it up.
So that makes me feel good, because I got to tell you, I’m surprised you brought this up, but everybody that ever does mention to me it says it’s their favorite Garth Books album! I don’t know how to take that!
But it was a lot of fun. It was a lot of work.
Welp, there’s that.
Take a trip down memory lane with this greatness…
Garth Brooks Says Unreleased Chris Gaines Music Is Coming
Chris Gaines is BACK.
In an Inside Studio G segment, he dropped a bomb on fans with the news that unreleased Chris Gaines material is on the way. A fan asked if she could get the Chris Gaines album digitally (a question they apparently get all the time) and Garth made her day with his response:
“When it comes to Chris Gaines, I can’t tell you anything except… you’re going to have it in every format you can possibly imagine. It’s coming, even in vinyl. And, you’re going to have Chris Gaines stuff nobody’s ever heard before either.
It’s all coming, but the Chris Gaines thing you just gotta handle it with kid gloves and put it together, but it’s coming. I love that project, so I’m excited.”
I recently dove into the world of Chris Gaines, watching the entire VH1 Behind The Music documentary and I’ll tell you what…. it’s the most hilarious, terrifying, brilliantly bizarre, downright most insane fucking thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life.
For example, did you know that Chris Gaines was a raging sex addict? And such a raging sex addict that when he got into a severe car accident, all he could think about was if his dick was still going work afterwards.
Plane crashes, car crashes, trauma, scandals, sex, sex, more sex…. Chris Gaines is a fucking legend.