Celebrate the Heart of Country, Americana, and Roots Music!

Drop Us A Line, Y'all

Y'all interested in advertising, partnering up, contributing stories, joining our team, or just got a question? Well, don't be shy, drop us a line!

Follow Us

When Garth Brooks Surprised Justin Timberlake For A “Friends in Low Places” Duet

You will definitely see “Friends in Low Places” differently after reading this story. In 2014, just days before Christmas, Justine Timberlake and the massive audience at his sold-out show at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville got the surprise of a lifetime.  “This is the country music capital of the world, right?” Timberlake asked the crowd as a way of introduction before he started strumming to the first line to Garth Brooks’ mega-hit single, “Friends In Low Places.” As though to answer his question, the whole audience launched into the verse. They sang along with Timberlake and his massive backup band — the Tennessee Kids — all the way until after a few verses, Timberlake said, “Something don’t feel right.” And then the Prince of Pop was all, “Garth?”  Brooks was then seen walking onstage and launched into a duet with Timberlake – spending the next six minutes trading lyrics. The crowd definitely went wild with what they’ve just witnessed. When the two talented singers were done singing, Timberlake was so shocked and overwhelmed with excitement that he collapsed – well, he playfully pretended to do so! But that collaboration could not have happened if Timberlake did not attend one of the country icon’s concerts in St. Louis, Missouri. “We’re in St. Louis, and Chuck comes, and he goes, ‘Justin Timberlake’s here,’ and I went, ‘Hahaha! Yeah, right!’ and he goes, ‘No, dude. He’s here.’ My first question was, ‘Why?’” Brooks jokingly said. “So I come to find out, he grew up on our stuff. He’s right over stage right, and this kid’s singing every word, and I’m like, ‘Holy cow!’” Timberlake dropped by backstage after the show and invited Brooks to come to his concert in Nashville. Though Brooks hesitated a bit, his wife Trisha Yearwood was all in. She told her husband matter-of-factly, “We’re going to that concert.”

The Story Behind The Iconic Song

Written by songwriters Earl Bud Lee and Dewayne Blackwell, “Friends in Low Places ” tells the tale of a cowboy who made an appearance at the engagement party or wedding reception of his old flame. “’Cause I’ve got friends in low places. Where the whiskey drowns and the beer chases my blues away. And I’ll be okay. I’m not big on social graces. Think I’ll slip on down to the oasis. Oh, I’ve got friends in low places,” the song goes. Lee once shared in an interview that he got the song’s title one day when he and some fellow Nashville songwriters were having lunch at a restaurant called Tavern on the Row. When the check finally came, Lee realized he did not have any money. He said not to worry because “I have friends in low places. I know the cook.”. Blackwell immediately recognized that the line “friends in low places” had potential. However, the two songwriters didn’t act upon it immediately until some months later. They started talking about the dormant “friends in low places” idea, and “at that very moment, it all started to come together in a song,” Lee said. And it turned out to be a crowd-pleaser! When it was released in 1990 as the lead single from Brook’s album No Fences, the song spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs. It also won Single of the Year in both the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music Awards. Tune in and watch Justin Timberlake perform “Friends in Low Places” with none other than Garth Brooks.

Latest Stories

The Country Fest 2024

The Country Fest 2024: What You Need to Know

Festival Title:The Country Fest 2024Festival Duration:June 12-15, 2024Venue:Clay’s Resort Jellystone Park in North Lawrence, OhioPerformers Include:Chris Janson, Lainey Wilson, Cody Johnson, Thomas Rhett, and moreTicket Information:Get Your Tickets Here On ...

Laurel Cove Music Festival 2024

Laurel Cove Music Festival 2024

Festival Title:Laurel Cove Music Festival 2024Festival Duration:June 7-8, 2024Venue:Laurel Cove Amphitheater, Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Bell County, Pineville, KentuckyPerformers Include:The Red Clay Strays, Wyatt Flores, and moreTicket Information:SOLD ...

Bonnaroo Music Festival 2024

Bonnaroo Music Festival 2024

Festival Title:Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2024Festival Duration:June 13-16, 2024Venue:The Bonnaroo Farm in Manchester, TennesseePerformers Include:Post Malone, Pretty Lights, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fisher, Fred Again, and moreTicket Information:Get Your ...

Reba McEntire Reveals She'll 'Definitely' Sing the Theme Song for New Sitcom Happy's Place

Reba McEntire Confirms She’ll Be Singing The Theme Song For New Sitcom Happy’s Place

Country star Reba McEntire is set to come back on network comedy after her iconic Primetime Emmy-nominated and People’s Choice winner TV sitcom Reba. And it’s an all-new comedy series ...

Kelly Clarkson Delivers Beautiful Rendition of Lainey Wilsons Two Story House

Kellyoke Strikes Again! Kelly Clarkson Covers Lainey Wilson’s “Two Story House” And It Was Captivating

The Kelly Clarkson Show always opens with “Kellyoke,” where she does a musical performance of fan-requested song covers. And she has since done hundreds. On May 8, 2024, she covered ...

Kick'n Up Kountry 2024

Kick’n Up Kountry 2024

Festival Title:Kick’n Up Kountry 2024Festival Duration:June 12-15, 2024Venue:Wagon Wheel Ridge in Karlstad, MinnesotaPerformers Include:Lady A, Parmalee, Warrant, and moreTicket Information:Get Your Tickets Here Get ready to Kick’n Up Kountry (KUK) ...

Post Malone Graduates From Country Covers To Country Single With The Help Of Morgan Wallen

Two genre-crossing artists and Republic labelmates—Grammy-nominated singer-rapper Post Malone and chart-dominating country singer Morgan Wallen—dropped their collaborative single “I Had Some Help” last May 10. This is Malone’s third joint ...

CMA Fest 2024

CMA Fest 2024: What You Need to Know

Festival Title:CMA Fest 2024Festival Duration:June 6-9, 2024Venue:Nashville, TennesseePerformers Include:Kelsea Ballerini, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Jordan Davis, HARDY, Jelly Roll, Cody Johnson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ashley McBryde, Parker McCollum, Jon Pardi, Carly ...

LeAnn Rimes + How Do I Live

How “How Do I Live” Skyrocketed the Career of 15-Year-Old LeAnn Rimes

“How Do I Live” was written by Diane Warren in 1997 and was first performed by LeAnn Rimes for her album “You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs.” Another version ...

Waylon Jennings + Luckenbach, Texas

Waylon Jennings’ “Luckenbach, Texas” Highlights Honest Living

“Luckenbach, Texas” is a song co-written by Chips Moman and Bobby Emmons, both prominent producers and songwriters in the country music scene. To get Waylon Jennings interested in a song, ...

Leave a Comment

For security, use of Google's reCAPTCHA service is required which is subject to the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.