Garth Brooks show in Baton Rouge recorded as earthquake

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The song “Callin’ Baton Rouge” is steeped in yearning love for a Samantha from Louisiana. But when Garth Brooks took the stage on Saturday, the country music staple became an ode of seismic proportions to the city that inspired the song’s name.

The stage lights flickered yellow and red inside Louisiana State University’s Tiger Stadium as a cowboy hat-clad Brooks, along with a violinist, jumped into the first verse. Boots began to pound, hands began to clap, and a sea of ​​cell phone lights began to glow to the beat of a song that has become an anthem at the back door of Baton Rouge University.

The earth literally shook as Brooks and an audience of more than 102,000 people sang in unison about “sending[ing] my love to Baton Rouge.”

The small earthquake was captured by LSU seismograph – marking the second time in more than three decades that Tiger Stadium recorded a tremor from cheering fans. The first, WBRZ reported, was when LSU narrowly defeated Auburn University with two minutes remaining in a 1988 football game.

But more than ever, moving the ground so slightly, the commotion increased to dangerous noise levels. Fans’ Apple Watches began issuing alerts about sound levels reaching 95 decibels, warning that spending “[just] 10 minutes at this level can cause temporary hearing loss.”

“The noise level in the stadium was insane!” one concertgoer commented on Facebook. “I’ve seen Garth before, but he didn’t! He is a great entertainer. It was my 11-year-old son’s first concert and he can’t stop talking about it.”

Saturday was the first time Brooks played in Baton Rouge in 24 years. But “Callin’ Baton Rouge” has long been established as the unofficial song of LSU’s alma mater.

The song itself could be about “that girl you always wanted to go out with,” like Brooks counted on Saturday, but the way he names Baton Rouge — and Louisiana — has cemented his status at LSU. Before the Tigers rush onto the field during football games, speakers in the stadium play the song to a chorus of singing and clapping fans emphasizing the “Louisiana” in the first verse. It is also played during college baseball games and as a closing song at local bars.

But while Brooks’s rendition, which aired in 1994, is the best-known version of “Callin’ Baton Rouge,” the song actually dates from 1978.

Composed by Dennis Linde, the mastermind behind Elvis Presley’s “Burning Love” and the Chicks’ “Goodbye Earl,” the song was first recorded by the Oak Ridge Boys, a country and gospel music quartet. About a decade later, the bluegrass group New Grass Revival revamped the song for their 1989 album, Friday Night in America.

Then, four years later, Brooks, an artist known for his penchant for covering songs while injecting them with his own style, immortalized “Callin’ Baton Rouge” on his “In Pieces” album. The song peaked at number 2 on the country singles charts of 1994.

“I’ve always been a fan of ‘Baton Rouge,'” Brooks wrote in the liner notes released with the “In Pieces” CD, Outsider reported. “I was, still am and always will be a fan of the New Grass Revival members, four guys way ahead of their time (even if they came out thirty years from now). ‘Baton Rouge’ was a single for them around the time my first album was released. This song didn’t even break into the top 30 and I think it didn’t get a good chance.”

Everyone wants Garth Brooks on their side. He just wants everyone to get along.

Nearly 30 years after the song was first recorded, Brooks could anticipate the kind of excitement it would stir in Baton Rouge.

“This is going to be loud. This is going to be stupid and it’s going to go on all night,” he said before the concert, according to WAFB.

A day later, his prediction came. true as he drove the crowd into a frenzy.

“Thank you for allowing us to be a small thread in the family and fabric of the LSU Tigers,” streams said as he walked across the stage, white cowboy hat in hand, after performing the song that shocked all of Baton Rouge.

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