By Conrad Dudderar
An effort is underway to launch a new Oklahoma music trail to capitalize on the state’s many famous musicians – such as Yukon’s own Garth Brooks along with other top artists.
“We have this amazing musical heritage in Oklahoma,” said Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, the state’s tourism secretary. “Tennessee has the premier music trail in America today because they invest money in it, and it’s first class.”
As Pinnell noted during a recent visit to Yukon, Tennessee’s highly acclaimed music trail features many Oklahomans in the country music industry – who now live in Tennessee.
It won’t be too long before Oklahoma has the country’s No. 1 music trail because Pinnell has pledged to “make it a priority” inside the state tourism department.
Money will be invested into a music trail that will finally tell the stories of Reba McEntire, Brooks and other Oklahoma performers who cross many musical genres.
“We have a website, but we don’t have an actual trail with markers for people to take pictures in front of,” Pinnell told Yukon business and community leaders at a Jan. 13th Yukon Chamber luncheon. “That’s all going to change.
“It’s going to take an investment. We’re actually looking for some American Relief Act (federal stimulus) dollars as well to help create this trail quickly. There’s going to be a whole lot more announcements, hopefully in the months ahead.”
GARTH … A YHS GRADUATE
Legendary country music singer/songwriter Garth Brooks grew up at a home on Yukon Avenue and is a 1980 Yukon High School graduate.
Now age 59, Brooks is the only artist in music history to have released nine albums that achieved diamond status in the United States (surpassing the Beatles’ former record of six).
He is the best-selling solo albums artist in the United States – ahead of Elvis Presley – and is second only to the Beatles in overall album sales, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
Brooks has a reported net worth of $400 million.
In the early 1990s, a section of 11th Street in Yukon was renamed Garth Brooks Boulevard in his honor.