A standout track on Garth Brooks‘ new album Fun, “Where the Cross Don’t Burn,” pairs him with one of country music’s greatest living vocalists, 86-year-old Charley Pride.
In an interview with the Washington Post’s Emily Yahr, Brooks says that recent rumors on the “misinformation highway” inspired him to finally ask Pride to join him in the studio.
“I slammed the laptop and Miss (Trisha) Yearwood said, ‘What’s wrong?’ I said, ‘Charley Pride passed away,'” Brooks says of the false report. “‘I blew it. I’ve had a song I wanted to sing with him for 10 years and my lazy ass didn’t get it done. It’s just one of those things where I just blew my chance.'”
Of course, Pride’s alive and well and fresh off accepting the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2020 CMA Awards. He also performed his signature hit “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'” with Jimmie Allen during this year’s broadcast.