Country music star Justin Moore is, without a doubt, the patron saint of musician Razorback’s avid fans.
The native of Poyen, Ark. has bled the Red Cardinal all his life, owns a tour bus with 17 TVs called the ‘Razorback’ and, in 2009, ensured a Razorback hat appeared at the start of his first hit music video.
If you have any doubts about the depth of Justin Moore’s commitment to the Hogs, let the following story break them to pieces:
“My wife is from Louisiana, so her whole family is obviously LSU fans. I worked on her first and converted her when we started dating. When our first daughter was born, my in-laws parents bought her an LSU outfit and right in front of them I threw it in the trash In the South none of this is a joke it’s for real I went to Baton Rouge when we beat them a few weeks ago was kinda fun rubbing that in their face actually my stepdad stepbrother and nephew on the Razorback side wore red so I felt pretty good in my skin.
Who would qualify as the second biggest Razorback fan among music stars, however, is up for debate. This weekend, the man who sings “Callin’ Baton Rouge” practically throws his hat in the ring for the honor.
Garth Brooks returns “home” to Arkansas
Tonight, country legend Garth Brooks will perform at Reynolds Razorback Stadium to a crowd expected to reach nearly 80,000 – the biggest musical performance ever in the state of Arkansas. The Tulsa native has performed in the state a few times before, but never with this direct connection to the Arkansas football program. And never with this level of anticipation, which has been further fueled by pent-up demand resulting from a pandemic.
“I need a break from all this separation,” Brooks told 40/29 News on Friday. “I need to get together. So that’s why I came here.
“Our job is for people to leave the stadium loving each other more than they got here. So that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to promote love. We’re going to promote stupidity, because It’s a Garth show, right? And we’re going to promote being loud and we’re going to promote staying up way too late.
He’ll also have to promote the Razorbacks if he wants that communal love to reach the next level.
For Brooks, however, it seems like a natural fit considering her late mother was from northwest Arkansas. “You like playing here probably more than anywhere else just because it feels like playing at home,” he told 40/29 News.
“How often do you play for people you grew up with?” he told THV11. “My mother is from Marshall. We’re all gonna meet and save, all the guys from Tulsa and Stillwater are gonna come too. It should be fun, because it will be nothing more than opening your case, pulling out your guitar, and playing for all your friends and family.
“I can’t imagine being more comfortable. I can’t imagine it getting any dumber than a family reunion.
While Brooks, understandably, also played at Neyland Stadium and filled in for the Tennessee Volunteers given his ties to Nashville music, that area of the country doesn’t really inhabit him. This weekend, he’s ready to put aside all affiliations with other teams and become Hog.
Garth Brooks represents the Razorbacks
Garth Brooks, 60, told THV11 that he grew up surrounded by Razorback sports whenever he visited his mother’s family. “We were all brought up with great knowledge [of Arkansas sports]. As kids, you always saw Arkansas at every sporting event on TV and on the stereo. Now, even today, when you look, everything is better when they are at home.
Friday during the preparation for the concert, Brooks started a #WPS on Twitter, wore a Razorback baseball jersey and was even able to perfect his Hog call with the help of some members of the media. “Oh, I’ll use it like you wouldn’t believe it,” he said in the video below:
While Garth Brooks hasn’t been a die-hard Razorback fan all his life like Justin Moore, now is a great time to jump on board.
Some wonder if this is possible given its ties to Oklahoma State. Brooks, after all, graduated from Oklahoma State and was a javelin thrower for the Cowboys. He is still involved with his alma mater, helping with a mentorship program for students. But Brooks’ ties to Oklahoma State shouldn’t preclude a growing connection with the Razorbacks.
It is possible to juggle the two allegiances. The most beloved current Razorback, for example, also originated in eastern Oklahoma. He, too, grew up a huge fan of a major Oklahoma sports program. And he kept those connections well into adulthood. But Sam Pittman’s ties to the Sooners didn’t stop him from becoming an adopted Arkansan. The same goes for Garth Brooks’ connection to Oklahoma State.
After the Garth Brooks concert, the next biggest crowd at Razorback Reynolds Stadium will come during football season. The season opener against Cincinnati may be close to a complete sellout, but a surefire sellout will be the Oct. 1 game with the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Alabama will almost certainly come to town as a top team for another national championship, while Arkansas will look to beat the Crimson Tide for the first time since 2006. 247Sports football analyst Josh Pate , ranks this match as the second. most likely road loss for Alabama in 2022, second only to a game at Tennessee a few weeks later.
“Remember when Texas went there last year? Do you remember what this place looked like? Did it look like someone was going there and winning that night? Pate says. “Bama will take care of all that and more this year. Now, it won’t be because that schedule tripped Alabama. If that happens, it will simply be because Arkansas beat them. Because Bama has Utah State in Texas, LA Monroe and Vanderbilt in the order in the four weeks leading up to this game in Arkansas.
“The positive side of having this game so early in the year is that Arkansas is much less likely to be beaten. They are statistically at least much less likely to have lost critical playmakers to an injury. So they should be relatively full power, full speed, the stadium should be on fire.
Just as it will be tonight.
Other fans of musician Razorback
Snoop Dogg is a fan of a lot of shows, but he seems to have a special love for the Hogs (or maybe that’s just great marketing on his part).
Tennessee native Dolly Parton knows how to take out that love of the Razorbacks.
PS: Years ago in Little Rock I worked with the mother of Green Day guitarist Jason White (native of North Little Rock).
If you start discussing deceased music legends, the pool of candidates grows. But such a list must include Levon Helm, the native of Turkey Scratch, Ark. who went on to become a member of The Band and was ranked by rolling stone as the best No. 22 batsman of all time. Helm once gave a Razorback hat, one of his most prized possessions, to Roger Waters of Pink Floyd.