So quite recently I started to frequent Garnick Records, a local record shop established in the 1930's that sells used records mostly for $4 each or so. The place is packed the gills with stacks of records, tapes, CDs cassettes, and some 8 tracks. They also repair TVs and record player. Back in the day they were an authorized repair place for Zenith and other major brands. When my wife and I were chatting with the owner in his office after dropping off my new to me 1950's turntable from a Zenith console unit I noticed a Certification for repair technician completed in 1966.... their FB page lists them as one of the top 5 record stores in the US not sure if that is accurate but their inventory is huge with stacks everywhere of all media types. mainly records but CDs, tapes, 8 tracks DVDs and some VHS.... Its a cluttered hot mess run by 3 elderly guys who have worked there forever all of whom are amazing story tellers. Below is a stroy Bob Garnick told me about Garth Brooks circa 1990 when the album "No Fences" came out and was red hot. I shared the story below on another forum so I am simply pasting it here. I was with Bob for over an hour and lost track of the stories he told me over the course of that time but there was Elvis, Areatha, Jerry Garcia, Ben Orr of the cars and other stories he told me that blew my mind. Bob is a natural story teller and really needs to write a book about his time in the music business. IF there is interest I can share some more of these stories with you. No Petty or Mudructh but he is good friends with Van Morrison's keyboard player and met Dylan as well...
Many years ago when Garth was uber hot with "Low places" Garnicks which opened in the 1930's and is still open today was one of the first record shops to offer used CD's at a cheap price. The Capitol records rep saw they were selling used CD's - this was back in the ~25 per CD price days. Garnicks had maybe 2-3 copies of the Brooks CD for sale and a dozen copies of the new CD for full price on the rack as well.The sales rep lost their mind and accused Bob Garnick of ripping them off; "Garth won't receive any royalties for the sale". he cried. At the time Garth got 2 dollars or so per CD sale making him a millionaire many times over. The rep cried foul and berated the shop for stealing from them and their artist (other CD's from other labels were also for sale at the time but Capitol was hot with Pink Floyd and Garth plus many other bands.) Bob had been in the business for years and was a big name at the time but only a single shop in a small city in MA. They distributed tickets for The Dead and other bands directly as well as shows for the Boston Garden and other local venues. Bob was selling used CD's for 10 bucks or so but did not have many for sale and thought little of the exchange as records had been being resold for decades there so he saw no issue with selling CD's.A few days later he got a phone call. "Is this Bob Garnick? yes? Hi Bob, this is GARTH BROOKS, Bob what you are doing is illegal and you are basically stealing from me and my label. If you don't stop selling my CD's used, I have instructed Capitol records to stop distributing to your store." blah blah blah our lawyers will be in touch yada yada. "so Bob, will you be removing those CD's from your sales floor?" Bob replied "No Mr Brooks, I will not be doing that." Can you imagine? A major artist, the biggest of the day calling a small record shop in a small market in maybe the 5th biggest city in MA; calling a record store over 3 copies of a cd being sold used???? Basically over him losing 6 bucks at most? Mind you they were a mid sized store in the days before chains dominated things and moved other stores out of business. Bob is still moderately irate but now more amused than anything about the events back then. He called the bluff and continued to sell used CD's and Capitol records product as Capitol was more worried about loosing distribution at the store than Garth being mad over six bucks... Its not like this was Boston, NYC, LA or a major market....Bob after telling me the story wondered if Garth would remember making the call back in 1990 as well as Bob does.... How petty can you be??? From Wiki:
Some of Brooks' most famous songs appear on No Fences, including: "The Thunder Rolls" (CMA's 1991 Video of the Year), "Friends in Low Places" (Academy of Country Music's 1990 Single of the Year), "Unanswered Prayers" and "Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House". A cover version of The Fleetwoods' "Mr. Blue" appears on the album. The album itself was named Album of the Year by the ACM in 1990. It reached Number 1 on the British country music charts (earning Brooks his first gold album in that country) and remained charted for over five years.
The track "Victim of the Game" was later covered by Brooks's friend and future wife Trisha Yearwood for her 1991 eponymous debut album.
Brooks later re-recorded the track "Wild Horses", and released the new recording as a single in early 2001, reaching #7 on the country chart.
25th anniversary reissue
In September 2015, it was announced No Fences would be reissued later in the year to commemorate its 25-year release anniversary. The release would include a new version of "Friends in Low Places", featuring George Strait, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, and Keith Urban singing along with Brooks. The album release has since been delayed due to royalty disputes.