Be advised not to hold your breath waiting for Garth Brook's next album.
While Brooks spoke about a follow-up to 2015's "Man Against Machine" coming quickly, he's posted a new Facebook message telling fans it might be a minute: "When it comes to the new music, the one thing I keep hearing over and over is, 'Where is the Garth stuff?' I made the statement that when we came back on the road and into the studio, I was not confident in my own writing...it is a muscle, and if you don't use it, you just can't turn it back on again...it takes time...but I DID hear you. And because of that, teamed with the touring schedule, I am asking a huge favor from you: I am postponing the release of the new studio record...I ask for your patience as I explore the writing again. I have been at it for over four months now, enjoying the challenge and enjoying the studio more because of it. This new album will be the most Garth thing I have ever done...whether that is a good thing or a bad thing, you will decide."
Meanwhile, Brooks continues his world tour with wife Trisha Yearwood, playing this weekend in Raleigh, N.C., and with shows booked through July 4.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.