Tracy Greenwood has worked with Garth Brooks since 1993, and when the country megastar began discussing coming out of retirement in 2014, she asked him if she could tour manage.
“He said, jokingly, ‘If you think you can?!’” she recalls. “Well, challenge accepted!”
As tour manager for Brooks’ seismically popular comeback tour from September 2014 through December 2017, Greenwood had her work cut out for her – and she attributes her success to her passion.
“The most important quality for me is my love for the job,” she says. “I absolutely love this job! And I especially love the people – the folks I meet at the stadiums, my coworkers, the fans and, of course, Garth and Trisha.”
Greenwood credits the internet with both positive and negative impacts on touring. She “can’t imagine doing this job using only phones and faxes,” but also cites scalpers, bots and counterfeit tickets as the biggest challenges she and Team Garth face.
The most rewarding part of the job, for her, is meeting fans, from lovebirds who met at a Brooks concert to veterans back from duty and enjoying a concert.
Says Greenwood: “I love that our concerts and music provide that happy place, that escape from real life.”?