In a move that has taken many by surprise, country music superstar Garth Brooks has announced that his new Nashville bar, Friends in Low Places Bar and Honkey Tonk, will be an all-inclusive establishment that welcomes everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or political affiliation.
This stance is a bold one, given that country music has traditionally been associated with conservative values. However, Brooks has always been known for his willingness to cross party lines, and he has previously performed at inaugurations for both Republican and Democrat presidents.
Brooks’ decision to serve Bud Light at his bar is also significant, given that the brand has been the target of boycotts by some country music fans who were offended by its partnership with a transgender social media influencer.
Despite the potential for backlash, Brooks has stood firm in his commitment to inclusivity. “I think diversity is the answer to the problems that are here and the answer to the problems that are coming. So I love diversity. All-inclusive, so all are welcome,” he said at a Billboard event earlier this year.
Brooks’ stance has been met with praise from many, including Amazon, which has hired him to be the featured artist for its live music performance alongside the NFL’s Black Friday football broadcast. Brooks will perform from his Nashville bar, which will be celebrating its grand opening that night.
Only time will tell how Brooks’ new bar will be received by country music fans, but there is no doubt that he is making a statement with his stance on inclusivity.