11:52 a.m. - Garth says he knows "exactly" what the ticket price on his tour, and we'll know very soon.
11:45 a.m. - Garth mentions "Bro-Country" and "Hick-Hop." He says his new music couldn't be described as either of those. He calls it "Garth Music," and links it back to the '90s. "Our job is to fly the flag for country music."
11:43 a.m. - "I shouldn't say this," Garth says. There's a song on the new album that might replace "The Dance" as his favorite Garth Brooks song.
11:40 a.m. - Garth thinks the new album might be a double album, since he has so much to say after his lengthy absence. But he's taking a backseat to all the talented new songwriters. Says it seems like "We're cutting everything but Garth stuff...most of the stuff we've been cutting has been outside songs."
11:37 a.m. - The first 15 minutes of Q&A have now been dominated by the Ireland debacle, but now Garth shares another bit about a new album - aiming for "Black Friday," though that date has moved around in recent years.
11:35 a.m. - We'll hear new Garth Brooks music "sometime in the next 2 months," he says.
11:31 a.m. - Garth says the Ireland stint had a production that wasn't going to be reproduced anywhere else. "This thing is monstrous...it must match the quality, integrity, everything, of the Irish people."
"They have no idea what's coming" ..."It's 255-feet wide, 20 feet tall, that's just the video screen"
11:25 a.m. - Garth Brooks is talking about the last few dark days with cancellation of his 5 shows in Ireland. After joking that this is the most he has ever talked, he is now opening the press conference for question. First one: Ireland.
11:22 a.m. - We don't have any specifics, but Garth is preparing to sell his music digitally for the first time in 2-3 weeks. iTunes? We don't know yet. All he can say for sure is that it will be available on his website. He's also planning to ease into social media - he's yet to establish a Twitter or Facebook account.
11:17 a.m. - "New music is coming. I can't tell you when, because truthfully, we don't know." Though his longtime producer Allen Reynolds has retired, he'll be bringing back the same group of musicians to record with.
11:15 a.m. - Garth says if you're wondering why he went with Sony, it's because Doug Morris took the time to visit him and state his case.
11:13 a.m. - Garth Brooks has taken the stage. "It's a day of joy," Garth says, even though there's been "a cloud" over him in the last 10 days (the cancellation of the Ireland concerts).
11:10 a.m. - CEO of Sony Music Entertainment is announcing a record deal between Garth Brooks and Sony.