Betsy Smittle

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Betsy Smittle

Postby lo&m » Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:41 pm

Courtesy of Moshe.
Image BETSY SMITTLE, Garth Brooks' older sister, died this weekend. She was bass player in Garth's band.
The following is from an interview Garth & his (& Betsy's) Mom gave in 1992 to Oklahoma today: "Nobody takes great pains to point out that Betsy Smittle is Garth Brooks's sister, least of all Garth Brooks. When he induces her in concert, it is as someone who has been a good friend all of his life-and a hell of a guitarist. "Betsy Smittle has been in it for twenty years," says their mom, Colleen. "She didn't just pick it up just because she's Garth's sister."

Colleen Brooks has been known to brag on Betsy, her only daughter, when asked about Garth. "She's got a smile that would light up a room if it was completely midnight."

Garth teases Betsy during rehearsal, calling her "Hollywood," for her flamboyant style. "She has a wonderful knack for rhythm, but probably her greatest talent is relating to the audience," says Garth. "I'm not sure anyone has as much fun as Betsy does onstage."

Betsy was also a gay rights activist, & Garth has credited what he learned from his sister with the pro-tolerance lyrics in his song "We Shall Be Free"

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Re: Betsy Smittle

Postby Smudger » Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:49 pm

Yes, she was only 60. I remember her from Garth's band when they played Birmingham in the 90s. Martina McBride was support act.

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