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July 14, 1994 | RICHARD CROMELIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just two days after Betsy Smittle picked up a bass for the first time and became a member of her brother's backing band, she was playing in front of 58,000 people at the Texas State Fair. Things like that happen when your brother is Garth Brooks. After that introduction to the big time, and a few subsequent years at the heart of the Brooks phenomenon, Smittle is pretty relaxed about her new challenge--launching a solo career with a debut album, "Rough Around the Edges," that's due in September.
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July 14, 1994 | RICHARD CROMELIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just two days after Betsy Smittle picked up a bass for the first time and became a member of her brother's backing band, she was playing in front of 58,000 people at the Texas State Fair. Things like that happen when your brother is Garth Brooks. After that introduction to the big time, and a few subsequent years at the heart of the Brooks phenomenon, Smittle is pretty relaxed about her new challenge--launching a solo career with a debut album, "Rough Around the Edges," that's due in September.
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June 28, 1992 | ROBERT HILBURN, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic. and
It's just six hours before country sensation Garth Brooks begins his concert at the 12,000-seat Lawlor Events Center and workers are rushing to get things ready. A long-haired youth in a rock T-shirt, a member of the local crew, walks to center stage where he acts as a stand-in for Brooks during a lighting test. "How tall is Garth?" the young man asks a member of Brooks' own tour crew. He needs to know so the spotlight operator can tell where to aim the light.
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