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Garth Brooks announces Jacksonville concerts

Garth Brooks to play Jacksonville, Atlanta for first time in nearly 20 years

Country music legend Garth Brooks will play shows in Atlanta and Jacksonville this fall as part of his first world tour in 13 years. (Special photo)

Country music legend Garth Brooks will play shows in Atlanta and Jacksonville this fall as part of his first world tour in 13 years. (Special photo)

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Country music artist and Georgia native Trisha Yearwood will open for her husband Garth Brooks at a series of shows this fall in Atlanta and Jacksonville as part of Brooks’ current world tour. (Special photo)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Country music legend Garth Brooks announced Wednesday that he will play a three-night series of shows this October in Jacksonville, Fla.

The three concerts, scheduled Oct. 10-12, mark Brooks’ first shows in Jacksonville in nearly 20 years and the first Florida shows on his current world tour, the artist’s first in 13 years.

Brooks has taken an unusual tact on his current tour, announcing each destination one city at a time. The tour officially kicked off Thursday in Rosemont, Ill., where he will ultimately play 11 shows over seven days.

In late July, Brooks announced Atlanta as his second tour stop, where he’ll play seven shows in five days at Philips Arena beginning Sept. 19. Brooks’ shows in Atlanta mark the first time the country music superstar, with six diamond albums (designating sales of 10 million or more) to his credit, has played Georgia’s capital in 18 years.

Brooks will wrap his Atlanta stand on Sept. 27, then, after a brief break, resume the tour at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena Oct. 10.

Joining Brooks on this tour is the artist’s wife, and Georgia native, Trisha Yearwood, a star in her own right who has notched eight No. 1 country singles, 20 Top 10 hits and earned three Grammy awards.

Having not toured in nearly a decade, Brooks, who still stands as one of the biggest selling solo artists of all time, is likely to draw large crowds throughout his tour. He has said that shows on the current tour will include songs spanning his entire career as well as new material he’s been working on for a new, as yet untitled, album.

Tickets to all shows are available exclusively through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com, www.ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks or (800) 745-3000. Tickets to the shows at Philips Arena are currently on sale for a total cost of $71.50. Tickets to the shows in Jacksonville will go on sale Sept. 12 at 10 a.m.