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Still a maverick, Garth Brooks returns with 'Man Against Machine'
Still a maverick, Garth Brooks returns with 'Man Against Machine'

How long was Garth Brooks out of the spotlight? Consider this: When Luke Bryan accepted a trophy from Brooks at last week’s Country Music Assn. Awards, the younger singer revealed that he’d never met the older and wondered if he might have a hug. (Bryan got two.) By far the biggest country act of the 1990s, Brooks stepped away from music in 2001, saying he wanted to concentrate on raising his three daughters. And though he wasn’t entirely invisible over the next decade – he played a regular gig in Las Vegas and last year released a box set with covers of some of his favorite songs – his disappearance enabled a new generation of Nashville superstars to come...

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