Country Music

Remembering Chris Gaines, Garth Brooks' Alter Ego

Alter-ego Chris Gaines on the left, original persona Garth Brooks on the right.

By Jaime Lees

Inspired by Garth Brooks' recent announcement of his world tour, we thought we'd take a minute to look back on our favorite era of Garth-ness: the invention of Brooks' alter-ego, Chris Gaines.

Alter-egos help an artist feel free to express sides of their persona that might make their fans uncomfortable otherwise. When we see an artist as just a ballad singer or just a rapper or just a pretty pop star, the artist often feels the need to rebel in the form of an alter-ego.