It was official, straight from the horse's mouth yesterday at a press conference:

Garth Brooks is back, baby.

He says he'll be back with a new song for us by the end of the month, with a whole album close on it's heels...and a world tour follows that!

"I've never had more fun in my life making music," he said.  The new double album will land at all physical retailers sometime around Black Friday. "I'm getting my ass kicked by the songwriters right now," he said. "We're cutting everything but Garth stuff right now. The level of songwriting stunned me."

Next Wednesday (July 14th) he says he'll reveal everything about the new world tour.

He said his goal with the new show is to make you totally forget the shows you might have seen him do in the 90s! I was there, I don't want to forget them, he was awesome! what will these new shows be like?? We'll find out Wednesday.

Also~ for the first time, you'll be able to digitally download his music, but not on iTunes...only on his website.

Stay tuned for more info from Garth from Q102!