Trisha Yearwood talks new music, husband Garth Brooks before tour stop on Long Island

Trisha Yearwood attends Southern Kitchen Brunch Hosted By

Trisha Yearwood attends Southern Kitchen Brunch Hosted By Trisha Yearwood Part Of The New York Times Series during the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival on Feb. 23, 2014 at Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla. (Credit: Getty Images / Neilson Barnard)

Trisha Yearwood laughs at the idea that 2014 will be her year for world domination.

"I don't know about that," she says, calling from the Oklahoma farm she shares with husband Garth Brooks. "I do know it's going to be fun."

Even before she hits the road with Brooks for his big comeback tour this fall, Yearwood already has plenty going on. She's working on a new album, new episodes of her Emmy-winning Food Network show, "Trisha's Southern Kitchen," and a new cookbook in her New York Times best-seller series.

And she has a new tour -- dubbed the "Just Because Tour" since she simply wanted to play some music with her longtime band -- which is set for a performance Friday night at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury.


How's the "Just Because" tour concept working out?

It's probably the most fun I've ever had touring because we're just having fun. On stage, I find myself saying, "I'm going to sing this song tonight -- just because! Because I want to." It's really freeing in a way. The nice thing is that even without having a single to promote or not having all that buzz about me, there's a lot of folks coming out. They know the music. They yell out the songs that they want to hear.


Well, even without a new album it still seems like you're everywhere.

The cooking show has been this crazy, happy accident that was never even on the list of things that I ever thought I would do in my life. . . . I feel like my cooking show is really more of a reality show and we accidentally get some food made. It's really not that different from my live music show. It's just that we're talking food instead of music.


You and Garth said you were going to wait until 2014, when all your kids had graduated high school, before any major touring. Now that it's here, are you both raring to go?

Performing and being artists is who we are. . . . Garth and I have always said home is wherever the other one is. The prospect of getting to tour as man and wife and for the first time getting to do what we have both been called to do and be together? It's kind of the ultimate dream for us. We're just excited about getting to do what we love to do.


Has your TV show come so naturally because you've been doing a form of that for years?

My live show has never been scripted. It's never been set in stone. The only thing that's set are certain songs. I can't imagine ever doing a show and not doing "She's in Love With the Boy" or "Walkaway Joe" or "How Do I Live" -- those songs are who I am. What I talk about between songs is whatever comes out that night. I like that it's a little different every night.


Have you kept in touch with Matthew McConaughey?

I say all the time that I'm the reason he's famous. (Laughs.) No, but every time I see him, I'm just so proud for him. When he was in "Walkaway Joe," he just answered a casting call for local talent in Austin, Texas, and he got the part in that video. . . . I take no credit, but it's kind of cool to see how his career has progressed.


In your spare time, you're working on a new album. How's that going?

Both careers are not something you can just do occasionally. What I have been trying to do is work on the album on breaks from the cooking show. . . . I'm going to try not to piece it together because I feel like the music suffers that way. I've set aside some time once this tour is over and before the next series starts to just focus on getting the record done.


What can you say about the album? Is the recording process different without a record label being involved?

The nice thing about right now is I know I have some options with labels, which is great, but right now I'm just creating. When it's done and when it's what I'd like it to be, then it'll be, "Who would like to have this?" I want to make a record that a label thinks it can promote. I don't want to make a record that's so personal that no one will like it but me. But if you're going to call yourself an artist, you have to record songs that you feel strongly about and then hope for the best.


Have you started thinking about your fall tour with Garth yet?

It's not in my head. I find that I can get overwhelmed easily and so I look a little bit ahead. Right now, I'm focused on the shows next week. . . . I know it's out there, but I'm not thinking about it.


WHO Trisha Yearwood

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 8, NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury

INFO $39.50-$69.50; 516-334-0800, livenation.com

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