I don't really believe this, but it's funny.
It's funny because it's true.
It is funny, but incorrect. There's not really a direct link to Garth Brooks to SheDaisy, Rascal Flatts et al.
What about Brooks' mid-80's pop-rock phase?
Paul, that was late 90s and while it sucked and was dumb, it was at least a side project (Chris Gaines).