Ben Farrell, Garth Brooks’ Longtime Concert Promoter, Dead at 76 – Billboard


Nashville-based live performance promoter Ben Farrell, who labored with superstars Elvis Presley, Elton John and Garth Brooks — whose presentations he promoted for the ultimate 33 years — died Aug. 10 at age 76 of unknown reasons.

“I like Ben Farrell,” stated Brooks in a remark. “And prefer Chris LeDoux, Ben Farrell will proceed to be the type of guy I need to be. Fair, truthful, and difficult operating. I'm fortunate to have identified him.”

Farrell introduced his occupation in 1970 with Varnell Enterprises, aiding Lon Varnell with live performance promotions, advertising and marketing and on-site supervision. He remained at Varnell Enterprises his whole occupation, emerging in the course of the ranks to turn out to be the corporate’s president. Different artists he labored with integrated Lawrence Welk, The Statler Brothers, Charley Satisfaction, Merle Haggard, George Strait, Ricky Skaggs, The Carpenters and Barbara Mandrell. Extra lately, he additionally labored with Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley, amongst others.

“I used to be lucky to satisfy Ben early in my occupation at a convention in Nashville,” Brian Jones, spouse at WME’s Nashville administrative center, instructed Billboard in a remark. “He gave me self assurance and assurance as I used to be finding out the trade. Ben was once an excellent mentor to myself and numerous others. His type soul, integrity, and colourful tales won't ever be forgotten.”

“He was once an expensive good friend, and was once, professionally, only a sensible promoter. He had an encyclopedic wisdom of the are living leisure house,” says Brooks’ longtime supervisor Bob Doyle. “There have been numerous other people in Nashville who have been beneficiaries of that, and he was once a kind of individuals who by no means misrepresented the location. He gave you his truthful opinion, whether or not it was once excellent or dangerous, and he generally had an answer.”

“I feel everybody I labored with knew he was once a person of his phrase. After which the shaggy dog story on this is, ‘however no longer of few phrases,'” Doyle provides with a steady snigger, referencing Farrell’s trademark verbosity.

Of Brooks and Farrell’s longstanding operating dating, Doyle says, “Ben was once at all times a pragmatist, and Garth was once at all times keen to step out yet another position and take a bit of chance — or numerous chance. And it labored out. Ben at all times accomplished on the finish of the day.”

“For our explicit on-sales, Ben at all times used to mention, ‘Put it on sale!’ He’d kind of scream it, to let everyone within the convention name, everyone within the development are aware of it’s on sale now,” says Doyle. “That’s almost definitely what he’s announcing lately.”

Farrell was once born July 17, 1946, in Jackson, Tennessee. His father, Kerby Farrell, was once a qualified baseball participant and supervisor. Ben attended David Lipscomb College on a baseball scholarship and in 1966, was once drafted via the Philadelphia Phillies. He ascended to enjoying with the Houston Astros and the Chicago White Sox farm golf equipment. He was once drafted into the USA Military in 1968 and served for 2 years of lively carrier, coaching troops for Vietnam. He's survived via his spouse, Autumn, and daughter, Ella Grace.

Along with his hobby for song, Farrell beloved sports activities, particularly hockey and College of Tennessee soccer.

Visitation and birthday celebration of lifestyles products and services will probably be held at Woodmont Christian Church in Nashville, with the visitation set for Aug. 23 from 4 p.m. till 6 p.m., and the birthday celebration of lifestyles carrier set for Aug. 24 at 11 a.m. CT.