In an emotion-filled tribute that had in him tears from the start, Garth Brooks joined the Country Music Hall of Fame Sunday, with his hero George Strait welcoming him to the group. Brooks says he came to Nashville for one reason: "To get George Strait to cut Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old). "You just didn't try hard enough," Strait tells Garth, having learned that the singer/songwriter pined to have him record Much Too Young, which would become Brooks' debut hit. "I need songs like this."

According to USA Today Strait recalls initially hearing about Brooks' shows, where he swung on ropes and smashed guitars, and thinking, "This is country music: Can he do that?" He tells Brooks, "You've brought so many fans to our music; it helped all of us." Brooks offers an oblique hint about a return to the road "some day coming up."