I made mention in my 2013 Country Music Predictions to be looking for signs of a Garth Brooks return to country music and touring.  Another sure sign has popped up, as not only will he be playing at George Jones farewell show in Nashville, but he's also teaming up with George Strait to pay tribute to Dick Clark in a special performance at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards.

Clark, who produced the ACM's from 1979 til his death, is being honored, as the ACM Artist of the Decade award, previously won by Brooks and Strait respectively, is being renamed to the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award.  To celebrate, Garth and George team up on the award show.

Brooks showed his support of the renaming saying, “I commend the Academy on naming the ACM Artist of the Decade Award after Dick Clark. Although there is no award the entertainment industry has that can match the magnitude of the star Dick Clark was, and still is, it is an honor to get to be a part of the Academy’s tribute to him. There may be others who have contributed as much to the music industry, but there is definitely no one that has contributed more than Dick Clark. He was music’s best friend, and a dear friend to me."

Garth doesn't do anything by accident.  This performance will be just a tease of what I believe will be a big re-launch by the end of this year...it's coming!

The 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards will air live on Sunday, April 7 at 8PM ET on CBS.