publication date: Saturday, July 4, 2009 (part of Round XL)
clue: This singer left the country to chase success in rockier territory, but all he gained was an early retirement.
explanation: Brooks was a country singer known for The Chase and other albums. He retired in 2001 after a failed experiment to rebrand him as rock singer Chris Gaines. more…
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Justin Woods, Denise Sawicki, Joanna Woods, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Ryan Dunn, Sarah Kyle, Walter Chesser, Elaine Beckland, Jason Lemler, Anthony Warren, Dennis Wuorenma, and Brandi Schalk