Garth Brooks Wanted to Cover Jo Dee Messina’s Debut Single — But She Was Against It

These days, country music’s female acts struggle to earn airplay, headlining slots and festival gigs — but when Jo Dee Messina was finding success in the ’90s, the dynamic was entirely different. “When [my debut single] “Heads Carolina, [Tails California]” came out, it was me and Martina [McBride] and Sara Evans and Stephanie Bentley, Shania Twain, Faith Hill …”