Country stars Garth Brooks,Trisha Yearwood team with Carter and Habitat for Humanity

Country superstars help build homes
Published: Aug. 24, 2016 at 1:44 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 24, 2016 at 2:38 AM CDT
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(SOURCE: Amelia Carlson/WMC Action News 5)
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Day two at Habitat for Humanity's Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project brought about major progress on 19 new homes just north of the Uptown neighborhood in Memphis. And back on the boards were country music superstars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.

President Carter praised Brooks and Yearwood, saying their celebrity status inspires others to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.

Mr. Carter called them some of the hardest working volunteers he's ever worked with.

When the country music power couple started the project on Monday, walls didn't exist on the house they're working on.

Tuesday, the walls were there.

"The main thing is, it's not a competition. So when you said yesterday there was a slab there and now there's walls, I also want you to see there's roof rafters. Just to make sure," Brooks said, while laughing. "When you work on a Carter house that's one of the main things he tells you. It's not a competition, I just want mine done first."

This is the 10th Habitat for Humanity project for Brooks and Yearwood.

It's the example set by former President and First Lady Carter that keeps them coming back.

"There's no such thing as just him. They are one. So I never mention them as a couple, I guess, because they are one", Brooks said.

Yearwood added, "We were there when this became the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work project. It used to just be the Jimmy Carter work project. And he insisted her name be on there. And she earned it. She works as hard as he does."

"And it's funny," said Brooks, "we get twice as much done now."

Construction is an extremely physical job, but neither Garth nor Trisha admitted to being worse for the wear Tuesday morning.

"No," Yearwood answered, when asked if she or her husband were sore after a day of hard work.

"There you go," said Brooks, high-fiving his wife for her answer. "That's the way you say it! When you turn this thing off (the camera), I'm gonna tell you I'm sorer than a mug, but not while this thing's running."

It's that kind of teamwork that keeps this couple in sync, on the job site and in real life.

Yearwood, who hosts a cooking show on the Food Network, said she may whip up something special to bring to the work site later this week.

"She's brought snacks every morning, they just haven't made it here," Brooks said. "I'm a smart man."

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