updated 07/07/2014 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/07/2014 AT 1:15 PM ET
Will Garth Brooks soon be making new music? Returning to the road?
Fans’ fingers are crossed that Brooks – who retired in 2001 and returned to headline a show at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel in 2009 – may be dusting off his cowboy boots and hat for a world tour, after he announced on his website a live-streamed press conference set for Thursday, July 10, at noon ET.
In announcing his leave from country music 13 years ago, Brooks said that he was putting family before career, waiting to make more music moves until his three daughters graduated from high school. His youngest matriculated in May, opening the door for a possible return as he and wife Trisha Yearwood say they plan to spend more time in Nashville.
Last week, Brooks hinted that something big was about to happen with a post on his website saying, “The wait is over… 7/7.” The build-up comes after he said last year on Good Morning America that a world tour was in the works for 2014, marking his first road outing in 13 years.
The Oklahoma-born singer (and doting grandfather) calls himself just “an average guy,” but he’s far from it: he holds the record as the best-selling solo act in U.S. history, with more than 123 million records sold, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
Most recently, he appeared in April on the Academy of Country Music Awards to present Merle Haggard with the Crystal Milestone Award. It was obvious he’d been missed; fans erupted in screams and a standing ovation, showing his enduring popularity.