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Trisha Yearwood cooks up a tour

Trisha Yearwood has gone on her share of semi-mandatory tours after releasing new albums, and her husband, Garth Brooks, is about to embark on a mammoth world journey. So Yearwood decided that if she wanted to perform on her own terms, she'd better do it now.

"I have nothing to promote, but I said to my manager, 'Can I just do some shows because I want to? " says Yearwood, who will perform Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Fort Lauderdale.

Yearwood's husband, Garth Brooks, announced in December that he is heading back out on tour. He stopped touring in 2000 to spend time with his family. His youngest daughter will graduate from high school this year, so he has booked five concerts in July in Dublin. They sold out instantly.

"I want to go on that tour with Garth, but it'll be big and loud and it's different," Yearwood says. "I don't know when I'll get to do 'An Evening With Trisha' conversational show that I love to do. I'm calling this tour 'Just Because.' It's kind of liberating, and I want to get out and do some singing."

Yearwood's South Florida appearance is linked to her other passion: food. The singer has written "Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen" and "Home Cooking With Trisha Yearwood," and the Food Network's "Trisha's Southern Kitchen" is now in its fourth season.

She hosted a brunch last year at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, and will do so again this year, along with a food demo on the beach.

"I love the food stuff, but the music really feeds my soul," Yearwood says.

Yet because of her food career and the time she spent caring for her mother, who died of breast cancer in 2011, Yearwood hasn't toured since 2009. She hasn't released an album since 2007, though she says she has one "half-done."

Her concert Wednesday will naturally include many of her nine No. 1 hits from her 12 albums, but she also will perform songs that depart from country, including favorites from Linda Ronstadt, who is suffering from Parkinson's disease.

"When I was a young girl, I just latched on to her voice. I'd call her one of the great interpreters," Yearwood says. "The Parkinson's thing has hit me really hard, and I want to do something in tribute to her."

Her concert is one of 20 performances she has booked between now and the middle of April. She and Brooks don't like to be away from their home near Tulsa, Okla., for more than four days at a time.

"We didn't get together to be apart," says Yearwood, who married Brooks in 2005. "And we don't do apart very well."

Trisha Yearwood will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost are $42-$122. Go to Broward

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