Garth Brooks gives Slidell woman, 89, his guitar for her birthday

Laura Bertaut of Slidell turns 89 on Monday (July 3), and it’s gonna be hard to top that birthday. On Saturday, country superstar Garth Brooks gave her his guitar at his concert at the Cajundome in Lafayette.

“I’m sure she’s ecstatic. She probably had heart palpitations, knowing her,” said her daughter, Lori Bertaut, also of Slidell.

Bertaut’s sister, Holly Dickman, of Gonzales, was given free tickets to the concert by a friend who couldn’t go last week, and so she asked her mom if she wanted to go. Funny thing is, their mom isn’t a huge Garth Brooks fan, although she does “like all kinds of music,” Lori said.

Dickman and her daughter made a cardboard sign for the birthday girl to hold at the concert, hoping it would draw some attention, and it worked. The sign said: “Elvis was my last concert.”

It’s a little fib, but the trick worked — the Cajundome Jumbotron showed the birthday honoree with her sign, and that’s when things got interesting.

Dickman posted several photos and videos on Facebook of Brooks crooning to her mom and then finally handing her his acoustic guitar.

Lori Bertaut wasn’t able to go to the concert with her mom and sister, but she’s looking forward to being reunited with her mom to hear more about the concert. Her mom lives with her in Slidell but is spending the weekend in Gonzales with Dickman.

Bertaut said her mom is a big music lover and even met her dad while dancing on the President riverboat music club that used to be on the Mississippi River. Bertaut inherited her parents’ love of dancing and is now a zydeco teacher in the New Orleans area.

They’re going to have to find a place of honor for the guitar in their house.

“We’ll probably hang it on top of the fireplace.”


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