When Garth Brooks made the surprising announcement in 2000 that he was leaving his illustrious, record-breaking career behind to focus on spending time with his family, millions of fans were left saddened. But now, while at the beginning of a five-year run as one of the most sought-after headliners in Las Vegas history, the entertainment icon says he is returning to country music.

"I'm hoping this is what it's supposed to be," Garth tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal about his decision to perform in Vegas. "Knock the rust off, get the wheels rolling and get going."

After spending the past several years on his ranch in Oklahoma with his wife, Trisha Yearwood, and his three daughters (from his marriage to his first wife, Sandy), Garth says his career naturally took a back seat. "For the last 10 years, the music that's been all around me has been my girls and whatever they're listening to on the radio," he explains. "So I've been kind of dormant."

But now, with his girls growing up and his gig in Sin City, the creative juices are starting to flow again, and Garth is starting to write down song ideas whenever, and wherever, the inspiration strikes him. "The way that writing happens is when music is all around you."

Garth, who recently received the Grammy on the Hill Award from President Obama, can be seen at the Wynn Las Vegas Encore. Tickets can be purchased here.

Garth Brooks on AOL Music