Garth Brooks is a tried and tested songwriter, having penned many of his biggest hits. But for his upcoming new album, Brooks enlisted the help of some of Nashville's finest tunesmiths.

"Truth is, I don't have too many songs on this album," Brooks tells CMT.com. "I don't trust my pen yet. I'm kind of rusty. I've been out of it for a while."

According to Brooks, the Nashville songwriting scene is better than it's ever been, and even though his pen isn't on every song, his album will still be straight country.

"If you were here in the '90s, I never thought I'd be the guy they were calling the traditional guy," he says. "I was the guy they were calling a rebel, the guy that wasn't traditional. And now when they look at you and say, 'You sound like the most traditional stuff,' it's because I'm just being me. I'm just guilty of being myself."

Brooks' current single 'People Loving People' is the first glimpse of the new album, which is set for release on Nov. 11.