Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences

Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences

by Garth BrooksGarth Brooks




Easing back into active status, Garth Brooks commemorates the end of his Las Vegas tenure with Blame It All on My Roots, a six-disc box sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores that captures his Vegas stage show circa 2013, but also rounds up the past while pointing toward the future. Most of this box concentrates on the past. Two of the discs replicate his Ultimate Hits collection from his 2007, but the rest are newly recorded versions of songs that he, and we, know and love. Brooks separates these tunes into four categories: Blue-Eyed Soul, which are '50s and '60s R&B standards; Classic Rock, which are album rock hits from the '70s; Country Classics, which are staples from the '50s through the early '90s; and Melting Pot, a bunch of songs that don't quite fit in any of those categories but are largely soft rock standards of the '70s, spiked with a few singer/songwriter favorites from the era, including more selections from the Band than you might expect. Brooks has good taste: he not only recognizes standards from Dylan and Fogerty, but he knows just how good the Pure Prairie League's "Amie" is, and helps elevate the Nitty Gritty Band's "Fishin' in the Dark" toward the standard level it deserves. Brooks is the kind of vocalist who never pushes his signature into a song he already knows: he lets the song stand on its own merits, comfortable that the audience will see what he sees in the tune, because they're both attracted to the melody and feel. He does this often enough on this hefty box set to make it worthwhile listening, particularly at its bargain price.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/28/2013
Label: Hal Leonard (Generic
UPC: 0854206001244
catalogNumber: 2426310


Disc 1

  1. Great Balls of Fire
  2. After the Fire is Gone
  3. Act Naturally
  4. Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down
  5. Amos Moses
  6. Fishin' In the Dark
  7. Unwound
  8. Good Ole Boys Like Me
  9. White Lightnin'
  10. Don't Close Your Eyes
  11. Jambalaya

Disc 2

  1. Black Water
  2. Mrs. Robinson
  3. Maggie May
  4. Who'll Stop the Rain
  5. Wild World
  6. Doctor My Eyes
  7. The Weight
  8. Amie
  9. Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)
  10. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
  11. Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight

Disc 3

  1. Against the Wind
  2. Superstition
  3. Sweet Home Alabama
  4. Life In the Fast Lane
  5. Somebody To Love
  6. Bad Company
  7. Midnight Rider
  8. All Right Now
  9. Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me
  10. Addicted To Love
  11. Goodnight Saigon

Disc 4

  1. I Heard It Through the Grapevine
  2. Midnight Train To Georgia
  3. Hold On, I'm Coming
  4. Ain't No Sunshine
  5. Drift Away
  6. Stand By Me
  7. Shout
  8. I Never Loved Someone the Way I Love You
  9. Sitting On the Dock of the Bay
  10. Lean On Me
  11. What'd I Say

Disc 5

  1. Ain't Going Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up)
  2. Friends In Low Places
  3. Shameless
  4. Two of a Kind, Working On a Full House
  5. The Beaches of Cheyenne
  6. If Tomorrow Never Comes
  7. Papa Loved Mama
  8. More Than a Memory
  9. Good Ride Cowboy
  10. In Another's Eyes
  11. The Fever
  12. Midnight Sun
  13. Learning To Live Again
  14. Longneck Bottle
  15. To Make You Feel My Love
  16. We Shall Be Free
  17. The Dance

Disc 6

  1. Callin' Baton Rouge
  2. Two Piña Coladas
  3. The Thunder Rolls
  4. That Summer
  5. The River
  6. Beer Run
  7. Unanswered Prayers
  8. Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)
  9. Workin' For a Livin'
  10. What She's Doing Now
  11. When You Come Back To Me Again
  12. Standing Outside the Fire
  13. American Honky-Tonk Bar Association
  14. The Change
  15. Rodeo
  16. Wrapped Up In You
  17. [Untitled]
  18. [Untitled]
  19. Leave a Light On

Disc 7

  1. Live At the Wynn

Disc 8

  1. Much Too Young (Too Feel This Damn Old)
  2. If Tomorrow Never Comes
  3. The Dance
  4. Friends In Low Places
  5. Unanswered Prayers
  6. Two of a Kind, Workin' On a Full House
  7. The Thunder Rolls
  8. Rodeo
  9. Shameless
  10. Papa Loved Mama
  11. What She's Doing Now
  12. The River
  13. We Shall Be Free
  14. Learning To Live Again
  15. That Summer
  16. Standing Outside the Fire
  17. Ain't Going Down ('til the Sun Comes Up)
  18. Callin' Baton Rouge
  19. American Honky-Tonk Bar Association
  20. The Fever
  21. To Make You Feel My Love
  22. The Beaches of Cheyenne
  23. The Change
  24. Two Piña Coladas
  25. Longneck Bottle
  26. In Another's Eyes
  27. Wrapped Up In You
  28. Beer Run
  29. When You Come Back To Me Again
  30. Good Ride Cowboy
  31. More Than a Memory
  32. Workin' For a Livin'
  33. Midnight Sun

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Garth Brooks   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Hand Clapping,Harmony,Vocal Harmony
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Sam Bush   Fiddle,Mandolin
Wayland Patton   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Harmony
Steve Wariner   Acoustic Guitar,Guest Appearance
Trisha Yearwood   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Harmony,Vocal Harmony
Pat Alger   Acoustic Guitar
Edgar Meyer   Acoustic Bass
Steve Gibson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Vaneese Thomas   Vocal Harmony
Bobby Wood   Keyboards,Hand Clapping
Robert Mason   Strings
John Wesley Ryles   Vocal Harmony
Jill Dell'Abate   Vocal Harmony
David Angell   Strings
Bob Babbitt   Bass Guitar
Sam Bacco   Percussion,Drums
Eddie Bayers   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Hand Clapping
George Binkley   Strings
John Borg   Strings
Bruce Bouton   Steel Guitar
Shawn Camp   Acoustic Guitar
Mark Casstevens   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
John Catchings   Strings
Kathy Chiavola   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Harmony
Roy Christensen   Strings
Johnny Christopher   Acoustic Guitar
Chad Cromwell   Percussion,Drums
David Davidson   Strings
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Pat Flynn   Acoustic Guitar
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Carl Gorodetzky   Strings
Barry Green   Horn
Jim Grosjean   Strings
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Mike Haynes   Horn
John Hobbs   Keyboards
Jim Horn   Horn
John Jarvis   Keyboards
Gordon Kennedy   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Wayne Kirkpatrick   Acoustic Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Anthony LaMarchina   Strings
Lee Larrison   Strings
Chris Leuzinger   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Huey Lewis   Harmonica
Kenny Malone   Percussion,Drums
Blair Masters   Keyboards
Jimmy Mattingly   Fiddle
Terry McMillan   Harmonica
Joey Miskulin   Accordion
Doug Moffet   Horn,Saxophone,Soloist
Dennis Molchan   Strings
Laura Molyneaux   Strings
Jonell Mosser   Vocal Harmony
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Jennifer O'Brien   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Harmony
Billy Panda   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Steve Patrick   Horn
Kathryn Plummer   Strings
Michael Rhodes   Bass,Bass Guitar
Lisa Silver   Background Vocals
Pamela Sixfin   Strings
Milton Sledge   Percussion,Drums
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Bruce Sweetman   Strings
Julia Tanner   Strings
Daniel Tashian   Vocal Harmony
Christian Teal   Strings
Fonzi Thornton   Vocal Harmony
Alan Umstead   Strings
Catherine Umstead   Strings
Gary VanOsdale   Strings
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Strings
Bergen White   Background Vocals
Kristin Wilkinson   Strings
Kris Wilkinson   Strings
Glenn Worf   Bass,Bass Guitar
Curtis Young   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Harmony
Reggie Young   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mark Miller   Hand Clapping
Joann Cruthirds   Strings
Paul Tobias   Strings
Antoine Silverman   Strings
Jon Randall   Vocal Harmony
Bruce Wethey   Strings
Monisa Angell   Strings
Elizabeth Stewart   Strings
Karen Winkelmann   Strings
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Karyn Rochelle   Vocal Harmony
Bruce Christensen   Strings
Randall Olson   Strings
Cate Myer   Strings
Jocelyn Jones   Strings
Jon Mark Ivey   Background Vocals
Gerald Greer   Strings
Robert Bailey   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Janet Askey   Strings
Carolyn Demarzio   Strings
Tom Bukovac   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Carrie Bailey   Strings
Jennifer Kummer   Horn
Denise Baker   Strings
Beverly Drukker   Strings
Carolyn Bailey   Strings
Dave Angell   Strings
Tracy Greenwood   Hand Clapping
Jimmy Bowland   Horn
Kira Small   Background Vocals
Betsy Lamb   Strings
Kirsten Cassel   Strings
Stefan Petrescu   Strings
Chris Stapleton   Vocal Harmony
Craig Nelson   Strings
Sam Levine   Horn
Janet Darnall   Strings
Carole Rabinowitz   Strings
Elisabeth Small   Strings
Pam Sixfin   Strings
Wendy Johnson   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Harmony
Chris Rodriguez   Vocal Harmony
Ferrell Morris   Percussion,Drums
Dave Davidson   Strings
Mike Chapman   Bass,Bass Guitar,Hand Clapping
Cathy Umstead   Strings
Conni Ellisor   Strings
Theodore Madsen   Strings
Charles Green   Hand Clapping,Vocal Harmony
Hurshel Wiginton   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Harmony
Morgane Stapleton   Vocal Harmony
Jack Jezioro   Strings
Allie Colleen   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Garth Brooks   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
George Jones   Duet
Jerry Reed   Composer
Steve Wariner   Composer
Trisha Yearwood   Duet
Pat Alger   Composer,Vocal Group
Buddy Mondlock   Vocal Group
Gregg Allman   Composer
Jackson Browne   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Jim Croce   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
John Fogerty   Composer
Don Henley   Composer
Billy Joel   Composer
Elton John   Composer
Ben E. King   Composer
Freddie Mercury   Composer
Robert Palmer   Composer
Joe Perry   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Robbie Robertson   Composer
Paul Rodgers   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Yusuf (Cat Stevens)   Composer
Rod Stewart   Composer
James Taylor   Composer
Joe Walsh   Composer
Bill Withers   Composer
Johnny Russell   Composer
Andy Fraser   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Dennis Linde   Composer
Patrick Simmons   Composer
Barrett Strong   Composer
Wendy Waldman   Composer
Bobby Wood   Composer,Vocal Group
Jim Rooney   Vocal Group
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Dennis Robbins   Composer
Warren Haynes   Composer
Bruce Bouton   Vocal Group
Steve Buckingham   Producer
Dennis Burnside   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Shawn Camp   Composer
Rick Carnes   Composer
Charles Cochran   String Arrangements
Stephanie Davis   Composer
Dean Dillon   Composer
Glenn Frey   Composer
Randy Goodrum   Composer
Carl Gorodetzky   String Contractor
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Rob Hajacos   Vocal Group
Jack Hammer   Composer
Chris Hayes   Composer
O'Kelly Isley   Composer
Ronald Isley   Composer
Rudolph Isley   Composer
John Kelton   Engineer
Ed King   Composer
Simon Kirke   Composer
Wayne Kirkpatrick   Composer
Huey Lewis   Composer,Duet
Sandy Mason   Composer
Bob McDill   Composer
Jim Ed Norman   String Arrangements
Jim Photoglo   Composer
David Porter   Composer
Martin Quittenton   Composer
Allen Reynolds   Producer
J.P. Richardson   Composer
Dan Roberts   Composer
Gary Rossington   Composer
Bob Seger   Composer
Ronnie Shannon   Composer
Victoria Shaw   Composer
Keith Stegall   Engineer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Steven Tyler   Composer
Ronnie Van Zant   Composer
Jim Weatherly   Composer
Bergen White   Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements
L.E. White   Composer
Norman Whitfield   Composer
Mentor Williams   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Jenny Yates   Composer
George Ducas   Composer
Mark Miller   Producer,Engineer
Dave Gant   Vocal Group
Billy Montana   Composer
Tony Arata   Composer
Frank Dycus   Composer
Kim Williams   Composer
Jim Rushing   Composer
Jon Small   Director,Producer
Dale Pierce   Vocal Group
Kent Blazy   Composer
Earl Bud Lee   Composer
Sandy Mahl   Composer
Don Schlitz   Composer
Wayne Tester   Composer
Larry Bastian   Composer
DeWayne Blackwell   Composer,Vocal Group
Stephanie C. Brown   Vocal Group
Pam "The Chick" Lewis   Vocal Group
Steve Morley   Vocal Group
Rusty Jones   Vocal Group
Brian Petree   Vocal Group
Joe Harris   Vocal Group
Tami Rose   Vocal Group
Lee Sartin   Vocal Group
Scott Stem   Vocal Group
Dan Heins   Vocal Group
"Shaggy" Barclay   Vocal Group
Tim Bowers   Vocal Group
Sandy Brooks   Vocal Group
Earl of Bud Lee   Vocal Group
Englands   Vocal Group
Bryan Kennedy   Composer
Tracy Greenwood   Producer
Bobby Boyd   Composer
Steve King   Vocal Group
Amanda Williams   Composer
Voni Morrison   Composer
Luellyn Latocki   Art Direction
Ron Roark   Graphic Design
Benita Hill   Composer
Keith Anderson   Composer
Jeff Crump   Graphic Design
Jerrod Niemann   Composer
Lee Brice   Composer
Richie Brown   Composer
Mike Palmerman   Vocal Group
Tom Endres   Pro-Tools
Kyle Jacobs   Composer
John Peppard   Composer
Charley Stefl   Vocal Group
Mike Chapman   Vocal Group
Charles Green   Studio Manager
Robert Kim Payne   Composer
Matthew "Buster" Allen   Engineer
Bob Doyle   Composer,Vocal Group
Tommy Simms   Composer
Tommy Colorigh   Digital Imagery
Randy Taylor   Composer

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