Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences

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Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences
Box set by Garth Brooks
Released November 28, 2013 (2013-11-28)
Genre Country
Label Pearl
Producer Steve Buckingham
Mark Miller
Allen Reynolds
Garth Brooks chronology
The Ultimate Hits
Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences
Man Against Machine

Blame it All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences is a compilation box set released by Garth Brooks in November 2013. The set, sold exclusively through Walmart and Sam's Club stores, includes 77 songs on six compact discs plus 33 music videos and a full-length live performance from Las Vegas on two DVDs. Four of the CDs are new studio albums composed entirely of cover songs. The remaining two CDs in the set are a reissue of The Ultimate Hits.[1]


The albums were produced by Mark Miller, with additional production from Steve Buckingham on "Shout." Allen Reynolds produced The Ultimate Hits.[2]

Commercial success[edit]

The album reached number 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and, as of September 10, 2014, has sold 893,000 copies in the United States.[3] [4] The RIAA lists individual Platinum certifications for the compilation with Country Classics, listed as Country Hits in the RIAA database, Classic Rock, The Melting Pot and Blue-Eyed Soul.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Brooks has announced the tracklist on his website:[6]

Country Classics
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Great Balls of Fire"   Otis Blackwell, Jack Hammer  
2. "After the Fire Is Gone" (duet with Trisha Yearwood) L. E. White  
3. "Act Naturally"   Voni Morrison, Johnny Russell  
4. "Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down"   Merle Haggard  
5. "Amos Moses"   Jerry Reed  
6. "Fishin' in the Dark"   Jim Photoglo, Wendy Waldman  
7. "Unwound"   Frank Dycus, Dean Dillon  
8. "Good Ole Boys Like Me"   Bob McDill  
9. "White Lightnin'"   J.P. Richardson  
10. "Don't Close Your Eyes"   McDill  
11. "Jambalaya"   Hank Williams  
Total length:
Classic Rock
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Against the Wind"   Bob Seger  
2. "Superstition"   Stevie Wonder  
3. "Sweet Home Alabama"   Ed King, Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant  
4. "Life in the Fast Lane"   Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey, Don Henley  
5. "Somebody to Love"   Freddie Mercury  
6. "Bad Company"   Simon Kirke, Paul Rodgers  
7. "Midnight Rider"   Gregg Allman, Robert K. Payne  
8. "All Right Now"   Andy Fraser, Rodgers  
9. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"   Elton John, Bernie Taupin  
10. "Addicted to Love"   Robert Palmer  
11. "Goodnight Saigon"   Billy Joel  
Total length:
The Melting Pot
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Black Water"   Patrick Simmons  
2. "Mrs. Robinson"   Paul Simon  
3. "Maggie May"   Rod Stewart, Martin Quittenton  
4. "Who'll Stop the Rain"   John Fogerty  
5. "Wild World"   Cat Stevens  
6. "Doctor My Eyes"   Jackson Browne  
7. "The Weight"   Robbie Robertson  
8. "Amie"   Craig Fuller  
9. "Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)"   Jim Croce  
10. "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere"   Bob Dylan  
11. "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight"   James Taylor  
Total length:
Blue-Eyed Soul
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"   Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong  
2. "Midnight Train to Georgia"   Jim Weatherly  
3. "Hold On, I'm Coming"   Isaac Hayes, David Porter  
4. "Ain't No Sunshine"   Bill Withers  
5. "Drift Away"   Mentor Williams  
6. "Stand by Me"   Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller  
7. "Shout"   Rudolph Isley, Ronald Isley, O'Kelly Isley, Jr.  
8. "I Never Loved Someone the Way I Love You"   Ronnie Shannon  
9. "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"   Steve Cropper, Otis Redding  
10. "Lean on Me"   Bill Withers  
11. "What'd I Say"   Ray Charles  
Total length:

Chart performance[edit]

Preceded by
Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas by The Robertsons
Top Country Albums number-one album
December 14, 2013 – January 11, 2014
Succeeded by
Crash My Party by Luke Bryan