Callin' Baton Rouge

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"Callin' Baton Rouge"
Single by Garth Brooks
from the album In Pieces
B-side "Same Old Story"
Released August 1, 1994
Format CD single, 7" 45 RPM
Genre Country
Length 2:38
Label Liberty 18136
Writer(s) Dennis Linde
Producer(s) Allen Reynolds
Garth Brooks singles chronology
"Hard Luck Woman"
(1994)
"Callin' Baton Rouge"
(1994)
"The Red Strokes"
(1994)

"Callin' Baton Rouge" is the title of a country music song written by Dennis Linde. It was originally recorded by The Oak Ridge Boys on their 1978 album Room Service, and was later covered by New Grass Revival on their 1989 album Friday Night in America, and more famously by Garth Brooks on his 1993 album In Pieces. Brooks' rendition, the fifth single from the album, reached a peak of number two on the U.S. country singles charts in 1994.

Content[edit]

"Callin' Baton Rouge" is an up-tempo song with a bluegrass sound. In it, the male narrator, presumably a truck driver, is attempting to make contact with a female ("such a strange combination of a woman and a child") named Samantha, whom he met the night before in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

New Grass Revival version[edit]

New Grass Revival recorded the song on their 1989 album Friday Night in America, produced by Garth Fundis and Wendy Waldman for Capitol Records.[1] It was the first of two singles from that album. In addition, it was the band's only Top 40 hit on the Billboard country singles charts, where it peaked at number 37. "Let Me Be Your Man" was the b-side.[2]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 33
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 37

Garth Brooks version[edit]

Garth Brooks covered the song on his 1993 album In Pieces, with instrumental backing from New Grass Revival (Pat Flynn on acoustic guitar, Sam Bush on fiddle and mandolin, Béla Fleck on banjo), and Jerry Douglas on Dobro. Harmony vocals were also provided by Cowan and Bush.

Background and recording[edit]

Garth provided the following background information on the song in the CD booklet liner notes from The Hits:

"I have always been a fan of "Baton Rouge." I was, still am, and always will be a fan of the members of New Grass Revival, four guys well ahead of their time (even if they came out thirty years from now). "Baton Rouge" was a single for them about the time my first album was released. This song did not even break the top thirty, and I believe it did not get a fair shot. When we recorded it, it seemed only natural to bring in the guys from New Grass Revival – Pat Flynn, Bela Fleck, John Cowan, and Sam Bush, teamed with Jerry Douglas. This was the first time the New Grass Revival had been together since their breakup over a year prior to the recording of this song. It was a very good day and an extremely proud moment, and I think this is reflected in the cut itself."[5]

Personnel[edit]

  • Garth Brooks - lead vocals
  • Sam Bush - mandolin, fiddle, backing vocals
  • Mark Casstevens - acoustic guitar
  • Mike Chapman - bass guitar
  • John Cowan - backing vocals
  • Jerry Douglas - dobro
  • Béla Fleck - banjo
  • Pat Flynn - acoustic guitar
  • Chris Leuzinger - electric guitar
  • Milton Sledge - drums
  • Bobby Wood - keyboards

Chart performance[edit]

Garth's version, the album's fifth single, peaked at number two on the U.S. country singles charts, and number one on the RPM country charts in Canada.

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[8] 50
US Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 58
Preceded by
"Who's That Man" by Toby Keith
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
October 31, 1994
Succeeded by
"She's Not the Cheatin' Kind" by Brooks & Dunn

References[edit]

  1. ^ Johnson, Zac. "Friday Night in America review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 297. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  3. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. July 24, 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  4. ^ "New Grass Revival Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for New Grass Revival.
  5. ^ Garth Brooks – The Hits: transcription from the CD booklet (bar code 7-2438-29689-2-4)
  6. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 31, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  7. ^ "Garth Brooks Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Garth Brooks.
  8. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1994". RPM. December 12, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Best of 1994: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 

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