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
ReleasedNovember 28, 2013 (2013-11-28)
ProducerSteve 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 the third compilation box set by American country music artist Garth Brooks, released by Pearl Records on November 28, 2013.

The 8-disc 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 the Garth at Wynn residency show in Las Vegas, on two DVDs. Four of the CDs are new studio albums composed entirely of cover songs. The remaining two CDs and the DVD in the set are a reissue of The Ultimate Hits.[2]


Loosely modeled from the set list of his residency show, Garth at Wynn, the albums feature songs Brooks attributes to the development of his unique country pop genre. They were produced by Mark Miller, with additional production from Steve Buckingham on "Shout." Allen Reynolds produced The Ultimate Hits.[3]

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.[4][5] 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.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Country Classics
1."Great Balls of Fire"Otis Blackwell, Jack Hammer1:59
2."After the Fire Is Gone" (duet with Trisha Yearwood)L. E. White2:59
3."Act Naturally"Voni Morrison, Johnny Russell2:23
4."Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down"Merle Haggard2:46
5."Amos Moses"Jerry Reed2:55
6."Fishin' in the Dark"Jim Photoglo, Wendy Waldman3:24
7."Unwound"Frank Dycus, Dean Dillon2:28
8."Good Ole Boys Like Me"Bob McDill4:17
9."White Lightnin'"J.P. Richardson2:41
10."Don't Close Your Eyes"McDill4:36
11."Jambalaya"Hank Williams2:50
Total length:33:24
Classic Rock
1."Against the Wind"Bob Seger4:48
2."Superstition"Stevie Wonder4:14
3."Sweet Home Alabama"Ed King, Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant4:53
4."Life in the Fast Lane"Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey, Don Henley4:37
5."Somebody to Love"Freddie Mercury4:52
6."Bad Company"Simon Kirke, Paul Rodgers4:15
7."Midnight Rider"Gregg Allman, Robert K. Payne3:15
8."All Right Now"Andy Fraser, Rodgers4:49
9."Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"Elton John, Bernie Taupin5:42
10."Addicted to Love"Robert Palmer4:01
11."Goodnight Saigon"Billy Joel6:19
Total length:51:59
The Melting Pot
1."Black Water"Patrick Simmons4:07
2."Mrs. Robinson"Paul Simon3:54
3."Maggie May"Rod Stewart, Martin Quittenton4:27
4."Who'll Stop the Rain"John Fogerty2:42
5."Wild World"Cat Stevens2:25
6."Doctor My Eyes"Jackson Browne2:50
7."The Weight"Robbie Robertson5:09
8."Amie"Craig Fuller4:21
9."Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)"Jim Croce3:50
10."You Ain't Goin' Nowhere"Bob Dylan3:14
11."Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight"James Taylor2:47
Total length:40:05
Blue-Eyed Soul
1."I Heard It Through the Grapevine"Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong3:31
2."Midnight Train to Georgia"Jim Weatherly4:10
3."Hold On, I'm Coming"Isaac Hayes, David Porter2:49
4."Ain't No Sunshine"Bill Withers2:20
5."Drift Away"Mentor Williams4:02
6."Stand by Me"Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller2:59
7."Shout"Rudolph Isley, Ronald Isley, O'Kelly Isley, Jr.4:01
8."I Never Loved Someone the Way I Love You"Ronnie Shannon3:32
9."(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"Steve Cropper, Otis Redding2:35
10."Lean on Me"Bill Withers3:24
11."What'd I Say"Ray Charles4:10
Total length:37:51


  • Jill Dell'Abate – background vocals
  • Pat Algeracoustic guitar, background vocals
  • Bob Babbitt – bass guitar
  • Sam Bacco – percussion
  • Bob Bailey – background vocals
  • Al "Shaggy" Barclay – background vocals
  • Eddie Bayersdrums, handclapping, keyboards, percussion
  • DeWayne Blackwell – background vocals
  • Bruce Boutonsteel guitar, background vocals
  • Tim Bowers – background vocals
  • Jimmy Bowland – saxophone
  • Garth Brooks – choir, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, handclapping, lead vocals, background vocals
  • Sandy Brooks – background vocals
  • Stephanie C. Brown – background vocals
  • Tom Bukovac – acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Dennis Burnside – horn arrangements, string arrangements
  • Sam Bushfiddle, mandolin
  • Shawn Camp – acoustic guitar
  • David Campbell – string arrangements
  • Mark Casstevens – acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Mike Chapman – bass guitar, handclapping, background vocals
  • Kathy Chiavola – choir, background vocals
  • Johnny Christopher – acoustic guitar
  • Charles Cochran – string arrangements
  • Allie Colleen – background vocals
  • Chad Cromwell – drums, percussion
  • Jerry Douglasdobro
  • Bob Doyle – background vocals
  • Stuart Duncan – fiddle, mandolin
  • Earl of Bud Lee – background vocals
  • The Englands – background vocals
  • Béla Fleckbanjo
  • Pat Flynn – acoustic guitar
  • Paul Franklin – steel guitar
  • Dave Gant – background vocals
  • Steve Gibson – acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Carl Gorodetzky – string contractor
  • Barry Green – trombone
  • Charles Green – handclapping
  • Tracy Greenwood – handclapping
  • Rob Hajacos – fiddle, background vocals
  • Vicki Hampton – background vocals
  • Joe Harris – background vocals
  • Mike Haynes – trumpet
  • Dan Heins – background vocals
  • John Hobbs – keyboards
  • Jim Horn – saxophone
  • Jon Mark Ivey – background vocals
  • John Barlow Jarvis – keyboards
  • Wendy Johnson – choir, background vocals
  • Rusty Jones – background vocals
  • Gordon Kennedy – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals
  • Steve King – background vocals
  • Wayne Kirkpatrick – acoustic guitar, background vocals
  • Jennifer Kummer – french horn
  • Chris Leuzinger – acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Sam Levine – saxophone
  • Pam "The Chick" Lewis – background vocals
  • Terry McMillanharmonica
  • Kenny Malone – drums, percussion
  • Blair Masters – keyboards
  • Jimmy Mattingly – fiddle
  • Edgar Meyerupright bass
  • Joey Miskulinaccordion
  • Mark Miller – handclapping
  • Doug Moffet – saxophone, soloist
  • Buddy Mondlock – background vocals
  • Steve Morley – background vocals
  • Farrell Morris – percussion
  • Jonell Mosser – background vocals
  • The Nashville String Machinestrings
  • Jim Ed Norman – string arrangements
  • Jennifer O'Brien – choir, background vocals
  • Mike Palmerman – background vocals
  • Billy Panda – acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Steve Patrick – trumpet
  • Wayland Patton – choir, background vocals
  • Brian Petree – background vocals
  • Dale Pierce – background vocals
  • Jon Randall – background vocals
  • Michael Rhodes – bass guitar
  • Karyn Rochelle – background vocals
  • Chris Rodriguez – background vocals
  • Jim Rooney – background vocals
  • Tami Rose – background vocals
  • John Wesley Ryles – background vocals
  • Lee Sartin – background vocals
  • Lisa Silver – background vocals
  • Milton Sledge – drums, percussion
  • Jimmie Lee Sloas – bass guitar
  • Kira Small – background vocals
  • Chris Stapleton – background vocals
  • Morgane Hayes-Stapleton – background vocals
  • Charley Stefl – background vocals
  • Scott Stem – background vocals
  • Bryan Sutton – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin
  • Daniel Tashian – background vocals
  • Vaneese Thomas – background vocals
  • Fonzi Thornton – background vocals
  • Steve Wariner – acoustic guitar, background vocals
  • Bergen White – string arrangements, background vocals
  • Hurshel Wiginton – choir, background vocals
  • Bobby Wood – handclapping, keyboards, background vocals
  • Glenn Worf – bass guitar
  • Trisha Yearwood – choir, background vocals
  • Curtis Young – choir, background vocals
  • Reggie Young – acoustic guitar, electric guitar

Chart performance[edit]


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