Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences

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Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences
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Box set by Garth Brooks
Released November 28, 2013 (2013-11-28)
Genre
Label Pearl
Producer Steve Buckingham
Mark Miller
Allen Reynolds
Garth Brooks chronology
The Ultimate Hits
(2007)
Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences
(2013)
Man Against Machine
(2014)

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 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 in the set are a reissue of The Ultimate Hits.[2]

Content[edit]

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
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:
33:24
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:
51:59
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:
40:05
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:
37:51

Personnel[edit]

A thru K
  • Jill Dell'Abate – background vocals
  • Pat Alger – acoustic guitar, background vocals
  • Bob Babbitt – bass guitar
  • Sam Bacco – percussion
  • Robert Bailey Jr. – background vocals
  • Al "Shaggy" Barclay – background vocals
  • Eddie Bayersdrums, handclapping, keyboards, percussion
  • DeWayne Blackwell – background vocals
  • Bruce Bouton – steel 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 England – 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


L thru Z
  • Chris Leuzinger – acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Sam Levine – saxophone
  • Pam "The Chick" Lewis – background vocals
  • Terry McMillanharmonica
  • Richard Madenfort – piano, background vocals
  • Kenny Malone – drums, percussion
  • Rick Marty – acoustic guitar, e-bow, electric guitar
  • Blair Masters – keyboards
  • Jimmy Mattingly – fiddle
  • Edgar Meyer – upright bass
  • Joey Mikulin – accordion
  • 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 Machine – strings
  • 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]

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

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