Garth Brooks (album)

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Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks-Garth Brooks (album cover).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 12, 1989
RecordedLate 1987 – Early 1988
StudioJack's Tracks Recording Studios
LabelCapitol Nashville
ProducerAllen Reynolds
Garth Brooks chronology
Garth Brooks
No Fences
Singles from Garth Brooks
  1. "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)"
    Released: March 6, 1989
  2. "If Tomorrow Never Comes"
    Released: August 21, 1989
  3. "Not Counting You"
    Released: January 8, 1990
  4. "The Dance"
    Released: April 30, 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune3.5/4 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[3]

Garth Brooks is the debut studio album of American country music artist Garth Brooks, released on April 12, 1989 through Capitol Nashville. It was both a critical and chart success, peaking at #13 on the Billboard 200 and at #2 on the Top Country Albums chart. The album has been certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments over ten million copies.


Brooks commented on the album, saying:

This album was released in April 1989, in the States. Definitely scared to death. I thought the album was very very innocent. And I gotta be truthful with you, every time I hear those songs off the radio or off the album itself, or even when we play them live. I really get that same kind of scared feeling, that I had, way back in 1988, and 1989. Whether you get the album or not, or whether you have the album or not. Thanks, for just, the interest. That first album is always a big one for any artist and I, without trying to sound egotistical, I'm very proud of my first one.[4]


This album contains Brooks' earliest hits, for instance his first ever single, "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)", which peaked at #8 on the Country Billboard Charts in 1989. It put the name of an independent cowboy singer, Chris LeDoux, into the mainstream due to the lyric "A worn out tape of Chris LeDoux" Two other strong starts include his first #1, "If Tomorrow Never Comes" and the Academy of Country Music's 1990 Song of the Year and Video of the Year, "The Dance" (another #1). It also features his first hit he wrote entirely in "Not Counting You", another top 10 success.

Notable covers[edit]

Punk rock cover artists Me First and the Gimme Gimmes released a version of "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)" as the first track on their October 2006 album Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Love Their Country.

"If Tomorrow Never Comes" has been covered by Ronan Keating (former lead singer of Irish group Boyzone), and many other famous singers including Barry Manilow.

Moe Bandy previously recorded "Nobody Gets Off in This Town" on his 1988 album No Regrets.[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

Garth Brooks peaked at #13 on the US Billboard 200, and peaked at #2 on the Top Country Albums. In November 2006, it was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of over ten million copies in the United States. To date, the album has shipped ten million copies in the US.

Track listing[edit]

Original Release

1."Not Counting You"Garth Brooks2:34
2."I've Got a Good Thing Going"Larry Bastian / G. Brooks / Sandy Mahi2:54
3."If Tomorrow Never Comes"Kent Blazy / G. Brooks3:41
4."Everytime That It Rains"G. Brooks / Ty England / Charley Stefl4:12
5."Alabama Clay"Larry Cordle / Ronny Scaife3:39
6."Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)"G. Brooks / Randy Taylor2:58
7."Cowboy Bill"L. Bastian / Ed Berghoff4:33
8."Nobody Gets Off In This Town"L. Bastian / DeWayne Blackwell2:19
9."I Know One"Jack Clement2:55
10."The Dance"Tony Arata3:38
Total length:33:23

Limited Series Release

1."Not Counting You"2:34
2."I've Got a Good Thing Going"2:54
3."If Tomorrow Never Comes"3:41
4."Uptown Down-Home Good Ol' Boy" 
5."Everytime That It Rains"4:12
6."Alabama Clay"3:39
7."Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)"2:58
8."Cowboy Bill"4:33
9."Nobody Gets Off in This Town"2:19
10."I Know One"2:55
11."The Dance"3:38


  • Bruce Boutonpedal steel guitar
  • Garth Brooks – lead, harmony and backing vocals
  • Mark Casstevens – acoustic guitar
  • Mike Chapman – bass guitar
  • Kathy Chiavola – harmony and backing vocals
  • Rob Hajacos – fiddle
  • Wendy Johnson – harmony and backing vocals
  • Chris Leuzinger – electric guitar
  • Jennifer O'Brien – harmony and backing vocals
  • Wayland Patton – harmony and backing vocals
  • Milton Sledge – drums
  • Hurshel Wiginton – harmony and backing vocals
  • Bobby Wood – keyboards, synthesizer
  • Trisha Yearwood – harmony and backing vocals
  • Nashville String Machinestring orchestra


Weekly charts[edit]

Charts (1989/1990) Peak
Canadian RPM Albums Chart 60
Canadian RPM Country Albums 22
US Billboard 200[6] 13
US Billboard Top Country Albums[6] 2


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country CAN Country UK
1989 "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)" 8 9
"If Tomorrow Never Comes" 1 2
1990 "Not Counting You" 2 1
"The Dance" 1 1 36


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[7] Diamond 10,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Garth Brooks at AllMusic. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  2. ^ Hurst, Jack (April 6, 1989). "Garth Brooks (Capitol)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 13, 2013.
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 105. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. rolling stone garth brooks album guide.
  4. ^ "Garth's CD's". Archived from the original on November 11, 2012. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "American album certifications – Garth Brooks – Garth Brooks". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.