Takin' the Country Back is the seventeenth studio album of country music artist John Anderson. It was released in 1997 under the Mercury Records label. The album produced the singles: "Somebody Slap Me", which peaked at 22 on Country charts, "Small Town", which peaked at 44 and the title track, which peaked at 41. Also included on the album was a cover of the Van Morrison's 1967 hit "Brown Eyed Girl" from his album Blowin' Your Mind!.
Takin' the Country Back charted at 19 for country albums and reached 138 on the United States Billboard 200. Allmusic stated that it was "one of John Anderson's best latter-day efforts, thanks to his impassioned vocals and the clean, muscular production from Keith Stegall" despite "suffering" from "uneven material."