Garth Returns with Four-Disc Box Set; Dom Flemons Leaves Carolina Chocolate Drops, Album Releases

Juli Thanki | November 12th, 2013

  • Music publisher Bob Beckham passed away yesterday at the age of 86. Among his many accomplishments: discovering Tony Joe White and receiving the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame’s first Mentor Award.
  • Garth Brooks will release a four-disc box set of cover songs next Tuesday. Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences will feature songs from the following categories: Country Classics, Classic Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul, and Melting Pot. Trisha Yearwood appears as a background singer and as a duet partner on “After the Fire is Gone.”  
  • Bassist Edgar Loudermilk will leave Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out at the end of this touring season to concentrate on his songwriting and solo career. (via press release)
  • Peter Guralnick’s first two books, Feels Like Going Home and Lost Highway are getting the E-book treatment; both reissues – which will be released this December through Little, Brown and Company — will include new chapters, video segments, and other supplemental content. (via press release)
  • Dom Flemons, one of the founding Carolina Chocolate Drops, is leaving the band after eight years for a solo career, reports David Menconi.
  • Darden Smith talks about his work with soldiers suffering from PTSD and traumatic brain injury in this Chicago Sun-Times feature. You can find out more about SongwritingWith: Soldiers here.
  • Donna Ulisse is streaming a concert on StageIt tonight. (via press release)
  • Jason Isbell played his gut-wrenching song “Elephant” for Amazon. Isbell and Amanda Shires were among the musicians who paid tribute to Bob Dylan yesterday as part of a benefit for Sweet Relief.
  • Download Sarah Jarosz’s “1,000 Things.”
  • Peter Cooper wrote a fascinating article about the murders of Stringbean and Estelle Akeman.
  • Wanda Jackson covers The White Stripes’ “In the Cold, Cold Night” for a forthcoming Jack White tribute record that also features performances by The Dirt Daubers, W.S. Holland, Rosie Flores, and more.
  • Mandy Barnett’s version of “I Can’t Stop Loving You” is streaming on
  • Black Prairie played “Nowhere, Massachusetts” for Relix.
  • From Slate: “The Legends of Mississippi Blues You’ve Never Heard Of,” a post featuring fabulous photography by Lou Bopp.
  • Kacey Musgraves talks about her songwriting and country idols in this interview for Entertainment Weekly.
  • Chely Wright discussed the aftermath of her coming out and the progress country music has made regarding gay rights: What’s as important is Kacey [on “Follow Your Arrow”] is a straight gal talking about equality, and we really need our straight allies to be part of the movement. All voices matter. I wish more straight allies in country music would be more public about it. I have friends who are … but they choose to keep quiet about it rather than say what they believe. And I understand that. Who wants to lose fans? Who wants to have someone tell you, “I don’t like you anymore”?
  • Chrissie Dickinson of The Chicago Tribune reviewed Rhonda Vincent & The Rage’s Old Town School of Folk Music show.
  • Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge will celebrate its 53rd birthday with a two-day bash that begins November 21 with performances from Terri Clark, Daryle Singletary, and more.
  • This week’s album releases (thank you for supporting Engine 145 by purchasing your music through the affiliate links below):

Mandy Barnett I Can’t Stop Loving You: The Songs of Don Gibson

Kellie Pickler The Woman I Am

Grace & Tony November

Chris King Native

Sammy Kershaw Big Hits: Volume One

Lady Antebellum Golden (Deluxe Edition)

Jesse Terry Stay Here with Me

Trampled By Turtles Live at First Avenue

John HiattHere to Stay: Best of 2000-2012

Mason Jennings Always Been

Starlings, TN All the Good Times

Buddy Guy This is the Beginning: The Artistic, Cobra, and U.S.A. Sessions

The New Christy Minstrels Merry Christmas! The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings 1963-1966

Ry Cooder Ry Cooder: 1970-1987

  • A new DVD:

Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation

  • And a book:

Ben Fong-Torres Willin’: The Story of Little Feat


  1. nm
    November 12, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Well, I’m sure that whatever Don Flemons does as a solo artist will be interesting. But I sure will miss the combination of him and Rhiannon Giddens.

  2. bll
    November 12, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Walmart updated their site and the Garth boxed set will be released 28 Nov 2013. Four cds and 2 dvds for $24.96; well done Mr. Brooks.

  3. Luckyoldsun
    November 13, 2013 at 1:07 am

    40 songs on 4 CD’s?
    Wouldn’t it be more convenient to fit them on 2CD’s? I’d certainly rather not have to keep reloading the player and fumble with 4 discs.

    Seems that it’s because by the peculiar way that the RIAA compiles album sales figures, Garth gets credited with twice as many sales just by splitting the product into 4 discs instead of 2. So if the set sells a million copies, he gets credited with a “Quadruple Platinum” album and his total sales tally goes up by 4 million.

    I guess that’s important if you’re chasing Elvis or Michael Jackson or the Beatles or whoever Garth is chasing!

  4. bll
    November 13, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Actually the cds are themed: Classic Country, Rock, R&B, and Folk, based on the artists who influenced his music, which is why there are 4.

  5. Jack Williams
    November 13, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I believe he’s in third place, closing in on Elvis and still tens of millions from the Beatles.

  6. Barry Mazor
    November 13, 2013 at 9:26 am

    My best info, from reporting, is that Garth is already officially the number one all time sales leader of a solo act in any genre, surpassing Elvis. Only the Beatles have more overall.

  7. Jack Williams
    November 13, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I’ll second what NM wrote about Dom Flemons. My initial reaction to seeng the headline yesterday was an audible Nooooooo! I’ve seen them 3 times in the last couple of years. He’s such a vital live performer and he and Rhiannon have such great chemistry both live and on record. Still, I look forward to the next chapter of CCD and what Dom does as a full time solo artist.

  8. Luckyoldsun
    November 13, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Of course, that’s gotta be for the U.S. only. If you included worldwide sales, I’d bet Elvis–along with Michael Jackson, and probably Madonna and several others would be ahead of Garth.

    Though his totals may be lower than Garths–and they didn’t keep repackaging his albums over and over in multiple disc box sets–George Strait’s sheer number of platinum albums is in some ways even more impressive.

  9. Barry Mazor
    November 13, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Yes; that’s US figures I was referring to..

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