Country sensation Garth Brooks has decided to give his fans an early Christmas present. However, it may take some listeners a little longer than the holiday season to listen to all he has to offer.
Brooks, 51, released a new eight-disc compilation box set on Thanksgiving Day. According to Yahoo! Music, Brooks will also be broadcasting his last Vegas concert, “Garth Brooks Live from Las Vegas,” on CBS Friday night. The concert will commemorate the release of the compilation while paying homage to Brooks’ musical roots. The compilation and performance will collectively chronicle the “No Fences” singer’s musical heritage. Brooks plans to perform original hit records in addition to several cover songs that have helped to influence his craft and career.
The compilation box set, which is entitled, “Blame it All on My Roots,” is comprised of 77 songs on 6 discs. Four of the discs are new studio albums with music that has never been released. The other two discs are re-issues of Brooks’ “The Ultimate Hits’ compilation, which was originally released in November of 2007. The compilation also includes two additional DVDs with 33 music videos and a full-length live concert from Brooks’ three-year residency at the Wynn Las Vegas.
The new music on the albums also include studio recorded covers of songs from Brooks’ most notable music influences. The cover songs are from music legends like Gladys Knight and the Pips, and George Jones.
Due to Brooks’ live concert broadcast, the Oklahoma singer also revealed that he and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, and their children decided to re-arrange their holiday schedule. The couple has opted to have Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday due to his hectic week. Brooks stated the change in plans “means I might have an ice cube [on Thursday],” he quipped. “Dude, when you’re 260 [pounds], you’re always watching your weight and, for some reason, you think you’re going to make a difference the day before by not eating.”
Brooks indicated that his views on iTunes have not changed, so the compilation will not be available to download or stream. The “Blame it All on My Roots” box-set is only being sold at Walmart and its subsidiary, Sam’s Club.