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Brooks sets release of massive covers box set

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 – Garth Brooks will "Blame It All On My Roots" with a massive amount of new music, sort of. Brooks will release a covers boxed set coming out on Black Friday, Nov. 28 as an exclusive with Wal-Mart.

The box will contain six CDs and two DVDS with 77 songs, a photo booklet and four new studio albums covering 44 songs Brooks has played in Vegas. One DVD will be a two-hour performance from Wynn. The other DVD will contain music videos for the 33 songs from "The Ultimate Hits." Two CD will contain those 33 songs.

The set will sell for $24.96 at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club.

Playing the last four years of with a one-man show at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, Brooks offered the songs that inspired him growing up. He began creating and recording his own versions of the tribute songs in his one-man show.

The boxed set features classic country, rock, blue-eyed soul and songs from Brooks' favorite singer-songwriters. Songs include covers of James Taylor, Gladys Knight, Jerry Lee Lewis' Great Balls of Fire and Marvin Gaye's I Heard It Through The Grapevine.

"What a great luxury to have, the world's largest retailer as a partner to bring new music to the people," Brooks said. "Wal-mart has been responsible for the majority of our record sales since I started selling music. So it makes total sense that they are the exclusive place to get the new Garth music this Holiday season."

"Our customers love Garth Brooks, and we're glad to give them exclusive access to his newest album," said Laura Phillips, Wal-mart's senior vice president of Entertainment in the U.S. "As Wal-mart's top-selling musical artist of all time, we know Garth's new box set 'Blame It All On My Roots 'will be a gift millions of customers will give this Christmas."

Seven years ago, Brooks and Wal-mart joined forces to release a boxed set that produced the number one single Good Ride Cowboy, a tribute to Chris LeDoux. Also included in the deal, was Brooks' "Ultimate Hits," which made history when More Than a Memory was released and produced the only single in country music history to ever debut at number one on Billboard's Hot Country chart.

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