Garth Brooks’ ‘Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House:’ History Behind Legendary No. 1 Hit

by Atlanta Northcutt
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Garth Brooks has had numerous No. 1 hits, but nothing quite equal to “Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House” which became legendary upon its release.

The track was actually recorded by Dennis Robbins in 1987, who took the song to the charts.

Garth Brooks Performs the Track, Turning It Into a Hit

However, once Garth Brooks was given the go-ahead to record his own rendition of “Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House” for his 1990 album No Fences, the track immediately took off, gaining Brooks his fifth consecutive No. 1 song.

Once Garth Brooks was handed the recording, that’s all she wrote. A legendary song was produced and loved by fans.

One of the Songwriters Tells the Story Behind the Track

One of the co-writers behind the song, Warren Haynes is well-known as being the vocalist and songwriter for the band Gov’t Mule. He’s also been a long-time member of the Allman Brothers Band.

During an interview with The Boot, Haynes explained the backstory behind the creation of the song.

“I was living in Nashville at the time co-writing with other songwriters. That’s how that song came about. We were in the process of working on a song, and one of the writers had a bunch of ideas written down, but he didn’t have a title or a chorus,” explains Haynes. “He just had the beginning stages.I asked if I could look at his notepad, and I looked at all the lyrics he had jotted down, and one was ”Two of a Kind, Working on a Full House.’ I kind of circled it and said, ”That is the song. That’s what we need to write.'”

“We had to start from scratch with some of the lyrical ideas he already had and incorporate them into ‘Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House.’ It was just one of those moments. Once we honed in on the actual idea, it came together in a few hours. A lot of times some of the best songs come about that way. They either happen really quickly, or they take forever,” adds Haynes. “There is very seldom any middle ground.”

“Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House”

Once Garth Brooks began performing “Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House,” the song exploded into popularity. It’s now a legendary track thanks to the songwriters and Brooks.