Country Throwback: Garth Brooks Drops 13th Studio Album ‘Gunslinger’ Four Years Ago Today

by Emily Morgan
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The album that released the hit single, “Baby Lets Lay Down and Dance” was released this time four years ago. “Gun Slinger” was Garth Brook’s thirteenth studio album. In its first week, it sold 19,000 copies and thus becoming No. 4 on the Top Country Albums chart. Since March of 2018, “Gunslinger” has sold 146,700 copies in the US. 

Brooks announced the album’s name via Facebook Live, just one week after the release of “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance.” On Nov. 11 of 2016, Brooks released the album as part of The Ultimate Christmas Collection. In addition, he and his wife Trisha Yearwood partnered on a duet holiday album called “Christmas Together.”

The first track off the album, “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” wasn’t an over-ambitious or intensely emotional ballad that Garth Brooks is known to deliver. Instead, it’s a love song that quickly worked its way into the radio and people’s heads. The uptempo beat paired with the country-style guitar riffs makes it hard for someone not to tap their feet. Writers Kent Blazy, Steve Dorff, Victoria Shaw, Kim Williams, and Brooks make a cheeky nod to the funk era of music when the song cuts to the bridge. Throwing it back to Brooks’ honky-tonk roots, the song serves the album well.

Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood’s Share Duet on Country Gunslinger

The album also features the hit duet, “Whiskey to Wine.” He shares the song with his wife, Trisha Yearwood. Brooks premiered the song when he and Yearwood took the Ryman Stage in Sept. 2016. The album also birthed the song “Ask Me How I Know.” Following “Baby Lets Lay Down and Dance,” it became the second single off of “Gunslinger.” It became his first new number one song since “More Than a Memory,” which was featured on his 2007 album of ultimate hits. Listen to the duet below.

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