On This Day: Garth Brooks’ ‘No Fences’ Album Sets Historic Record in 1991

by Jonathan Howard
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For the highest-selling country music artist ever, making history is nothing new for legend Garth Brooks. It was 30 years ago today that his album No Fences sold 5 million copies. It was the first country album to ever sell that many copies.

Most fans will know the album for the massive hit Friends in Low Places. However, this album changed the limits of the country music market. Brooks was able to put out so many albums in just a year or so. In just his second studio album, the country music star put his mark on the genre. Now, 30 years later the album has sold almost 20 million copies.

From 1990 to 1991 four songs from the album made it to the top of the US Country charts. Friends in Low Places, Unanswered Prayers, Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House, and The Thunder Rolls. The album made it all the way to No.2 on the US Billboard 200 in 1991. It was an absolute success. Still, the album remains Garth Brooks’ highest selling. That’s really saying something.

Just 10 songs and less than 40 minutes, the album is a perfect example of the neotraditional country music sound. Although the artist would move away from that style later. Brooks along with artists such as Alan Jackson paved the way for this style of country that dominated the 1990s. Now, Brooks is the highest-selling country artist in the world. He has put out consistently good music and fans still pack out entire stadiums to see him live.

Garth Brooks Presented Randy Travis with Lifetime Award

Earlier this month, Garth Brooks helped mark an important milestone in another artist’s career. He presented Randy Travis with the CMT Artist of a Lifetime Award. While Travis suffered from a stroke in 2013 that largely took his ability to speak, he has been embraced by the country music world in a big way recently.

During the presentation, Brooks was celebratory of his friend and peer. He said that Travis was responsible for saving country music. During the entire thing, both artists were smiling and enjoying the wonderful moment.

If there was an artist alive that is worthy of the award it is Randy Travis. His voice, style, and storytelling were unrivaled. Although he has lost his ability to perform, what he accomplished in his career will never be taken for granted by the country music community. His entire career, Travis has advocated for the genre and making it better. Having Garth Brooks present this award was just too perfect. In the last 30 years, it is hard to overstate the importance that they have both had in music, not just their own genres. They both looked so happy to be up there celebrating the legacy of Travis.

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