“Callin’ Baton Rouge”
Written by Dennis Linde
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
October 14, 1994
The most exhilarating record of Garth’s entire career.
The Road to No. 1
After scoring five No. 1 singles in 1993, Garth slowed down a bit at country radio in 1994. Continuing to release singles from In Pieces, he went top five with “Standing Outside the Fire” and top ten with “One Night a Day.” He returned to the top with the album’s final country radio single, which was a cover of a New Grass Revival hit from the late eighties.
The No. 1
Garth Brooks has one big thing in common with Madonna. You can’t fully understand the phenomenon if you haven’t seen him live.
“Callin’ Baton Rouge” is the record that best captures the sheer exhilaration of a Garth Books show. It’s an explosion of joyous energy, and a pure adrenaline rush from start to finish.
Reuniting New Grass Revival to play on the track was a masterstroke, clearly inspiring Brooks to match their stellar musicianship with a powerhouse vocal performance.
I’m very well aware that the “best” Garth Brooks single of all time is “The Dance” or “Friends in Low Places” or “If Tomorrow Never Comes.”
But as far as my personal preferences go, this is the best damn record that he ever recorded.
The Road From No. 1
“The Red Strokes” was a minor international hit and received plenty of stateside video play, but “Callin’ Baton Rouge” was Garth’s last official single sent to country radio until the latter half of 1995.
“Callin’ Baton Rouge” gets an A.
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