Electric Rodeo

Hearing Garth Brooks' No Fences for the Very First Time

Twenty-two years ago this week, Garth Brooks' second album, No Fences entered the charts and made itself comfortable. It was a titanic, monumental record for country music, eventually going platinum 17 times over on its way to becoming a global smash.

No Fences is often credited with ushering in a new era of commercialized country with crossover appeal, and it played a major role in making Brooks virtually inescapable on the radio dial in Texas for years.

Until this week, I had never heard it.

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Nathan Smith
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