by Garth Brooks
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With his rockin' alter ego, Chris Gaines, now on a well-deserved sabbatical, Garth Brooks returns to his country persona on Scarecrow, a mainstream effort long on the well-crafted songs and winning vocals common to Garth's familiar blockbusters. The bluesy harmonica wailing through "Wrapped Up in You" gets into a salty dialogue with the fiddle, adding a rave-up quality to a lighthearted love song. In his latest foray into topicality, Brooks offers "The Storm," a roiling, melodramatic account of a woman who hears "the warnings from her family roaring like a hurricane," as she tries to pick up the pieces in the wake of her man's unceremonious departure. The country swing of "Big Money" lightens the mood, and Garth responds with a folksy, jovial vocal advising kindness towards rich relatives " 'cause they just might put you in their will." In the same upbeat vein is the honky-tonk barn-burner "Squeeze Me In," a fiery duet with Trisha Yearwood. Turnabout being fair play, the freewheeling "Beer Run," a duet featured on George Jones's potent The Rock: Stone Cold Country 2001, turns up here as well. Scarecrow bows out on an optimistic note with the buoyant "When You Come Back to Me Again," which tells of the inevitable reuniting of parted but ever-faithful lovers. Despite his self-imposed retirement, Garth sounds like he's gotta lotta game left. Perhaps he's taking a cue from Michael Jordan...

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2001
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724353133023
catalogNumber: 31330


  1. Why Ain't I Running
  2. Beer Run (B-Double E-Double Are You In?)
  3. Wrapped Up in You
  4. The Storm
  5. Thicker Than Blood
  6. Big Money
  7. Squeeze Me In
  8. Mr. Midnight
  9. Pushing Up Daisies
  10. Rodeo or Mexico
  11. Don't Cross the River
  12. When You Come Back to Me Again

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Garth Brooks   Primary Artist,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Sam Bush   Mandolin
George Jones   Track Performer
Trisha Yearwood   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jack Jezzro   Strings
Bobby Wood   Keyboards
Robert Mason   Strings
David Angell   Strings
Sam Bacco   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine
Bruce Bouton   Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar
Mark Casstevens   Acoustic Guitar
John Catchings   Strings
David Davidson   Strings
Connie Ellisor   Strings
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Pat Flynn   Acoustic Guitar
Carl Gorodetzky   Strings
Jim Grosjean   Strings
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Gordon Kennedy   Acoustic Guitar
Wayne Kirkpatrick   Acoustic Guitar
Lee Larrison   Strings
Chris Leuzinger   Electric Guitar
Jimmy Mattingly   Fiddle
Terry McMillan   Harmonica
Joey Miskulin   Accordion
Pamela Sixfin   Strings
Milton Sledge   Percussion,Drums
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Alan Umstead   Strings
Catherine Umstead   Strings
Gary VanOsdale   Strings
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Strings
Kristin Wilkinson   Strings
Elizabeth Stewart   Strings
Karen Winkelmann   Strings
Cate Myer   Strings
Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen   Strings
Mike Chapman   Bass

Technical Credits

Garth Brooks   Duet
George Jones   Duet
Trisha Yearwood   Duet
Dennis Burnside   String Arrangements
Carlton "Santa" Davis   Producer
John Kelton   Engineer
Allen Reynolds   Producer
Keith Stegall   Engineer
Mark Miller   Engineer
Virginia Team   Art Direction
Dan Peck   Composer

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Scarecrow [Pearl] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love the sound clips on this CD... If this truly IS the end of the road for Garth CDs, (which I pray it's not)... whatta way to go!! with a bang and ON TOP!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow. Scarecrow is awesome! I got this CD release day (11/13), and I knew it'd be good, but there is not one song on this CD I do not like. It's definitely one of my favorites! If you like Garth even a little bit, this is a must have. And if you're not sure, why not try it out? Oh, and it'll make great Christmas presents, too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though no one song screams to be the favorite, the 12 tracks on Scarecrow make up an impressive and deserving follow up album for Garth's career- hilights are mr. midnight, why ain't I running, thicker than blood, the storm, and wrapped up in you
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best album Ive heard of garth!! Youve GOT to get this CD, fans, because you would realy like the surprizing songs on this CD!! I like it myself, but those lyrics ROCK!!! So dont just sit around, BIE THIS ALBUM!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome and oh so sweet!!! In Garth's words-VERY COOL! Garth is going out like the TOP!!!! I definatly recommend this CD to anyone, even if you are not a country fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿Scarecrow¿ is, again, a talented showcase of what Garth Brooks achieves when he opens himself up for all to see! As always, I start out with a few favorites that I could listen to nonstop. On ¿Scarecrow¿, my first-off favorites were When You Come Back To Me Again (of course), Wrapped Up In You, Pushing Up Daisies, and Beer Run. But, as always, the more I listen to the cd, the more songs I fall for. ¿Scarecrow¿ has been no exception. My favorites have grown to include Squeeze Me In, Thicker Than Blood, Big Money, and The Storm¿.and I know that Why Ain¿t I Running and Don¿t Cross The River are on their way to my heart. So, that leaves only Mr. Midnight and Rodeo Or Mexico, but of course, since no Garth song has ever not won me over eventually, it will happen. I read recently that Garth said that this recording was a healing process, and I can easily see that. Anyone who knew anything of what was going on in Garth¿s personal life these last few years can rejoice in his accomplishment¿both in the music and his personal life. The music flows smoothly with the highs and the lows of the various songs, and just when he gets you mellow, he turns it up, as any good Garth Brooks cd would do! Garth has always promised his ¿fans¿ a ride, and he hasn¿t let us down on this one. Atta boy G! Love, Kat a.k.a. WIKoKopelli
Guest More than 1 year ago
Garth does it again. Great duets with Trisha Yearwood and George Jones. I highly recommend this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't been this excited about an album since....uh...well, Sevens I Garth's last few albums have been good, but not fantastic. This album is fantastic. It really shows us why Garth is Tops and has been for so long. Beer Run definatly goes on the Friday night mix with Friends in Low Places. Run, don't walk, for this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard this album on a radio station and i thought '' i have to buy this album''. It´s incredible , every song is wonderful. my fav song is ''pushing up daises''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We have waited 4 years for new music from Garth and it was definitely worth the wait! This eclectic group of songs spans the wide range of Garth's emotions and musical influences. From the Bob Segar like ''Why Ain't I Running'' to the classic country ''Beerrun'' to the down-home toe tapper ''Wrapped Up in You'' to the very personal ''Thicker than Blood'' and ''Pushing Up Daisies'' to the rockin' duet with Trisha Yearwood ''Squeeze Me In'' to the Oscar nominated sentimental favorite ''When You Come Back to Me Again'', this new CD is a MUST have for anyone who loves good music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I.m a huge Garth fan and i love his new cd Scarecrow hope this is not his last
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scarecrow is awesome, defintely stands up to all of Garth's other albums if not above. The music and lyrics are great. Can't get enough of it. Love ''Why Ain't I Running'' and ''The Storm'' Way to Go Garth!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went to Garth's concert last night at the L.A. forum and today I went and bought the new Scarecrow CD. WoW!!!! It is all Garth! it was good to hear from him again. from the first song to the last you can tell that Garth, as always, put his heart into this Album. some songs are slow and heartfelt and some are upbeat and fun. All the words are there so we can sing along and as usual he included a couple small personal notes. If you like Garth you will like this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought the CD at midnight and all I can say is it kicks. GO GARTH!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Leaving Chris Gaines on the curb, Garth returns in his true-to-form country sound. Every track is incredible! The duo with George Jones is awesome. It truly doesn't get any better than this. Thanks for making the last CD the best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not that we should be suprised though, he is the biggest selling solo artist of all time. This album takes every track he's done before and wraps it all up in 12 amazing songs. This is definetly the album that sums up Garth Brooks' music. From ''Why Ain't I Running'' to ''When You Come Back to Me Again'', this is a very personal album and if there's one guy who can convey his feelings lyrically, it's Garth. If you're a Garth fan you'll love this album, if you're not, it'll open you up to a whole new world of music, he did that to me when he released No Fences...and I haven't look back since
Guest More than 1 year ago
this CD is so great..
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, new music by Garth, as always he has come thru for his fans. Hopefully, this means he is back(not quiting as I have heard). He music touches so many people in too many ways, welcome back.....!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this album today and i just can't stop listening to it. i have been a garth fan from the beginning, this album will stand out in front of the rest. Garth you are the man, keep up the excellence that we all know that you can do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's been a long time coming, but we finally have a new release from GARTH BROOKS. It was worth the wait. The music on his last offering, ''IN THE LIFE OF CHRIS GAINES'' was outstanding, but it didn't satisfy the musical needs of many of his fans. (This FAN didn't find ANYTHING Lacking that project!) Scarecrow is the album to fix that. No matter what your taste in Country Music there is a song for you. It has some killer duets in ''Beer Run'' and ''Squeeze Me In''. We get to hear Garth doing what he does best. He moves us with the words, he inspires us with the music. He takes us somewhere we didn't know we wanted to go. He tells us a story with a song. ''Why Ain't I running?'', ''The Storm,'' ''Mr. Midnight'' and ''Thicker than Blood'' are all songs that touch something inside. Something in me recognizes a moment and more in those. The biggest surprise was ''Big Money''. It's a fun song, and you can't help but let a giggle sneak out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
MAN!!! Garth Brooks is still tearin' it up in the studio!! It is too bad that he is retiring. I think he still has a few rounds left in him, and this album is just one indication. This album is one of his better ones. I can't seem to turn it off. I even listen to it at school in between classes!! I love all of the songs, but was specially touched by The Storm. This album takes a deeper look into the personal life of the G-man. Each song has a piece of him in it. And for those of you who were frantically looking for the awesome song When You Come Back To Me Again (from Frequency), look no more! It is just one of the many powerful songs on this album. If you don't already have it, GO GET IT!! You won't be sorry!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scarecrow is Awesome. Defintely a must have, this CD is right up there with the rest or maybe above. The songs are great. Way to go Garth and thanks!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought Scarecrow on the day it came out. I love it! It is great for Garth and his ratings! this cd will keep Garth alive in the music world! All the songs on this cd are great. I hope Garth doesnt stop here. Garth rules!!