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Garth Brooks Wishes ‘Alabama Clay’ Had Been Released as a Single

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Garth Brooks has sold millions and millions albums and released more than 50 singles, but the country music hitmaker, who is one of the best-selling artists of all time, says there are a few songs in his catalog that he wishes could have been released as singles.

“‘Alabama Clay,’ off the first record,” Brooks tells Indiana radio station WKDQ. “We still play it live. I get so many requests for ‘Alabama Clay.’ Love it.”

The tune is the fifth track from Brooks’ 1989 eponymous debut album. Four singles were released from that disc: ‘Much Too Young (to Feel This Damn Old),’ ‘If Tomorrow Never Comes,’ ‘Not Counting You’ and ‘The Dance,’ all of which hit the Top 10. ‘If Tomorrow Never Comes’ and ‘The Dance’ both reached No. 1.

Another song that fits the bill is ‘Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?),’ Brooks’ duet with George Jones, which appeared on Jones’ ‘The Rock: Stone Cold Country 2001′ album and Brooks’ ‘Scarecrow’ record. Unfortunately, the tragedy of 9/11 occurred just as the song was beginning to make its way up the charts.

“It just didn’t seem to fit,” Brooks recalls. “That was one of those songs that was a huge song, and his performance on that was phenomenal.”

According to the Oklahoma native, who just released ‘Mom’ as the second single from his latest ‘Man Against Machine’ album, the list doesn’t stop there.

“I’ve probably got a list of five or six of them that could probably fit that bill,” Brooks acknowledges.

‘Man Against Machine’ debuted at No. 1 when it was released in November. The album, as well as all of Brooks’ previous projects, are now available for digital download here.

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