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Lee Roy Parnell

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Part of a long line of Texas roots-music eclectics, Lee Roy Parnell's music was a blend of hardcore honky tonk, barroom rock & roll, blues, boogie, Western swing, blue-eyed soul, and occasional gospel. Unlike many other hard-to-pigeonhole artists, Parnell actually enjoyed a run of success on the country charts in the early '90s. He was born in Abilene, TX, on December 21, 1956, and grew up on his parents' ranch; his father had toured with a teenage Bob Wills in traveling medicine shows, and his first public performance came on Wills' radio show at age six. As a teenager, he played drums in a local band and soon picked up guitar as well, eventually concentrating on slide playing. He joined Kinky Friedman's Texas Jewboys in his late teens and moved to Austin in 1974 to join the city's budding music scene. Parnell spent over a decade playing clubs in Austin, Houston, and Dallas/Fort Worth, honing his style and songwriting; he also married and held down a day job in radio. He moved to Nashville in 1987 and quickly landed a publishing contract and a regular spot at the famed Bluebird Café. He signed to Arista's Nashville division in 1989 and the next year released his self-titled debut album, a collection of horn-driven country-soul. It received good reviews but didn't break him commercially; that would happen with 1992's Love Without Mercy, which mostly dispensed with the horns and emphasized Parnell's slide guitar. "What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am" and "Tender Moment" both went to number two on the country charts, and the title track also made the Top Ten. 1993's On the Road produced two more Top Tens in its title track and "I'm Holding My Own," and his duet with Ronnie Dunn (of Brooks & Dunn) on Hank Williams' "Take These Chains From My Heart" made the Top 20. 1995's We All Get Lucky Sometimes found Parnell tailoring his sound to country radio a bit more and featured duets with Trisha Yearwood, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Tex-Mex accordionist Flaco Jimenez. It also spawned two Top Five hits in "A Little Bit of You" and "Heart's Desire." However, 1997's commercially disappointing Every Night's a Saturday Night proved to be Parnell's last new album for Arista, which issued the compilation Hits and Highways Ahead in 1999 to coincide with his departure. Parnell next wound up on the rootsy Vanguard label, debuting for them with 2001's Tell the Truth. He returned to the studio in 2006 with Back to the Well. ~ Steve Huey
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Stations Featuring
Lee Roy Parnell

    '90s Country

    '90s Country
    2 songs

    Classic Country

    Classic Country
    2 songs

Albums by
Lee Roy Parnell

Top Songs by
Lee Roy Parnell

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am?)
  3.   On the Road
  4.   Tender Moment
  5.   I'm Holding My Own
  6.   A Little Bit of You
  7.   Love Without Mercy
  8.   Just Lucky That Way
  9.   The Rock
  10.   Fifty-Fifty Love
  11.   Crocodile Tears
  12.   Tender Touch
  13.   Take These Chains from My Heart
  14.   Oughta Be a Law
  15.   Old Soul
  16.   Night After Night
  17.   Long Way to Fall
  18.   If the House Is Rockin'
  19.   Done Deal
  20.   Daddies and Daughters
  21.   Ain't No Short Way Home
  22.   The Hunger
  23.   Saving Grace
  24.   Road Scholar by Delbert McClinton
  25.   Let's Pretend
  26.   I Declare by Keb' Mo'
  27.   Every Night's a Saturday Night
  28.   Down Deep
  29.   Cool Breeze
  30.   Breaking Down Slow
  31.   Better Word for Love
  32.   Back to the Well
  33.   All That Matters Anymore
  34.   That's All There Is
  35.   We All Get Lucky Sometimes
  36.   Saved by the Grace of Your Love
  37.   Rise and Shine
  38.   Back in My Arms Again
  39.   Nashville Casuality and Life
  40.   You're Taking Too Long
  41.   You Can't Lose 'Em All
  42.   Where Is My Baby Tonight
  43.   When a Woman Loves a Man
  44.   Wasted Time
  45.   The Power of Love
  46.   Takes What It Takes
  47.   Straight and Narrow
  48.   Straight Shooter
  49.   Squeeze Me In
  50.   South By Southwest by Delbert McClinton
  51.   Something Out of Nothing
  52.   Roller Coaster
  53.   One Foot in Front of the Other
  54.   Mama, Screw Your Wig on Tight
  55.   Love's Been Rough On Me
  56.   John the Revelator
  57.   I Had to Let It Go
  58.   Honky Tonk Night Time Man
  59.   Guardian Angel
  60.   Fresh Coat of Paint
  61.   Crossin' Over
  62.   Breaking the Chain
  63.   Right Where It Hurts
  64.   Brand New Feeling by The Mississippi Mass Choir
  65.   Lucky Me, Lucky You
  66.   Tell the Truth
  67.   Don't Water It Down
  68.   They Don't Know You
  69.   She Won't Be Lonely Long
  70.   Red Hot
  71.   Mexican Money
  72.   Knock Yourself Out
  73.   Heart's Desire
  74.   Givin' Water to a Drowning Man
  75.   Country Down to My Soul
  76.   You Can't Get There from Here
  77.   Family Tree
  78.   Cat Walk
  79.   Baton Rouge by Guy Clark
  80.   Forgotten But Not Gone

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