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Lee Roy Parnell

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

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