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

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