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

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