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Ricochet emerged in the spring of 1996 to become one of the most successful new country groups, spending the better part of the year in the Top 40 of the country charts. The band formed in 1993, when drummer Jeff Bryant invited singer/guitarist Heath Wright to join his group Lariat, which also featured Bryant's brother Junior (fiddle/mandolin). Lariat disbanded soon after Wright joined, but he and the Bryants decided to try again under the name Ricochet. They held auditions to complete the band, and several members floated through it in the ensuing months. By the beginning of 1994, the final lineup had fallen into place with the addition of Greg Cook (bass, backing vocals), Teddy Carr (steel guitar), and Eddie Kilgallon (keyboards, rhythm guitar, saxophone, backing vocals). For the next two years, Ricochet toured the South and the West Coast, building up a fan base and developing its energetic, edgy neo-traditional sound. They often spent their downtime rehearsing and writing songs. The group's original manager was friends with record producer Ron Chancey, who was known for his work with the Oak Ridge Boys. Chancey heard the group and arranged for them to cut a demo. He directed the tape to his son Blake, A&R director for Columbia Records in Nashville. After hearing Ricochet live, Blake Chancey and a handful of other Columbia executives decided to sign the band to a development deal under the direction of producer Ed Seay (Martina McBride, Collin Raye). In early 1995, the deal turned into a full-fledged record contract, and during the spring, the group recorded their first album. For the rest year, they toured the country as a supporting act for Merle Haggard, Doug Stone, and Charlie Daniels. Ricochet's eponymous debut album, produced by Ron Chancey and Ed Seay, was released in early 1996. Preceded by the Top Five hit single "What Do I Know," the album was a hit and stayed on the charts for more than a year as "Daddy's Money" hit number one and "Love Is Stronger Than Pride" reached the Top Ten. The follow-up album, Blink of an Eye, was released the very next year, but it was a commercial disappointment, even though it produced three minor chart singles. Ricochet charted modestly with another three songs in 1998-1999, tracks intended for an album to be called What a Ride that was not released. In the meantime, the band underwent personnel changes. Jeff Bryant, suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, left the drum chair, succeeded by Tim Chewning in August 1999, and Shannon Farmer replaced Teddy Carr on steel guitar. Meanwhile, Ricochet retooled its third album, finally releasing it in September 2000 as What You Leave Behind. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1.   Song
  2.   Daddy's Money
  3.   Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
  4.   He Left a Lot to Be Desired
  5.   Don't Forget to Feed the Jukebox (While I'm Gone)
  6.   What Do I Know
  7.   I Wasn't Ready for You
  8.   The Girl Formerly Known as Mine
  9.   I Can't Believe (You Let Her Go)
  10.   Seven Bridges Road
  11.   The Last Love in This Town
  12.   Duo de Amor
  13.   Beauty of Who You Are
  14.   The Star Spangled Banner
  15.   Feel Like Fallin'
  16.   Rowdy
  17.   Love Is Stronger Than Pride
  18.   I Can't Dance
  19.   You Still Got It
  20.   Connected at the Heart
  21.   The Truth Is I Lied
  22.   What a Woman Can Do
  23.   Keep You Lovin' Me
  24.   I Had to Be Me
  25.   Can't Be Good For Your Heart
  26.   My Christmas List
  27.   There's A New Kid In Town
  28.   Spell of a Freight Train
  29.   Love Is a Serious Thing
  30.   Fall of the Year
  31.   What You Leave Behind
  32.   From Good to Bad to Worse to Gone
  33.   You Can't Go by That
  34.   Gonna Be Something
  35.   Blink of an Eye
  36.   That's Love
  37.   Baby Hold On
  38.   Do I Love You Enough
  39.   She's Gone
  40.   A Little Bit of Love (Is a Dangerous Thing)
  41.   Ease My Troubled Mind
  42.   Every Child Is Holy
  43.   It's All Right
  44.   You Beat All I've Ever Seen
  45.   Why You Been Gone So Long
  46.   I Knew
  47.   Let It Snow
  48.   Go Tell It On The Mountain

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