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Tracy Byrd

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Tracy Byrd's brand of new traditionalist country made him a star in the '90s, particularly his playful, good-time party singalongs (though he also turned in the occasional ballad success). Byrd was born in the small rural town of Vidor, Texas, in 1966 and grew up listening to his family's extensive country record collection. When Byrd was 20 years old, he visited a novelty recording studio in a shopping mall and sang over a karaoke-style backing track of "Your Cheatin' Heart." Impressed, the saleswoman invited him to perform in an amateur talent show, and when Byrd was well received, he decided to make country music his vocation. He dropped out of college and joined Mark Chesnutt's band, eventually replacing Chesnutt as the house headliner at a popular nightspot in Beaumont, Texas. He made one unsuccessful trip to Nashville in search of a record deal, but his second time around, he landed a private audition with MCA executives, who signed him right away. Byrd's self-titled debut album was released in 1993, and while it wasn't a blockbuster, it put the singer on the map in a big way with its third single, the number one smash "Holdin' Heaven." The follow-up album, 1994's No Ordinary Man, was Byrd's commercial breakthrough; it sold over two million copies thanks to four Top Five hits: the dance tunes "Watermelon Crawl," "Lifestyles of the Not So Rich and Famous," and "The First Step," and the change-of-pace ballad "The Keeper of the Stars," which became a wedding favorite among country fans. Byrd followed his big success quickly with 1995's Love Lessons, and while singles like "Walking to Jerusalem" and "4 to 1 in Atlanta" didn't duplicate the massive popularity of their predecessors, they still helped the album sell at a respectable gold level. 1996's Big Love returned Byrd to the Top Five of the singles charts with the title track and "(Don't Take Her) She's All I Got," and the title track of 1998's I'm from the Country reached similar territory. Byrd subsequently decided to leave MCA for RCA, and made his label debut with 1999's It's About Time, which featured a smoother, poppier production on tracks like the near-Top Ten "Put Your Hand in Mine" (the record's biggest single). However, Byrd returned to straight-ahead, good-time country for the follow-up, 2001's Ten Rounds; fans rewarded him by sending the single "Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo" to the top of the charts, giving Byrd his second number one. The album also featured the Top Ten hit "Just Let Me Be in Love" and a duet with Chesnutt on the playfully anti-pop "A Good Way to Get on My Bad Side." A final album for RCA, Truth About Men, appeared in 2003. Byrd then released Different Things on Blind Mule Records in 2006. An acoustic mix of the album was issued by the label two years later in 2008. ~ Steve Huey
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Stations Featuring
Tracy Byrd

    '90s Country

    '90s Country
    6 songs

    Country Love

    Country Love
    2 songs

    Country Party

    Country Party
    4 songs

    Outlaw Country

    Outlaw Country
    1 song

    '00s Country

    2 songs

    Christian Country

    1 song

Albums by
Tracy Byrd

Top Songs by
Tracy Byrd

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   The Keeper of the Stars
  3.   Watermelon Crawl
  4.   (Don't Take Her) She's All I Got
  5.   I'm from the Country
  6.   Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo
  7.   Love Lessons
  8.   Drinkin' Bone
  9.   Holdin' Heaven
  10.   Lifestyles of the Not So Rich and Famous
  11.   The Truth About Men featuring Andy Griggs
  12.   I Wanna Feel That Way Again
  13.   Someone to Give My Love To
  14.   Johnny Cash
  15.   Don't Love Make a Diamond Shine
  16.   Cowgirl
  17.   Just Let Me Be in Love
  18.   When Mama Ain't Happy
  19.   Walking to Jerusalem
  20.   Revenge of a Middle-Aged Woman
  21.   Baby Put Your Clothes On
  22.   The First Step
  23.   Redneck Roses
  24.   Don't Take Her She's All I've Got
  25.   Today I Started Loving You Again
  26.   You Feel Good
  27.   Walkin' the Line
  28.   On Again, Off Again
  29.   Put Your Hand in Mine
  30.   Ain't It Just Like a Woman
  31.   That's the Thing About a Memory
  32.   A Good Way To Get On My Bad Side by Mark Chesnutt
  33.   Hot Night in the Country
  34.   A Cowboy and a Dancer
  35.   That's What Keeps Her Getting By
  36.   Tiny Town
  37.   Wildfire
  38.   Can't Have One Without the Other
  39.   Back in the Saddle Again
  40.   No Ordinary Man
  41.   Driving Me Out of Your Mind
  42.   Big Love
  43.   Merry Christmas From Texas Y'All
  44.   If You Wanna Get to Heaven
  45.   How'd I Wind Up in Jamaica
  46.   A Good Way to Get on My Bad Side by Mark Chesnutt
  47.   Old One Better
  48.   Proud of Me
  49.   If I Stay
  50.   Good Ol' Fashioned Love
  51.   Hava a Good One
  52.   Heaven in My Woman's Eyes
  53.   Why Don't That Telephone Ring
  54.   Out of Control Raging Fire
  55.   Back in the Swing of Things
  56.   Edge of a Memory
  57.   Hat Trick
  58.   Before I Die
  59.   Cheapest Motel
  60.   Somewhere I Wanna Go
  61.   Making Memories of Us
  62.   Tryin' Not to Love You
  63.   Crazy Every Time
  64.   Summertime Fever
  65.   How Much Does the World Weigh
  66.   Pass It On
  67.   For Me It's You
  68.   Take Me with You When You Go
  69.   Something to Brag About
  70.   Undo the Right
  71.   Every Time I Do
  72.   Pink Flamingos
  73.   I Don't Believe That's How You Feel
  74.   Tucson Too Soon
  75.   Jingle Bells
  76.   Talk to Me Texas
  77.   Better Places Than This
  78.   Saltwater Cowboy
  79.   Just One Woman
  80.   She Was Smart
  81.   Different Things
  82.   When You Go
  83.   Never Gonna Break Again
  84.   Needed
  85.   Somebody's Dream
  86.   I've Got What It Takes
  87.   I Still Love the Night Life
  88.   Love, You Ain't Seen the Last of Me
  89.   Right About Now
  90.   I Love You, That's All
  91.   It's About Time