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