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