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

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