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

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