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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, Texas, 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. Released in 1993, 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. Arriving in 1995, 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, which hit number ten on Billboard's blues chart. Parnell took a decade-plus hiatus after Back to the Well, finally returning to action in August 2017 with Midnight Believer. ~ 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.   Every Night's a Saturday Night
  7.   Want Whatcha' Have
  8.   A Little Bit of You
  9.   Take These Chains from My Heart
  10.   Mexican Money
  11.   Heart's Desire
  12.   Love Without Mercy
  13.   She Won't Be Lonely Long
  14.   Night After Night
  15.   We All Get Lucky Sometimes
  16.   Better Word for Love
  17.   Tender Touch
  18.   All That Matters Anymore
  19.   You're Taking Too Long
  20.   You Can't Get There from Here
  21.   The Hunger
  22.   Saving Grace
  23.   Saved by the Grace of Your Love
  24.   Red Hot
  25.   One Foot in Front of the Other
  26.   Long Way to Fall
  27.   Knock Yourself Out
  28.   John the Revelator
  29.   Honky Tonk Night Time Man
  30.   Family Tree
  31.   Down Deep
  32.   Tied Up & Tangled
  33.   Ain't No Short Way Home
  34.   Sunny Days by The Fairfield Four
  35.   Hours in Between
  36.   Something Out of Nothing
  37.   Old Soul
  38.   Just Lucky That Way
  39.   If the House Is Rockin'
  40.   I Declare by Keb' Mo'
  41.   Breaking the Chain
  42.   Back in My Arms Again
  43.   Midnight Believer
  44.   Crocodile Tears
  45.   The Power of Love
  46.   Squeeze Me In
  47.   Straight and Narrow
  48.   When a Woman Loves a Man
  49.   Back to the Well
  50.   Some Time Ago
  51.   Going Uptown
  52.   Too Far Gone
  53.   Rise and Shine
  54.   Nashville Casuality and Life
  55.   You Can't Lose 'Em All
  56.   Where Is My Baby Tonight
  57.   Wasted Time
  58.   The Rock
  59.   That's All There Is
  60.   Tell the Truth
  61.   Takes What It Takes
  62.   Straight Shooter
  63.   South By Southwest by Delbert McClinton
  64.   Road Scholar by Delbert McClinton
  65.   Right Where It Hurts
  66.   Oughta Be a Law
  67.   Mama, Screw Your Wig on Tight
  68.   Lucky Me, Lucky You
  69.   Love's Been Rough On Me
  70.   I Had to Let It Go
  71.   Guardian Angel
  72.   Fresh Coat of Paint
  73.   Fifty-Fifty Love
  74.   Done Deal
  75.   Don't Water It Down
  76.   Daddies and Daughters
  77.   Crossin' Over
  78.   Baton Rouge by Guy Clark
  79.   Brand New Feeling by The Mississippi Mass Choir
  80.   Breaking Down Slow
  81.   Cool Breeze
  82.   They Don't Know You
  83.   Pontchartrain
  84.   Roller Coaster
  85.   Forgotten But Not Gone
  86.   Country Down to My Soul
  87.   Let's Pretend
  88.   Hair of the Dog
  89.   Cat Walk
  90.   Givin' Water to a Drowning Man