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