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