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