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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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Albums by
Tracy Byrd

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    Different Things

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    The Truth About Men

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    Tracy Byrd

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    Ten Rounds

    11 songs

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    It's About Time

    10 songs

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    I'm from the Country

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    Big Love

    10 songs

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    Love Lessons

    10 songs

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    No Ordinary Man

    12 songs

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    Greatest Hits

    10 songs

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    20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Tracy Byrd

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    Keepers: Greatest Hits

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    Collections

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    The Definitive Collection

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    Ten Rounds

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    Keeper of the Stars


Top Songs by
Tracy Byrd

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    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.   Love Lessons
  7.   Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo
  8.   Drinkin' Bone
  9.   Holdin' Heaven
  10.   Lifestyles of the Not So Rich and Famous
  11.   The Truth About Men featuring Andy Griggs
  12.   The First Step
  13.   Big Love
  14.   No Ordinary Man
  15.   I Wanna Feel That Way Again
  16.   Don't Love Make a Diamond Shine
  17.   Heaven in My Woman's Eyes
  18.   Don't Take Her She's All I've Got
  19.   Just Let Me Be in Love
  20.   Someone to Give My Love To
  21.   Johnny Cash
  22.   When You Go
  23.   A Good Way to Get on My Bad Side by Mark Chesnutt
  24.   Right About Now
  25.   Walking to Jerusalem
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Tracy Byrd

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    '90s Country

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    Downhome Cookin'

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    Country Love

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    Party Country

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    Tim McGraw: DNA

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    Alan Jackson: DNA

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    The Country Vault

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    She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy

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    Outlaw Country

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    Country Summer

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    Kenny Chesney: DNA

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    Garth Brooks: DNA

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    Country: '90s and Today


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