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Tracy Lawrence

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Part of the commercial rise of rock-tinged honky tonk in the early '90s, Tracy Lawrence was one of the decade's most reliable country hitmakers. Born in Atlanta, TX, in 1968, he grew up mostly in Foreman, AR, where he soaked up traditional and outlaw country as well as Southern rock. He started performing in public when he was 15 and was a regular presence on the local honky tonk circuit by 17. After college, he moved to Nashville in 1990 and worked day jobs while winning numerous talent shows. That led to a live radio performance and, in 1991, a showcase gig that netted him a deal with Atlantic. In May 1991, just prior to the scheduled release of Lawrence's debut album, he was walking a girlfriend back to her hotel room when the two were mugged by several gun-wielding attackers. Lawrence fought back to allow his companion time to escape and was shot four times; two bullets only grazed him, but one had to be surgically removed from his knee, and the other remained deeply embedded in his pelvis. Fortunately, he progressed rapidly through physical therapy, and the album, Sticks and Stones, was released later in the year when Lawrence could return to promotional duties. Its lead single, the title track, went all the way to number one on the country charts, helped out by all the publicity. More hits followed in the Top Tens "Runnin' Behind," "Today's Lonely Fool," and "Somebody Paints the Wall," and Lawrence was on his way to stardom. He arrived there with Alibis, the platinum-selling 1993 follow-up that produced an astounding four chart-topping singles: the title track, "Can't Break It to My Heart," "My Second Home," and "If the Good Die Young." In 1994, Lawrence contributed the Top Ten hit "Renegades, Rebels and Rogues" to the soundtrack of the movie version of Maverick and also released his third album, I See It Now. "Texas Tornado" became his sixth number one hit, and three more singles -- the title track, "As Any Fool Can See," and "If the World Had a Front Porch" -- all went to number two. Somewhat lost in all the success was Lawrence's arrest that same year on a weapons charge, but it didn't slow his career momentum at all. He tossed off the Live and Unplugged set in 1995, which compiled acoustic tracks and concert performances with his backing band, Little Elvis. In 1996, he returned with the proper follow-up album Time Marches On. The title track was a huge hit, topping the country charts, and "If You Love Me," "Stars Over Texas," and "Is That a Tear" all went Top Five. His hit streak continued with 1997's The Coast Is Clear, which contained two more Top Five singles in the title track and "Better Man, Better Off." However, all was not well behind the scenes. In January 1998, Lawrence was convicted on charges stemming from an incident in which his wife accused him of hitting and threatening her; the couple soon divorced. Lawrence laid low for a while, putting his life back together, and returned in 2000 with the uneven but highly personal Lessons Learned. The title track was a Top Five smash, but it was the only major hit from the record, and Lawrence soon parted ways with Atlantic. He subsequently signed with Warner Brothers and debuted with an album titled simply Tracy Lawrence in 2001. Despite some good reviews, it failed to halt his downward commercial momentum. Lawrence released the studio album Strong in 2004 and a greatest-hits set through Dreamworks Nashville a year later. For the Love arrived in the early 2007 on Lawrence's own label, Rocky Comfort Records. Two years later in 2009 the singer was crossing over to the Christian music market with the album The Rock and its lead single "Up to Him." ~ Steve Huey
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Albums by
Tracy Lawrence

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    11 songs

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    Headlights, Taillights and Radios

    11 songs

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    For the Love

    10 songs

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    All Wrapped Up in Christmas

    17 songs

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    Then & Now: The Hits Collection

    12 songs

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    Tracy Lawrence

    11 songs

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    Lessons Learned

    10 songs

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    The Coast Is Clear

    10 songs

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    Time Marches On

    10 songs

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    I See It Now

    10 songs

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    Alibis

    10 songs

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    Sticks and Stones

    5 songs

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    Rhino Hi-Five: Tracy Lawrence

    12 songs

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    Strong

    1 song

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    Blacktop

    1 song

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    Til I Was a Daddy Too

    1 song

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    Lie

    1 song

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    Footprints on the Moon

    1 song

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    Used to the Pain

    12 songs

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    Greatest Hits: Evolution

    21 songs

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    The Very Best of Tracy Lawrence

    10 songs

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    Live and Unplugged

    10 songs

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    The Rock

    4 songs

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    Stars Over Texas

    14 songs

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    The Best of Tracy Lawrence

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Top Songs by
Tracy Lawrence

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    Popularity
  2.   If the Good Die Young
  3.   If the World Had a Front Porch
  4.   Alibis
  5.   Paint Me a Birmingham
  6.   I See It Now
  7.   If I Don't Make It Back
  8.   Find Out Who Your Friends Are
  9.   Texas Tornado
  10.   Time Marches On
  11.   Can't Break It to My Heart
  12.   Sticks and Stones
  13.   As Any Fool Can See
  14.   Stars Over Texas
  15.   Runnin' Behind
  16.   Renegades, Rebels and Rogues
  17.   Today's Lonely Fool
  18.   My Second Home
  19.   Til I Was a Daddy Too
  20.   The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song)
  21.   Is That a Tear
  22.   Lessons Learned
  23.   Somebody Paints the Wall
  24.   Golden Rings/We're Gonna Hold On
  25.   Lie
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Tracy Lawrence

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    '90s Country

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    Kenny Chesney: DNA

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    The Country Vault

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    Tim McGraw: DNA

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    Alan Jackson: DNA

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    Outlaw Country

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    Shania Twain: DNA

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    George Jones Tribute

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    Thompson Square: I Am The DJ

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    Justin Moore: I Am The DJ

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    4th of July Celebration

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    Jason Aldean: DNA

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    Dierks Bentley: DNA

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    Chris Young: I Am The DJ

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    Classic Country

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    Country 4th Of July

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    Country: '90s and Today

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    Frontline Radio

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    Garth Brooks: DNA


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