Tracy Byrd

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
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Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Biography

17 December 1966, Beaumont, Texas, USA. Neo-traditionalist country singer Byrd paid $8 to sing Hank Williams’ ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart’ over a pre-recorded backing track in a shopping mall. The store manageress was so impressed by Byrd’s voice that she booked him for a talent show. On that show he sang ‘Weary Blues’ and ‘Folsom Prison Blues’. He began a residency with Mark Chesnutt, at a local club Cutters and when Chestnutt began to have some chart success, Byrd formed his own band and took over the residency. He signed with MCA Records in 1992 and had to wait a year before he fitted in with their release schedule.

Byrd’s first records were honky tonk in the George Strait mould, but he has gradually found his own voice, starting with a remake of Johnny Paycheck’s ‘Someone To Give My Love To’ in 1993. His major breakthrough came with the number 1 country hit ‘Holdin’...

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