Tracy Byrd Returns To The Stage
by Molly Pass
For a guy who is turning 51 today and began his professional music career in 1990, he still knows how to put on a show! Tracy Byrd made the Medina Entertainment Center in Medina, MN come to life with line dancing and good ‘ole classic country. He was non-stop with his hits song after song and didn’t waste any time in his transitions. He kept the fun going all night long.
Tracy Byrd was in the Holiday spirit and made sure that we were too! He opened the show with his song, “Merry Christmas from Texas Y’all” and also played a few of his other Christmas songs which included “Christmas Like Mama Used to Make It” and “No Room.” He also shared his covers of “Jingle Bells,” “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” and “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire.”
It was evident that his setlist was not a permanent list that he used for every performance. This was shown with the addition of the numerous Christmas songs as well as spontaneously adding “Saltwater Cowboy” after he heard a fan request it.
After taking a hiatus from recording music, Tracy Byrd self-released a new album in 2016 called All-American Texan, which allows him to really sing about who he is and what he loves. Some of the songs we were able to hear from this new album are “Texas Truck,” “Before I Die” and “Only Jesus.” He also played the title track, “All-American Texas,” and gave a shout-out to the Minnesota people as the first line in the song reads: “From the great lakes of Minnesota.”
With more than 30 hit singles in his career, it's tough to choose which ones to play for a crowd who loves them all. Some of the big ones included: “Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo,” “Holdin’ Heaven,” “The Keeper of the Stars” which was the second most popular first wedding song in the year it was released, “Drinkin’ Bone,” “Big Love” and “Watermelon Crawl.”
Tracy Byrd could have truly been on stage all night, but his song selection was reflective of a tremendous country career. He had the perfect combination of old classics, new releases and Christmas music.