Country Music News Interviews Tracy Byrd

Interview with Tracy Byrd 2009

Ch.L.: Country Music has many new fans in Europe, who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone whoíse never seen or heard you before.

T.B.: If I had my way, all my music would sound like old Merle Haggard and George Strait albums. Theyíre still making incredible albums. And, I would add some Conway Twitty to the mix too. So, I am a lover of traditional Country music. I love twin fiddles and steel guitar. And, I love the lyric of a great country song.

Ch.L.: Whatís your latest CD and howís it doing?

T.B.: I havenít recorded a CD in 3 years, but Iím very proud of that one that was released called Different Things. It was a good, solid, traditional country album.

Ch.L.: How did you choose the title for the CD, is there a story behind it?

T.B.: The title track, Different Things, was a very moody and serious song. A lot of emotion to it because it is about how this guys wants and needs are two very different things. I think a lot of people could relate to that sentiment. Its a tough place to be.

Ch.L.: Do you write the songs yourself and if not, how do you go about finding the songs for the your CD?


T.B.: I listen to thousands of songs and I try to write but I donít get to very often. I have a wife and 3 kids and when Iím home, Iím busy with ballgames, camps, and all the things that come along with a family. I want to try to write more in the future.

Ch.L.: What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

T.B.: I love to record songs like The Keeper Of The Stars that several years back became a huge wedding song of the year. And, I love to record songs like Iím From the Country and Watermelon Crawl and Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo that make people smile and sing along. Those are great songs to hear while driving around in the country in your old truck.

Ch.L.: Whatís your favorite song among all the songs youíve recorded and whatís the story behind it?


T.B.: That is a very very hard question. I think my most favorite song Iíve ever recorded is one called Heaven in My Womanís Eyes that my good buddy, Mark Nesler, wrote for me. I love that song.

Ch.L.: Thereís a lot of work that goes into a Number One hit ... what did it take to make it in your case?

T.B.: It is a team effort to get a No. 1 hit song, especially these days. Youíve got your label, publicist, promotion department, manager, booking agent... doing everything they know to do. Its a big undertaking!

Ch.L.: Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?

T.B.: I have a lot of fans want to propose during my shows when I sing Keeper of the Stars.

Ch.L.: Who do you look up musiccally and how deep do your musical roots run?

T.B.: I look up to George Strait probably the most of anybody. I always will.

Ch.L.: In your opinion, what is the biggest difference between Ątraditionalď and Ąnewď country music?

T.B.: Heart. Emotion. Melody. I see and hear a big difference in traditional and new country.

Ch.L.: If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?

T.B.: I miss the old days, no doubt about it. I wish it werenít so hard to get traditional country music on the radio.

Ch.L.: As an artist you have to do so many different things such as recording, touring, doing interviews etc. What do you like best, whatís your favorite activity?

T.B.: In the music industry, being on the stage is the icing on the cake... the best part. When I have private time, I like to be in the woods or outdoors. I love nature. I love to fish and hunt and spend time with my two little boys.

Ch.L.: Many European fans travel to Nashville for CMA Music Festival (Fan Fair), because of the opportunity to see so many of their favorite stars at the same time. Will you be participating and how will the fans be able to find you?

T.B.: We are working on the details of our fan club party and will most likely combine it with Tracy Lawrence and Daryl Worley on June 11 at Rocket Town. Come see us!

Ch.L.: Do fans mob you everywhere you go or do they allow you a private life?

T.B.: No, I donít get mobbed. I may get recognized occasionally, but I donít mind at all when people say hello. I go to Wal Mart and Home Depot just like everyone else in my hometown of Beaumont, Texas.

Ch.L.: Many music fans today get their information about artists via the internet. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

T.B.: Yes, check it out. Weíre about to do a big update to it, but you can see me at www.tracybyrd.com

Ch.L.: Whatís the best compliment a fan has ever given you?

T.B.: I like it when they say, Ąwow, you are so nice!ď

Ch.L.. What message would you like to send your European fans?

T.B.: That I am a little nervous about coming there for the first time and I sure would appreciate their support. I hope I say the right things and donít offend anyone. I hope I make a lot of new fans! Iím very much looking forward to it!!

Ch.L.: Most careers donít last as long as yours, whatís given your career the staying power?

T.B.: Iíve been very lucky to have been on the Coutnry music charts for over a decade now. Luck has a lot to do with it and Iíve cut some great songs that some great songwriters have written. Iím a blessed and thankful man. Thank you.

Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )
www.MySpace.com/ChristianLamitschka

Posted 02/24/2009

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