Tracy is one of those artists I feel represents the last really good era of mainstream Country music. And thankfully, he’s started performing that GREAT Country sound again that a lot of us still love.
Spotlighting Tracy was an obvious choice! Hope you enjoy this as much as I did!
Katie: I can’t even begin to describe how happy I am to see you performing more and more (again)! Obviously being a father and husband have been at the forefront of your life. Let’s talk about what’s been going on for you the last several years?
Tracy: Thanks Katie, it feels really good to be performing again. At the end of 2009, after 20 years of touring, recording, and making music nonstop, I was burned out, spent — mentally and physically, and without a record deal. I was also not very happy about a lot of things in my life. My career had really controlled me and my life as opposed to the other way around. I had not been a father who was present and I did not resemble a husband at all. I was in bad shape all the way around. I didn’t see anyway of becoming the man, husband, and father I wanted to be by staying on the road, so I decided to quit, stop, retire, take a hiatus????
I didn’t really know what to call it but I needed a long break. During that break I got close to my wife and kids again, quit drinking, got in shape physically and mentally, LOL, and somehow learned to love music more than ever. I coached baseball, basketball, fished and hunted, and reunited with a lot of friends I hadn’t spent much time with in years. I didn’t get on a plane or a bus every week for a couple of years and I hadn’t ever really known what home life felt like and I have to admit, it’s pretty sweet.
Katie: Has there been one of your hit songs that you couldn’t believe was a hit? Or one song that you couldn’t believe WASN’T a hit?
Tracy: I really couldn’t believe that “Watermelon Crawl” was the huge hit it was, it is my most requested song live. There is a song I released on RCA called “Take Me With You When You Go” that I thought was going to be huge and it fell flat and barely broke into the top 30. That one disappointed me because it is literally a classic.
Katie: Is there new music on the way?
Tracy: I am trying to write an entire album but I am really hard to please when it comes to my own song but when I get 10 that I feel strongly about I will consider doing another project.
Katie: Describe the ideal gig for you.
Tracy: The ideal gig for me would be a show where the crowd is equal parts energetic and focused on the music, the songs. The Redneck Country Club in Stafford is really that way and I would say it is my ideal gig now. Billy Bob’s was always a lot like that, too.
Katie: What do you do in your down time?
Tracy: I spend everyday with my family. We take a couple of trips a year, go to the beach a lot. Me and my boys like to hunt and fish as much as we can. We love to shoot our guns. Country boy stuff. My wife loves dogs and 70s music so we have way too many dogs and cats and we go to a lot of concerts in Houston like the Eagles, Bob Seger, Earth, Wind, & Fire, Chicago, any bands from that era.
Great news all around!
Tracy will be performing at the Redneck Country Club for Valentines Day and I know that’s where I will be!
The rest of his schedule schedule can be found here: http://www.tracybyrdmusic.com/show-schedule.html.