Keepers: Greatest Hits

Keepers: Greatest Hits

by Tracy Byrd


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Keepers: Greatest Hits is an excellent summary of Tracy Byrd's first five albums, collecting the very best of his hits. Included are the radio version of "The Keeper of the Stars" (rather than the earlier recording that appeared on No Ordinary Man) and a new song, "When Mama Ain't Happy," neither of which appear on other Byrd albums. The collection makes plain that there are two sides to Byrd's career. The first, and most familiar, comprise the lighthearted staples of new country radio like "Lifestyles of the Not So Rich and Famous" and "Watermelon Crawl." These songs border on the formulaic, playing up the stereotypes of Southern culture. The other side of Byrd's musical personality is that of a neo-traditionalist balladeer. "Heaven in My Woman's Eyes" sounds like Merle Haggard singing to a Marty Robbins backing track, and both "Someone to Give My Love To" and "Don't Take Her She's All I Got" are stellar covers of early-'70s Johnny Paycheck hits. With these songs, Byrd's interpretive skills are given a chance to really shine. While his commercial successes have been the campy favorites, Tracy Byrd's lasting artistic triumphs are the ballads.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/1999
Label: Mca Nashville
UPC: 0008817004822
catalogNumber: 70048

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tracy Byrd   Primary Artist
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Larry Byrom   Electric Guitar
Owen Hale   Bass,Percussion,Drums
Michael Rhodes   Bass,Electric Guitar
Randy Scruggs   Acoustic Guitar
Robby Turner   Fiddle,Steel Guitar
Curtis Young   Steel Guitar,Background Vocals
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Piano
John Barlow Jarvis   Percussion,Piano,Drums

Technical Credits

Karen Staley   Composer
Tony Brown   Producer
Jerry Crutchfield   Producer
Dickey Lee   Composer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Robert K. Oermann   Liner Notes
Chris Davie   Engineer
Karen Cronin   Artwork,Art Direction
Danny Bear Mayo   Composer
John Saylor   Engineer
Gilles Godard   Composer

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