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Tracy Byrd Remembers His First Time

Tracy Byrd has recorded some of the best foot-stompin’ songs ever to hit the radio airwaves: ‘Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo,’ ‘Watermelon Crawl’ and ‘I’m From the Country,’ are all honky tonk favorites.

In 1993, Tracy’s ‘Holdin’ Heaven’ became his first No. 1 hit. Since that time, the Texas native has charted more than 30 singles in his career, including seven Top 10 hits.

The Boot caught up with Tracy to find out where he was when he heard his first single on the radio.

“My first record was a song called ‘That’s the Thing About a Memory.’ I had yet to have a hit, so I wasn’t on the road yet, and I loved to fish. It was about 4:30 in the morning, and I was headed to Sam Rayburn Reservoir — which is about an hour and a-half drive from my house — and they played it on the Jasper, Texas, radio station. That was the first time I’d ever heard it, and I wasn’t even expecting it. It was a great feeling!

“I’d been basically working in clubs, and working on my career for about seven years to that point to get there so it was kind of a sweet moment to finally hear the fruits of all your labor over the airways. I just kind of got a big grin on my face, and said, ‘Yeah!’”

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