Tracy Byrd coming to Mobile

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Posted 3/19/21

Tracy Byrd will visit the Mobile Saenger on Saturday, April 10 at 8 p.m. with special guest Ray Scott for a limited capacity and socially distanced concert.

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Tracy Byrd coming to Mobile

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Tracy Byrd will visit the Mobile Saenger on Saturday, April 10 at 8 p.m. with special guest Ray Scott for a limited capacity and socially distanced concert.

Tracy Byrd became a household name on the Country music scene in 1993 when his third single, "Holdin' Heaven," off his MCA Records, self-titled debut album hit #1 on the Billboard Country charts. The album also included the remake hit of Johnny Paycheck's "Someone to Give My Love To," cementing Byrd as a Traditional Country Troubadour. The debut album went on to be certified Gold, a reward that signifies sales in excess of 500,000 copies.

Byrd's second project, No Ordinary Man, kept building on the momentum the first album created. The first radio single, "Lifestyles of the Not So Rich and Famous," reached #4 and was followed by another top-five hit, "The First Step." With the release of the smash, chart-topping hit "Watermelon Crawl," the second album crossed the half-million sales mark and was certified Gold. The release of the fourth and last single on this project moved Byrd to the top of both the Billboard Album and Singles charts. The song, "The Keeper of the Stars," shot to #1 on the singles charts, and pushed the album to Double Platinum status with certified sales of over 2 million copies. Additionally, "The Keeper of the Stars" won Byrd the Academy of Country Music's Song of the Year award in 1995.

His third studio album, Love Lessons, is one of Byrd's favorites. It included the title track, which was another top-five hit single for Byrd. Also included were top 15 singles, "Walking to Jerusalem" and "Heaven in My Woman's Eyes.” A fourth top 15 single, "4 to 1 in Atlanta," was released next, which Byrd performed live on The Late Show with David Letterman. The Love Lessons album also reached sales of 500,000 copies, certifying Gold.

Big Love became Byrd's fourth studio album with its release in the fall of 1996. It spawned two more top-five singles with the release of the title track and "Don't Take Her She's All I Got." The videos for both “Big Love” and “Don’t Take Her She’s All I Got” reached the top of CMT's video charts and also earned Byrd his first television special for The Nashville Network (TNN), Tracy Byrd's Big Love, which featured Byrd and invited guests Johnny Paycheck, Mark Chesnutt, and Asleep at the Wheel. Big Love became Byrd's fourth consecutive studio album to be certified Gold. Byrd said that this meant more to him than anything because he knew fans weren't just listening to his hit songs on the radio; they were laying down their hard-earned money to own a copy of their own, and that was flattering.

The fifth project on MCA, I'm From the Country, featured the title track - a fun, party song stating what most fans already knew - that Tracy Byrd was from the country and sang country music. The album also contained a beautiful ballad called "I Wanna Feel That Way Again." Both of these singles reached the top five on the charts. It was during this time that TNN Outdoors recruited Byrd for its Weekend Outdoor Broadcast. Tracy, a well-known outdoorsman, was perfect for the job, and he continued his hosting responsibilities for three years.

At this point in his career, Byrd was looking for a change in labels but was still under contract with MCA Records, which was preparing a release of Keepers: Greatest Hits, containing all the hits from Byrd's catalog of songs. The album quickly earned another Gold Record award for Byrd, but he still continued to try to persuade MCA to let him out of his contract so he could pursue a different direction. MCA finally allowed Byrd out of his contract and he quickly signed with RCA Records and got to work on a new project, It's About Time, that would be released in November of 1999 and reach the top 10 quickly with the single "Put Your Hand In Mine."

Byrd crossed into the new millennium with the release of his album 10 Rounds. It included the hit “A Good Way to Get on My Bad Side,” a duet with his longtime hometown buddy and hero Mark Chesnutt. Then came the release of the party song of the year, "10 Rounds with Jose Cuervo," which shot to the top of the Billboard charts to notch Byrd's third #1 single. He also hit the top 10 with his Spanish guitar-flared "Just Let Me Be in Love."

Next came The Truth About Men, which first released the title track, a comedic look at what men are really like. It was a team effort, with Byrd's buddies Blake Shelton, Andy Griggs, and Troy and Eddie of Montgomery Gentry lending their talents to the song and the video. The album also featured the top-five smash, "The Drinkin' Bone," which became a crowd favorite sing-along song.

Byrd then moved to BNA Records, RCA’s sister label, and released his second greatest hits project, another feat that not many artists experience. It debuted in the top five of the album charts, became Byrd's sixth Gold album, and sent him to over six million records sold.

Byrd then left the major label and released an album on his own, appropriately titled Different Things. Although the project was not commercially successful, it garnered Byrd the highest critical acclaim of his career, with Billboard magazine choosing it as one of their Top 10 Country Albums of the Year.

Through all of these years, Byrd became a promoter favorite on the road, performing more than 4,000 exciting shows across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia from 1992 until 2009. Byrd says that after all of this, he needed a break to take care of himself and his most precious thing, his family. His wife Michelle, daughter Evee, and sons Logan and Jared had taken a backseat to his career for years. He did not perform from 2010-2013. In 2014, he made his way back to his musical roots with a new band, new-found sobriety, and more love for the thing he enjoys so much - music. Said Byrd, "These days, my life has great balance, with my music being a part of it, but not all of it. I can honestly say I have never enjoyed it more!"

Byrd went back in the studio in June 2016 and started work on his first project in 10 years. Recorded completely in Tyler, Texas, at Rosewood Studios, that album is appropriately titled All American Texan, which is exactly what he is and has always been. This album features eight tracks written by Byrd, a fact that makes him proud. It was released in October 2016 and has been very well received by his fans and critics alike.

Purchase tickets at bit.ly/tracybyrdmob or in person at the Saenger Theatre Box Office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) or the Mobile Civic Center Box Office (open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and located at 401 Civic Center Drive). For information regarding accessible seating tickets, call 251-208-7381.

Health and Safety Protocols

The well-being of our guests and team members is our top priority. As such, we will abide by the following guidelines at this event:

• Masks will be required for all patrons and staff.

• In order to meet social distancing guidelines, only 600 tickets will be available for this show.

• We have mapped out our seating chart to ensure that patrons are properly socially distanced. Because Alabama Governor Kay Ivey’s “Safer at Home” order mandates that for all non-work gatherings, citizens are required to maintain a six-foot distance between persons not from the same household, and in order to accommodate the maximum number of patrons, the majority of available seats will be sold in groups of four. We will have a limited number of seats for two people available.

• Social distancing protocols will be strictly enforced in the Box Office, at the theatre entrance, and in all lobby and restroom areas. Signage throughout the venue will help patrons adhere to proper guidelines.

• For additional information about our health and safety protocols, please visit bit.ly/saengersafety.