I’m really enjoying Wednesdays here on Country Music Life. The mainstream world of country music has really become about the success of singles. It’s always been that way I guess. Sometimes you’ll get an album that does well without a hit single, but not very often.
But that’s the thing. These artists are putting out 10, 12 and sometimes more songs on each record. Or at least they used to. And sometimes the songs that don’t get released as singles get missed by the general country audience.
Here is one that fell through the cracks a bit.
Tiny Town – Tracy Byrd
I love this song. I love the melody and the simple nature of the song. It’s about small town life, but it’s not the in-your-face kind of song that we hear on the radio a lot these days. The production is more muted and the focus is really on the lyrics and the emotion of the vocals.
If you ever watch those singing competition shows one of the things those new artists struggle with is restraint. They really want to show their stuff and who could blame them? But what the best artists, like Tracy Byrd, figure out is how to restrain themselves. Tracy doesn’t overdo it with this song.
He becomes a vehicle for the lyrics and the emotion. He’s a communicator and he does it very well.
What a great song about small town life. I can’t believe it never found its way to radio. It was released on Tracy’s 2003 record The Truth About Men. It was written by Keith Stegall. I don’t know if the song has ever been recorded before. It may have been.
But this was the version I always have liked.