BEAUMONT, Texas – With an amazing 34 singles and ten studio albums – four of which are certified gold, one platinum, and double platinum by the RIAA – Tracy Byrd is celebrating 25 years as a recording artist! The tall Texan first hit #1 in 1993 with “Holdin’ Heaven” and has continued releasing hits “Watermelon Crawl,” “Big Love,” “I’m From The Country,” “Ten Rounds of Jose Cuervo,” “Drinkin’ Bone,” and “The Keeper of the Stars,” which went on to win the CMA Song of the Year honor.
Now circa 2019, Tracy Byrd is back at it. After taking a few years off from touring outside of Texas, Tracy is hitting to road to bring his hits to country fans across North America. In addition, Byrd will team up with fellow Beaumont native Mark Chesnutt for select dates billed as The Beaumont Boys. The Beaumont Boys package is being co-booked by Deric Brown of artistLIVE and Risha Rodgers of William Morris Endeavor (WME).
“I am really enjoying getting back out on the road,” says Tracy Byrd. “I loved spending time off watching the kids grow, but I have missed seeing the legion of fans that we had gained over the years. I look forward to reconnecting with them on the road!”
Tracy Byrd has always been something of a maverick. In an industry where careers are often decided in committee, Byrd has always held fast to his own creative vision and has never been afraid to take the road less traveled. That unbridled spirit again prevails on his newest release, “Different Things.” Not only does Tracy continue to deliver no-holds-barred country music, he does so while embarking on a new business model that is setting the standard for artists in today’s competitive music industry.
Country music has seen its share of loss in 2018. The list of country artists who have died in 2018 includes beloved singers and musicians whose deaths were publicly mourned, as well as key behind-the-scenes people whose contributions to country music didn’t garner as much spotlight, but were just as important. Songwriters, producers and engineers who helped shape country music are also among those the genre has lost in 2018.
Lari White, Daryle Singletary and Confederate Railroad founding member Doug Secrest are among the country musicians who have died in 2018. White died after battling cancer, and Secret also struggled with a long illness before his death, while Singletary’s death at the age of 46 shocked Nashville’s music community. Red Dirt country artist Brandon Jenkins was also tragically young when he died in March after experiencing complications following heart surgery he underwent in February. He was just 48 years old. Scroll through the gallery below to look back on the lives and careers of all of the country artists who have died in 2018.