It’s hard to believe how much time has marched on since Tracy Lawrence released his first hit single, “Sticks and Stones.” It was in 1991 and Tracy followed it with a string of hits throughout the 90’s including, “Alibis,” “If the Good Die Young,” “If the World had a Front Porch,” and many more. Without the great accolades and cross-over success of some, Tracy was one of the artists that helped shape the renaissance of the traditional country sound of the 90’s. Like many of his 90’s brethren, he hasn’t been enjoying much radio success lately, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t still been making great music.
He’s a better man, better off on his new album, “Headlights, Taillights and Radios.” In country music these days it sometimes seems that the only thing that stays the same is everything changes. It sure is nice to hear Tracy’s new project and know that some things haven’t completely changed. As I started listening, I felt like I did when I was listening to one of his cassettes from the 90’s. One of the first tracks, “Stop, Drop and Roll” even takes me back to elementary school fire drills, although I don’t think fire safety is what Tracy has in mind in the song. “Where I Used to Live” has a great “Renegades, Rebels and Rogues” feel to it, but it’s the fourth track when Tracy really takes that great 90’s feel and proves he still deserves radio play now. “Lie” is a powerful song that is similar to Jason Aldean’s “The Truth,” but with an original spin with lyrics like,
I know you saw her… I’m dying to know, but I’m scared of the truth… well I know she’s moving on but it’s killing me to see.
Like so many great country songs, you can just feel the pain this guy is in and anyone with an ex-love can relate to it. The album doesn’t stop there or drop off, continuing to roll out fun songs like “Blacktop,” which talks about the lessons learned getting to the “Other Side of 35,” and a poignant song about the other side of life in ”Butterfly.” Those are just a few of my favorites from the 11-song set.
I have a feeling you may be able to guess what side of 35 I’m on, but “Headlights, Taillights and Radios” is an album that people on either side can enjoy and connect with. I’m glad Tracy is still putting out strong music and continuing to tour. Be sure to check out Tracy’s latest and try to see him out on the road as he has a number of dates scheduled through 2014.