Tracy Byrd, a talented and charismatic country music legend, will headline the La-Z-Boy Family Concert Series presented by Meijer Inc. during the Christmas in Ida Festival this December.
The Christmas in Ida Executive Board announced the signing. The concert will be at 5 p.m. Dec. 4 in downtown Ida, with a country music act to open the show. That announcement will come later, said Dale Zorn, one of the festival organizers and the main contact person for all shows and concerts..
“The concert is professionally produced with a large stage, sound and lights,” Zorn said. “It is a major production.”
The Saturday entertainment is being produced by Hunter Brucks of HB Concerts Inc. The festival will present regional entertainment throughout Saturday of the event. The 2021 young country concert artists that will perform and the Friday night Commemorative Concert will be announced soon by the board, Zorn said.
Known as the “All-American Texan,” Byrd will sing his greatest hits that include “Keeper of the Stars,” “Watermelon Crawl,” “I’m from the Country” and “Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo.”
Signed to MCA Nashville Records in 1992, Byrd broke through on the country music scene that year with his 1993 single “Holdin’ Heaven,” which reached No. 1 on Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks. Although he did not land a second No. 1 until 2002’s hit “Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo,” he has charted more than 30 hit singles in his career,
Touring across the world, Byrd’s songs attract audiences of all ages and is recognized as “Real Country” performing from his heart and soul, Zorn said.
Byrd has charted 11 Top Ten hits and released 10 studio albums and two greatest-hits albums, with four gold certifications and one double-platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.
His debut album 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.
Throughout the years, Byrd built a repertoire of country music that brought attention to the industry and to his fans worldwide. His climb included “No Ordinary Man” and saw him win his first radio single titled “Lifestyles of the Not so Rich and Famous,” which reached No. 4 on the charts. Top hits began to roll out including a Top 5 hit, “The First Step,” then the release of his chart-topping smash “Watermelon Crawl.”
The release of “The Keeper of the Stars” took Byrd to the top of both the Billboard Album and Single’s charts. “Keeper of the Stars” also helped push his second album to Double Platinum Status, which saw sales exceed 2 million copies. The song also won Song of the Year from the Academy of Country Music in 1995 and has become a popular wedding song.
Byrd’s third studio album — “Love Lesson” — was one of his favorite projects that included his top 15 singles and his personal favorite, “Heaven in My Woman’s Eyes.”
In 1996, Byrd’s fourth studio album titled “Big Love” produced two more Top 5 hits singles with release of the title track and “Don’t Take Her She’s All I’ve Got.” The video of both songs reached the top of Country Music Television’s Video Chart and earned Byrd his first National Network Television special titled “Tracy Byrd’s Big Love.” The album also became Byrd’s fourth consecutive studio album to be certified Gold.
It came as no surprise Byrd’s fifth project projected what fans already knew. Byrd was from the country when he released “I’m From the Country,” a fun, country party song. The production also contained a beautiful ballad called “I Wanna Feel That Way Again.” Both singles reached the Top 5 on the charts.
Other top hits include “10 Rounds with Jose Cuervo, “Just Let Me be in Love” and “A Good Way to Get on My Bad Side.” Byrd is one of few artists that produced two Greatest Hits Albums, both of which debuted in the Top 5 of the album charts and and sent him to 6 million records sold.
Byrd has performed at more than 4,000 shows and concerts throughout the world, becoming a promoter favorite across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia.
Byrd took a three-year touring break to spend time with his wife, Michelle; daughter, Evee, and sons’ Logan and Jared. In 2014, he went back in the studio to work on his first project in 10 years, appropriately titled, “All American Texan.” Released in October of 2016, the album has been well received by his fans and critics alike.
The highest critical acclaim of his career came from Billboard Magazine when the album received recognition as one of its Top 10 Country Albums of the Year.
“These days my life has great balance, with my music being a part of it,” Byrd said at the time. “I can honestly say I have never enjoyed it more.”
A well-known outdoorsman, he was selected to host The National Network Weekend Outdoor show for three years. The national spokesperson for Special Olympics International for the Country Music Association, he also participates with the March of Dimes, the Children’s Miracle Network and the Tracy Byrd Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Center at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas.
In 2003, Byrd published “Eat Like a Byrd: The Tracy Byrd Cookbook.” He also launched “Tracy Byrd’s Tiny Town Products,” a line of spices, rubs and marinades.
For more information about the festival, visit the festival website at www.christmasinida.com or call 269-6017.