Tracy Byrd is a country singer who sings country songs. And the fiddle is there because it's supposed to be.

Tracy Byrd is a country singer who sings country songs. And the fiddle is there because it's supposed to be. Byrd's muscular baritone delivers the goods on the bittersweet, tough-charging "Somebody's Dream," and the Latin-tinged "Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo" is a blast, nailing the perspective that only a shot (or 10) of tequila can bring. Byrd's take on Michael Murphy's "Wildfire" fits like faded jeans, and the party anthem "Summertime Fever" is Byrd's latest "Watermelon Crawl." On "A Good Way to Get on My Bad Side," a gutpunch with Texas compatriot Mark Chesnutt, Byrd correctly notes "a little sissy in a cowboy hat ain't country." And "Crazy Every Time" is a strong testament to rebel mentality. Byrd has always been able to nail a ballad, which he does here on "How Much Does the World Weigh" and "Needed." Simply put, country radio needs Tracy Byrd.—RW

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