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Monday, May 21, 2007 – Tracy Byrd is teaming up with Wal-Mart and Children's Miracle Network to bring a free concert to America's most charitable community. Continuing a month-long celebration of the 20th anniversary of its partnership with Children's Miracle Network, Wal-Mart is giving shoppers even more incentive to help raise $10 million for children's hospitals across the country.

The retailer will recognize the U.S. community that sells the most miracle balloons at Wal-Mart Stores, Neighborhood Markets, Distribution Centers and Sam's Club locations during the month of May with a free, live concert performance by Byrd, a longtime supporter of Children's Miracle Network and contributions to his hometown children's hospital in Beaumont, Texas.

With less than two weeks left, the communities currently leading the competition are: *Marietta, Ohio, Athens, Ga., Fort Smith, Ark., Charleston, S.C., Sioux Falls, S.D., San Jose Decatur, Ill., Baton Rouge, La., Kissimmee, Fla. and Pascagoula, Miss.

"If every person who shops at Wal-Mart or Sam's Club purchased just one balloon, together we could really help improve the health and welfare of children through Children's Miracle Network," Byrd said. "I'm looking forward to celebrating with the community that gives the most back."

The balloons cost $1 each at Wal-Mart stores.


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CD review - Different Things Tracy Byrd has returned to his traditional country roots with his independent label debut, mixing hardcore country, mid-tempo ballads and western swing on the 11-song disc. First single "Cheapest Motel" lyrically is about as country as you can get - "the cheapest motel in town cost him everything." The title song has a similar dose of hurting with Byrd singing "what I want and what I need have always been different things." The album isn't all about cheating ...
CD review - Greatest Hits At first glance, the title of this anthology seems peculiar. There's nothing to indicate, as all Tracy Byrd Watchers know, that this is his second greatest hits collection. This reticence can't be a nod to truth in advertising since adding on a couple of unreleased tracks (as T Byrd does here with "Revenge of a Middle-Aged Woman" and "Johnny Cash") has become de rigueur in these situations. Maybe it's because three of the tracks on this are also on "Keepers," his first GH package. ...
Tracy Byrd owns a big sounding voice, but he has rightfully managed to get pigeon-holed as either singer of novelty fare, kind of like Joe Diffie did, or lightweight mushy songs. But Byrd has recorded far better material than "Watermelon Crawl," perhaps the height of novelty absurdity. What Byrd has been unable to do is break free from those shackles and be allowed to sing hard core country, something he is clearly capable of doing. And unfortunately this is no exception. The title track is cute ...


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