Today we feature an artist who had a lot of success in the 90's, and then saw a resurgence in the early part of this decade, thanks to a little help from his friends. An artist that started songwriting very young, with his mother transcribing his songs.

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Born in Atlanta...Texas and raised in Foreman, Arkansas, Tracy Lawrence started writing songs when he was just 4 years old. In fact, he was so young, that he couldn't write his own lyrics down, so his mother wrote them down for him. He started his first band while in high school and took it with him when he enrolled at Southern Arkansas University. In 1990, Lawrence was 22 and he decided to roll the dice, leaving Arkansas and heading to Nashville.

Lawrence would sign with Atlantic Records late in 1990, releasing his debut album Sticks and Stones in 1991. Right before the release of the album, Lawrence was staying in a motel, when he and a friend were confronted by three armed men, and Lawrence was shot four times trying to protect his companion. Two of the singer's wound were serious, and to this day, he still has one of the bullets in his hip.

Sticks and Stones went on to sell more than a million copies, featuring four top-10 hits, including his debut single, the album's title track, which hit #1. Lawrence would go on to produce six albums for Atlantic Records before shifting to its sister label Warner Bros Nashville in 2001. Those albums would sell more than 8 million copies, charting 19 singles and hitting #1 7 times.

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Lawrence singed with DreamWorks Nashville in 2003, releasing just one album on the label, 2004's Strong, which would sire the #1 hit "Paint Me A Birmingham". He would then start up his own label, Rocky Comfort Records. His first release, For The Love, featured the single "Find Out Who Your Friends Are", which was originally released as a solo single for Lawrence, peaking at #47.

But an alternate version of the song had been recorded, featuring Lawrence and his good friends Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw. This version had been included on the album, but the three singers' record labels could not agree on the single's release, so the solo version was sent to radio instead. But once the album hit stores and radio stations picked up on the alternate version, the labels quickly reached an agreement, and it was re-released, eventually finding the #1 spot.

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Lawrence has released 3 more albums since For The Love, but has yet to find the success of his earlier efforts. His most recent album hit the streets on Nov. 10th, and we have the lead single and title track in our spotlight today. Brought to you by All American Super Car Wash of Lawton, Tracy Lawrence, featuring Brad Arnold (lead singer of Three Doors Down) and Big & Rich with "Good Ole Days" is today's Catch of the Day, new music you haven't heard, but you'll want to hear it again.

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