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Download links and information about Favorites by Billy Yates. This album was released in 2006 and it belongs to Country genres. It contains 21 tracks with total duration of 01:08:35 minutes.

Artist: Billy Yates
Release date: 2006
Genre: Country
Tracks: 21
Duration: 01:08:35
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Tracks

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No. Title Length
1. Better Every Beer 3:13
2. Choices (with George Jones) 3:55
3. Too Country and Proud of It 2:35
4. In the Light of Day 3:03
5. A Better Place 3:51
6. Daddy Had a Cardiac and Mama Got a Cadillac 3:26
7. Down At the Station 3:44
8. Me, Marie 2:27
9. Daddy's Radio 2:53
10. Smokin' Grass 3:04
11. Dreaming Out Loud 3:25
12. My Infinite Love 3:55
13. Anywhere But Nashville 3:43
14. Roxanne's Bayou 3:05
15. This Song Doesn't Rock 2:46
16. All By My Lonesome 3:28
17. The Circus Is Over 2:57
18. Alcohol Abuse 3:16
19. The Perfect Woman 3:02
20. Harmony Man 3:41
21. Flowers 3:06

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By 2001, it was hard for traditional country singers to insulate themselves from the crossover, dollar-is-king mentality that had overtaken Music Row. Acts like Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, and Sugarland owed more to the pop and rock worlds than they did to traditional country. Every new or established artist was expected to follow a similar formula, and radio was ruled by high gloss singers whose appearance and looks far outweighed their vocal skills (except for Chesney, who was never revered for his looks or for his voice, but for his everyman demeanor). Only a handful of singers and songwriters managed to stick to the traditional sounds that brought them to the game. Selling out for a quick hit wasn't an option for hardcore lifers for whom country music was as sacred as life itself. Billy Yates was one of the few singer/songwriters who never allowed his bank balance to dictate the direction of his music. Favorites, Yates' 21-song best-of collection, is not only a lesson in traditionalism and authenticity, but an ear-pleasing journey for listeners who miss the likes of Merle Haggard, George Jones, and Buck Owens. Favorites is a great place for new fans to get acquainted with Yates and a wonderful souvenir for longtime fans. Two songs from Yates' long out of print self-titled debut are re-recorded here. First up is a new version of "Choices," a song made famous by George Jones. Yates enlists the legendary Jones' help on the Grammy nominated number. Hearing Yates and Jones warble the reflective lyrics is a treat of the highest order. "Flowers," a weeper that deals with alcohol addiction and the consequences of bad decisions, is equally as moving. Yates drives a stake right through the listener's heart as he slips into the skin of a recovering alcoholic whose wife dies while he's at the wheel of their car. "Look what it took," Yates bawls, "for me to finally bring you flowers." Country music doesn't get any more real. Save for one new song, the rib-tickling "Better Every Beer" — a fiddle and bass powered cut — Favorites draws from Yates' first five albums. Stand-out tracks include the Tex-Mex seasoned "Me, Marie" the aching "My Infinite Love" (which was also recorded by George Strait) and the funny bone slammer "Alcohol Abuse." The latter is a mile-a-minute cut that finds Yates frowning upon those who shamefully waste good liquor. Stinging steel guitars, sawing fiddles, and jangly mandolin fills never sounded as good as they do on Favorites.