No Place That Far (song)

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"No Place That Far"
Single by Sara Evans
from the album No Place That Far
B-side "Cryin' Game"[1]
Released September 28, 1998
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:37
Label RCA Nashville
Writer(s) Sara Evans
Tony Martin
Tom Shapiro
Producer(s) Norro Wilson
Buddy Cannon
Sara Evans singles chronology
"Cryin' Game"
(1998)
"No Place That Far"
(1998)
"Fool, I'm a Woman"
(1999)
Music video
"No Place That Far" at CMT.com

"No Place That Far" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Sara Evans. It was released in September 1998 as the second single and title track from her album No Place That Far. It was her first Top 40 song on the Hot Country Songs chart, as well as her first number 1 country single. An acoustic version of "No Place That Far" without backing vocals was included on Evans' compilation album, Feels Like Home. Evans wrote this with Tom Shapiro and Tony Martin.

Content[edit]

"No Place That Far" begins in the key of C major, with the last chorus and ending performed in the key of D major.[2] Evans' vocals range from G3 to B4.[2] Vince Gill provides backing vocals.[1]

In it, the female narrator states that she will do anything to keep her lover near her.

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, calling it an "evocative ballad that should help her win long-overdue acceptance at country radio." She goes on to say that Evans voice has a "richness and vibrancy that soar powerfully above the fiddle and piano on the lustrous chorus." Price calls the lyric "memorable, poignant - emotional but not mushy."[3]

Music video[edit]

A music video was released for the song directed by Thom Oliphant. The video takes place in a forest with Evans dressed in a black and red dress with Vince Gill behind her as they perform the song.

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted at number 69 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of October 3, 1998. "No Place That Far" spent thirty weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts, peaking at Number One on the chart dated for the week ending March 6, 1999.[1] The song was Evans' first Top 40 country hit on both the country and Billboard Hot 100 charts, peaking at 37 on the latter.[1]

Chart (1998-1999) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 37
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[7] 29
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 26
Preceded by
"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
by Mark Chesnutt
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

March 6, 1999
Succeeded by
"You Were Mine"
by Dixie Chicks

Other cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 138. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ a b Contemporary Country (1 ed.). Hal Leonard Corporation. 1999. pp. 200–205. ISBN 0-634-01594-X. 
  3. ^ Billboard, November 7, 1998
  4. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. March 22, 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  5. ^ "Sara Evans Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Sara Evans.
  6. ^ "Sara Evans Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Sara Evans.
  7. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1999". RPM. December 13, 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Best of 1999: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013.