Three Chords and The Truth is the first album released by country music singer songwriter Sara Evans. The album's title comes from Harlan Howard, noted country music songwriter to whom this quote is widely attributed. It also was an improvised lyric in U2's version of the Bob Dylan song "All Along the Watchtower," released on the Rattle And Hum album. Three Chords and The Truth was released in 1997 on RCA Records Nashville and it produced three singles — "True Lies", the title track, and "Shame About That". Although all three of these singles charted on the Hot Country Songs chart, none reached the Top 40, making this the only album of her career not to produce any Top 40 hits.
Sara Evans' first album consists of mostly traditional country. It was hailed by critics as one of the best albums of the year and made the critics top ten of the year lists for The Washington Post, Billboard, Dallas Morning News, Request, and Country Music People . The album itself as brought prestige and was nominated for many awards such as an Academy of Country Music Nomination for "Top New Female Vocalist." The video for the title track directed by Susan Johnson was nominated for "Country Video of the Year" by the 1998 Music Video Production Association and for "Best New Clip" at the 1997 Billboard Music Video Awards. In addition, Evans was named one of Country America's "Ten To Watch In 1998/Top 10 New Stars Of 1998."
Three of the songs on this album are covers: "Imagine That" was originally recorded by Patsy Cline; "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail" by Buck Owens; and "Walk out Backwards" by Bill Anderson.
"Three Chords and the Truth" was the title-track and second single released from the album in 1997. It was the highest-peaking of the three singles released from Three Chords and the Truth, reaching #44. The song was later featured on Evans' compilation album, Feels Like Home.
"Three Chords and the Truth" was accompanied by Evans' first music video. In the video, she portrays the character in the song, following the storyline laid out in the lyrics. In addition to this, scenes of Evans singing in a field of wildflowers, in an old house, on a roadside billboard surrounded by trees, and outside of a barn are mixed in. The music video was ranked #71 on the 2008 version of CMT's 100 Greatest Videos.