Trail of Tears (Billy Ray Cyrus album)

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Trail of Tears
Studio album by Billy Ray Cyrus
Released August 20, 1996 (1996-08-20)
Recorded 1995; Woo Music and Secret Sound, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Country
Length 42:45
Label Mercury
Producer Billy Ray Cyrus
Terry Shelton
Billy Ray Cyrus chronology
Storm in the Heartland
(1994)Storm in the Heartland1994
Trail of Tears
The Best of Billy Ray Cyrus: Cover to Cover
(1997)The Best of Billy Ray Cyrus: Cover to Cover1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB[2]

Trail of Tears is the fourth studio album from country artist Billy Ray Cyrus. It was released on August 20, 1996, and two singles were released: the title track and "Three Little Words", which respectively peaked at number 69 and number 65 on the country charts. Also included is a cover of Jeannie C. Riley's "Harper Valley PTA".

The album debuted at number 125 on the U.S. Billboard 200, and at number 20 on the U.S. Top Country Albums.[3]The album has sold more than 250,000 copies worldwide.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Length Writer(s)
1. "Trail of Tears" 3:41 Billy Ray Cyrus
2. "Truth Is, I Lied" 3:18 Cyrus, Don Von Tress, Carl Perkins
3. "Tenntucky" 2:23 Cyrus, Mark Collie
4. "Call Me Daddy" 5:08 Cyrus, Von Tress, Michael Joe Sagraves
5. "Sing Me Back Home" 3:37 Merle Haggard
6. "Three Little Words" 4:14 Wayne Perkins, Jimmy Collins
7. "Harper Valley PTA" 4:10 Tom T. Hall
8. "I Am Here Now" 3:28 Cyrus, Sagraves, Corky Holbrook, Terry Shelton
9. "Need a Little Help" 5:08 Cyrus, Von Tress
10. "Should I Stay" 4:38 Cyrus
11. "Crazy Mama" 3:00 J.J. Cale


Sly Dog
Additional Musicians
  • Ava Aldridge - background vocals
  • Jeff E. Cox - bass guitar
  • Mark Douthit - saxophone
  • John Griffiths - background vocals
  • Lee Hendricks - bass guitar
  • Wanda Vick - fiddle
  • Don Von Tress - acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, background vocals
  • Bob Workman - bass guitar

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
Canadian Top Country Albums 14
Swiss Music Charts 50
U.S. Billboard 200 125
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 20
Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country CAN Country
1996 "Trail of Tears" 69 59
1997 "Three Little Words" 65 61