Mattea had vocal-cord surgery that threatened to end her career before she made Lonesome Standard Time, but you couldn't prove it by listening: her voice hasn't lost a bit of its deep alto warmth. Lonesome Standard Time isn't as ambitious as Time Passes By, but it's filled with lovely performances from Mattea's favorite sources: bluegrass ("Lonesome Standard Time"), gospel-influenced country ("Standing Knee Deep in a River (Dying of Thirst)") and Nanci Griffith ("Listen to the Radio").
Shania Twain is the self-titled debut album by Shania Twain, originally released in 1993. Although not a hit when originally released, Twain's subsequent successful albums gained her legions of fans, which generated more interest in Shania Twain causing it to be certified platinum in the US for shipments of one million copies.
Boomtown is the second studio album released by American country music singer Toby Keith. Released in 1994 on PolyGram Nashville, the album was certified platinum for U.S. sales of one million copies. Overall, this album produced four hit singles for Keith on the Hot Country Songs charts between 1994 and 1995: "Who's That Man" (#1), "Upstairs Downtown" (#10), "You Ain't Much Fun" (#2) and "Big Ol' Truck" (#15).
Three songs – "Welcome to the Club," "Memory Lane," and "Two Steppin' Mind" – appeared on the bottom half of the Billboard singles chart, which suggested that Tim McGraw had some talent but wasn't anything special…yet. In a year that introduced Clay Walker and Doug Supernaw, hardly anybody noticed this young-hat act at the time (but they would), while his contemporaries have already become has-beens. Signed to Curb Records, McGraw, a Louisiana native, would quickly establish himself….