“She Can’t Say I Didn’t Cry”
Written by Tony Martin, Troy Martin, and Reese Wilson
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
September 2, 1994
A promising young artist tops the chart with his breakthrough single.
The Road to No. 1
Rick Trevino grew up surrounded by music. His father was a local Tejano musician, and his family cultivated their son’s prodigal musical talents, including through classical piano and clarinet lessons. He was also a talented athlete, and her turned down a college baseball scholarship to study music instead.
By an odd twist of fate, a Sony record executive ended up stranded in Austin, where he visited a club that Trevino played often. He wasn’t on that night, but the club staff gave the executive a tape of Trevino’s work, which eventually led to him being signed to Columbia Records. Despite Trevino not being bilingual, the label insisted that his first album be recorded in Spanish first, preceding the English-language version to the market. This frustrated Trevino, who felt that it labeled him as a Tejano artist crossing over to country, which wasn’t the case.
The album’s first two singles – “Just Enough Rope” and “Honky Tonk Crowd” – were minor hits, and laid the groundwork for his third single to break through at country radio.
The No. 1
Rick Trevino’s debut album is full of personality and distinctive vocal performances, but it also established the trend that Columbia would stick to with his music: releasing the safest and most conventional recordings to radio.
“She Can’t Say I Didn’t Cry” is a perfectly fine ballad that Trevino elevates through a strong delivery of it. He expresses real vulnerability and regret in his performance.
It makes the production cry out for some intense fiddle and steel guitar, but the arrangement never goes there. It’s another one of those records from this era where it seems the intent was to make sure nobody changed the radio dial.
It’s a great singer performing over a sterile and generic instrumental track.
The Road From No. 1
Rick Trevino eventually went gold on the strength of this hit and the top five follow-up, “Doctor Time.” His second album, Looking For the Light, produced the top ten single “Bobbie Ann Mason.” His third and final album for Columbia, Learning As You Go, would produce two No. 1 hits. We’ll cover them when we get to 1996.
“She Can’t Say I Didn’t Cry” gets a B.
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