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Real Fine Place is the fifth studio album by singer/songwriter Sara Evans, released in 2005. It is the follow-up album to the platinum Restless. The album has been certified platinum for U.S. shipments of a million copies. It features Evans's fourth number one hit, "A Real Fine Place to Start", the top ten hit "Cheatin'", the top fifteen hit "You'll Always Be My Baby" and the top forty single "Coalmine." The album debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200, selling 124,720 copies in its first week.[2]

Making of the album

The track "A Real Fine Place to Start" was co-written by Radney Foster, who previously recorded it for his 2002 album Another Way to Go. Evans's rendition of the song became a Number One hit on the Hot Country Songs charts for her in mid-2005. Also released from this album were the songs "Cheatin'", "Coalmine", and "You'll Always Be My Baby", which respectively reached number 9, number 37 and number 13 on the country charts. "Missing Missouri" also reached number 52 based on unsolicited airplay. Several members of Evans's family sing backing vocals: her mother and father, Patricia Boggs, and Jack Evans; her brother, Matt Evans, who also serves as production assistant; and her sisters, Lesley Evans Lyons and Ashley Evans Simpson.[3]

"Supernatural" was originally recorded by Susan Ashton on her 1999 album, Closer.

Track listing

1."Coalmine"Roxie Dean, Ron Harbin, Richie McDonald3:26
2."A Real Fine Place to Start"Radney Foster, George Ducas4:00
3."Cheatin'"Brett James, Don Schlitz3:27
4."New Hometown"Sara Evans, Matt Evans, Shaye Smith3:54
5."You'll Always Be My Baby"S. Evans, Tony Martin, Tom Shapiro4:37
6."Supernatural"Marcus Hummon, Mark Prentice4:38
7."Roll Me Back in Time"Sheryl Crow, John Shanks4:56
8."The Secrets That We Keep"S. Evans, Chris Lindsey, Aimee Mayo3:40
9."Bible Song"Lori McKenna4:46
10."Tell Me"S. Evans, Holly Lamar, Troy Verges3:55
11."Missing Missouri"Mark Kerr, Trent Tomlinson, Danny Wells4:16
12."Momma's Night Out"S. Evans, Hummon, Darrell Scott2:53
13."These Four Walls"S. Evans, M. Evans, Verges4:34
Target bonus tracks
14."Caged"S. Evans, Hummon3:31
15."Best Days Are Coming"Ed Hill, Smith4:02
16."You"James, Verges3:34
17."Suds in the Bucket" (live)Billy Montana, Tammy "Jenai" Wagoner4:02


According to liner notes.[3]


  • Derek Bason – recording, mixing
  • Mark Bright – production
  • Matt Evans – production assistant
  • Sara Evans – production
  • J. R. Rodriguez – recording
  • Hank Williams – mastering

Chart performance


Chart (2005) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 3


Year Single Peak chart
US Country US
2005 "A Real Fine Place to Start" 1 38
"Cheatin'" 9 69
2006 "Coalmine" 37
"You'll Always Be My Baby" 13 105
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[4] Platinum


  1. Loftus, Johnny. "Real Fine Place review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
  2. "Previous Album Sales Chart". HITS Daily Double. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Real Fine Place (CD booklet). Sara Evans. RCA Records. 2005. 82876-69486-2. 
  4. "American album certifications – Sara Evans – Real Fine Place". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
All Jacked Up by Gretchen Wilson
Top Country Albums number-one album
October 22, 2005
Succeeded by
Tough All Over by Gary Allan

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