about Tracy Grammer
Tracy Grammer is one of the most beloved acts in contemporary folk music. Called "one of the finest pure musicians anywhere in folkdom," (Boston Globe), she has performed in solo, duo, trio, and band configurations on coffeehouse, theater, and festival stages since 1997. With pristine fingerstyle guitar, percussive strums, dynamic vocals, and incantatory narratives, Tracy delivers a polished, personal show notable for its melodies, meaningful content, and engaging, authentic delivery. It's often the case at the end of the show that audiences can't decide which moved them more -- the songs, or the stories behind them.
Tracy's journey in music has been marked by both tragedy and triumph. In 2002, then-duo partner and songwriter Dave Carter died mid-tour. The duo, heralded as "the new voice of folk music" by the Associated Press, was riding high on the success of their third album, DRUM HAT BUDDHA, and had just toured with Joan Baez as her featured artists and bandmates. Tracy's determination and grace in the wake of tremendous loss, and her transparency as she gained her footing as a solo artist, have earned her a devoted, lifelong following. Her concerts are nothing less than a celebration of courage, bravery, and love, as she continues to fold the songs of her late partner in with her own originals. As one fan puts it, "With Tracy, it's not just about the music -- it's a soul journey."
In addition to performing internationally, Tracy has judged Kerrville New Folk, served as a Folk Alliance panelist and mentor, led songwriting workshops, hosted the Dave Carter Memorial Writer's Round-up for eight years, taught choral music at private high schools in Massachusetts, and delivered the keynote at Cape May Singer-Songwriter Weekend. She has toured as bandmate and opening act for Joan Baez, performed with Hugh Masekela and Odetta as part of New York State's Songs of the Spirit Tour, and recorded with Mary Chapin Carpenter. She is the only performer invited to play the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival 13 years in a row and promoters everywhere agree: the photos don't do her justice.
Tracy mainly tours solo, but is happy to bring other players when sufficient budget and accommodations are offered. Duo shows include Jim Henry (guitars, mandolin, Dobro, vocals) in and around New England and farther afield. The band adds Paul Kochanski (bass) and Lorne Entress (drums/percussion).
A modest guarantee is required on any show more than 100 miles from Greenfield, Mass. Click on "Financial Offer" for budgetary parameters.
PROMOTERS & FANS SPEAK OUT:
"Tracy Grammer has blossomed from half of a famous duo to an accomplished solo performer whose show includes her renditions of [Dave] Carter's repertoire, a select few covers, and tunes of her own. Her strong, smooth voice, her friendly, conversational banter, and her warm and funny stories from before, during, and after the Dave Carter years draw the audience in like a well-written autobiography turned into a quality movie with a killer soundtrack. Highly recommended."
- Joe Mercadante, Steeple Coffeehouse
"Any world in which Tracy Grammer needs to say more than 'It's Tracy Grammer. When do you want me to play?' is a world gone horribly wrong." - Sheldon, Sanctuary Concerts
"Tracy charmed our audience with songs and stories new and old, invoking the magic of her partnership with the late Dave Carter but weaving in her own unique style and grace, keeping the material fresh and engaging."
- Melinda Perrin, A Place for Folk
"With Tracy, it's never just about the music. It's a soul journey." - a fan
Workshop Feedback from "One Foot in Ice, One in Fire: The Art of Moving On" -- 2017 FAR-West Folk Alliance conference:
“Tracy Grammer was wonderful. Very sharing, warm, intelligent.”
“Great strength in the presentational personal journey.”
“An extraordinary talk!”
“One of the most moving, honest self-journey discussions I have ever experienced. The message was great – the integrity of the whole, even better.”
“Tracy is fantastic! Wonderful discussion & wonderful listener engagement! Wonderful!”
“Insightful – thoughtful – heartfelt – honest – humble.”
“Brave and beautiful soul. Thank you for sharing your story.”