tracy grammer press kit
TRACY GRAMMER rose to acclaim as half of the "postmodern, mythic American folk" duo, Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer. From 1998-2001, the duo released three internationally celebrated, folk chart-topping albums featuring Carter's mytho-poetic Americana songcraft and in 2002, toured with Joan Baez, both as featured artists and Baez's band members. Called “the new voice of modern folk music,” the duo was clearly in its ascendancy when in July 2002, Carter suffered a fatal heart attack while the duo was on tour. He was 49; Grammer, 34.
Determined to honor the duo's journey and bring Carter's songs, and those of other favorite writers, to broader audiences, Grammer has kept to the road, releasing solo albums as well as selections from the Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer archives. Her latest release, LITTLE BLUE EGG, is a collection of intimate recordings from the duo's home studios. LBE was the #1 most-played album on Folk Radio in 2012, and once again, the duo were the #1 most-played artists for the year.
Grammer has become one of folk music's most beloved artists. Renowned for her springwater-clear alto, perfectly intoned violin, and guitar playing that is by turns percussive and delicate, Grammer is also a masterful storyteller with an ease and charisma on stage -- not to mention a riotous sense of humor -- that hardly belie her modest beginnings as Carter's reclusive accompanist. Stories about the duo's first meeting, Carter's quirks and fancies, or Grammer's own misadventures and missteps are woven thoughtfully into the set list to create a uniquely personal evening that connects audiences to performer, to the Carter/Grammer legacy, and most importantly, to one another. Additionally, Grammer has begun down the songwriter's path as part of RealWomenRealSongs, and is sharing her fresh, fledgling efforts -- and the stories behind them -- on her current tour, to the delight of longtime fans.
As one fan put it, "With Tracy, it's never just about the music. It's a soul journey."
Grammer tours the United States and Canada regularly, and has traveled to Europe and Japan. She holds the record for the most consecutive appearances at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival ~ a lucky 13. She performs in a variety of configurations -- solo, duo, trio, and full band -- with Jim Henry (Mary Chapin Carpenter, Burns Sisters, Susan Werner), Rob Schnell (Glim Dropper, Christine Havrilla), Tom Hampton (Marshall Tucker Band, Poco), and David Chalfant (Nields) rounding out her ensembles.
In addition to touring, Grammer is the director of the Dave Carter Legacy Project. Her publishing company, Tracy Grammer Music, administers licenses for Carter's catalog of music. She is working on a memoir about her time with Dave Carter. Tracy lives in Greenfield, Massachusetts with her beloved Miss Kitty.
media resources & downloads
A collection of Tracy Grammer interviews on the NPR website
1/22/16: Interview with Bob Weiser, WOMR
2/19/13: No Depression interview
11/27/12: Philadelphia Intelligencer feature
7/19/12: World Cafe Interview with David Dye
4/30/05: No Depression "Beautiful Dreamer"
LITTLE BLUE EGG
(Red House Records 2012):
Read Folk Alley's beautiful preview of LITTLE BLUE EGG here.
dave carter & tracy grammer:
1998 - when i go
1999 - tanglewood tree
2000 - drum hat buddha
2006 - seven is the number
2007 - american noel
2012 - little blue egg
2012 - joy my love EP
2004 - the verdant mile EP
2005 - flower of avalon
2007 - book of sparrows EP
2018 - low tide (1/19/18)
Music is my channel of authenticity. I know I'd only be telling half the truth without it.
A video montage of song-bites from a show at Flying Kids in Hiroshima, June 2011, featuring Maeta Hiroki (mandolin), Miyuki Kahler (vocals) and Karen Kahler (vocals). Video by Ikko.
1/27/12: "Hard to Make It" on WSCA's Stay Tuned with Shawn Henderson
“Tracy Grammer is a brilliant artist and unique individual. Her voice is distinctive, as is her mastery over the instruments she plays.” - Joan Baez
“One of the finest pure musicians anywhere in folkdom.” - Boston Globe
"One of the finest interpretive artists on the contemporary folk scene."
- Montreal Gazette
"[Grammer] flies solo with a style and grace that must be heard to be believed … she is a voice to be reckoned with.”
- Village Records
“Her pure voice conveys the simple truths of these songs; her gifts as a musician are like that of a painter who is a master of chiaroscuro, offering light and shadow at every turn.“ - Mary Chapin Carpenter
“Tracy Grammer has that elusive quality of being able to speak directly to another person's heart - instantly bypassing all of the usual infrastructure - the moment she starts singing. She's great.“ - Richard Shindell
“Armed with a few of the sassier members of the string family, and a voice as nuanced and strong as you could hope for, Grammer delivers ... with a supernatural force that funnels straight through your ear to the deep, deep center of your heart.” - The Missoula Independent
“Tracy has one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard in my life. There's also a sadness and sorrow and pain and depth of knowledge to Tracy's playing. I really think there's nobody like her in the world.” - Dave Carter, quoted in Dirty Linen