Tracy Grammer Press
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TRACY GRAMMER is one of contemporary folk music's most beloved artists. Though she is widely renowned for her springwater-clear alto, perfectly intoned violin, and guitar playing that is by turns percussive and delicate, Grammer's stories, often described as "incantations," add a rare mixture of vulnerability, intimacy, and hard-won insight to the show. It's just the sort of trip Grammer's fans have come to appreciate and expect from her live shows. "With Tracy, it's never just about the music," said one fan. "It's a soul journey."
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 mid-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 kept to the road, releasing solo recordings and selections from the duo's archives, including 2012's LITTLE BLUE EGG (Red House Records), which was not only the #1 most-played album on Folk Radio in 2012, but also landed the duo at the top of the folk charts internationally as the #1 most-played artists with that year's #1 most-played song.
In 2018, Grammer will release LOW TIDE, her first album of original songs. "I've been a writer all my life, but it was never my intention to be a songwriter," she says. "However, the road has curves we cannot see at the outset of the journey. At some point along the path, writing songs became the most effective medicine for the pains and unresolved questions of my life. LOW TIDE is an album of revelations, confessions, questions, and ultimately healing. I am proud of the writing and utterly thrilled with the sounds. I took risks. I tried new approaches. I told the truth, and delivered my multitudes. My eleventh album is the first one that really sounds like me." Co-produced with long-time touring partner Jim Henry, LOW TIDE will be released January 19, 2108 on Grammer's own label, Tracy Grammer Music.
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 journey with, and beyond, Dave Carter. Tracy lives in Greenfield, Massachusetts with her beloved Miss Kitty.
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)
A collection of Tracy Grammer interviews on the NPR website
12/22/17: Daily Hampshire Gazette (concert review): Folk luminary Tracy Grammer debuts her first batch of original songs
1/22/16: Interview with Bob Weiser, WOMR
2/19/13: No Depressioninterview
11/27/12: Philadelphia Intelligencer feature
7/19/12: World Cafe Interview with David Dye
4/30/05: No Depression "Beautiful Dreamer"
“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