TRACY COVERS TOWNES VAN ZANDT FOR NEW SINGLE, AVAILABLE AUG. 14
Tracy pays tribute to one of her all-time favorite songwriters with a lovingly-crafted cover of "I'll Be Here in the Morning." "I recorded this at the beginning of the shut-down," says Grammer. "There was something about this chorus that struck me as particularly heartbreaking. All those reports of Covid-19 patients on ventilators, passing away without friends or family near. That loneliness; that impossible separation. I sang this one as if music and love and wishing could somehow bridge them."
Tracy recorded her guitar and vocals in The Blue Room (her home studio), with Jim Henry adding electric guitar in his studio across the valley. The song was mixed by Bob Stark in Oregon and mastered by David Glasser in Colorado.
NEW SINGLE RELEASE FROM TRACY'S 1970S SIDE PROJECT, BLUELINER
Jim Henry, Lorne Entress, Paul Kochanski and TG formed a little project called BLUELINER and released their first single, "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden" June 19. This follows the video of the song they released in April, which has received more than 10k views on Facebook. Download "Rose Garden" at the band's Bandcamp page, and drop us a note to let us know what you think? More to come soon ... stay tuned.
VIRTUAL SHOW SCHEDULED FOR 3/24 AT 3PM EASTERN - YOUTUBE
Artists everywhere are looking for ways to continue delivering their music -- and earning their rent -- while the country is more or less on lockdown. To that end, Jim Henry and I are excited to be doing our first post-quarantine live show from his house on Tuesday, March 24 at 3pm Eastern via YouTube. There is no admission fee or ticket structure for the show but if you'd like to donate, I do have a handy Virtual Tip Jar set up to receive contributions.
You can watch the show by clicking here!
NEW SINGLE RELEASES 2.21.20 on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, more
TRACY GRAMMER kicks off 2020 with a brand new cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “If I Needed You.” The song, which Grammer has performed as an encore for years, was recorded and mixed in her home studio with Grammer on all the instruments, including electric guitar. David Glasser at Airshow mastered the track.
The song was recorded as a “thank you” to friends and fans who offered material and energetic support to Grammer after she sustained a serious knee injury during a film shoot in 2019 and was forced to cancel more than 20 tour dates. “A hit like that can sink an independent artist,” says Grammer, “but I was buoyed in a time of need by people who have been moved by my music. I couldn’t think of a better way to thank them than to offer them a heartfelt version of this beautiful song.”
“If I Needed You” is the first of several digital-only singles Grammer plans to release independently in 2020. Click on the graphic to listen or download.
TOUR RESUMES IN NOVEMBER WITH MOAB FOLK FESTIVAL
OCT 27, 2019: Tracy's fall tour resumes at last as she makes her way to Utah for her first-ever appearance at the Moab Folk Festival in Moab, Utah November 1-3. From there she'll travel to Oklahoma, North Carolina, the DC area (Virginia), and Pennsylvania, and finish out the year with shows in and around New England.
Tracy cancelled all September/October tour dates after tearing her ACL in a film shoot in late August. An intense program of physical therapy to stabilize the knee continues through the beginning of December. See the shows page for the updated tour schedule.
KNEE INJURY SIDELINES FALL TOUR -- SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER DATES RESCHEDULED
SEP 1, 2019: Tracy sustained a ruptured ACL, several ligament tears, and a fractured tibia on August 17 while filming a self-defense scene in a short called Meek Lover Creek.
She is grounded for rehab until her orthopedist clears her for the rigors of cross-country travel. Baker Booking is rescheduling all of Tracy's September and October dates out west and looking for opportunities closer to home that will allow Tracy to maintain an intensive rehab schedule and still earn a living. The ultimate goal is to get Tracy on her feet again -- figuratively and literally -- so that she can fulfill her November obligations. Please check the shows page for updates.
Losing 22 shows is a huge blow to an artist who earns 75 % of their income touring. If you'd like to make a donation to help support Tracy while she heals, consider a contribution to the "Tip Jar" link in the left margin. Thank you.
TRACY STARS IN LOCAL THEATER PRODUCTION
APR 6, 2019: Tracy will star as Barbara Apple in "Sorry," Greenfield Community College's spring theatrical production, this April 18-20 and 26-28. Written by Richard Nelson and directed by Tom Geha, "Sorry" takes place the morning of Election Day 2012 and offers an intimate glimpse of the intersection of politics, love, and family drama between reunited siblings and their beloved uncle. Check the calendar for details and make plans to join us for this special production.
2018 AIRPLAY RESULTS ARE IN!
LOW TIDE was the #9 most-played album for the year on Folk Radio around the country, with "Good Life" coming in #11 on the most-played song chart, and "Hole" coming in at #22. Tracy Grammer was the #13 most-played artist, and the Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer duo was #126. See the full Folk Dj Airplay Chart here.
We are grateful to the DJs for playing this new music If you haven't heard LOW TIDE yet, check it out on Spotify.
ALASKA CRUISE ANNOUNCED FOR 2020
In partnership with FanClubCruises, Tracy will perform aboard the Royal Caribbean "Radiance of the Seas" as it sails from Vancouver, BC to Seward, AK the summer of 2020. Join us for a seven-night adventure in one of Tracy's favorite places on earth! Details here.
TRACY ON TOUR
11/15/18: Tracy is on tour as a member of the Eliza Gilkyson Trio (also feat. Jim Henry) contributing violin, viola, mandolin, and harmonies in support of Eliza's SECULARIA album release tour. SECULARIA has topped folk charts for several months and the trio are enjoying playing New England's finest listening rooms.
Tracy recently wrapped a 22-city solo acoustic tour of her own across the U.S. in support of LOW TIDE, her new CD of original material which was released in January and has been dubbed one of the Top Ten Albums of the Year by Fish Records UK. The LOW TIDE tour picks up again Thanksgiving weekend and continues throughout the remainder of the year with shows in GA, NC, MA, NY, FL, PA, and MN.
See the shows page for upcoming tour dates, and follow along on Instagram for highlights from the tour. Tracy's hashtag #lovetouring marks updates across all social media.
2/21/18: On the heels of opening slots for Judy Collins and Paula Cole earlier this winter, Tracy recently showcased alongside The Kingston Trio at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City, the industry's annual conference. While it's true the founding members of the Trio are long gone, the legacy band fully captures the arrangements and energy of the original and they were delightful, with fans of all ages singing along.