Tracy Grammer
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)

post-modern mythic American music

$19 advance / $21 door

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January 29 8:00 pm

Tracy Grammer“Tracy Grammer is a brilliant artist and unique individual,” says Joan Baez. “Her voice is distinctive, as is her mastery over the instruments she plays.” The Boston Globe calls her “one of the finest pure musicians anywhere in folkdom.” She rose to acclaim playing in a duo with the late Dave Carter; since his untimely death in 2002, she has recorded three solo albums and released four collections of songs that she and Dave recorded together, including her latest, Little Blue Egg, which was the most played album on folk radio in 2012, and included the most played song, “Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key.” Her clear alto voice carries a depth of powerful emotion, and her playing on fiddle, mandolin, and guitar conveys subtle nuances of feeling. As one fan put it, “With her, it’s never just about the music. It’s a soul journey.” Her taste in songs is impeccable, with many selections from the Dave Carter song book, as well as from the work of artists like Jackson Browne, Tom Russell, and Paul Simon, and her own lovely originals.

Tracy grew up in Southern California and majored in English at Cal. “Music is my channel of authenticity,” she says. “I know I'd only be telling half the truth without it.” She’s also a masterful storyteller with a sneaky sense of humor. In addition to touring, she directs the new Dave Carter Legacy Project and serves as the publishing administrator for his catalog of music. When she’s not on the road, she lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, with her beau, his four teenagers, a dog named Blitzen, and her beloved Miss Kitty. The songwriter Richard Shindell says that she “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.” That’s a moment you won’t want to miss!

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