Very excited to have my solo band included in the 2015 Rock and Roll Rumble. 24 bands compete over 9 nights from April 12th through May 1st at T.T. the Bears in Cambridge. This is my fourth Rumble. I hope I can break my streak of one and done this time!
2014 was a busy and exciting year for me, especially as a solo artist. I released my first full length album, gigged around the city and beyond, including trips to SXSW and CMJ. I was invited to appear on my favorite radio programs and the best house party ever. I even got to record a duet of my favorite song with Ruby Rose Fox. To cap it all off a nomination for Singer/Songwriter of the year from the Boston Music Awards.
I’ve been doing this for more than half of my life. To have a year like this at this point in my career inspires me. It also makes me realize how fortunate I am to have such talented musicians and supportive friends to help make all of this possible. Thank you.
My new single “Taking the Long Way Home” is part of the Keep Safe Boston compilation featuring 50 songs from Boston artists. “Keep Safe Boston is a community organization and movement to reach out to artists, musicians, college campuses, area politicians, and activists to join us in fostering a safer, more compassionate community.” In addition to my song, new tracks from Parlour Bells, Magen Tracy and Oldjack are also included. Pay what you want, get music and help a great cause.
Just returned from a great weekend of shows in New York City during CMJ. Met some great people, saw old friends and made plenty of new ones. Also the solo band couldn’t have performed better. Thanks to everyone who came out see us and for capturing some photos. Full set available Here.
Happy to announce two solo band shows at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon in New York City.
Twenty years ago, Willie Nelson’s album Across the Borderline, was on constant rotation during a cross country road trip to California. It still remains one of the most influential recordings to me. He performs many heartfelt duets on the album but the one which has always stuck with me is the song he does with Bonnie Raitt called “Getting Over You” which was written by Stephen Bruton.
Earlier this year, a friend and her husband were having a moving sale prior to their move to California. Being musicians themselves, Jessica and Leo had a great selection of gear for sale. The one thing which caught my eye immediately was a Spanish Guitar. As soon as I picked up the guitar and started playing it I knew I wanted to buy it. It had all the cool markings and wear a vintage, well played guitar should have…not as much as Willie’s guitar, Trigger, but still. Turns out it was Leo’s first guitar and was constructed in Granada by a Guitarrero named Jose Morales. A deal was made and I bought the guitar promising to be a caring owner and to write many songs with it.
Some of the first songs I played on it were from the album I adore so much from Wille. I’ve always wanted to pay tribute to the album which had such an impact on me so I decided to start by doing a version of “Getting Over You.”
It wasn’t until this past Summer that I finally saw the plan start to take shape. After playing a gig with Ruby Rose Fox and speaking with her and Guitarist/Videographer, Roger Metcalf, we decided to make a video of Ruby and I performing the tune. Shortly thereafter we popped in to Q Division Studios to record it.
What happened next was magical.
Coincidentally, Ruby and I would later be nominated for a 2014 Boston Music Award in the same category for Singer-Songwriter of the Year.
Like I said, magical.
The first single from Magen Tracy’s forthcoming EP has been released.
“You know those jam-packed gems recorded at Muscle Shoals? Oh, you know the ones, some Aretha Franklin album cut we dug for years but just learned Duane Allman played guitar on, Tom Dowd produced and Mick Jagger cameoed on maracas, all while some dude from Dr. Hook is passed out in the bathroom. Magen Tracy’s debut single “Fiercely” feels like one of those Muscle Shoals moments. The singer-songwriter-keyboard queen doesn’t sound retro, but she delivers old-school sleazy swagger — you can almost hear that “Gimme Shelter” scream in the background. Behind her Nate Leavitt plays the role of Allman and Dowd…”