Ukiah, CA – Dig! Music proudly presents, in association with Mendocino College Community Extension, Tracy Grammer in a rare California appearance this year on Sunday, April 29 at 8:00 pm in Ukiah. Popular local bluegrass artists’ bassist/producer Todd Phillips, mandolin player Clint Boek and singer/songwriter Ken Oster open this show on the Mendocino College Little Theatre stage. General admission is $20.
“Tracy is a brilliant artist…Her voice is distinctive and beautiful, as is her mastery over the instruments she plays,” says Joan Baez.
For the uninitiated, Tracy Grammer rose to fame as one half of the duo Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer. Called “one of the fastest-rising acts in folk music” by the Boston Globe, the duo released three internationally acclaimed albums featuring Carter’s award-winning postmodern, mythic Americana song craft; toured with Joan Baez as her backing band and spotlight artists; and earned a diverse and devoted following with their indelible live performances at festivals and venues all across North America. Just as the duo seemed poised to receive much-deserved mainstream recognition, Carter died suddenly of a heart attack while touring with Grammer in July 2002. He was 49.
Since then, Grammer has emerged from the darkness of tragedy – armed with the richness of her experience with Carter, and the help of a few new friends – with her first full-length solo album, the beautifully textured Flower of Avalon, released in 2005.
Flower of Avalon, named after a song Carter penned as a gift for Grammer in 1999, features nine previously unrecorded Dave Carter gems, delivered with a loving clarity that only Tracy Grammer can provide. Multi-tasking masterfully here as co-producer, singer, and instrumentalist, Grammer digs deep into the spirit of Carter’s poetic verses and haunting melodies to color each song with textures and flourishes that blur the boundaries of categorization. The result is a bold, rewarding, and transcendent love letter to the world, one of those rare musical experiences that compels the listener to drop everything and hear each song in sequence, start to finish.
Much has been made of Grammer’s virtuosic instrumental skills -especially on violin- but it is her voice that takes center stage on Flower of Avalon. Vocal harmonies that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up have long been her specialty. If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to catch Grammer live, you know what we are talking about.
Phillips, Boek and Oster open the show with their own blend of bluegrass tinged, folk rock. Bassist Todd Phillips is an accomplished professional musician and producer with several albums to his credit, including Grammy-winning True life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe.
Seating is limited for this very special concert. Tickets are available in Ukiah at dig! Music, Mendocino Book Company, and Mendocino College Bookstore; in Willits at Leaves of Grass; in Fort Bragg at Tangents; and Watershed Books in Lakeport. For more information call 707- 463-8444.
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