Sunday, June 17, 2007

Review - TRACY K & The Right Hand Band - Old, New, Borrowed & Blue

OLD, NEW, BORROWED & BLUE
Tracy K & the Right Hand Band
Independent
7.5-out-of-10
I will admit I have had a soft spot for Tracy K and her music ever since interviewing her, and then hearing her live at the Painted Hand Casino a couple of years back.
I'm a sucker for blues driven by a 'blues harp' (harmonica) and Tracy K does a killer job on harp, something of a rarity for female performers in the genre.
I found Tracy K's first release, Welcome to My Fantasy, released in 2000, a great blues effort, and know it is unfortunate it has taken her seven years to get another recording laid down.
On this effort Tracy has a touch more of a country blues feel, than on her first effort, but it still works.
The key for Tracy, who will perform at Rayzr's in the Yorkton Hotel June 14 (see related story this issue) is her voice. She has a growly sound, which she uses to great effect.
On the 12-cut CD she has written all but the song Sweet Serenity, which she does a great rendition of, and Spoonful On the material she has written, Tracy has found a maturity where her lyrics match well with her vocals, with enough of the aforementioned blues harp to make it work. I love the opening harmonica on Spoonful.
Among her own works, Shine is likely the best, but Rollin' with the Changes sounds like it might be her personal anthem, and Rock This House lives up to its name.
Anyone with even a modest interest in the blues will want to catch this gal live in the city next week, and they won't go wrong picking up this CD either. You can check Tracy K out more at her website; www.tracyk.ca
-- CALVIN DANIELS
- Reviews first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper June 6, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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