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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Tracy K - What's The Rush? - New Release Review

I just received the newest release (September 30, 2016), What's The Rush?, from Tracy K and it has a strong radio slant. Opening with Latin influenced, Everybody Wants, with it's cool beat, features Tracy K on harp and lead vocals, Leonard Shaw on keys and horns with exceptional rhythm by Vaughan Poyser on bass and George Demeduk on drums. Jason Nowicki really tears it up on guitar giving the track an extra zing. Nice opener. Stripped down blues track, I Got The Honey, features Jamie Steinhoff on dobro and Tracy on vocal and harp. With it's true to the form nature, it should appeal to true blues lovers for sure. What Tomorrow Brings follows the blues formula with solid chord changes but integrates country harmonies and modern blues guitar runs. Very nice. Heartstrung has thick flavor of New Orleans with Shaw providing a super piano drive and Ty Rogers on drums and Nenad Zdjelar on bass pushing the beat. Tracy tells the story vocally with clever innuendo and Terry Bennett's guitar work as icing. On soulful ballad, Done Gone Wrong, Shaw's organ work and Nowicki's guitar work support Tracy's vocals nicely on what is a primarily a solid radio track. Pop track, Indigo Heart, is strongly written and possibly the best matched to Tracy's vocal style. With a slight raspiness to her vocals and a cool melodic guitar solo by Bennett, this could be the best track on the release. Time Machine is an laid, jazz style track with only Tony Demmarteau on guitar and Tracy on vocal. Showing yet another side of her work, it is a nice change of pace. Wrapping the release is I'm Guilty, is a pleasant acoustic ballad with Steinhoff on guitar in front with Tracy on vocal and harp. I nicely written and delivered track based on arppegiated chords, this is a cool closer.

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