By BRIAN BINGAMAN
Before heading to this year’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, folk singer/songwriter Tracy Grammer has a live date on an infinitely more intimate stage at the Country Creek Winery.
“When I see things that are cool, I go there. I’m fairly new to Pennsylvania,” said Grammer, who has been living in Doylestown the last two years.
While gradually forging an identity as a solo artist, Grammer is still very much committed to carrying on the legacy of her musical partner Dave Carter, who died of a heart attack in 2002. Grammer promised a set that would represent Carter, whom Grammer performed with as the duo Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, from 1996-2002.
“My career has been an exercise in growing up in front of an audience. I learned how not to be nervous when I sing,” said Grammer, who turned 46 this month.
Thanks to joining the online “RealWomenRealSongs” project — comprised of 22 women songwriters that have committed to writing, recording and YouTube-uploading a new song for each week of 2014 about a designated theme — Grammer could even unveil an original song that’s been composed the week of the show.
“It gets us all into the idea that the more you do something, the better you get. I have a few that I really love a lot,” said Grammer, reporting that she’s been so pleased with the results that there’s one or two albums’ worth of brand-new songs that she’d give her seal of approval to for release.
When asked what themes were difficult to write about, she responded right away with “ashamed.”
“If the setting was ‘movie tickets,’ we’d have had an easier time,” Grammer laughed.
Grammer is also the director of Folk Alliance International’s, which seeks to preserve and share Carter’s recordings, writings and other related materials with an ever-expanding fan base, the folk world and beyond. A website is coming, Grammer said, that will be like an interactive online scrapbook. Meanwhile, www.facebook.com/davecarterlegacyproject is closing in on 900 likes.
“He didn’t have a lot of time in the public eye to get his message across,” Grammer said of Carter.
For more, visit www.tracygrammer.com. For the latest on RealWomenRealSongs, see www.facebook.com/realwomenrealsongs.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Tracy Grammer, with opening artists Justin Leigh Walters & Tyneisha Grace.
WHEN: 6 p.m. April 19.
WHERE: Country Creek Winery, 133 Cressmsn Road, Salford Township.
TICKETS: $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
INFO: Call (215) 723-6516 or visit www.countrycreekwinery.com.
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