Tracy Rice

Tracy Rice

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If Melissa Etheridge and Terri Clark had a baby, it would be Tracy Rice.

Biography

In her now three years on the US music scene, Tracy Rice is fast becoming known for her powerful alto and passionate delivery. Onstage, Rice blends Canadian good humour and husky vocals with some rock snarl. Her work has been described in various combinations of rock, pop, folk, acoustic, country, and "blue-eyed soul" and she's been compared to artists like Melissa Etheridge, Lucinda Williams, Michelle Branch and Anne McCue.

Tracy released her first two independent albums in 1996 and 2001, thus becoming a fixture in her native southwestern Ontario musical milieu. She hit the international stage in 2002 when she opened for country music's Terri Clark and subsequently won a Nashville Song Search songwriting award for her single, "Won't Leave You Behind." Two years later, she took the plunge and moved to Nashville to record album number three, a 5 song EP named Truth.

On this Nashville-produced album, her goal was for a less electric sound and a more "organic" approach from her previous rock efforts. Australian fingerstyle guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel contributed acoustic parts on 4 tracks and the song 'Runaway Bay' was co-written with renowned Nashville songwriter Mary ann Kennedy, of 80's Kennedy Rose fame.

While fans tend to see the singer/songwriter as a rocker, reviewers of the 'Truth' EP note her ability to walk the line between rock and country, evoking tongue-in-cheek characterizations of the love child of Melissa Etheridge and Terri Clark.

In Spring 2006, Tracy toured solo as an opener for Tommy Emmanuel. The following is a review from the Austin, TX show:

"Tracy Rice is as genuine as 24-carat gold. She is the real deal. Her voice is as clean and clear as a mountain stream, but the power behind it is pure white-water rapids. Her original songs are full of happiness, loneliness, hopefulness, fear, and courage. They are personal tales of her unvarnished humanity. And the Cactus Cafe (Austin) crowds loved her. Tracy thanked the audience for their sincere attention, but it was clear that appreciation for sharing her touching songs was a two-way street. Hers is a talent truly worthy of attention and respect."

Acoustic Player Magazine

Rice released her fourth album, 'Live at Yadda,' in July 2008. This live album was recorded at Yadda Club in Cincinnati in May of 2008 and is the best example of her tour show -- stripped down to acoustic guitar and drums.

Rice is currently touring internationally -- solo and with a band -- in support of the latest album.

Discography

Independent Recording Projects:
'Tracy Rice' - 1996
'Out of the Light' - 2001
'Truth' (EP) - 2006
'Live at Yadda' - 2008

Set List

Original music with 1-2 covers per set. I usually play 2 45 min sets or a single 1.5 hour set per gig. I changeup covers: Jason McCoy, Blue Rodeo (Canadian acts), Fleetwood Mac, Vertical Horizon, the Beach Boys, Terri Clark, Keith Urban...