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"Honor Award "Cheap Wine""

You have a gift for lyrical imagery, and there are some excellent lines in this song. The melody though quite basic, is effective and emotionally appropriate for the words. You definitely have talent. Good luck with your music!

- Great American Song Contest

"Donation to Library Of Congress"

Tracy Rush, Don Steck, Bob Cage, and Larry Walker in the Folklife Reading Room, October 4, 2002. Rush, Steck, and Walker are musicians and song-writers who have produced a new CD for their "BACCAWRAP" project, which they donated to the Center. The CD includes music about the decline of small farms, and the folkways that are part of farm life, in particular the dying tradition of tobacco auctions. Their music incorporates the auction chants of world champion tobacco auctioneer Bob Cage, whose work had been previously documented for inclusion in the Archive of Folk Culture.

- Folk Life Center News


Still working on that hot first release.



Don Steck discovered at an early age his passion for music, he is mostly self taught and was the leader of a semi-pro band for several years opening for such acts as Delbert McClinton, and the Pointer Sisters.
Tracy Rush started early as well singing with her three sisters in rural southern Virginia.

It wasn't until the two met though that things started happening with writing songs. Don had always wanted to write songs with the tribal chant sounds of tobacco auctioneers in the background, because his uncle used to take him to auctions as a kid and he was mesmerized by the sound. When he met Tracy it was ironic that she had grown up on a tobacco farm and had been to many auctions as a child and knew exactly what he was talking about doing. Don met a world class auctioneer in Upper Marlboro just before they shut the doors of the warehouse, and no more tobacco would be sold there. Bob Cage it turned out was the perfect choice to get the message out there about small farms and old traditions dying. A few months later Don and Tracy wrote several songs about this subject and it was time to go into the recording studio with Cage, what a ride.......

They call the music Baccawrap,"Save The Day", is an instrumental that features some great slide guitar and Bob chanting through the whole song. "Run John Run" is part of a chant that Bob used to say when RJ Reynolds would get the bid on tobacco that was being sold, and the song is about Tracy"s experiences growing up on a farm.

These songs were donated to the Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and Don, Tracy and Bob were recently featured in a short film documentary produced by the USDA that will soon be aired on PBS.
One of Tracy's song's "Where Are You Moses" co-written by her friend Dave McCormick recently tied for Best Song at the Mountain Stage Newsong Festival out of 1800 entries.
After that as they say is history, Steck and Rush continue to write songs in many genres, and just love the fun of doing it.