Tracy Walton

Tracy Walton

 Hartford, Connecticut, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Current New England Music Award nominee for Best Male Performer, Tracy Walton is an artist that has done his homework. He has studied the craft of songwriting and developed a unique voice in that tradition. His weathered voice draws you in. The honesty of his lyrics and arrangements will make you stick around. He will be touring to support his latest effort, "Moderately Unknown" releasing in the spring of 2015.

Biography

Biography


Current New England Music Award nominee for Best Male Performer; Tracy Walton has never been afraid to re-invent himself. In this spirit, Tracy released his aptly titled solo debut, "Brand New Again" in 2011. At once rough and vulnerable, Tracy's voice cuts to the heart of any story, taking you down back roads, through broken lonely hearts, and into hopeful, open skies.

One look at Tracy's cd collection, and you realize you are entering the world of an eclectic songwriter. Through Tracy's songs, you will find yourself on a porch with Neil Young, at a protest with Bob Dylan, in love with the Beatles, and viewing the world through the sarcastic eye of Randy Newman. Yet, you will never lose sight of Tracy's unique voice and his original take on the tradition of song. 

Tracy Walton began his career in music by picking up his first guitar at the age of 10. He quickly realized that his ear bent towards the low end, and he switched to bass. His teen years brought a string of punk and hard rock bands, local glory, and a gig teaching at an area music store. But alas, the journey to rock and roll stardom has many bumps, and when the only apartment he and his band mates could afford was condemned, he knew he was in serious need of a plan B.

The eviction, his growing dislike of ramen noodles, and the call of the bass, proved to be serendipitous when he caught Dave Santoro playing upright bass in a Hartford jazz club. He bought an old plywood bass and started playing Zeppelin grooves on it to find his bearings. He soon tracked Dave down for lessons and after a summer of instruction, Tracy accepted a scholarship to study jazz at the Hartford Conservatory. And in case you thought you read it wrong, yes Tracy decided that a degree in jazz performance would always lead to gainful employment when times got tough.

Tracy soon joined the Eric Miller Trio, a straight ahead jazz group that logged close to 200 shows a year in the mid-nineties. After a few years, what started as a joke of quoting classic rock lines during solos, turned into the formation of the female fronted rock act Missing Slim. It was at this time that he also joined the faculty of The National Guitar Workshop and Kent School.

Tracy's connection with the National Guitar Workshop allowed him to author three books through Alfred Publishing. It also gave him the opportunity to play with world class players; including David Bromberg, Vernon Reid, and Aaron Scott.

Out of a faculty band that found their common ground in artists like The Band, Neil Young, and Johnny Cash, the band Black Lab Project was formed. Tracy was the main songwriter, vocalist and bass player in the group. Pressures of touring, while trying to fulfill the requirements of adjunct teaching positions, and putting food on the table led Tracy to take a full time teaching position at a prep school in Northwest CT in 2007.

"I loved the few years I taught full time, but it just wasn't the right balance for me. I need to play." So having finally found that steady gig to fall back on, Tracy decided in 2010 that it was time to start Brand New Again and focus all of his energy on his solo career. Listening to Brand New Again, one cant help but hear the years of struggle that all musicians go through. Yet, there is a hope to the record that Tracy delivers in his deep voice that demands attention. And while it may be easy to hear the Americana flavor, if you listen close you'll hear Ziggy Stardust trying to show himself, and maybe Chet Bakers smooth voice singing a harmony or two.

In 2013 Tracy released "If I Ever Get Away" The album features the song "Songs for You" which many are calling Tracy's best song to date and his breakout track. The album received outstanding reviews throughout the industry . 

2015 finds Tracy going strong with the highly anticipated release of his third solo album, "Moderately Unknown" due out in early spring. He is up for Best male Performer in The New England Music Awards for the second straight year. Tracy is currently playing a residency at Daryl Hall's Daryl's House Club. The new album finds Tracy steering the ship back towards the singer songwriter/rock roots of his youth. He feels it is by far his best work to date. 

www.tracywaltonmusic.com

Lyrics

92

Written By: Tracy Walton

Back in 92
I had a couple of bucks and I changed for you
But I don’t know why. No I don’t know why

There’s a shadow hanging over me
and I’m not the man that I used to be
But I don’t know why. No I don’t know why

So where are you and what am I
Who are we and where does the time go
And I hope to find a place
that we can all go and say we’re finally home

I know and you know too,
cause I can see it in your eyes that we ain’t through
So come on let’s try. Give it one more try.
Some day when we all retire, what will they say when they stoke the fires
Are they satisfied? Are you satisfied?

Shake The Blues

Written By: Tracy Walton

Got me a band never drops a beat
Got me a band to help you move your feet
They’re the greatest band down to the man
I’m sure you agree won’t you give em a hand
I got me a band and it might be all I need

Got me some fans they clap when I sing my songs
Got me some fans they like to sing along
No need to turn around cause I’m talking to you
Don’t worry bout the words cause it’s only a blues
Got me some fans and you might be all I need

We go in and out and up and down
Jump yourself back put your feet on the ground
Don’t look now cause you might just shake the blues.

Got me a job slinging this guitar
Got me job who says I won’t go far
Out on the road trying to get by
We’ve all had a slice of that humble pie
Got me a job and it might be all I need

Got me a girl she never tell no lies
Got me a girl pretty easy on the eyes
She been with me so damn long
knows what I did before it’s wrong
Got me a girl and she’s sure all I need

Brand New Again

Written By: Tracy Walton

In her Sunday dress
Mondays always come too soon
Wants to be dancing by the moon

From the Midwest
Set out East upon a tune
Settled down a bit too soon

I know I’ve seen better days
Safe to say she’s seen the same
The back door slams she wipes her tears away
In the next breath she’ll amaze you

She did her best
Knew the kids would have to come
No one gets out when you’re on the run

She could talk for days
Never feel you have to say
Anything and everything is gonna be ok

Finally seems she’s found her way
After years of toil and pain
Close the windows draw the shades
Tomorrow she’ll remind you

She’s gonna be brand new again

Too Far Gone

Written By: Tracy Walton

As the town stood by we boarded the boats and set sail for fame and fortune

Some shed a tear, some drank to the past, some of us praying we’d never be back

One took on water and never left port and swam back to join the rewarded. As the stones were cast they saw the last mast, but they were too scared to try they were too far gone.

Some were quick to throw lines at the first hopeful sign but the depths were a little distorted

While others still drift on an endless sea wishing their anchors were just a bit longer

The unfortunate few who crashed on the rocks, their bodies would never recover they thought. They just stared at the breech and wished they were home. They were too scared to try and to far gone.

But for a small few who managed the breaks and found the bay of glory.

Where their struggles rewarded they found roots to grow, and lived out their side of the story I’m told

As the years went by they took stock of their nets yes they were full, happy, content, yet they still dreamt of home like a sirens song but they were too scared to try and too far gone