Tricia Walker

Tricia Walker

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An original blend of Southern music---a mix of pop, soul, gospel, blues, jazz and great storytelling---all in an intimate acoustic singer/songwriter setting.

Biography

Tricia Walker is a singer and songwriter whose songs are steeped in the passion, pain and grace of the American South. Born and raised in Mississippi, Tricia has become one of the clearest voices of her own time and place. Her music has been recorded by Faith Hill, Patty Loveless and Alison Krauss, whose performance of Tricia’s "Looking in the Eyes of Love" earned a Grammy. A recording artist herself, Tricia’s enhanced CD, "The Heart of Dixie," thoughtfully captures the songwriter’s view of the South with well-placed lyrics and music reflecting her folk, R & B and storytelling influences.
“Culture is a precious, living thing,” Tricia says. “It has to be nurtured if it’s going to survive. Any artist or creative thinker has a responsibility to help chronicle his or her own time, place and people. That’s the surest way to keep a culture from disappearing.”
Before moving to Nashville in the 1980s, Tricia earned a degree in Music Education from Delta State University. While working on her Master’s Degree, she performed at clubs and festivals in Mississippi and Louisiana. She won American Song Festival and Mississippi Song Festival awards and moved to Music City to sign with giant gospel music publisher Word, Inc. As her songs were recorded on Grammy-nominated discs by Kathy Troccoli, Debby Boone, and The Imperials, her reputation as a songwriter spread. Well-respected producer Jerry Kennedy signed Tricia to his Polygram Group stable of writers, further solidifying her credibility.
Tricia’s instrumental skills earned her a spot backing Grand Ole Opry star Connie Smith, with whom she played for six years. She also toured extensively with Shania Twain and Paul Overstreet as a keyboard player and vocalist. Along with Pam Tillis, Karen Staley and Ashley Cleveland, Tricia was a founding member of “Women in the Round,” one of the most celebrated foursomes at Nashville’s prestigious Bluebird Café.
She has performed at the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Tin Pan South Songwriting Festival in Nashville, was a New Folk Winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas and featured at Austin’s South by Southwest Music Festival.
Other musical highlights include singing at Robert Redford’s Christmas Cantata at Sundance Resort in Utah as well as a live performance during a newly choreographed work for the Nashville Ballet entitled “All the Way Home,” co-written by Tricia and Kate Campbell.
Her song, "Down in Capetown", reflecting on apartheid, and "Halfway Around the World," written after the Tianemen Square uprising in China in 1989 illustrate how important songs with a conscience are to Tricia. Her uplifting song, "What a Wonderful Day!," was written at the request of a friend for breast cancer survivors and has sold over 30,000 copies.
It is Tricia’s belief that the South in which she was raised has been misrepresented in some ways that led to the creation of The Heart of Dixie. The thoughtful collection of songs debuted at a CD release concert at the Bluebird Café in Nashville.
In the summer of 2006, Tricia returned to her native and beloved Mississippi to serve as Director of the Delta Music Institute, a recording arts and music industry program at Delta State University.
Tricia Walker offers an entertaining slice of her places and times, delivered with a beautiful voice, strong musicianship and the ease of a veteran entertainer. Southern style never had it so good.
More information about Tricia Walker can be found online at www.bigfrontporch.com.

Lyrics

The Heart of Dixie

Written By: Tricia Walker


She lived in a two-room shack
On the edge of town by the railroad tracks
She went to work for my Mamah
When they were both about sixteen
Her name was Dixie and it fit her right
She and Mamah were a lot alike
But one was black and the other white
And that’s the way it was back then

When Mamah passed in ‘63
Dixie worked for Mama and took care of me
In my eyes she was family
But you know kids are color blind
Jesus said we were all alike
And Daddy said, “Yes, chile, but not quite”
And while I tried to figure who was right
Dixie loved me like one of her own

Now the only love I knew that knew no color
And the only love I knew that knew no bounds
Is living in a heart that’s going under
Six feet of Mississippi ground

She came to church when I was wed
Ninety-two and almost dead
All dressed up in her Sunday best ‘Cause she didn’t have long to go
I remember the night she died
The angels sang and Mama cried
And Dixie crossed to the other side
When Jesus called her home

Now the only love I knew that knew no color
And the only love I knew that knew no bounds
Is living in a heart that’s going under
Six feet of Mississippi ground

Now when I get troubled
And start feeling down
I can hear ol’ Dixie’s voice saying
“Baby, come here and sit down”
And I wonder if a love like that
Can still be found
Lord, I pray You’ll keep
That love so pure and sweet
That I know lives deep
In the heart of Dixie

Honey Chile

Written By: Tricia Walker


Sonny Boy Cupit was from Yazoo City
He worked in a cotton gin
Down in the Delta where the rich black dirt
Was darker than original sin
Speakin’ of sin he’d meet me in the evenin’
At the end of the river road
We’d talk a little bit about the facts of life
And watch the mysteries unfold
(And he’d sing)

Honey Chile
Can’t you hear me talkin’ to you
Honey Chile
Tell me what’d I say
Honey Chile
Better quit your cryin’ sugar
Sonny Boy gonna love your blues away

Sonny Boy followed me around that summer
In the Mississippi heat
He was never too cool about anything
But oh he sho’ was sweet
Every Sunday morning I’d be sittin’ in church
Listening to the preacher roar
But the only words that I ever heard
Were comin’ right outside the door
(And it was Sonny singin’)

REPEAT CHORUS

Later that year when the fields were empty
His daddy sent him back to school
But no need for that ‘cause I know for a fact
His mama didn’t raise no fool
(And I can hear him singin’)

REPEAT CHORUS

REPEAT CHORUS

All The Way Home

Written By: Tricia Walker/Kate Campbell


The last bit of blue sky
Was fading to moonlight
When I caught the Greyhound for Jackson
I stared out the window
Searching the shadows
Looking for what I don’t know

The first time I left here
I thought was the last
But I guess that I was mistaken
Heading for nowhere
Hoping I’d find there
A reason to never go home

I’m standing here
But I’m not quite there
I'm in between now and then
Trying to get all the way home

On the corner of State Street
Across from the station
Old Central High is still standing
Confederate Square
Is just like I remember it
Some twenty odd years ago

Harsh words were spoken
Sweet hearts were broken
But nothing could stop me from leaving
Now it’s home again, home again
Nothing here changes
God, how I wish it were so

I’m standing here
But I’m not quite there
I'm in between now and then
Trying to get all the way home

Discography

"The Heart of Dixie"
"Canned Goods"
"Sticky Mud"
"More Than I Am"
"What A Wonderful Day!" (CD single)
"Velvet"

Set List

My set list consists of originals with a few covers thrown in, chosen from the list below. Two sets of about 50 minutes each works well, but one long set will also work in the right setting.

Honey Chile
Sho’ Is Hot
Keep Walkin’ On
Ode To Billie Joe
Crazy In Alabama
Look Away
Feels Like Mississippi
All The Way Home
Henry
New South
Visions of Plenty
Down In Capetown
Funeral Food
The Heart of Dixie
Listen
The Universe Is Waiting
Me And New Orleans
I'm Outta This Town
Looking In The Eyes Of Love
Love Waits
Walking After Midnight
Sixteen Tons
Miss The Mississippi
Rock-A-Bye Your Baby (With A Dixie Melody)
Choo Choo Cha Boogie
Down On The Corner
Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn
Nashville Cats
Danny’s All-Star Joint
That’s What I Like About The South
What Would Elvis Do?
Boulder To Birmingham
Ride This Train
Travellin’ On
The One That Got Away
He’s Not You
I Met An Angel
Sticky Mud