TRACY NEWMAN (AND THE REINFORCEMENTS)
Tracy started playing guitar at 14, primarily influenced by the Kingston Trio, about which she says, “I could actually play their songs, especially Tom Dooley which had, and still has only two chords.” After high school, Tracy wanted to be a folksinger, but her parents insisted she go to college. She went to the U of A in Tucson and quickly fell in with the local folk community, stopped attending college and started playing on street corners for money. Understandably, this freaked out her mother who flew to Tucson and dragged her back to LA for “help.” It’s taken Tracy a while to get back to her dream. Along the way, she worked as a TV writer, with partner Jonathan Stark. Their first staff job was on Cheers. In 1997, they won the Emmy and the prestigious Peabody Award for writing the ground-breaking “coming out” episode of Ellen. In 2001, they created the ABC comedy, According to Jim, which recently completed its eighth and final season of production. Tracy has been writing songs all along and is once again performing full-time, sometimes for money. She has two CDs out:"A Place in the Sun" and "I Just See You."
I really enjoyed these! I can relate to “I Just See You” and I appreciate the creative way in which you rhyme. I felt for the poor kid working the waffle iron in “Waffle House”. But my favorite was “Table Nine”. It brought tears to my husband’s eyes and told a beautiful story with music that really set the scene. Excellent song and sweet tribute. Very touching. Thanks!
review written by: Maxine L.
Very clever and well crafted. I laughed out loud...several times. I haven't been big on folk music since the late sixties, but this song might be the turning point in my renewed interest. Thanks, Tracy.
review written by: Alexis Tapp