Tracy Jane Comer

Singer-Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist

www.tracyjanecomer.com

Tracy Jane Comer - photo by Jeff Root
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"The musicianship on Quietly There is near perfection. Tracy Jane Comer has incredible guitar skills…She plays a mean cello, too! Her voice is distinct; she has the vocal sound comparable to a young Joni Mitchell, [and] also has the haunting quality similar to Maire Brennan and finally she has a more contemporary Sarah McLachlan feel to her music… Tracy’s biggest talent, however, lies in her incredible songwriting…"

-Jen Lush, Midwest Bands.com

News

1/20/2017
Our new CD is ready!!
Common Chord (acoustic collaborative I am part of) is out! We are celebrating its release at our shows in January. You can read all about it at this link.
We will have physical copies at all shows and will have links for downloads (iTunes, Amazon etc.) soon.
You can order the CD online via CD Baby (click link above).
3/29/2016

I will repeat from previous post...if you want to stay informed the best thing would be to either be my "friend" on Facebook (search for my name) or "like" my Facebook page (separate from my personal profile). I don't do updates here often, but here is one...

In the days since Wild Heart's last show (Sept. 2015) I've remained very busy with music! Most of my creative time has been spent reconnecting with a longtime friend and collaborator, Michael Bryant (former leader of our trio Sticky Fingers, from the early 2000s). He and I have regrouped as an entity we are calling Common Chord, and you can find us at www.commonchord.us (which currently connects to our Facebook page...website coming soon). We perform as a duo but also usually have some help from the likes of Delores Jenison on additional harmony vocals and Faye Bruggink on clarinet. In the future we will sometimes be joined by percussionist "Bad Alan" with whom I have worked in several projects. We focus on original music but do bring in some choice covers from some of our favorite singer-songwriters and we generally have enough instruments to start a small music store between us. You'll find us in listening venues -- concert settings and coffeehouses, playing in Madison a few times a year. We will be looking to branch into neighboring areas soon, and may begin working on some recording projects as well.

About Michael: In a captivating, smooth baritone, Michael delivers his unforgettable songs, moving between catchy, can't-get-it-out-of-your-head tunes to stunningly beautiful, moving ballads. To the rest of us who call ourselves songwriters, his songs fall heavily into the "Man, I wish I'd written that!" category. I have the fun and satisfying role of adding to Michael's songs with harmony vocals and any of a number of instruments I love playing: Cello, viola, hammered dulcimer, guitar, bass, and/or piano. I generally can't bring them all to a show because my car won't hold everything, but I usually have 3 or 4 with me. (You gotta see my new electric viola and cello!) I also enjoy the opportunity to share some of my original tunes and choices of covers with Michael's assistance (harmony vocals plus extra guitar or bass or mandolin).

Otherwise, Acoustic Alloy is also alive and well! That is my duo with TC Peart, who was my colleague in Wild Heart. We have started booking some spring/summer shows. This is a cover act (with very occasional originals), featuring mostly TC's choices from a variety of styles and her powerhouse vocals (and me on harmonies). We perform as a duo (using guitar, mandolin, and keyboard) or sometimes as a trio with help from percussionist "Bad Alan." We have a lot of fun finding ways to arrange a complex variety of songs for our minimalist format. Crowd favorites in the past have been "Man in the Mirror" and "Uptown Funk." We play clubs/bars as well as small venues. Watch our website for schedule info if this sounds like your musical cup o' tea.

8/6/2015

Obviously I'm not good at updating this page. : - )
If you want to stay informed the best thing would be to either be my "friend" on Facebook (search for my name) or "like" my Facebook page (separate from my personal profile).

That said - I do have a show of my own coming up AUGUST 14 at the Brink for the first time in a while! I'll have some friends participating with me. Please see the SHOWS page. It would mean so much to me to see some smiling faces as I put a proverbial toe back into this water. I have been working on new material that I'm extremely excited about and I have fabulous colleagues joining me for the evening. Yes - even cello! (There's always room for cello!) And harmonies! And percussion! This is definitely my "dream team" and I can't wait to share this music - a mix of originals and some very fun covers drawn from jazz, blues, folk, and even some pop, from some of my favorite songwriters (Laura Nyro, Elton John, Nat King Cole, Diana Krall, and more).

Otherwise - I put in my resignation from the band Wild Heart (which plays "new country" covers) after six years, and it turns out the band is actually dis-banding after our last show, September 12. It's been a fun six years, but I (and at least a couple of my bandmates) have found the format too limiting. Today's new country has gone in directions that just don't interest me. More importantly, I have missed having time/energy available to put into music that is more in keeping with my own tastes and musical styles and which is more listener-oriented than dance-oriented. I will continue performing on occasion with TC from Wild Heart in the form of our side project Acoustic Alloy, which is a variety cover act (duo or trio with percussion). But mainly I am looking forward to returning to solo and collaborative performing again. I will be focusing on listening-oriented venues around the Madison area and perhaps will do some short road trips to neighboring areas.

I hope to see you soon!

7/16/2013

Show Schedule: WILD HEART has a show tonight plus Friday and Saturday, and ACOUSTIC ALLOY has a show on Thursday. And, I have a solo show coming up August 3. See details in this blog posting.

7/10/2013

Upcoming solo shows: I perform regularly with a few bands and side projects these days and don't do so many solo shows where I perform my originals tunes, but I do have a couple of things coming up...August 3 at the Sugar Maple Festival, and in November I'll be making a return appearance at the Prairie Coffeehouse in DeForest. See the SHOWS page for details.

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