9 March 2018
Eric Lee opens
On Friday, March 9, the me&thee welcomes Tracy Grammer back to its stage. Since 1997 Tracy has been making beautiful music on her own as well as with her prolific musical partner, Dave Carter. Grammer has traversed a long and sorrowful path since Carter’s untimely passing in 2002. This year marks a major turning point in her life and career: the release of a startling beautiful new album, Low Tide. ¶ Eric Lee opens the show.
Concert starts at 8:00 pm.
Tracy Grammer is one of contemporary folk music’s most beloved artists. Though she is known for her crystal-clear alto vocals, perfectly intoned violin and guitar playing, what hits home for audience members are her stories, sometimes described as “incantations” that add a mixture of vulnerability, intimacy, and hard-won insight. As one fan aptly puts it, “With Tracy, it’s never just about the music, it’s about a soul journey.”
After Tracy and Dave Carter released three internationally celebrated folk-chart topping albums, they were given the opportunity to tour with legendary Joan Baez, both as featured artists and as Baez band members. The duo was destined for a bright future. Tracy has kept the Dave Carter legacy alive through posthumously released albums and endless touring — playing their songs and developing her own voice along the way.
Grammer’s new album, Low Tide, has been hailed as a recording of “potent songcraft that reflects the tender and stubborn heart that got Grammer here, and a way with words and images that doesn’t so much transcend the legacy of her earlier work as it marks the beginning of a new path to glory” by noted blogger, Joshua Farber of Coverlaydown.
photo © Ben Bernhardt
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Eric Lee, no stranger to the me&thee stage, brings a lifetime immersed in music to his stage performances. He’s been a fixture in the scene as the animated fiddler for supergroup The Strangelings and is most recently becoming known as a singer-songwriter in his own right. Eric Lee’s music is a combination of genres and influences, an ever-evolving world of sonic exploration with stand-alone melodies always at its core.
- Tracy Grammer is a brilliant artist and unique individual. Her voice is distinctive, as is her mastery over the instruments she plays. Joan Baez
- One of the finest interpretive artists on the contemporary folk scene. Montreal Gazette
- [Grammer] flies solo with a style and grace that must be heard to be believed . . . she is a voice to be reckoned with. Village Records
- Her pure voice conveys the simple truths of these songs; her gifts as a musician are like that of a painter who is a master of chiaroscuro, offering light and shadow at every turn. Mary Chapin Carpenter
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- Eric Lee sauntered into the legendary Falcon Ridge House Band as a thin young man with some very large shoes to fill. He was replacing Tim Carbone who went on to become the Jerry Garcia of fiddle with Railroad Earth. He stepped in seamlessly and brought a infectious cool along with his violin mastery A mercurial presence, aviator shades and a continuous ‘I got this’ expression made me and veteran Mark Dann barely notice anything had changed at first. Something did change. That cool young guy gave the two of us more cred than ever! Check it out for yourselves. Radoslav Lorkovic, Falcon Ridge and keyboardist / accordionist and traveling musician
- Maura and I have played lots of music with Eric Lee, including playing with him in The Strangelings, working with him as a member of the topflight Falcon Ridge House Band, and producing his first solo CD in our studio. He’s a terrific musician who is doing new and interesting things every time we cross his path. I highly recommend any chance to see him perform! Pete Kennedy