Full moon magic left over for the winter solstice’s longest night can be channeled right into the Michael Tracy Band Holiday Music Party Saturday at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte.
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Tracy’s brand of Southern classic rockin’ quickly found favor with fans in his regional rise to popularity. Likewise, his 2011 debut album “Enough Small Talk,” engineered by Grammy-winning Bruce Irvine, added to the growing buzz factor of Tracy’s equal opportunity inspiration, gathered from every which way – rock ‘n’ roll, blues, 70s hard rock, 80s arena rock, Southern rock, country, even grunge mashed together in a redesign of his own particular musical art form.
Personable and passionate about the value of strong songs, Tracy is not afraid to wax poetic to ensure rich lyrics while managing memorable riffs and driving power. Along with Tracy, the band features Boo English, lead guitar; Roey Haviv, bass; and Loren Bates, drums.
While not originally from the Charlotte metro area, Tracy has worked quickly to make himself, his music and his band well known here, picking up accolades and even a few awards along the way. Growing up in the Seattle area, he made his way to the Queen City by way of Florida, Beaufort and Savannah.
He brought with him roots that weave through assorted sounds, especially early influences from Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, 80s rockers and the Seattle sounds that just “ had a vibe.” Tracy does name one distinct early inspiration.
“My grandfather was a huge Doc Watson fan,” he said. “He took me to see him when I was 7 years old and that made an impression.”
Later he discovered Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn. “Now, I listen to everything,” he said. Tracy sees himself as a singer/songwriter who plays guitar along the lines of John Mellancamp – “not flashy or trained, just self-taught and sincere.”
As far as songs, “I write simple stuff, but the music has got to be the meat of it, then there’s what we get across lyrically – but the music has got to be great.”
The mission of Saturday’s holiday show is just as clear-cut – to wrap up the year. “It’s our final show in 2013,” Tracy said, “then we’ll work toward the release of the new album – with the working title “Ain’t Dead Yet” – aiming for early 2014. So we close out the year with a Christmas party vibe, to really have a good time.”
Tracy emphasizes it’s a family-friendly, end-of-the-year thank-you show for the support received. Celebrate a holiday happening with the Michael Tracy Band Saturday along with Southern Experience Band, Andrew Scotchie and The River Rats at Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St.,Charlotte.
Sample a saucy solo gig Saturday from PJ Brunson live at Amici Lovin Oven in Rock Hill. An area favorite, she shows straightforward talent and tangible sincerity.
A singer/songwriter/guitarist and pianist, Brunson’s smooth voice along with tricky finger-picking on the guitar elevate her further as she mixes pop, folk and country genres.
Acoustic artistry with an engaging, friendly flair from PJ Brunson live Saturday at Amici Lovin Oven, 2732 Celanese Road, Rock Hill. Call 803-328-6836 for show info. For music details, go to pjbrunson.com.
• Friday: Outlaw Symphony at The End Zone Bar and Grill, Rock Hill; All Star Special Band at McHale’s On Main, Rock Hill; Stella and The Groove Crew Band at McHale’s Pub, Fort Mill; Bonfire at Zee’s Tavern, Pineville; The New Wilde, Weaker Captain at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Mark Kano and Mike Garrigan (of Athenaeum) with full band, Cravin’ Melon Acoustic, Randy Paul & The Revelry at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Acoustic Syndicate, Aaron Woody Wood at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte; The Deluge at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Bad Talk, Birds with Teeth, Canopy Culture at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Appalucia, Those Lavender Whales, The Fat Face Band, Cue Telectro at The Milestone, Charlotte; John Linker Band at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Kenny Floyd at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Perfect Strangers Acoustic at Yellow Rose-Touchstone, Charlotte; Hrvrd, Junior Astronomers, One Another, Replicas at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Bubonik Funk at The Evening Muse, Charlotte; Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees and Men of the Strip at The Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte.
• Saturday: The Heavy Sandwich, Fernandina, Fire Eating Giants at The Courtroom at Gettys, Rock Hill; Early Ray Ho Ho HO Down at The Long Branch, Rock Hill; Cadence Band at McHale’s On Main, Rock Hill; Auxilia, Deception of a Ghost, First Class Villian, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Alternative Champs New Wave Christmas Dance at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Sidewalks, Of Sinking Ships, Tusker at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Pam Taylor Band at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Jem Crossland at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Erick Baker at The Evening Muse, Charlotte; A Life Worth Taking, Take The Fall, Shadows of Deceit, Fall of Ashes, Skyfold, The Reticent, Thunderbear, more at The Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte.
• Sunday: Double Door 40th Anniversary with Federal Bureau of Rock ‘n’ Roll at Double Door Inn, Charlotte.
• Monday: Open Mic at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Open Mic with 3 Piece Bucket at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte,
• Thursday: Motel Glory Band at McHale’s on Main, Rock Hill; Shiprocked at Snug Harbor, Charlotte.
“And that was all she wrote.”
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