Summer Camps with Tracy!

July 17-21 – Eugene-Springfield Symphony Orchestra RockStrings Camp
Info and Registration

July 24-28 – Gowanus Music Club Rock Camp
Info and Registration

August 7-11 – Paul Green Rock Academy vocal camp
Info and Registration

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PLEDGE MUSIC MODERN BURDENS ENDS THUR MARCH 2!

Interview: Tracy Bonham

May 5 Cabinet Of Wonders show NYC w/ Belly:
cabinetofwonders.com

March 6 Rachael Yamagata show:
citywinery.com/newyork/rachael-yamagata-3-6.html

PLEDGE MUSIC MODERN BURDENS ENDS THURS MARCH 2!
bit.ly/tracybonhampledge

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Million Woman March, NYC – Sat Jan 21 at 11 am

I hope to see you guys at the Million Woman March in NYC – if not, I hope you are headed to DC on the same day. This march is not only about women’s rights, it is about human rights. It is about standing up for what you believe. We will be coming together, as a community (local and global) to resist fascism, racism, sexism. I look forward to marching and singing with all friends in NYC (I just can’t bring myself to be near Trumps inauguration – a quiet boycott). WomensMarchonNYC.com

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THIS JUST IN: WE HAVE ADDED LIMITED EDITION CLEAR VINYL 12″to the list of fun exclusives.

Hi everyone. I know you have been hearing a lot from me lately. It is because I am in the middle of this super fun Pledge Music campaign where I am re rerecording and re imagining my first album THE BURDENS OF BEING UPRIGHT.

Since we started only a few weeks ago, it has morphed into a collaborative endeavor with artists joining in singing my songs along with me (Tanya Donelly from Throwing Muses / Belly, Nicole Atkins, Sadie DuPuis from Speedy Ortiz / Sad 13, Rachael Yamagata, Katherine Calder from New Pornographers, Angie Hart from Frente, and Kay Hanley from Letters to Cleo) all joining the cause and donating money at the end to Girl up.

I AM SOOOO HONORED AND INCREDIBLY FORTUNATE!

And here is the latest news – THIS JUST IN: WE HAVE ADDED LIMITED EDITION CLEAR VINYL 12″ to the list of fun exclusives. We love vinyl. If you do as well, here is your chance to get a very cool and rare offer:


Limited Edition SIGNED Clear Vinyl

Rare TEST PRESSINGS 4 left

Signed Vinyl + T-Shirt Bundle

Thank you everyone for your continued support and enthusiasm on this project.

Best, Tracy

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STRONG FEMALE SINGERS UNITE FOR MODERN BURDENS ALBUM AND CHARITY

CHECK OUT THE SONG PREMIER FOR BRAIN CRACK WITH KATHERINE CALDER (NEW PORNOGRAPHERS) HERE http://www.stereogum.com/1913547/tracy-bonham-brain-crack-feat-kathryn-calder/premiere/#respond

My friends, I am so thrilled to share this with you. As some of you know, I have been recreating and reimagining my first album Burdens Of Being Upright from 1996 with the help of fans and Pledge Music. The new album Is called MODERN BURDENS.

As our nation witnesses an unearthing of certain negative beliefs about gender and race that have lurked under political correctness, and general courteousness, this project has morphed from a Tracy Bonham album into a celebration of my contemporaries and favorite singers from the 90s and present day to inspire young girls in America and beyond to rise up. The need for strong female voices is bigger than ever. In the 90s we enjoyed a brief opening where strong female singers were celebrated (albeit still questioned for their volume and attitude) and we have not disappeared. We are now banding together for the young girls out there who are disenfranchised by recent events and nervous when privy to conversations about potential encounters with misogyny in the near future. We come together to create this album for them and we will be giving part of the proceeds to a favorite charity called Girl up.

With overwhelming positive reaction from these amazing women, John Wlaysewski (LateCambrian) and I now embark on compiling a record that includes tracks sung by: Tanya Donelly (Belly/ Throwing Muses), Sadie DuPuis (Sad13/ Speedy Ortiz), Nicole Atkins, Kay Hanley (Letters To Cleo), Angie Hart (Frente), Katherine Calder (New Pornographers), and Rachael Yamagata – singing my songs from Burdens Of Being Upright. Also in the works will be original sonigs in which some of the singers will be involved with.


Tanya Donelly
(Belly/ Throwing Muses),

Sadie DuPuis
(Sad13/ Speedy Ortiz),

Nicole Atkins

Angie Hart
(Frente)

Katherine Calder
(New Pornographers)

Kay Hanley
(Letters To Cleo)

Rachael Yamagata

Please visit the page here and Pre order the album at which point you will have immediate access to behind the scenes activity, creative process, and news updates. You can also pre order the MODERN BURDENS LIVE album from Levon Helms Studios where me and my band play the entire album and it sounds amaaaazing!

Also, please note, MODERN BURDENS will also include the songs sung by me as bonus tracks. So everyone is getting more than what they originally bargained for! It’s a lot of music!! This is more than an album, its an event. We are creating a sacred circle for our young women. We are artists, women singers, mothers and it’s time we share our voice to lift up young women and inspire them to use their voices. I can’t think of a better thing to invest in right now.

Hope you will join us.
Thank you for your continued support!
And girls RISE UP!!

Tracy Bonham

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MODERN BURDENS PLEDGE MUSIC LAUNCHES!

Hi Everyone!

It is with great pleasure that I announce the launch my new Pledge Music pre-order campaign for my album Modern Burdens: the twentieth anniversary release of my debut album, The Burdens Of Being Upright. This time with completely NEW versions of the songs (and a few new originals as well). I am re-recording and re-imagining the songs with the super talented John Wlaysewski from the NYC band Late Cambrian and with the help of drummer Todd Perlmutter (Blue Man Group), among other special guests.

I will kick off the campaign with “The Audition”, a quick video guest starring Fred Armisen. Watch here: pledgemusic.com/projects/modernburdens. Working with Fred was really fun. He is an old friend and was willing to help me with this and I am grateful. I came up with the concept for this video and when he came to the rehearsal space, that was that. The camera rolled and the entire thing was ad libbed.

fred

On the Pledge Music campaign page, you can pre-order the album and receive my behind-the-scenes updates as well as unique and exclusive items made by me. It is a really fun way for me to connect directly with you. I had a lot of fun coming up with these cool ideas – new / old t-shirt designs, posters, handwritten lyrics on art pieces, framed and signed lyrics, all from The Burdens album – old and new. Again, click on this link and you can see what I have available in the “store”: pledgemusic.com/projects/modernburdens

It’s amazing to have a new perspective on songs that I wrote at a very different time in my life, and in a very different musical landscape. I have come a long way since the 90s, as far as my songwriting. But as John and I dig into the new versions we find we can adapt these songs and actually give them a better chance at becoming songs that can stand the test of time. It’s like having another chance to get it right. This album is like a time capsule and I am reinventing that alternative rocker girl with a depth and a maturity that only time can bring. I even re wrote the second verse of Mother Mother to: “Trump is trending, the world is ending, the earth ain’t cooler, who’s to blame? Suiciders, occupiers, A-hole bankers not in jail….”. This new track will be an instant gratification track and will be yours when you become a pledger.

I had such a great time with fans on my last Pledge Music campaign in 2015 for Wax & Gold. I made new friends and reconnected with old friends. I loved letting people in to see the process. I am so grateful for my fans and the support I have received through the years. I really enjoy sharing the joy and music in my life with you. I hope you join me again.

This will be fun.

Lots of love, Tracy

modern-burdens

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Spare The Rock Records Presents Let All The Children Boogie: A Tribute To David Bowie

 An All-Ages Album Dedicated To The Music And Artistry Of David Bowie Benefiting The It Gets Better Project

New Album Featuring 20 Exclusive Tracks From Rhett MillerAntibalas,Ted LeoWalter MartinElizabeth Mitchell And More
 
On November 18, Spare The Rock Records will release Let All The Children Boogie: A Tribute To David Bowie, an all-ages album dedicated to the music and artistry of David Bowie. The album will feature new interpretations of his work from a diverse group of artists with the mission of sharing his legacy and messages with a new generation.
 
Proceeds from the record will benefit the It Gets Better Project and its mission to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.  In short, It Gets Better works towards a world where all the children can boogie freely.
 
Talent on the project includes Ted LeoSally Timms and Jon Langford (The Mekons) The Honeydogs and Chastity Brown, Rhett Miller (Old 97’s), AntibalasGina Chavez, Walter Martin (The Walkmen), Uncle Rock and Tracy BonhamWunmiElizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower featuring Simi StoneStorey Littleton with Marco BeneventoJustin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime PlayersGustafer Yellowgold and the Pop UpsRachel Loshak with The New StandardsRed YarnColin Brooks (Dan Zanes and Friends), Nakia with the Barton Hills ChoirMolly LedfordSonia De Los Santos and Elena Moon Park (Dan Zanes and Friends) and Lloyd Miller and Dean Jones.
 
David Bowie proved that there are no rules about who you should or could be in this world. His musical and artistic approach defined creative freedom. He lived a glowing life on his own terms, a shining example of the infinite possibilities out there. In addition to celebrating Bowie’s catalog and life’s work, the project introduces him to today’s kids. From “Kooks”, to his narration of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf to his part in Labyrinth and his own role as a father, it seemed Bowie always knew that children were a different species and he welcomed them into his world.
 
Producers on the album include multi-Grammy nominee and winner Dean Jones, author and musician “Uncle Rock” Robert Burke Warren, Stephanie Mayers, manager and publicist of Mayers Consulting, and Bill Childs, owner of Spare The Rock Records and producer of nationally syndicated radio show Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. Cover art was created by popular children’s book illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Lunch Lady, Punk Farm, Star Wars: Jedi Academy).
 
ABOUT SPARE THE ROCK RECORDS
Spare The Rock Records has released three records so far that have raised over $115,000 total for non-profits, including the Haitian People’s Support Project and Girls Inc. Read more information about those releases at sparetherock.com.
 
More information on this project can be found at LetAllTheChildrenBoogie.com
To purchast album click here:
 
TRACKLISTING
 
1 The Honeydogs and Chastity Brown – Oh! You Pretty Things
2 Walter Martin – Breaking Glass
3 Sonia de los Santos and Elena Moon Park – The Man Who Sold the World
4 Rachel Loshak with the New Standards – Starman
5 Lloyd Miller and Dean Jones – V-2 Schneider 
6 Sally Timms and Jon Langford – The Prettiest Star
7 Molly Ledford – Sound and Vision
8 Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players – Kooks
9 Antibalas – Let’s Dance
10 Gustafer Yellowgold and the Pop Ups – Space Oddity
11 Ted Leo – Heroes
12 Wunmi – Fashion
13 Storey Littleton with Marco Benevento – Life on Mars?
14 Gina Chavez – Modern Love
15 Red Yarn – Magic Dance 
16 Nakia and the Barton Hills Choir – Golden Years
17 Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower featuring Simi Stone – Changes
18 Uncle Rock and Tracy Bonham – Lady Stardust
19 Colin Brooks – I’ll Follow You
20 Rhett Miller – Ziggy Stardust
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Tracy Bonham live at Levon Helm Studios, Nov 11 8pm

Tracy Bonham live at Levon Helm Studios, Nov 11 8pm
info and tix here: woodstock.org/tracybonhamconcert

HI EVERYONE! We are so very lucky, here in the Catskills (Woodstock, NY), to have a few really great places to play music. One of them is Levon Helm’s Studios. Levon Helm was the famous drummer and singer for The Band. He turned his barn into a recording studio and then turned it into a live venue as well. This is where he hosted the famous Midnight Ramble Sessions.

I have been asked to perform at Levon Helm’s Studios to benefit the Friends Of The Woodstock Library, in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of my debut album The Burdens Of Being Upright. Along with Kevin Salem, John Wlaysewski, and Joe Magistro, we will look at these songs from a different perspective as they weave into and evening of old and new songs from my repertoire. The evening will be recorded and possibly released as a live album in the near future.

I hope to see you there. Even if you do not live in the Catskills, this is the kind of venue that people travel great distances to experience – as Levon’s spirit definitely resides there. I hope that the twentieth anniversary celebration would entice you to travel to Woodstock as well. It will be a special evening, I promise.

Friends and fans are what make things happen nowadays, so I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Love, Tracy

info and tix here: woodstock.org/tracybonhamconcert

barn-show-poster

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SUN OCT 23 EUGENE, OR – JAQUA CONCERT HALL, THE SHEDD INSTITUTE 7pm

HELLO EUGENE FRIENDS!

I can’t wait to come home and play my music at the beautiful Shedd Institute on Sun Oct 23 at 7:30pm.

I am also very honored to be inducted into the South Eugene High School Hall Of Fame! They are having an awards dinner and fund raiser for SEHS on Sat the 22nd of Oct. I hope to see some old friends and especially would like to extend an invitation to teachers so I can thank you personally for such a great upbringing!

Look here: http://sehs.4j.lane.edu/activities/athletics/celebrate-south

SUN OCT 23 EUGENE, OR – JAQUA CONCERT HALL, THE SHEDD INSTITUTE 7pm

This is going to be a one of a kind show! I am traveling back to my hometown of Eugene, OR to play a wonderful venue called The Shedd Institute. It is a music venue and music institute in what was once the Baptist church downtown. I have a bunch of incredibly talented friends joining me from all periods of my Eugene history:

dale-bradleyDale Bradley
cello
Eugene Symphony


big-fiddling-sue-and-tom-hummelBig Fiddlin Sue
and Tom Hummel

fiddle and banjo / mandolin


jonny-rogersJonny Rogers
guitars


pilar-bradshawPilar Bradshaw
violin


Please join us for an evening of acoustic music INCLUDING new songs from my storybook called Topsy Bonsai’s Musiquarium (working title) where I will share the musical work in progress. Examples of character images:

musicquariumcharacters

SHOW INFO AND TIX HERE.

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EXCITING NEWS – MODERN BURDENS PLEDGE MUSIC CAMPAIGN

 TWENTY YEARS PRETTIER modern-burdensSTAY TUNED FOR MORE INFO ON THE NEW PLEDGE MUSIC CAMPAIGN FOR MODERN BURDENS: A TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF MY DEBUT ALBUM RELEASE!!!

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