Saturday 8/29 at 8pm – “Tracy Bonham and Friends” Wax & Gold record release party at the famously historic and beautiful Bearsville Theater http://bearsvilletheater.com
Super excited to share with my Woodstock and Bearsville Peeps!!! So glad to have you in my lives! Featuring Kevin Salem, Mike and Ruthy, Kenny Siegal of Johnny Society, Steve Koester of Two Dark Birds, Konrad Miessner, Ken Mauiri, Joe Magistro….
Popmatters has premiered a new song from Tracy Bonham this morning.“Black Tears” will appear on her forthcoming full-length album Wax & Gold to be released on August 21st.The song is inspired by her personal experience with Motherhood and in her words “chance and other choices.”
Wax & Gold is Bonham’s first new album in over five years and features the talents of producer Kevin Salem (Yo La Tengo, Rachael Yamagata) as well as talented friends (including Langhorne Slim and Amy Helm).
Listen to “Black Tears” premiere via Popmatters here:
Here is a collection of songs, in various states of song-hood, that lead to the completion of my new album Wax & Gold (release date Aug 21, 2015). This here is a big glass jar full of sewing materials, like what my grandmother had in her sewing room. As a little girl I would stick my hand in the jar just to feel and hear the sound of the colorful beads, the plastic and pearl buttons, the zippers, and the metal snaps against the glass. Soon they would become a part of a bigger thing, a dress, or a suit, or perhaps not. For now, they sit in a jar waiting to be touched – waiting for me to bring them to life.
I have worked really hard over the past five years to write these songs. As a new mother to an beautiful adopted son, it’s hard to find the time to be as creative as you once were. Being a mother and being creative is like moving through molasses. These songs move slow. They don’t jolt or jab. They take their time. They are about being a mother, and finding a definition of family that works for me.
Hey everyone!!! Here is my official announcement for the Aug 21 release of Wax & Gold . Thank you, my dear friends, fans and family for making this happen. This album is as much yours as it is mine. PledgeMusic peeps – It is all coming together at last. THANK YOU.
TRACY BONHAM RELEASES TWO LYRIC VIDEOS! ANNOUNCES WAX & GOLD ALBUM FOR 8/21
“a riveting, complicated maker of pop music. She is the kind of songwriter who uses pop conventions intelligently, then also dashes them.”-Popmatters
“Tracy’s a beautiful, wild spirit and I’m honored to have played a small part on her mighty new record.”-Langhorne Slim
Musical journeywoman, Tracy Bonham has released lyric videos for two new songs this morning! Those songs “Luck” and “Wax & Gold” are available to order as a digital single via Amazon and iTunes (links below). They also will be included on her forthcoming full-length album Wax & Gold to be released on August 21st. According toBonham, the two tracks represent the two sides of this release and juxtapose each other. “Luck is a bit of a moody and dark tune while, ‘Wax & Gold’ is more harmoniousand light. They represent both sides, the Wax and the Gold.”
Watch the official lyric video for “Luck:
Watch the official lyric video for “Wax & Gold” Here:
This is Bonham’s first new album in over five years and was entirely funded by fans through Pledge Music. All recording was done in Woodstock, NY with Producer Kevin Salem (Yo La Tengo, Rachael Yamagata) and a talented group of friends (including Langhorne Slim as well as Amy Helm).
Lyrically Bonham admits that Wax & Gold is also her most personal work. Inspired entirely by her five year old son, and defining her own notion of family. On the experience Bonham relates “In-between the last album (2010’s Masts Of Manhatta)and this one, my husband and I adopted a son. He comes from Ethiopia and the international adoption process was very long and arduous. These past years of meeting him, adopting him and settling into a parental role has been immensely fulfilling on a spiritual level. It’s amazing to me how parents and children who come from opposite sides of the world can come together and their history, their culture becomes
I wrote a song for this album called ‘This Here’s My Grandpa’s Guitar’ and it’s about this Baritone Ukelele he used to play from the 50’s or 60’s. It was a part of my memories of him and now it’s in our house and so it’s part of my son’s life. It’s a connection between this long-gone man from Oregon and this boy from Ethiopia and both of them very dear to my definition of family.”These metaphors and messages are referenced in the album’s title as well. Wax & Gold being derived from a term used in Ethiopian literature and culture. A term meant to describe a way of telling stories that have two meanings, wax for the superficial meaning while the gold is the true meaning.
At the close of this year it will mark the 20th anniversary of Bonham’s Gold-selling debut The Burdens Of Being Upright (Island Records). Initially pegged into the alterna-grrl category due to breakaway single, “Mother Mother” Bonham quickly dispelled that title with music that jumps from folk, blues, country and rock within a single album.
In addition to four previously released full-length and three EP’s, Bonham has toured extensively as a vocalist/ violinist for The Blue Man Group during their live music arena tours, as well as featured vocalist on Aerosmith’s Blues album entitled Honkin On Bobo, and a brief stint as violinist with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
Below is announced record release shows (thus far) and expect other special celebrations/performances to be announced shortly.
Summer is here and it’s time to play some shows, and teach summer camps. I love it all and I hope to see you and / or your children soon.
Here is what is going on for me as I gear up for the release of my album Wax & Gold:
Tracy and acclaimed kids yoga and music teacher / recording artist Bari Koral will co-teach this rocking summer camp for young ones. Ages 3-7 welcome. Tracy will debut some of her new curriculum and music for young music enthusiasts.
AUGUST 17-21 EUGENE, OR – 5 DAY STRING CAMP WITH THE EUGENE-SPRINGFIELD YOUTH AND JR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS
Back for her second annual rock-strings summer program at her alma matter, teaching string players from age 12-18 with Dale Bradley, of the Eugene Symphony Orchestra.
Hey there! I am happy to announce some live shows coming up. First of which is a virtual residency, or “Your Kind of Tour”, where you don’t have to move, I don’t have to move, no gas emissions, no bouncers, nobody has to do anything but click on a link, you sit on your couch and “hang out” with me and my musician friends in Woodstock. My dear friend Marco Benevento and his lovely family are hosting the evening at their studio – Fred Short Studios! I will play songs from my new album with my friends as we gather around the mic!
Every Wednesday in May
Virtually “hang out” with me and my friends in Woodstock as we gather around the mic and play songs from my up and coming album Wax & Gold!
WAX & GOLD STAGE-IT “YOUR KIND OF TOUR”:Live from Fred Short Studios in Woodstock, to your living room
I am about to go into the studio to record my fifth album Wax & Gold. It is my first album after becoming a mother, and my best material to date and this time I am completely DIY, no label, nothing. I have managed to get together what it takes to get into the studio for the first phase – paying the musicians and getting a sweet deal at a great studio. However, I will need your help in getting to the finish line. There are so many upcoming expenses just getting it finished, let alone released. It’s a different world and artists are reaching out via Pledge Music and I am fully embracing this new era. It is going to be fun (already is) with a direct fan to artist connection.
Whether I have just met you, or have known you for years, thank you for all of your support. It has been almost 18 years since my debut album and I appreciate you sticking with me through everything. I need to keep doing what I do, and with your help and support, I can keep it up. I am so excited to embark on this journey with all of YOU!
NOV 11 WOODSTOCK, NY - LEVON HELMS BARN 8pm in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of my album The Burdens Of Being Upright
- let's call it an evening of Modern Burdens! (A benefit for the Friends of The Woodstock Library)
info and tix here: woodstock.org/tracybonhamconcert