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Review: Tracy Walton, “If I Ever Get Away”

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Review: Tracy Walton, “If I Ever Get Away”

“His rough voice works its way around a good variety of roots rock, Bakersfield-style country, and alt country, all solidly arranged and recorded on If I Ever Get Away.”

Artist: Tracy Walton

Album: If I Ever Get Away

Genre: Americana / Alt-Country

RIYL: Wilco, Chet Baker, Bruce Springsteen

Tracy Walton

Tracy Walton cut his teeth on punk and hard rock, then turned to jazz, and now, to Americana and why not? Playing music is about taking risks and with all of this in his background, it’s given him a great set of chops and an ear for pleasing an audience. His rough voice works its way around a good variety of roots rock, Bakersfield-style country, and alt country, all solidly arranged and recorded on If I Ever Get Away.
 
He sings about the value of boundaries in the alt-country “Walls”: “When I was a boy I didn’t know about walls / When I was a teen I jumped them all / As a young man I’d knock them down / When I grew old I walked around.” “Songs for You” is a love song with a fingerpicked guitar at its center. “Sunny Days” has a Bakersfield country feel. He sounds a little like Merle Haggard, too.

Tracy sings a duet with a whiskey-voiced woman in “Redeemed,” about a relationship that’s probably headed for the end, but they haven’t given up: “I’ve heard hope crack in your voice / Still you protest as if you’ve a choice.” He takes us to a rockin’ roadhouse with a growling guitar in “Let Me Take You Home” where he sings to the most attractive woman, “This ain’t another love song / “It’s more a one night stand.”

There’s longing for a past love in “If I Ever Get Away.” “Life Goes On” is a dark ballad played on the acoustic guitar with stabs of electric guitar. In “Home Soon,” he encourages someone who’s gone out into the world to discover themselves to come home, reminding them that there’s always a cold one waiting.

Out of all these great songs on the record, the one that sticks with me most is “Beer Is Now Cheaper Than Gas.” It’s straight-ahead rock with a swampy beat and a hooky chorus that should be blasting from every bar from Brooklyn to Bakersfield. He’s got the tavern crowd singing with him, too. Who cares if your girlfriend dumped you, you have no health care and your pension’s in the toilet, ‘cause bro, beer is cheaper than gas!

Hit replay on this one … go on, I know you want to. Meanwhile, I’m going to crack open a cold one, put up my feet and listen to If I Ever Get Away again.


Tracy Walton website: http://tracywaltonmusic.com/


This review appears in partnership with contributing sponsor Independent Music Conference® in promotion of their network of independent artists.

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