“Low Tide,” Tracy Grammer’s 11th album and the first one to contain her original songs, is a milestone for this veteran folksinger.
“It feels like a new beginning for me,” explains Grammer, who sings tunes from this 2018 release at GIG Performance Space on October 27. “I’m telling my story. It’s really personal, but I believe that the personal is also universal.”
Grammer had been part of a successful duo with singer/songwriter Dave Carter until his death from a heart attack in 2002 during the duo’s tour with Joan Baez. For the past 15 years, much of Grammer’s energy has been focused on keeping Carter’s legacy alive.
She is the director of the Dave Carter Legacy Project, which Grammer founded as a way to preserve and promote Dave Carter’s music. Her publishing company, Tracy Grammer Music, administers licenses for Carter’s catalog of music.
Although Grammer felt quite content with focusing her energy on Carter’s music, the invitation to join singer/songwriter Cary Cooper’s project “RealWomenRealSongs” in 2014 added a new dimension to her life’s work.
“Cary asked a group of women musicians to write one new song a week for a year,” says Grammer. “Songs were put up on YouTube. I participated for the first 17 weeks. Eight of the 17 songs I wrote for the project are on “Low Tide.”
Songwriting has become an important way for Grammer to process the events in her life. “2013 and 2014 were rough years for me,” she says. “I went through lots of pain and loss. The interesting thing about performing these recent songs in front of audiences is that I sometimes have revelations about my experiences while I’m performing. I’ll understand something in my words that I didn’t understand before.”
Grammer accompanies herself with a guitar, but she also keeps her violin close at hand. “I’m trying to figure out how to sing and play the violin at the same time,” she says, “and when I do, I want to have it handy at my concerts.”