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Tracy K: Canada's First Lady Of The Blues Harp


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AAJ: What big things can we expect from Tracy K?

TK: It's never easy living up to great expectations, so rather than reveal my dreams, I'll tell you my targets. I am hoping to release a CD with my duo partner. I am really diggin' that project. I also have to make some time in my schedule for writing songs for my next full band release. I am currently self-managed, and finding little time for writing, as the maintenance of the business side is so overwhelming. I would like to be able to tour a lot more extensively in the next few years to come, as my children are now older and more independent. That being said, I welcome offers from professionals in the music biz to aid in these goals. I do hope to make an impact as a female harmonica player leading a lucrative career, and to encourage and empower other women players, either directly or vicariously.

Tracy KAAJ: What things would you like to achieve in music?

TK: I'm interested in learning new stuff. I mean that from a playing point of view. I am not interested in becoming a better guitarist, simply because there are such awesome players available, why not just use them? I love all those great players! I am a basic rhythm player at best.

I am interested, however, in becoming a better harp player continuously. I really have a secret desire to dig into the chromatics and specialty harps like those used in harmonica ensembles. That is also something I would love to do before I die—play in a harmonica ensemble. I also want to achieve the tone of Sonny Boy Williamson or Sonny Terry, but fear I ain't got the genetics. Recognition for songwriting is another thing I would like to achieve, which means I must keep writing to improve, to move ahead, and to stay interesting and fresh, or traditional. It is another one of the great challenges I so love about music.


Tracy K, Old, New, Borrowed & Blues (Independent, 2007)

Tracy K, Welcome to My Fantasy (Independent. 2000)

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Courtesy of Tracy K


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