This review was written by Marty Martel, President of Reunion of
Professional Entertainers (R.O.P.E.) about the R.O.P.E. Spectacular Show
on Wed, June 9th, 2010:
“When we first started to put the show together I received an email from
a young lady who I have known for several years. I knew she was a great
singer, but never had the opportunity to really watch her perform until
last night. Keith Bilbrey knew her also, and when she was introduced she
came onstage in a beautiful outfit of Red and Silver and rhinestones.
She hit the stage and took the audience in the palm of her hand and they
loved her and her great performance. Instead of only doing her music,
she had invited recording artist James Intveld to sing on her part of
the show. To say that we were being treated by two great artists would
be the understatement of the evening. James performed one song, but he
is super, and together Tracey and James made it worth waiting for them
to be on the show. Tracey should have been on a major record label a
long time ago. She is country and she takes pride in her music. Go to
her website, get her music and do the same for James. What a great shot
in the arm they were for our show, and if you want to know the meaning
of being professional, then it will start with Tracey K. Houston and
Houston rocks it to the Max
Craig Palmer - Western Review, Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada
July 8, 2009
Former Drayton Valley resident and country singer Tracey K. Houston
played a stunning show at the MAX Centre last Monday (June 29th,
2009). Houston, who spent junior high and most of high
school in Drayton Valley, made her way back to Drayton Valley for
the first time in over 20 years.
Houston’s vocals were spot-on for her entire performance, despite
her claims that the dry air was having a negative effect on her
voice. Between each song, Houston would spray her throat with
a “singer’s secret” to help counteract the dryness.
For most songs, Houston would explain to the crowd what each song
meant to her, emphasizing when a song was written by a Canadian.
“Yes, I’m very proud of my heritage,” said Houston, who is now based
out of Nashville, Tennessee.
Houston said it was surreal to be playing a show in her old high
school, but she was still very happy to do so. “It felt
great,” said Houston. “It was very sobering to come back to a nearly
sold out show in my hometown and know that they were here to see
Houston also brought along her friend and fellow country star James
Intveld, who says he was glad Houston brought him along. “I
would never have played in Drayton Valley otherwise,” said Intveld
while on stage, commenting on his first time touring Canada.
Intveld, who has an impressive career in both music and film, played
a range of songs spanning his career, including a song he had
written for Johnny Cash to perform.
Both Houston and Intveld’s performances left little to be desired,
having been complete in both stage presence and sound.
After the show, both groups were mingling with fans, signing autographs
and having their photos taken.
The duo continued their tour playing Calgary on Tuesday and Kamloops,
British Columbia on Wednesday.
An Evening Of Country Music Magic
by "Uncle William" (Bill Littleton) - The Bridgeworks
- April 2008
Please know that nobody was fooling anybody April 1
as a sizeable gathering of entertainers entertained a sizeable gathering
of fans, all for the purpose of helping defray medical costs for the
late Ernie Ashworth and cancer survivor Ray Griff. Tracey K. Houston put
the event together with help from David McCormick and others.
The highlights swooped in like bats chasing skeeters
on a hot night, so we'll try to focus on everybody getting credited,
although that may be a stretch of my capabilities. First act was Jesse
McReynolds and The Virginia Boys, a troupe at this point consisting of
two of Jesse's grandsons and two neighbors, which is homegrown, I would
think. Jesse's comment that he and his brother had played lots of kinds
of music over the years, "so maybe I'm still trying to figure out what
to do when I grow up" is especially pertinent knowing he sees his 80th
birthday this year!!
Stu Phillips did a couple of pretty songs in his
inimitable fashion and also served as emcee for the whole event,
appropriately discussing the situation at hand. And he shared some of
his pulpit humor. Funny stuff.
Next, Jack Greene came out, needing a bit of help to
navigate but whalloping "Statue Of A Fool" with the power of past
decades. A quick band change was made for James Intveld, whose
rockabilly sensibilities were dowsed with the propane power of Chris
Scruggs on steel guitar!! Whew!!! Also with James were guitarist Eddie
Perez, drummer Mark Horn, and Mark Miller on bass.
Another change brought Lonzo and Oscar on for some
genuine country basics, with a focus on a full duet of "I'm My Own
Grandpa" and a rousing "Old Country Church." Tracey's band, consisting
of Bill Poe on steel, Chris Casello on lead guitar, Jim Hunt on drums,
Scott Icenogle on upright bass, and Adolfo Mayo on piano, came on and
backed Jim Ed Brown with a fun reading of "Pop A Top," followed by
Tracey coming out for a duet with Jim Ed on "I Heard The Bluebirds
Tracey then sang a Ray Griff song that Jean Shepard
recorded, "It's The Wine That's Talking," after which she brought Troy
Cook, Jr. out for a duet on the old Ernest Tubb/Loretta Lynn song "Our
Hearts Are Holding Hands."
Then Crystal Gayle, performing with Tracey's staff
band and her pianist, Will Barrow, created yet another texture of the
wonderful country music tapestry, followed by Stonewall Jackson, one of
the indisputable characters and unique interpreters, working with Robert
Allen on harmonica and Stonewall, Jr. on drums plus the staff band.
Okay, then the show cranked up another notch as Stu
introduced David Ball, whose recordings I've heard but whose live show
had missed me. Wow! The unit is David on a lot of rhythm guitar, Troy
Cook, Jr. playing a WHOLE lot of lead guitar and doing Johnny Paycheck
calibre harmonies, Bill Cook (no relation, I understand) on bass, with a
drummer whose name did not register in my notes in the dark! Honoring
basics by opening with "Pick Me Up On Your Way Down," followed by his
own "Thinking Problem," David exemplifies that some seriously real
country music has made today's playlists and he should be with us as
long as he chooses. Thanks Tracey and David McCormick for a wonderful
THE WAY I AM
COUNTRY JUKEBOX -
JUKEBOX WORLD REVIEW as featured on
Auch wenn die traditionelle Country Music auf den Playlisten der meisten
US-amerikanischen Radiostationen längst ein Schattendasein führt bzw.
schon gänzlich daraus verschwunden ist, hat sie ihren Platz in den
Herzen der Country Music-Liebhaber noch lange nicht verloren.
Eine Künstlerin, die sich voll und ganz dem unverfälschten „Classic
Country“ verschrieben hat, ist die im Westen Kanadas geborene, mit der
Plattensammlung ihrer Mutter aus den 50ern und 60ern aufgewachsenen und
seit Jahren in Nashville, Tennessee beheimatete Sängerin
TRACEY K. HOUSTON.
Ihre aktuelle Albumeinspielung,
Just The Way I Am, stammt zwar
bereits aus dem vergangenen Jahr, doch gäbe es diese Scheibe mit den
zwölf wunderbaren, an die Glanzzeiten so bekannter Country-Stars wie
Loretta Lynn, Connie Smith, Jean Shepard und Tammy Wynette erinnernden
Songjuwelen nicht, das Leben so manches Country Music-Puristen wäre um
Das ihr die echte Country Music ein echtes Anliegen ist, beweist
Houston, die für die wunderschöne Neuauflage des Top 5-Hits „I Heard The
Bluebirds Sing“ von den Browns aus dem Jahr 1957 die Grand Ole Opry-Legende
Jim Ed Brown als Duettpartner gewinnen konnte, mit dem „Let’s Put The
Country Back In Country Music“ betitelten Album-Opener.
Ein Motto, dem die talentierte Sängerin bereits ihr ganzes Leben singend
und handelnd folgt und mit dem sie sich nur zu gerne – Veranstalter,
Konzertagenturen und Inhaber von Country-Lokalitäten aufgepasst – auch
wieder einmal vor europäischen Country Music-Fans präsentieren möchte.
Translation using Dictionary.com Translator:
the traditional country music on the playlists of most U.S. radio
stations have long lead a shadowy existence, or has it disappeared
completely, it has its place in the hearts of country music fans is not
artist who fully endorse the undistorted "Classic Country" has
prescribed, the Canadian-born in the West, with the record collection of
her mother from the 50s and 60s for years and grew up in Nashville,
Tennessee-based singer TRACEY K. HOUSTON.
current album recording, Just The Way I Am, dates already from last
year, but there would be this disc with the twelve wonderful, to the
heyday so famous country stars like Loretta Lynn, Connie Smith, Jean
Shepard, and Tammy Wynette song reminding Juwelen not, the lives of so
many country music purists would be a lot more shape.
the real country music is a real concern, Houston demonstrates, for the
beautiful new edition of the Top 5 hits "I Heard The Bluebirds Sing" by
the Browns in 1957, the Grand Ole Opry Legend Jim Ed Brown as a duet
partner won with the "Let's Put The Country Back In Country Music" album
slogan, which the talented singer is already singing her whole life and
acting, and follows with which they are only too happy - Organizer,
concert agencies and owners of Country-out venues - including once
before the European Country Music fans would like to present.
Max W. Achatz
SALUTE TO LORETTA LYNN
CD Review - TRACEY K. HOUSTON
- Salute To Loretta Lynn
Country Music News - April
2007 (by Larry Delaney)
TRACEY K. HOUSTON
Salute To Loretta Lynn
Songbird – SBCD 07-01
Produced by: Jamie Haage
(10 Selections – Playing
I’m A Honky Tonk Girl /
Whispering Sea / Success /
Before I’m Over You / Our Hearts
Are Holding Hands / Dear Uncle
Sam / Talkin’ To The Wall / If
Loneliness Can Kill Me /
L-O-V-E, Love / Wings Upon Your
Canadian-born singer Tracey K.
Houston has been making
Nashville her home base for the
past decade or so, and in recent
years has found a special niche
performing her Loretta Lynn
tribute show – “Hey Loretta,
The Girl From Butcher Holler”.
In support of the live stage
show, Tracey K. Houston now
follows-up with this ten-song
recording of early career
Loretta Lynn hits and album
cuts. Houston is especially
effective here, with an
authentic sound that has many
vocal inflections that come very
close to the ‘real’ Loretta
Tracey K. Houston pays careful
attention in covering the early
years (basically the 1960’s) of
Loretta Lynn’s music catalog –
opening this tribute with her
breakthrough debut I’m A
Honky Tonk Girl, which
peaked at #14 in 1960 for
Loretta Lynn. Other familiar
hits featured here include
Success (#6 / 1962);
Before I’m Over You (#4 /
1963); Dear Uncle Sam (#4
/ 1966), Wings Upon Your
Horns (#11 / 1969), etc.
A special feature on the
songlist is the tune Our
Hearts Are Holding Hands,
which was originally done as a
duet by Loretta Lynn with Ernest
Tubb (#24 / 1965); and Tracey K.
Houston calls upon rising star
Troy Cook Jr. as the male
counterpart on this stirring
Salute To Loretta Lynn
was produced in Branson,
Missouri studios by Jamie Haage,
who incredibly is credited with
playing every instrument
featured in the session… busy
guy, this Jamie.
Although it has no bearing on
the ultimate song selection for
this tribute album, being
Canadian-born, it would have
been neat for Tracey K. Houston
to have included three songs
recorded by Loretta Lynn that
were written by Canadian
songwriters – Are You Mine,
the Lynn/Tubb duet was
co-written by Canadians Myrna
Lorrie and Don Grashey; the song
Happy Birthday (# 3 / 1964)
was written by Canuck DJ Ron
Kitson, while Loretta Lynn also
recorded a gutsy rendition of
the Ray Griff-penned classic,
The Morning After Baby Let Me
Down… all of which
hopefully, might be included on
a Vol. 2 Salute To
Loretta Lynn by Tracey K.
For info / copies
Great tribute to a great singer!!!
Reviewer: Dan Szatkowski
Tracey is Loretta reincarnated. She steps in her shoes and does a
fantastic job. Hope you do a sequel.
(Mar 14, 2007)
Reviewer: Randall Watters
An excellent tribute to Loretta, one of the best country singers
ever! Love it Tracey!
(Feb 28, 2007)
is far and away Tracey's best CD to date!
Reviewer: Ray Griff
Tracey has captured the very soul of Loretta Lynn in her
presentation of Loretta's recordings from the 60's. I can't
help but believe that Loretta will feel flattered and moved by the
sincerity of which Tracey presents the songs on this special CD.
Good work kiddo! Ray Griff
(Feb 27, 2007)
Tracey K. you rock!
Well there's not a better person to do it than you hun, you're
awesome at singing any Loretta tune and you master it! Loretta
should be very proud of this salute, you're the best! luv ya!
(Feb 27, 2007)
Tracey, Excellent job. It is truly amazing, how your voice flows
through me and touches my heart. This album will sell at least
a million copies, or it should! It is the best traditional
singing I've had the pleasure of hearing in years. This album
is what real country is all about. Thank you for restoring my
faith in the Traditional Country music. I was getting really
tired of this country pop they are pushing today.
(Feb 27, 2007)
beautiful tribute to Loretta!
Reviewer: Tore Brennodden, Norway
We haven't seen many tribute albums to Loretta Lynn in the last few
years. Thanks to Tracey K. Houston for this wonderful long overdue
salute to The Coal Miner's Daughter. The songs Loretta recorded in
the 60s are the main focus in this album and Tracey is doing an
excellent job. Tracey goes back and recreate the wonderful
traditional sound of the 60s with good help from
multi-instrumentalist Jamie Haage. If you like traditional country
music this is the album you should not be without. In the liner
notes Tracey is saying: "Maybe I'll do a second volume of songs from
the 1970s!" Tracey, I think you should!!!
I'M NOT THE SAME GIRL
Studio A Presents:
Tracey K's Cafe - A one-hour PBS TV
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Reviewer: Bryan Baker, Gajoob e-Zine
Not the Same Girl
TN 37212, USA
Not the Same Girl" showcases a solid stable of songs with the spotlight
shining brightly on Tracey K. Houston's beautiful vocals. This album fits
perfectly in the tradition of Tammy Wynette, with Houston's strong, feminine
presence beaming out from track to track. The band is perfect too, able
to growl on occasion and always ease these real emotions into the classic
country charm that's ever-present here. Highly recommended..
by Bryan Baker 8/14/2000.
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Bill Hudgins, Editor
Did you see Tracey K. Houston at this year's International Fan Fair
in Nashville? She was there, her fringed satin cowgirl dress
winking with sequins as she signed autographs. Smiling brightly each
time she dashed off her signature across another glossy picture, she
looked every bit the aspiring country music star. Little did the
fans know that after the last autograph hound straggled home,
Houston would drive herself away... in a Werner Enterprises truck.
Born in British Columbia, Canada, Houston started singing at age 3.
"Mom was big into Merle [Haggard] and Waylon [Jennings] and I just
fell in love with classic country," she says. You can hear a bit of
Canada when she speaks; when she sings, the accent disappears and
her songs are full-bore twangy, catch-in-the-throat country.
As she grew up, she sang with a number of bands in the Calgary area.
In 1991 she recorded a self-titled mini-album; one of those early
songs, "He's Not for Real," did well in Europe.
Hoping to turn music into a full-time career, she moved to Nashville
and worked as a legal secretary while trying to break into show
business. A friend had asked her to do some research on trucking as
a job, and she became interested. When the secretarial job ended,
she enrolled in a driving school ¬ "I was one of the top students,"
she says proudly ¬ and was hired by Werner.
Many singers and songwriters get
their first foothold on the steep slope to success
in the music industry by signing with small independent
labels. It's a way to learn your trade, make contacts
and, perhaps, get airplay you can leverage into a shot
at a major label. That's been her road. The title
track off her first full album, "Falling for You," hit
Number One on the Top 30 Independent Charts in 1997 and
also did well in abroad. This year, she released a
second CD, "I'm Not the Same Girl" (Songbird
Houston drove the Lower 48 states for Werner, but early in 1999 she
shifted over to a zone pattern that lets her get home more often to
Driving cuts into performing, but lets her sift through demo tapes
from songwriters. She's thinking about a collection of trucking
songs. "Who better to sing them than a real trucker?" she asks.
Meanwhile, she'll keep promoting her work (she has a website at
www.tkhouston.com), and driving. You'll probably know her when
you hear her come over the CB... her handle is Songbird.
Reprinted with permission. Appeared in the September 1999
Road King Magazine
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Here’s what others are saying
like a young Tammy Wynette.”
is one of the best Country Albums I have heard this year! Most
of the tracks are "My Music", traditional country music,
and we plug one or two tracks every day.”Hank
Svensson, MD/PD, CMR 105,5 ‑ Sweden
“It reminds me of when the
music was more pure and in the traditional vein. At times there
are wisps of Loretta or Tammy or Crystal Gayle. Tracey K’s
music is a fresh approach that takes you back to the old days.”
“She’s a truck driver and she’s
a mighty fine country singer. I featured her on my program as
my ‘Dynamic Discovery’ one week. She’s good....
good enough to make it.”
Bill Mack (“The Midnight
Cowboy”), DJ/Songwriter, 820 AM WBAP, Ft. Worth, TX
“If there was a second coming
of Loretta Lynn, Tracey K. would be it. She reminds me of
Loretta in her mannerisms... the way she feels the emotion in a
T.W. Barber, Executive Director, Blackbird Star Music
Reviewer: Peter Finn, London,
This is country music at its best. An excellent set of
country songs from an Artist who deserves every success.
this CD is Country - Enjoy
Reviewer: Steve L. Butts, Country Roads (click
Seldom does one find a CD that touches your heart and soul.
"I'm Not the Same Girl" reflects a traditional touch which
few Artists are able to achieve. Tracey's vocals are
reflective of one who is committed to ensuring that
traditional country music continues for each of us to enjoy.
Here is an Artist with loads of class and integrity.
Regards; Steve at Country Roads
Country, my favorite is The Girl From Oklahoma,
Reviewer: Barbara Wells-Taylor
Tracey, keep up the good work. There's a lot of fuss
over many other Canadian artists but in my opinion none are
as clear or as pure country as Tracey is. Hoping that
some major record company finally realizes the talent this
girl has and promotes her.
I'm Not The Same Girl...Superb, Talented, Great Voice, good
Reviewer: Lou Nelson Promotions & Mgmt
...This is one that all should listen to.. the music
is great the voice is untouchable... and this album
will put you into a toe-tappin' spirit... Good Job
FALLING FOR YOU
From the liner notes of the CD, released
August 16, 1997
Reviewer: Ray Griff, Nashville, Tennessee
“COMPLEX, Emotional, Sincere, Intelligent – these are but a few of
the qualities that make up the person of Tracey K. Houston. Her
dream of coming to Nashville and being a country singer have finally
been realized. Tracey K. Houston cannot be stereotyped! She is
real country, and what she manages to capture on her first CD is a
page from yesterday, when country music was true and honest. I’ve
always admired people with a dream, who set a path they were bound
and determined to follow to the end. Tracey K. is one of those rare
and unique kinds of people. I should know – I’ve known this lady
since she was a little girl! I ask you to pay special attending to
the warm and tender way she presents the ballads. This lady has
lived it! You can feel the hurt! Thank you for recording two of my
songs in this, your first of many CDs, and for inviting me to
produce your recording of “You Keep On Trying”! My Best Tracey, Your
Pal – RAY GRIFF”
don't care, you do them all great!
Reviewer: Kenny B!
I have never heard this Artist do a bad job on any song.
She puts her heart and soul into all she does. May she go a
long, long way in this business..... with great success!!!
Reviewer: PETER FINN, LONDON, ENGLAND
A very enjoyable set of fine country songs from Tracey. A
Welcome addition to those who like true country music.