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Shades of Crystal

Tracey K. Houston

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In her early career Tracey K. Houston was also influenced by Crystal Gayle, to whom she pays homage in this album. As a longtime friend and fan, it’s with great admiration and respect Tracey K. presents this new album.

"Tracey K. Houston and I have known each other for many years. I enjoy her music and friendship, and it is always fun to share the stage with her. Although Tracey grew up in British Columbia – far away from my Butcher Holler roots – we both were raised in families that loved playing and singing country music.

"When Tracey came to see me perform at Johnny Cash’s farm outside of Nashville, she told me she was ready to start recording this project. I was excited and honored that she was recording an album of my songs. Her selections include some of my hits and some of my favorite album tracks.

"Tracey is singing great! I love this album!"

~ Crystal Gayle

"Crystal Gayle… I have always loved this lady and her music even before I first met her in 1986 in Calgary, AB. Five years ago, while attending a concert of Crystal’s at the Country Music Hall of Fame, I came up with the idea to do a tribute album to her, since her music was an influence in my early career. After the show I asked how she would feel about it, with a huge smile and a hug her response was, “I would love that!” It’s been my dream ever since.

"Fast forward to the present. I finally recorded this album of some of my favorite Crystal songs, having the great privilege and honor of recording in Crystal’s studio with her son, Chris, the very talented Engineer. Crystal was actively involved with this project as well, with her input and suggestions, an unexpected and pleasant surprise! A huge Thank You also to Bill Gatzimos, her husband, for being instrumental in making this album happen at their studio! A huge thank you to all involved with this album, including the Jamie Haage “dream team” in Branson, MO, who recorded the tracks. "

~ TKH

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Rockin' Little Angel

Tracey K. Houston

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On her fifth release, Tracey K. delivers an exciting mix of rockabilly cover songs by well-known writers (Johnny Burnette, James Intveld, Marti Brom, Teri Joyce, Teddy Riedel, Bobby Darin, etc.) stepping outside of her usual realm of traditional country.

Her fifth album release, Tracey K. takes a step back into the Rockabilly field with these exciting, toe-tapping songs, sure to get you up and dancing. Featured guest artists are James Intveld and Marti Brom, both of whom lent their writing and vocal talents to the album, with James contributing on piano as well.

"TRACEY K. HOUSTON - a very dear friend for several years, is a beautiful and very talented female vocalist of old school country and rockabilly music who should be at the top of the charts today, and will be in the future with this new and brilliant CD. You will hear the special and versatile style she gives to this new rockabilly performance in the most unique and spicy ingredients she puts into this new album. You will hear and feel the dynamics, and will truly know that Tracey K. Houston is the angel that knows how to rock. Best Wishes Always Tracey. Your friend -- Carl Mann." (Sun Records Rockabilly legend)

PLAYERS:

Chris Casello - electric lead guitar, steel guitar

Dave Roe - upright bass

James Intveld - piano, harmony vocal on #7

Joe Spivey - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, fiddle

John Heinrich - saxophone

Rodger Morris - piano, organ

Steve Holland - drums

Darryl O'Donnell - backing vocals

Jennifer O'Brien - backing vocals

Marti Brom - duet vocal and harmony vocal on #8

Tracey K. Houston - vocals, harmony vocal on #2 & #8

Recorded at:

Bayou Studios - Nashville, Tennessee, an analog studio, on 2-inch master tape

Executive Producer: Barry Hay

Producer: Tracey K. Houston

Co-Producer: Marti Brom on tracks #3 & #6

Associate Producer: George Clinton

Engineer: Jesse Poe

Mixed & Mastered by Jesse Poe and George Clinton at Bayou Studios - Nashville, Tennessee

Photography: Tim Hunter - Los Angeles, California

Hair/Makeup: Miss Heaven - Rancho Cucamonga, California

Design/Layout: Scott Ballou - Cincinnati, Ohio

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Just The Way I Am

Tracey K. Houston

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Like stepping back in time to yesteryear, and reaching into the archives of your country memory.

True Classic Country music is seldom heard on the radio these days and Classic Country artists are few and far between. Country Music’s roots and heritage lie in the legendary performances and recordings of such artists as Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Lefty Frizzell, Hank Williams Sr., George Jones and a host of other legends who have graced the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.

Rare are the artists that keep that tradition alive. Tracey K. Houston is one of those rare artists that bring the true spirit of Classic Country back to today’s generation. She captures the essence of some of the most legendary ladies in Country Music such as Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette, yet maintains a completely unique style all her own. If you love good ole Classic Country music, then you’re gonna love Tracey K. Houston. – Danny Burton (Producer)

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Salute to Loretta Lynn

Tracey K. Houston

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A wonderful tribute to The Coal Miner's Daughter, Loretta Lynn, a living legend. Striving to maintain the pure "early Loretta sound," Tracey K. Houston does a fine rendition of these songs, all of which were originally recorded by Loretta in the 1960s.

Pure Classic Country at its best!!

Tracey K. Houston recorded this Loretta Lynn tribute album due to the many requests of fans throughout the years who have attended her Loretta tribute show "Hey Loretta, The Girl From Butcher Holler."

"I thought it was only natural to release the album on February 1, 2007, the 47th Anniversary of Loretta signing her first record contract on February 1, 1960. Since there were just too many favorites of mine to choose from, I decided this first Loretta tribute album would contain songs from her early career, thus this album contains songs RECORDED by Loretta only during the 1960s. Wanting to pay homage to Loretta's original "early sound", I tried to keep my music as close to the original recording as possible."

Below is the write-up about the Loretta Lynn tribute show. Please contact us if you'd be interested in bringing the show to your area.

Hey Loretta, The Girl From Butcher Holler™

Starring

Tracey K. Houston

Tracey K. Houston, an internationally acclaimed, award-winning traditional country music artist, presents in song and story, "Hey Loretta, The Girl From Butcher Holler", a loving portrayal of the Coal Miner's Daughter, Miss Loretta Lynn. Loretta Webb was born in 1932, the second of eight kids to a coal miner, in the mountains of Butcher Holler, Kentucky, and married at the age of 15 to Oliver Vanetta "Mooney" Lynn. She had her fourth child by the time she was 20 and became a grandmother at 32. She embarked upon her professional music career in 1959, and on February 1, 1960 she signed her first record contract with Zero Records out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, releasing one single, ‘Honky Tonk Girl’. The song reached the Top 15 on the country charts, and a year later, due to the success of that hit single and thanks to the efforts of The Wilburn Brothers, Decca Records picked up her recording contract. Through personal and professional triumphs and tragedies during the past four decades, Loretta has captured the hearts of millions worldwide, and has become one of the most recognized and successful country music artists ever. "Hey Loretta" is a one-woman show written, arranged and produced by Tracey K., a noted Loretta historian. "Hey Loretta" traces the highlights of Loretta’s lengthy career, and the roots and development of Loretta and her music, which evolves from biographical songs to tunes about strong-willed, independent and feisty women. "Hey Loretta" is a 90-minute 2-part production. The first 45-minute set covers the 1960s (the early years), and after an intermission, the second 45-minute set covers the 1970s to the present (the superstardom years). Appearing on stage with Tracey K. is a male musician/vocalist, who performs the vocals of Loretta’s duet partners, Ernest Tubb and Conway Twitty. "Hey Loretta" is a heartwarming, loving portrayal of the Coal Miner's Daughter which will leave the audience enlightened and entertained.
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I'm Not The Same Girl

Tracey K. Houston

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Pure traditional country whose roots lie in traditional country music but have a little blues thrown in. Influences are Jean Shepard, Loretta Lynn, Anita Carter, Tammy Wynette. "Real country" with LOTS of fiddle and steel guitar.

Just by looking at her you'd never guess that Tracey K. was also a truck driver. This little lady can handle a rig like she can a country song. She's about as country and down-to-earth as you can get. A few years ago she got off the road as an OTR driver, and is concentrating more heavily on her music once again.

Born and raised in Western Canada, surrounded by "country music and mountains", she comes by her musical ability naturally.... it runs in the family. All her relatives played and sang and she remembers many a jam session the family would have singing and playing country music from the 40s through 70s. While growing up in Quesnel, B.C. she "discovered" her mother's record collection of country and rock 'n' roll from the 50s and 60s, and was in "heaven"! Her major musical influence is Loretta Lynn, but other favourites include Jean Shepard, Tammy Wynette, Marty Robbins, Faron Young, Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell and Merle Haggard to mention just a few. But it was in Drayton Valley, Alberta where she was exposed to even more country music and where she first met Canadian singer/songwriter Ray Griff, who had a major impact on her life. There's no doubt that Tracey K. has roots firmly planted in country music, which you can't miss when you hear her sing traditional country music.

At age 9, in Quesnel, BC, Tracey K. made her first public appearance playing piano. In '87 she made her stage debut at the Royal Canadian Legion at a Gary Buck show during a Stampede performance in Calgary, Alberta. Afterwards she performed with many bands in the Calgary area, as well as British Columbia and Nashville. In 1991 she recorded a self-titled mini-album; in 1993 her first single "He's Not For Real" peaked at #12 in Europe; in 1997 her second album "Falling For You" (on Rosebud Records) scored a #1 single of the title track on the National Independent Charts in the U.S. in December '97, remaining in the Top 20 for 8 weeks. Her latest album on Songbird Productions (out of Calgary) is entitled "I'm Not the Same Girl" and received plenty of chart action overseas, having received an Award for substantial airplay for the single "Count Me Out". Her single "The Girl In Oklahoma" was a hit on the European charts for FIVE months! It also received significant airplay in the USA. Other singles from the CD include: "Count Me Out", "Deja Blue", "The Middle of the Bed", "I'm Not The Same Girl", "Lonesome", "You're Walkin' & Talkin' In My Sleep Again" and "Hot Steamy Night In Dixie". All of them did really well in Europe and overseas.

Her latest two singles were "You Did Everything Right" and "I Heard The Bluebirds Sing", a duet with Grand Ole Opry star, Jim Ed Brown. They can be heard on her mp3 site www.SoundClick.com/TraceyKHouston Tracey K has plans to go into the studio again soon.

Currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee, Tracey K. has toured mainly throughout Western Canada and the United States. More recently, she has also been touring with her Loretta Lynn tribute show, "Hey Loretta, The Girl From Butcher Holler". Check out the webpage www.tkhouston.com/heyloretta.htm

Most every year she appears at Fan Fair (now known as CMA Music Festival) in Nashville to meet and chat with old and new fans alike. In 1998 the New York State Country Music Association nominated her as Female Vocalist of the Year. She recently received 3 awards in 2000: An Airplay International "King Eagle Award" ("Artistic Career Achievement"); the Lonestar State Country Music Association's Best of Texas 2000 Awards ("American Horizon Award" and "Canadian Recording Artist"). In 2001 she was awarded "Album of the Year" from the Lonestar State Country Music Association's Best of Texas 2001 Awards for her CD album "I'm Not The Same Girl."

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Falling For You

Tracey K. Houston

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Traditional country artist with a splash of contemporary country thrown in here and there. Influences are Loretta Lynn, Jean Shepard, Tammy Wynette.

This is the debut album of Tracey K. Houston. Includes the debut single from 1993, "He's Not For Real", which garnered significant European radio airplay, and is the song that started it all for Tracey K. Also includes one of the first Demos she recorded in 1991, Lonesome Town.

There are a few traditional country songs on it, which were recorded in Calgary, Alberta, as well as some more contemporary country songs recorded after she moved to Nashville, Tennessee.

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