The lovely singer-songwriter Tracy Grammer‘s recent stop in Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs was something of a mixed blessing.
On the one hand, she keeps alive the superb music of her longtime partner, the late songwriter Dave Carter. But on the other hand, she seems to be suppressing her own wonderful creativity and songwriting abilities by perhaps paying too much tribute to him.
Although it’s been seven years since Carter’s passing, Grammer can go on lovingly singing and interpreting his songs as long as she likes because they are the product of a great songwriter, who unfortunately wasn’t around long enough to influence the upcoming folk generation. Maybe through her interpretations some will take note.
Opener Kelleigh McKenzie was the surprise of the night. Think banjo-playing young indie-folk songstress who knows how to charm and tantalize an audience with her voice, personality and lyrics. She’ll be back in Lena’s in January on a triple bill with Danielle Miraglia and Bret Mosley. Keep tuned to Nippertown for the date.
Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk