Tracy Wells & Overdue Blues Band
Calgary International Blues Festival (2012)
Tracy Wells is the lead singer of Red Deer's Overdue Blues Band. A recent convert to America's original art form, the blues, Tracy re-invigorates the style with inimitable comfort, power and grace. In addition to the rock/pop influences of Janis Joplin, Heart and Annie Lennox, and more recently Susan Tedeschi, she has discovered the magic of female blues' powerhouses like Big Mama Thorton, Etta James & Koko Taylor. This unique and commercially viable pairing imparts a certain edge to Tracy's smooth vocal style.
The powerful and compelling nature of Wells' voice is evident on the minor key blues original, Come On and Love Me, where the delivery is tender, breathy, yet commanding; enhancing and accentuating the fine guitar work of Dean Bruce & Bruce Jacobson. The shades of dark and light in this track echo Janis Joplin's Ball and Chain and Led Zeppelin's Since I've Been Loving You.
On her own composition, Dirty Dawg, Tracy extends the female blues tradition of the double entendre with her tongue planted firmly in her cheek. Boisterous, brassy, raucous and sassy, Tracy sings about what she knows best. And she means it.
The funky stylings laid down by the solid rhythm section of Denis Boisvert (bass) and Charlie Jacobson (drums) redefines soul and makes it is easy for the listeners to bob their heads along.
Tracy's on stage presence shines and her welcoming demeanor invites the audience into the living room of her heart. So, Calgary, please welcome this new and powerful artist as she makes her debut on the international stage.
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