Biography & press
Jack of a handful of trades and master of a couple Sean Tracey has been gigging and recording Psychotonkapolitan music for over 20 years. After 26 years in Alaska and 5 in Austin, TX., Sean is currently on a sabbatical ramble lookin' for the next stop on the honky-tonk merry-go-round. Sean records and releases singles via this site; join the mailing list for new release notifications. Make sure you're havin' fun 'cause it might end tomorrow; or maybe never.
P R E S S
“Sean Tracey, a Juneau-based guitarist and harmonica player, has joined the ranks of country singers you should be listening to with his first solo release, "Trouble." Tracey…has gathered up a bunch of his pals and delivered a baker's dozen worth of foot-stomping, hell-raising, pure country tunes that will…restore your faith in the idea of country music as the sound of white folks laughing as their lives go down the tubes. This is akin to the sound that Hank Williams III has been exploring; 1950s-style stripped-down country infused with a punk rocker's attitude. ”
David A. James - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
“ A fisherman and harmonica player, guitarist and songwriter, Tracey spins country music on the radio, plays in a bunch of country and blues bands, and writes a music column for the Juneau Empire. Tracey put together a 14-track album, "Trouble," with the help of many friends and a $5,000 project grant from the Rasmuson Foundation, which he got partly because of the iconic tune "Everything Was Cool Until I Bought Her a Gun." "Trouble" manages to mix country and bluegrass, blues and old-time silliness without losing its Johnny Cash cool. ”
Dawnelle Smith - Anchorage Daily News
NO DEPRESSION REVIEW OF AUSTIN STEAMERS!!
It was The Austin Steamers – we had never heard of them before that night. Speaking with Sean Tracey during their break, I discovered that they had been doing a monthly gig there for some time – we just never happened to be there when they were playing. Sean told me this was their last night at Waterloo for a while – they were about to head for Alaska for an extended stay. After enjoying their sound so much, we were wishing we had discovered them much sooner.
The music on this, their only CD release, is a wonderful program of original material and carefully chosen songs by other writers they admire. ‘Old black crow’ and ‘Path of least resistance’, both Sean Tracey originals, are standouts, as are Joe Sundell’s ‘Dollar bill’ and Daniel Zeh’s ‘Hangdog’. Tracey’s ‘The only thing wrong’ is laced with self-deprecating humor without being trite or maudlin even for a moment. Among the covers, I’m especially fond of ‘Last letter home’, an Amazing Rhythm Aces song I’ve loved for years. Their version of ‘Freight train blues’ brings new life to an old standard. All four member sing, alternating lead and harmony vocals from song to song. Sean Tracey seemed to be the spokesman, at least on this night, but everyone shone on every tune, all having contributions to add, both instrumentally and vocally.
Larry Looney - No Depression