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Showing posts with label Tracy Shedd. Show all posts
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Saturday, October 12, 2019 features EXCLUSIVE Tracy Shedd 'The Carolinas' on Electric Green Vinyl

The vinyl subscription service - - is now offering Tracy Shedd's new album The Carolinas (Science Project Records / Fort Lowell Records) to their subscribers, and they have an extra special treat for all of the vinyl loving record collectors out there: the copies of The Carolinas that you will receive from are on a beautiful electric green wax - EXCLUSIVE to VNYL Members only!  Sign up now to subscribe to and received your copy of Tracy Shedd The Carolinas on translucent green vinyl!

[Repost from]

Veteran indie singer/songwriter Tracy Shedd has returned with her latest album The Carolinas, her first in over six years. If you're feeling those summertime withdrawls, fear not because this album is the perfect fall record for you to spin.

The Carolinas, which comes on electric green translucent vinyl, was written and recorded by Tracy and her husband/bandmate James Tritten nearly two years prior to it's release. After tragedies in the family, Tracy needed time to heal and revisited the album to ensure her vision was still there. The final product doesn't disappoint. There's a little bit of very thing on this album, from feel-good, synth-tinged indie rock to 90's singer/songwriter softies. Her lyrics sound like they were pulled right out of a poetry book, her wealth of life experiences inspiring many of the themes here. Shedd has shared the stage with artists such as Cyndi Lauper, Cat Power, and Iron & Wine, and those influences bleed through in this eclectic collection of tunes.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Live Concert Photographs of Tracy Shedd at Bourgie Nights, Wilmington NC

Check these awesome pictures of Tracy Shedd performing at Bourgie Nights in Wilmington, North Carolina for her Record Release Party [Friday, September 20, 2019] for her new album 'The Carolinas' [Science Project Records]!

Photos by Haley Smith [Modern Legend]

Friday, September 20, 2019

Thursday, September 19, 2019

This may very well be our favorite Tracy Shedd album review ever

[Repost from The Vinyl District; by Joseph Neff]

Tracy Shedd, The Carolinas (Science Project) I first heard Shedd as one of the later offerings from Mark Robinson’s Teen-Beat label; starting in ’01, she’s on four consecutive annual Teen-Beat samplers. While her entries always sounded fine to me, I never grabbed one of her full-length works, of which she now has six, and based on the sustained quality of The Carolinas, I feel like a total fucking dunce for the procrastination. Shedd’s bedrock is guitar-based indie pop, but she infuses it with elements of electronica that succeeds partly because the tech is applied to varying degrees (a sorta “as needed” scenario) and because her stuff never settles into standard synth-pop. If you dig Bridget Cross’ work and/ or would’ve liked to have heard Mark Robinson produce an LP for Lois Maffeo, check this out. A-

2001 Teen-Beat Sampler - Tracy Shedd "Circles"

2002 Teen-Beat Sampler - Tracy Shedd "Faint Pale Smiles"

2003 Teen-Beat Sampler - Tracy Shedd "Rise"

2004 Teen-Beat Sampler - Tracy Shedd "Living in an Abandoned Firehouse With You" (by The Magnetic Fields)

Tracy Shedd The Carolinas (September 20, 2019 - Science Project Records)

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Tracy Shedd talks with Wilmington, North Carolina's StarNews about her new album

[Repost from StarNews; by Brian Tucker]

Moving to Wilmington helped indie rocker Tracy Shedd finish sunny new album

‘The Carolinas’ comes out on Friday, Sept. 20, the same day Shedd plays a downtown gig at Bourgie Nights with De La Noche.
For her new album “The Carolinas,” Tracy Shedd wanted to make an upbeat record.
The Wilmington indie rocker’s latest effort — it comes out Sept. 20 on Fort Lowell Records (digital) and Science Project Records (vinyl) — certainly qualifies, its sound far removed from the stripped down, acoustic material of 2013 record “Arizona.” On Friday, Shedd plays an album release show at Bourgie Nights in downtown Wilmington with electronic soul and rock band De La Noche.
“The Carolinas” was written when Shedd and husband/bandmate James Tritten lived in Raleigh, where they moved after eight years in Tucson, Arizona. A few months before Hurricane Florence they moved to Wilmington. The storm mattered little, endearing Shedd to the area even more and helping her finish a record that had lain dormant for two years.
“It’s a long time to sit on a record. It’s not normal for me. Unfortunately, we had deaths in our family and needed time to heal,” Shedd said. “I wanted to make sure the album was still what I envisioned. I wasn’t there yet. I think Wilmington helped me with that. It cheered us up, and we made great friends. I felt like I could finish.”
Shedd’s sunny vocals were recorded in Wilmington, and Tritten mixed the synth-heavy album. “Santa Fe” echoes Tucson with a Western feel that meets dance-floor energy. Building like daybreak, “Free Love” is like a song in a Sofia Coppola movie. “Kissing and Romancing” is Beach Boys as gnarly garage rock. (“The washed out, distorted sound was on purpose,” Shedd said. “We wanted a loud, noisy song.”) “Letters” is spare, a song Shedd said is “about having people you love in your life. They’re important to you, and you should share it with them.”
One reviewer smartly described “Arizona” as a candle flame of a record, an intimate, bright light in a dark room. “The Carolinas” is very different, a candy-colored daydream that reflects her move East.
As a child, Shedd wanted to be a classical pianist. After her parent’s divorce, Shedd lived with her father and the grand piano stayed with Mom.
“I think by default I picked up the guitar because that was easier to transport and play,” she said. “I (had) keyboards but it was easier for me to write on guitar. I think that’s changing the older I get. It’s easier to write on the piano. I’m more open minded to play around a bit. That was ‘The Carolinas.’ I was open to no guitar on (songs). Let’s play all synth on this.”

Everybody's talking about Tracy Shedd's new album 'The Carolinas'

Tracy Shedd's latest full length record The Carolinas is coming out this week - Friday, September 20 - on Science Project Records (vinyl) and Fort Lowell Records (digital).  Here are the latest record reviews, from Here Comes the Flood and Power of Pop:

[Repost from Here Comes the Flood; by Hans Werksman]

Tracy Shedd returns to electric, eclectic indie rock with her new album The Carolinas. The first lines is of the opening track pretty much sums about what's top come on this concept album of moving to North Carolina with her husband James Tritten: If there's an easy way, no we won't take it. If there's an easy day, no we won't waste it".

The influence of the music of the couple's side-project Band & The Beat comes to the fore in the Free Love, with it's Eighties-inspired synth rhythm. Her love for garage rock gets a nod with songs like Kissing and Romancing and Good Times. Shedd is obviously quite happy in her new abode and her relationship is doing great as well (Letters). Few albums can earn the badge "all killer, no filler", but The Carolinas has every right to wear it proudly.

The Carolinas will be released on September 20 via Science Project Records (vinyl) and Fort Lowell Records (digital).

1) Catching the Breeze
2) Holding On
3) Free Love
4) Tinder Heart
5) Letters
6) Kissing and Romancing
7) The Rest Will Follow
8) Santa Fe
9) Good Times
10) 4:00 AM


[Repost from Power of Pop; by Kevin Mathews]

The rest will follow...

There’s a calm assurance in Tracy Shedd‘s music making – a succinct understanding of where (and when) the foundation comes from with enough building blocks taken from personal experience and idiosyncratic nuances.

On her latest album (#6), The Carolinas, Shedd borrows liberally from 80s pop sources – specifically indie pop and synth pop – certainly a fecund period of pop-rock history, for sure.

A song like “Holding On” evokes New Order very strongly but features enough of Shedd’s own alternative rock sensibility to escape being labeled as simply derivative.

“Kissing and Romancing” is a straight-forward lo-fi indie popper with enough alt-rock energy to keep things this side of intriguing, whereas “Good Times” comes across with crystal clear melodies and chord changes that verges on power pop, but not quite, if you know what I mean.

Overall, there is a suitable minimalist approach that serves the dynamic songs very well. This allows Shedd’s personality to shine through without too much complication in terms of arrangements/instrumentation.

Opening track, “Catching the Breeze” is the current single and it is aptly titled, with a casual simplicity and tuneful engagement that begs repeated listens. The track is a fair encapsulation of what The Carolinas is all about. Shedd is content to make her music count for herself, without too much decoration but with enough conviction in the details to reward the dedicated listener.

Check out the video for “Catching the Breeze” below.

The Carolinas will be released on Friday, September 20th, 2019 on Science Project Records (vinyl) and Fort Lowell Records (digital)

… still there’s more …

Sunday, September 15, 2019

New music video for "Catching the Breeze" by Tracy Shedd

Tracy Shedd is about to release her sixth studio album, titled The Carolinas, this coming Friday, September 20th with yours truly (Fort Lowell Records), as well as Science Project Records To help celebrate, Shedd just dropped a brand new music video on us this weekend for the opening track from the record, "Catching the Breeze."  This makes the third music video that Shedd has teased us with for The Carolinas in the past month!  Be sure to order The Carolinas today!


Saturday, August 24, 2019

Pre-Order Tracy Shedd 'The Carolinas' Vinyl NOW from Science Project Records

Fort Lowell Records has teamed up with Athens, Georgia's own Science Project Records for the release of Tracy Shedd's sixth studio album The Carolinas.  Science Project Records is providing you with the vinyl release, while yours truly is managing things on the ol' world wide web with the digital release.

Fun fact, especially for all your vinyl freaks and geeks out there: Science Project Records is actually owned and operated by the fine folks at Kindercore Vinyl Pressing.  Yup, that's right.  You may remember when Kindercore Vinyl Pressing came on the scene back in early 2017, they were boasting (as they should) about their partnership with Canada's Viryl Technologies and The WarmToneproduct: a fully automatic, modernized vinyl record pressing system.  Fast forward two-plus years later: those boys in Athens gotta' hankerin' to start putting out rekkerds themselves, beginning with The Cadets and now Tracy Shedd's latest album.

CLICK HERE NOW TO PRE-ORDER - Tracy Shedd - The Carolinas

The Test Pressing has already arrived and has been approved, so things are ready to roll and records will ship out in the early fall.  You can also stop by Bourgie Nights in Wilmington, North Carolinas on Friday, September 20, 2019, when Tracy Shedd hosts her Record Release Party with De La Noche (featuring Ivan Howard of The Rosebuds, Merge Records), and you will be able to buy a vinyl record at the show.
For now, enjoy the first two singles from The Carolinas: "Holding On" and "Kissing and Romancing", plus the album's opening track "Catching the Breeze"!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Friends De La Noche celebrate their debut album 'Blue Days, Black Nights'

Wilmington, North Carolina's own De La Noche spent the evening (Thursday, August 22, 2019) at Mon Âme Chocolate & Wine Bar sharing their debut album Blue Days, Black Nights (Get Loud Recordings) with family and friends at their Album Listening Party.  De La Noche will share the stage with Fort Lowell Records' Tracy Shedd on Friday, September 20, 2019 at Bourgie Nights in Wilmington, as both artists commemorate their album releases with live performances, which will include De La Noche's singer, Ivan Howard (not pictured below) of The Rosebuds (Merge Records), who will be traveling from his home of Portland, Oregon to take part in the showcase.  Purchase tickets here before the show sells out, and be sure to RSVP on the Facebook Event Page.

Listen to De La Noche here:

De La Noche pictured below (L-R: Chuck Spry, Robert Rogan, and Brian Weeks)

Wednesday, August 21, 2019


[REPOST from The Joy of Violent Movement]

With the release of her five previous albums through labels like Teen BeatNew Granada Records and Devil In The Woods and stints in Band & The Beat, the Jacksonville, FL-born, Wilmington, NC-based singer/songwriter and guitarist Tracy Shedd has developed a reputation for being a musician’s musician, whose sound and approach has been compared to the likes of Alvvays, Belle & SebastianLiz PhairMy Bloody ValentineSnail Mail, Sonic Youth and countless others.  

After Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley [sat] in on drums during her last US tour, Shedd began writing the material, which would comprise her forthcoming album The Carolinas in her new home of North Carolina. The album reportedly finds Shedd drawing upon her indie rock roots with some of her electro pop experiences with Band & The Beat — and is arguably some of the most playful material she’s written and recorded to date. The album’s first single is the coquettish fuzz pop anthem “Kissing and Romancing.” Centered around fuzzy power chords, a big infectious hook and a decidedly lo-fi production, the song manages to recall 90s grunge and fuzz pop — Liz Phair’s “Supernova” immediately comes to mind; but with a playful, coquettish air.

The recently released video features stop-motion animation of a wooden robot dancing and courting a blue alien. And while drawing some influence from The White StripesFell in Love with a Girl,” the video, much like the song has a playful air.

Shedd’s latest album, The Carolinas is slated for a September 20, 2019 digitally through Fort Lowell Records and on vinyl through Science Project Records.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Tracy Shedd - Record Release Party for 'The Carolinas' - Fri 9/20/19

Please join us on Friday, September 20, 2019 at Bourgie Nights in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina, to celebrate Tracy Shedd's release of her new full length studio recording The Carolinas - an evening hosted by Modern Legend - as she shares the stage (and record release celebrations) with good friends, De La Noche (Get Loud Recordings) - featuring Ivan Howard of The Rosebuds.  This will be Tracy Shedd's first live show in two years, so don't miss it!

Click here now to purchase tickets

Listen to De La Noche + Tracy Shedd here:

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Happy 45th Birthday, Tracy Shedd!

Celebrate Tracy Shedd's 45th birthday today by listening to her new "45"(rpm), "single," that is. CLICK HERE now to play "Kissing and Romancing" on Spotify:

Monday, July 29, 2019

Tracy Shedd - "Kissing and Romancing" - New Music Video

Tracy Shedd - of Teen-BeatNew Granada Records, and Devil In The Woods record labels - has a new album coming out soon called The Carolinas, and there is a brand new music video for the first single released (and available everywhere like Spotify, Pandora, etc.) - "Kissing and Romancing."   Watch the video now:

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Listen to Tracy Shedd's new song, "Kissing and Romancing"

Did you know that indie rock songstress Tracy Shedd has a new album, The Carolinas, coming out soon?  To celebrate, Shedd has released a first single, titled "Kissing and Romancing."  Check it out here:

The Carolinas will be release on vinyl by Science Project Records and digital format by Fort Lowell Records; scheduled to be released on Friday, September 20, 2019.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Can't help but wonder if THIS inspired THAT


"These human towers, or castells in Catalan, have become a symbol of Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain vying for greater autonomy." ~ MEAGHAN BEATLEY, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, 10 OCTOBER 2017

Perhaps this was the inspiration for Tracy Shedd's music video by Canadian filmmaker - Jesse Ewles (Yules) - for her track "Encourage Me," from the Fort Lowell Records compilation album, Luz de Vida. Watch the video here, and you decide:

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Ladies & Gentlemen...

It is with great pleasure that we announce the debut release for Band & The Beat.  Tracy and James Tritten (of Tracy Shedd, from Teen-Beat and New Granada Records) have started a new band, called Band & The Beat - a husband-wife dream pop duo, featuring synthesizers and a drum machine, from Raleigh NC - and they have a brand new Digital 45 release due out Tuesday, October 27th.  The single is "21," which is accompanied by the virtual b-side, "Buoy."   You will have to wait a few weeks before you can hear "21," but for now you can take a listen to "Buoy" here:

Band & The Beat is supporting their debut release with a tour through North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia beginning Wednesday, October 14th.  Below are the dates; don't forget to bring your dancing shoes!  PS: Handmade Band & The Beat T-Shirts are going to be available at the shows (pictured below ./ order online here)!

Oct 14 . Durham NC . The Pinkhook . w/ Jphono1, Schooner (solo)
Oct 17 . Raleigh NC . Slim's . w/ Jason Herring & The Mystery Plan
Oct 18 . Chapel Hill NC . Local 506 . w/ Nuns (Oklahoma)
Oct 19 . Knoxville TN . Pilot Light . w/ Bark (mems. of Tim Lee 3), Psychic Baos
Oct 20 . Nashville TN . The Basement - 8:00pm - New Faces Nite
Oct 20 . Nashville TN . The 5 Spot - 10:00pm - $2 Tuesday w/ Derek Hoke
Oct 21 . Nashville TN . The Basement East - New Faces Nite
Oct 22 . Athens GA . Flicker . w/ Tabloid
Oct 23 . Charlotte NC . Petra's . w/ Jason Herring & The Mystery Plan, the Edwards Brothers
Nov 1 . Durham NC . Duke Coffeehouse . w/ Free Pizza (Boston MA)
Nov 7 . Chapel Hill NC . The Cave . w/ Tim Lee 3, Kenny Roby

Band & The Beat T-Shirts:

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Folks, our very own Tracy Shedd and yours truly have a new project called Band & The Beat. To start, we've taken some of Tracy Shedd's hit singles from her career, and we synthesized them; meaning, we are playing them with an analog synthesizer, electric piano, a drum machine, and electric guitars. Rest assure, we've got a number of brand new tunes in the Dream Pop Perculator, as well as plans for an October Tour! There is no pre-programmed sampling going on here, folks; this stuff is coming at'cha' 100% live! Take a listen below, and stay tuned to this site, as we will have more to report out about Band & The Beat soon!

Photo by Steve Haley

Sunday, April 12, 2015


Just west of the town of Carrboro off North Carolina's State Highway 54 on the way to Saxapahaw is a rural section of Chapel Hill that is home to the Honeysuckle Tea House.  Farm Manager, Nathan Toben, with a team of family and friends, opened Honeysuckle just over two years ago, and have crafted a serene, yet awaking, environment for all of us to experience.

Yes, there is a proper tea house, designed for you to revel in their surroundings.  However, Honeysuckle is much more than the holistic watering hole you might expect.  There is a multi-acre farm where they grow plants to harvest for the teas they serve and berries for various tinctures they sell, all while providing education for the youth in the process.  There are areas for kids to roam free and explore our world, as well as for adults to let their inhibitions go and do the same.

In addition, Honeysuckle Tea House is an amazing venue for live music.  Our very own Tracy Shedd performed at Honeysuckle on Saturday, April 11th on their outdoor stage.  The exquisite settings complimented Tracy's acute melodies to a T (or tea, shall we say; pun intended).  We strongly recommend looking over Honeysuckle's live music calender and going to see a show.  Say "Hello!" to Nathan for us.

Top photo by Nathan Toben; bottom photo by Christy Crowley

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Ladies and gentlemen, please join us this coming Saturday, April 11 from 7:00-9:00pm at the Honeysuckle Tea House in Chapel Hill, North Carolina for a free concert from our very own Tracy Shedd.

"Akin to Hope Sandoval's (Mazzy Star) warm-but-irreverent vocal intonation, Tracy Shedd is an alternative singer-songwriter proper. Teaming with guitarist, James Tritten, the 'slowcore songstress' bares slanted insight and honesty on 'Arizona' (New Granada Records), her most minimal and focused LP to date. Honeysuckle is humbled to have her."  ~ Honeysuckle Tea House

Click here for the Facebook Event Page

Photos by Kate Moore (live from Petra's Piano Bar, Charlotte, NC)