When I was Thirteen years old a guitar player in the band my Dad
was in taught me the basic chords and a couple of simple licks. After that, I played all the time and was always listening to records and the radio, learning everything I heard. (inspiration?) I was always a bit of an artist, always drawing, painting and making things. Music to me became the ultimate medium @TracyBarrow4
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Episode #372 : A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline
GETTING TO KNOW TRACY BARROW
by Jacqueline Jax host of A.V.A Live Radio
When I was Thirteen years old a guitar player in the band my Dad
was in taught me the basic chords and a couple of simple licks. After that, I played all the time and was always listening to records and the radio, learning everything I heard. (inspiration?) I was always a bit of an artist, always drawing, painting and making things. Music to me became the ultimate medium. It has no limits and no lines to stay inside. It is very freeing . It’s something beautiful I can share with people that can’t get lost or destroyed.
Just Keep Runnin’
I just played from my emotions.
I recorded it in my bed room on my lap top. Just me and a guitar, it was a very personal thing
I’m an artist so my intention was to express my inner most thoughts and feelings.
To some-how say with my guitar, ” Hey I’m alive!… I feel pain, joy, sadness,anger..etc.” My wife and I have seven children. Our second to the youngest son, Alex, has Autism. One day as I sat on the front porch, he came to me and looked at me and made real eye contact, which is kind of rare for children with Autism. So he had my attention and as he looked at me I saw he wanted to tell me something. He moved his lips and tried so hard but nothing came out. I just can’t tell you how it hurt to see him so frustrated. I kept my composure and said, ” It’s ok baby. the moment passed and went off and continued playing in the yard. For a long time I was angry, then just hurt. Then I realized their are many ways to communicate and many ways to understand. I made up my mind that I would find a way to express all the thoughts and feelings that I have no words for. So I guess this album was inspired by Alex.
I live in the country, about 45 minutes south of Ft.Worth, Texas.
Their are so many places to play or see live music. I guess the Texas music scene is infamous, and if you ever get chance to go to the “Stockyards” in Ft. Worth, GO. It’s historic, and full of legendary Honky Tonks and bars. You can see some of the greatest musicians on the planet, some everyone knows and some you may have never heard of.
I love music, the making or performance of it. As for the business of music,
in my experience, the only “business” I’ve known or really cared about was at the end of the night I get paid. I know their is a whole industry built around music and musicians, a lot of people making a pretty good living off of the blood sweat and tears of artist that spend their entire lives just trying to get their art in front of the world, and be appreciated. Right or wrong? not my call. I mean, promoters, managers, record companies, lawyers, they gotta make a living too and most musicians wouldn’t have a clue how to do those jobs for them selves, and with out the business men and women the “music business” really couldn’t exist as we know it today. But what do I know? I’m just a guitar player.
I think releasing an album is very cool
because you give your audience a chance to decide which song or songs they like. I thought I had a pretty good idea what people would like off this album. I was wrong and that’s alright because music is really about the audience anyway.
The internet is so cool.
The opportunities and resources that exist now are endless. Facebook, Twitter, Reverbnation which is my personal favorite, and all the online music stores…Wow. Back in the day an artist had to work for years to reach a few thousand people. now we can write, edit, master, release an album and get it in front of millions of people with out leaving the house. My album, Long Time Comin’, has only been out less than two months and I have met hundreds of people and made lots of new friends and fans online.
You know, I’ve been around a while and I’ve seen trends come and go.
The one thing that remains is people love honesty, a true artist just is what he or she is people appreciate that.I think if you do what you do well and work hard you are bound to succeed. be true to yourself and your God given talent, whatever it is.
Some one once said “whatever doesn’t kill me only makes me stronger.
I believe that and have tried to remember it through the years. Their have been many times I tried and fell on my face. So many ups and downs on these twisted roads I’ve made a lot of wrong turns. At the end of the day though, I remember what my Mama said, ” a mistake is not a mistake if you learn from it, it’s a lesson” and I’ve had a lot of “lessons” in my life.
I just want to be the best me I can be. I don’t have a philosophy or an agenda.
I pray every day that God will show me what I need to do to be a better husband , father and friend. That doesn’t seem to be very popular in our culture now days but I don’t care. I don’t force my beliefs or way of life on anyone. I’m just sayin’ that’s what I do, that’s who I am and it works for me. I love people, some say to a fault but I believe this world could be a much better place if we all loved more. If we could all start to look at ourselves more closely and not so much at our neighbors. You know like Michael said, start with the man in the mirror.
Willie Nelson. He has so many years in the business,
he’s an awesome musician, songwriter and entertainer. Willie has inspired me since I started playing music. The year I started playing was the year the Outlaws album came out. My Dad bought it, I wore it out and he bought another one. I wore that one out too. It’s the way he tells the story, you feel like you’re there. I remember the first time I listened to the Red Headed Strannger album, I cried like a baby, then laughed, then I cried some more. 5 minutes, that would never be enough, but I’d settle for that. Willie was 53 I believe when Good Hearted Woman started charting. He had already played a life time on the road when world wide recognition snuck up on him. That is what inspires me even at 54 to keep on rockin’. It’s not fame or fortune I’m looking for I just want to tell my story, my way. Like Willie’s still doin’, Rock on Willie.
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