Our Pick: Tracy Bone: Women of Red
Tracy Bone is a well known Aboriginal songstress from Manitoba and this 7 song cd has only one downside. Seven songs isn’t enough. If you are tuned into an Aboriginal radio network, you are now likely familiar with the lively and confident opening track of This Ol’ Habit where Tracy exercises her vocal power in an instant hit song classic. Back In Love is a song done as a duet with her life partner and established music artist, J.C. Campbell, that clearly demonstrates the passion for each other a well as for a great love song. This musical dual have be leaders who have blazed a trail for many years in Manitoba as part of the immerging contemporary Aboriginal music scene. This cd has all the flavor of a solid new country release and the title track, Woman Of Red, pays tribute to proud Aboriginal women and the struggle they have lived and endured. Often studio recordings miss the mark in capturing the true quality of an artist we see in live performances but this release is confident, musically well executed and the sound production is first rate. All the passion and experience Tracy has under her belt as a performing artist has come together in this short collection of songs, from its blistering opening track to its soulful ending track. Its time Tracy Bone was performing alongside Canada’s other top country music stars across the country rather than Manitobans getting exclusive access to the power of this Woman of Red.
Woman of Red
The winner of Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year (2009 & 2012) has compiled seven country-pounding songs on the new album, Women of Red. The opening track, "This Ol' Habit," has vocals that beam with strength similar to the likes of LeAnn Rimes. Women empowerment, confidence and realism are interwoven through each song with "Doin' Time" exhibiting this power perfectly. Tracy Bone may have had quite the backstory (full of racism and hard decisions), but that's what makes her strength in music something quite meaningful and worth taking in.
---Kathryn Kyte of New Canadian Music