Tracy Newman and the Reinforcements
- Published on Thursday, 01 December 2011 02:21
L.A based band with members ranging from an Emmy Award-winner to the former bass player of Harry Belafonte.
As if two moving parts on a single machine, the lyrics and the music exemplify why life can be unpredictable and sometimes unjust, but at all costs one must learn to laugh and embrace it. Newman’s music plays out like a hilarious autobiography layered on top of music. The sound is both whimsical and playful, yet the lyrics are tender and moving – the tongue-and-cheek style keeps the listener enthralled, amused and enchanted. The songs dig deep and explore the simple truth of being human. Beautifully crafted, the music lends itself to a plethora of genres. With influences ranging from Merle Haggard, Alison Krauss, Willie Nelson, Colbie Caillat, James Taylor, Newman is a mature, bag o’ lightening bolts, female counterpart to folk contemporaries like Sufjan Stevens, Iron & Wine and etc.
Newman is one of the founding members of the Groundlings. Her career began in TV writing-- with her first writing gig on Cheers, then the The Nanny, Hiller and Diller, The Drew Carey Show and finally skyrocketing with an Emmy doubled with a Peabody Award for the coming out episode of Ellen. These successes lead to a deal with ABC where Newman and writing partner, Jonathan Stark created According to Jim. With her bank account full and her future at ease, Newman decided to leave her TV career and return to the bottom to her true passion, writing music and performing.