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Americana artist Grammer keeps to duo's folk sound

Tracy Grammer performs Americana folk music next Friday in Zumbrota. (Photo by Ben Barnhart)

Known for her clear alto, intoned violin and delicate guitar playing skills, Tracy Grammer performs at Crossings Friday Aug. 8. The show begins at 8 p.m.

Grammer rose to acclaim as half of the postmodern, mythic American folk duo Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer.

From 1998-2001, the two released three internationally celebrated, folk chart-topping albums featuring Carter's mytho-poetic Americana songcraft. In 2002, they toured with Joan Baez, both as featured artists and Baez's band members.

Called “the new voice of modern folk music,” the duo was gaining momentum when in July 2002 Carter suffered a fatal heart attack while on tour.

Determined to honor their journey and bring Carter's songs and those of other favorite writers to broader audiences, Grammer kept to the road.

Now, she tours internationally, releasing solo albums as well as selections from the Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer archives.

Grammer not only has become a top notch folk music performer but also is a masterful storyteller with an ease and charisma on stage — plus a riotous sense of humor, promoters said.

She tours the United States and Canada regularly, and has traveled to Europe and Japan. She holds the record for the most consecutive appearances at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival held in Hillsdale, New York — at 13.

In 2012 Red House Records released “Little Blue Egg,” an album of the duo’s previously unreleased recordings.

Tickets are $16 in advance, $18 day of show. To reserve tickets, visit, call 507-732-7616 or stop in to Crossings at 320 East Avenue in Zumbrota.

If you go …

Who: Tracy Grammer

When: 8 p.m. Friday Aug. 8

Where: Crossings at Carnegie, 320 East Ave., Zumbrota

Cost: $16 in advance, $18 at the door

More info: 507-732-7616 or