Holt and Kimberlee Holt Tully
artists, Mark Holt and Kimberlee Holt Tully, have been asked to
perform during the Wrangler PRCA National Finals Rodeo!
They will be performing for the Cowboy Heritage Artists &
Photographers Society's (CHAPS) National Western Art Show & Sale
at the Excalibur Resort Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from December
8th thru 11th, for several sets daily between 10am and 4pm. Admission
This brother and sister team recently released their
debut album, "Acoustically Native", which was
produced by Bil VornDick, who has also worked with Alison Krauss.
Dianna Watson ("Kiwi Kate" from "Hot Off
the Press" radio shows in New Zealand) says, "This is the
most fantastic, beautiful album I've heard in a long time. The
Instrumentation is outta' this world."
Mark Holt and Kimberlee Holt Tully do not really fit
neatly into any specific label, and that is exactly how they want it
to be. However, they do have a very western and bluegrass sound to
Joe Chernicoff from CowboyArtShow.Com
in Las Vegas describes them as a "little bit of old time, mixed
with mountain music...working together to make you believe you're
really in the west...just like it used to be!"
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By: Maxine Macpherson
During a recent phone conversation, Tracy Lawrence discussed recording
his new CD (his first off the DreamWorks label) Strong.
(Maxine): Your new CD Strong was released a few months ago.
This is your 10th album since the first was released in 1991. With
several going platinum and double-platinum, you’ve been very
successful picking great songs. What do you look for?
Tracy: I have a weird method for selecting songs. I get three
to four thousand songs sent to me, and I listen to every one of them
myself. Some I might only listen to the first 10 seconds – some have
redundant lyrics and so many songs sound alike! But if it makes it
past the first time, I listen to it again. I listen to the songs over
and over to see if they keep making the list. If they do, then I know
that if I still like them – then they’ll stand the test of time.
Then I’ll record it.
CIO (Maxine): Did you include any of your own songs?
Tracy: This is the first CD where I haven’t written anything.
It was very hard, but I seemed to have a real writer’s block. I kept
trying and trying and couldn’t get started. There were a lot of
things going on in my life – we, my family, were moving to a new
house, I had two little kids – just things going on. I finally
resolved that I wasn’t going to write and went into the studio. I
have already written a lot for my next album and I hope I don’t ever
have to record a CD again without writing for it.
CIO (Maxine): You made 8 albums for Atlantic, 1 for Warner
Brothers and now DreamWorks. What was it like to change labels after
so much time?
Tracy: It was good. I made 9 records really for Atlantic and
then they folded into Warner Brothers. I was in the middle of
recording [the Tracy Lawrence album, released in 2001] and was
performing when I got a call saying that I could go with Warner
Brothers or leave. A lot of people from the label were packing and
leaving. I asked if I could finish recording and they agreed so I went
with them. But things in the industry were changing. Labels used to
have an artist list with like 9 people. Now so much was folded into
one – they had like 40. I felt like the bastard stepchild.
DreamWorks was like a second chance. Nashville is a rough town – it's
a young man’s town. But I have always networked well; I know a lot
of record executives and am probably one of the few that can walk into
their offices without a manager and talk. I needed to rebuild myself
– “Paint Me a Birmingham” was my first hit single in 5 years!
That’s a long time for Nashville.
CIO (Maxine): James Stroud produced the CD. He’s worked with
Toby Keith, Darryl Worley, Jimmy Wayne and others. What was it like
working with him?
Tracy: Great! It was like putting on a pair of old shoes. He
produced my early CDs and it was great being back with him.
(Maxine): Your early songs were about honky-tonks, hard times and
lost loves. Strong seems to be more about family – like
“Stones,” which talks about marriage and children and the title
song about single mothers. Are you more settled now?
Tracy: Definitely. There’s a lot different in my life – my
family has given me a new perspective and new areas to look at. My
wife is a very big influence on this record and in my life. I have new
responsibilities and it’s reflected in the record. I wanted the song
“Strong” to be the second single, but it just didn’t work out
that way. There is nothing like family to settle you.
CIO (Maxine): “What The Flames Feel Like” is about someone
hitting rock bottom and working their way back up. Does it hit close
to home? Was this a difficult song for you?
Tracy: That song did hit home. It’s important to make a song
personal – you have to have a personal understanding of what the
song is saying to make it work for you. DreamWorks is a second chance
for me; I felt a lot of pressure to make this a really good CD. I want
to work my way back up.
CIO (Maxine): You’ve certainly had some ups and downs in your
career. Did you ever have a period when you doubted you’d be back?
Tracy: No. I’ve always known what I was meant to do. Even
back as a kid in high school when others didn’t have any idea what
to do, I knew. I always knew it was about the music.
CIO (Maxine): Where do you see yourself in say, 10 years?
Tracy: Doing this. I don’t think I’ll ever retire. I’m
doing exactly what I was put on earth to do. How many people can say
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