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Naked on Main Street

by Tracie Morgan

If you like thought-provoking Acoustic Rock, if you enjoy taking chances on the unknown, if your passion is unearthing hidden treasures, then this is the artist for you...
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Orphans & Ghosts
4:08 $0.99
2. Drown
6:05 $0.99
3. Waiting For Eden
5:29 $0.99
4. All That You Could Do
5:11 $0.99
5. Fine Line
6:13 $0.99
6. Black Cat, Blue
4:40 $0.99
7. Mystical
2:44 $0.99
8. The Only One
4:50 $0.99
9. Babel
4:49 $0.99
10. Pretty Pollution
4:02 $0.99
11. Rain
4:42 $0.99
12. Lover, Lover, Lover
4:55 $0.99
13. For a Lifetime
3:45 $0.99
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Album Notes
This is my album…and it’s my job to tell you why it’s great.

If you ask a plumber or an electrician if they’re good at what they do, and they bow their head and say ‘er, um, I’m actually not that good.’, you’re probably not going to pay them to work on your home, right?

On the other hand, when a musician is asked this question, we’re supposed to feign modesty, act shy or downplay ourselves. Anything else seems to come off as arrogance.

What does any of this have to do with Naked On Main Street? Simple: This album is self-produced, self-written and self-performed. It runs from Alt Rock to Folk to Blues to Celtic to Pop. Any good tradesman should have multiple qualifications, right? This is an album that was written as it was being recorded…sometimes literally. Hence the title and the feeling of being naked in a public place. Any good tradesman should be able to think on the fly, right? It’s an album in which I take great pride and I sincerely hope you will enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed writing and recording it.

No false modesty, no false vanity, no fake bio that we all know is written in the third person by the artist. Just a good record. Go on, take the chance…




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Bob MacKenzie (Sound Bytes music reviews)

Intellectual and edgy, this roots rock grabs and holds your interest.
Morgan's best work to date, this release marks a departure for her. Best known as a folk singer, Morgan has opened some emotional doors and exposed her rock roots. And those roots do rock! In turns intellectual and edgy, this is roots rock that grabs and holds your interest. After many years of performing to a niche audience, Morgan may finally have created the release that will bring her work the broader attention and recognition it deserves.


CD Review: Naked On Main Street Tracie Morgan
Psstt, want to hear a secret? Tracie Morgan. Yep, Tracie Morgan, she's the best-kept secret in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. I've lived in Kingston now for almost sixteen years and I've seen her singing and playing her guitar ever since I've lived here.
Clubs, coffee houses, street corners, anywhere you can play a guitar and sing; Tracie has been there singing her heart out. Yet for some reason she's still a secret. While others of less dubious distinction have gone on to achieve recognition, she's continued to remain undiscovered.
Well she won’t be able to keep hiding her light under a bushel once people listen to her latest release Naked On Main Street currently on sale at CD Baby and reputable download sites, like I-tunes, near you. Once you hear this disc you're not going to forget the name Tracie Morgan in a hurry.

First of all there is her voice, it can challenge you with its strength, seduce you with its husky, sultriness, and pierce your heart with its sharpness. Whether through choice or economics she is the only vocalist (except for electric guitar on one track and harmonica on another, she's also the only musician) and this only serves to demonstrate the diversity and range of her voice as she harmonizes with herself on every track.
Then there's what this voice can sing. Driving rock and roll on "Orphans and Ghosts", teasing blues on "Black Cat, Blue", hard questioning on "Babel" and poetic resonance on one of the best covers of Leonard Cohen's "Lover, Lover, Lover" I've ever heard. Helen's face may have launched a thousand ships, but this siren's song would have diverted them from their task long enough to at least have bought copies of her CD.
Maybe I'm exaggerating, but can you blame me? Think of what passes for women vocalists these days; squeaky voiced sex toys that squirm around on stage, more interested in being provocative than singing. Or the other extreme who are oh so very serious when they sing about meaningful things like "love", "heart", and other equally important new age emotions that have no relationship to the world we live in.
Tracie Morgan's voice is real; when she sings about love it's with lines like "you say you'll always be around except when you can't be found". No great illusions t here, but no self-pitying whine either. We all make choices and have to live with the results, whether in love, work, or any aspect of life that you chose to dwell on, and Tracie's songs are real enough to live in that world.
But it's not a world devoid of humour either, because life would sure be boring if we were serious all the time. "Black Cat, Blue" is not only a great blues song but also an ode to bad luck and all the forms it comes in. It's not often that a songwriter can make fun of herself with such style and flair, but Tracie manages it here with great aplomb.
When it comes to Leonard Cohen songs I have to admit to a little bit of possessiveness in regards to other people doing his material. They either do pale imitations of his atonal delivery that only he can carry off, or they treat them like delicate little flowers, instead of the muscular poetry that they are.
Tracie doesn't shy away from any of the emotions in "Lover, Lover, Lover", whether real or implied. The guitar, percussion and vocals combined prove equal to the challenges faced when covering a song that's as identifiable with its writer as this one is, and allows her to come out the other side looking as good as she did going into it.
It's still Leonard's song when she's done with it, but Tracie makes it hers temporarily, and grabs our attention right from the start and holds it all the way through. Leonard may not be here right now, but listen to my version, she seems to say, and it's well worth the listen.
Naked On Main Street is more than well worth the listen, it's a great disc from a great performer, whose been hidden away in a backwater town in South Eastern Ontario for too long. Tracie Morgan is one secret that needs to be blabbed all over North America.
You can listen to mp3s of "Rain" in either broadband or if you're like me, primitive dial up at her web site, and you can also link to places to buy the disc from there as well. Do yourself a favour and get in on the secret before everyone knows all about it.

An Independant Voice

Politics and Romance??? In The Same Song???
This is an album of depth and contrast. Morgan not only runs the emotional gamut from one song to the next, but in some cases, one verse to the next. The stand-out track on the record is the song 'Babel', which sandwiches a call by the dead of 9/11 to be remembered as human between two segments of scathing political comentary on America's compliancy in the tragic event. Naked On Main Street may be the quietest classic to come along since Coldplay's Parachutes in 2000.