Tracy Morrison is a songwriter, folksinger and storyteller. She has studied American Folk music for more than 30 years and performed at festivals, museums, libraries, and theatres around the country. While her songwriting and storytelling explores culture, history and life experience, her musical style draws from American Root genres. Her songs about historical Idaho (western) women include Sacajawea, Polly Bemis, Pegleg Annie and more. Tracy has published a self titled EP (2012) and full length album, Dancing Through Medbury (2014) and is currently producing her third album. She is also featured on the Boise 150 “Our Town” CD and “Idaho Ho Ho Ho Volume 6” CD.
Traditional folksongs are customary songs with unknown composers that were passed along orally from one generation to the next prior to recording technology. Although many folksongs became known as popular songs, they are not considered commercial or classical in style. This presentation explores origins and evolutions of Traditional American folksongs that were recorded during the American Folkmusic Revival (1940s-1960s). Songs recorded by artists such as Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Burl Ives, Joan Baez, Jean Ritchie, Bob Dylan, Odetta, Nina Simone, Pete Seeger and more. Artists and Songs are discussed then shared live.
Blues music is rooted in work songs, spirituals, and African folk music. Blues originated by African Americans in the Deep South around the end of the 19th century. The blues “form” is characterized by call-and-response, the blues scale, specific chord progressions, blue notes and shuffles. The Blues “genre” is characterized by lyrics, bass lines, and instrumentation. Early blues verses consist of one line repeated four times and often relates the societal troubles of the time.
The origin of Country music is rooted in Blues music. Country combines Irish/Celtic fiddle tunes, traditional English ballads, cowboy songs and popular songs. It often consists of dance tunes and ballads with simple forms and harmonies accompanied by stringed instruments such as banjos, guitars, and fiddles. Country music originated from the folk music of Deep South working-class Americans in the 1920s.
“Country Ballads and Early Blues” explores early American music circa 1920s-1950s. This presentation introduces artists and songs recorded by early American musicians such as The Carter Family, Cousin Emmy, Lefty Frizzell, Kitty Wells, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Lottie Kimbro “Kansas City Butterball”, Huddie “Lead belly” Ledbetter and more. Artists/writer’s are discussed, then songs are shared live.
In 1883, Sarah Winnemucca was the first Native American woman to publish an autobiography “Life Among the Paiutes, Their Wrongs and Claims” documenting the first 40 years of experiences between her people and European settlers. Polly Bemis was shipped to America by the slave trade, and became a free woman after many years of servitude. Kittie Wilkins, the Horse Queen of Idaho, was the only woman horse breeder of her time who supplied thousands of horses all over North America. Historical Idaho Women Stories and Folksongs, presents brief introduction stories followed by original songs recognizing historical Idaho women.