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Sean Tracey / Press

“Despite Nashville's best efforts at eviscerating country music of its heart and soul, real country can still be found. Sean Tracey, a Juneau-based guitarist and harmonica player, has joined the ranks of country singers you should be listening to with his first solo release, "Trouble." Tracey…has gathered up a bunch of his pals and delivered a baker's dozen worth of foot-stomping, hell-raising, pure country tunes that will…restore your faith in the idea of country music as the sound of white folks laughing as their lives go down the tubes. Tracey is playing a rootsy style of country here. Most of the instrumentation is acoustic, but the arrangements aren't really bluegrass. And while there's enough pedal steel and electric guitar here to keep you tipping your schooner, there's never a slick moment. This is akin to the sound that Hank Williams III has been exploring; 1950s-style stripped-down country infused with a punk rocker's attitude. ”

“Turns out, Alaska has its own bona fide country singer in Juneau, and the fellow sings about beer. I heard about him from a friend who caught one of his tunes on the Alaska Public Radio Network. The righteous song is called (conveniently for me) "Beer." The song came to me at just the right time, and let me tell you, Sean Tracey out-twangs and out-writes most pandering songwriters. A fisherman and harmonica player, guitarist and songwriter, Tracey spins country music on the radio, plays in a bunch of country and blues bands, and writes a music column for the Juneau Empire. Tracey put together a 14-track album, "Trouble," with the help of many friends and a $5,000 project grant from the Rasmuson Foundation, which he got partly because of the iconic tune "Everything Was Cool Until I Bought Her a Gun." "Trouble" manages to mix country and bluegrass, blues and old-time silliness without losing its Johnny Cash cool. ”