Tracey Fordice Band / Press

“CD Review by Greg Johnson-CBA Out Of The Blues, the new disc by Tracey Fordice & The 8 Balls, is an enjoyable little foray into a variety of blues directions that at once is rocking, countrified, and elegantly beautiful. The band has been on an upward tear the past year, including the release of this fine album along with participation in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, not to mention the marriage between the group’s front people, piano ace Tracey Fordice and guitarist Randy Yearout. Aside from the couple, longtime standout Portland-based drummer Johnnie Corrie and bassist Steven Mills round out the band. All four provide vocals. The songwriting on Out Of The Blues is well-devised, with the stories behind the songs easy to capture. Mills relates a tale of finding blues in New Orleans, the band’s adventure to Memphis, and they rock with a deep groove on “Danger Zone.” Tracey Fordice voice is exceptionally noted on a number of tracks alongside her over-the-top key”

“Fresh off their trip to the International Blues Challenge, where they represented the Ashland Blues Society, this dynamic four-piece band is set to deliver a sound unique in the Portland area... Their goal is to be contemporary, and to perpetuate the Blues genre into the future without simply repeating it's past.”

Cascade Blues Association - Blues Notes

“Tonight on The Blues Palace, KMHD 89.1 and streaming at www.kmhd.org - Listen in for an interview with Tracey Fordice and Randy Yearout at about 10:20pm. If you haven't heard their music, you are in for a treat. These two are will catch your ear - Tune in and weld your dial to 89.1fm”

“Whether barrel-housing in the juke joints and road houses of the Pacific Northwest, or playing on the big festival stages, Tracey Fordice and the 8-Balls can deliver Rockin Blues and Soulful Ballads utilizing a broad repertoire ranging from Etta James to Bonnie Raitt and Willie Dixon to J.J. Grey and Mofro. With a contemporary delivery of traditional blues standards, striking covers of up and coming new artists, and the awesome creative power of original song material, this is NOT just another blues band. Rack ‘em up and break!”