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The Kid and Nic Show - Goin’ Downtown

10 Tracks

Kid the player (saxophone) and Nic the actress met, fell in love, married, and formed a band. Kid is Kirk Tracy; Nic is Nicole Tracy. Their forte is “Classis American Music.” They play the House of Blues, casinos, special events…; places not really conducive to blues. They have even performed on Food Nation with Bobby Flay which means that I have seen them because I have seen every episode of Food Nation.

Goin’ Downtown is a compilation, “a best of,” of their previous three CDs. The band is also a compilation as the only constants on all of the tracks are Kid and Nic.

The opening track, “Nothin’ But A Good Time,” is a good time boogie, swing number. “Rollin’ Into Reno” is an upbeat country road song. “Mystify” is a slinky lounge noir written by Kid soon after meeting Nic. “Motorhead Baby” and “HWY 60” are Johnny “Guitar” Watson songs that predate his funk era by 20 plus years. “Come To Me” is a slow pop ballad with nice sax solos. “The Chicken And The Hawk” is a classic 50s rock and roll by Leiber and Stoller. “Pull Through” sounds a lot like Johnny Otis’ “Willie And The Hand Jive” but it has nice jazz interludes through out. “Nothin’ Romantic About LA” is a jazzy ballad about the darker side of Los Angeles. “Who Would Love This Car But Me” is the fourth road/car song on the CD. It’s another upbeat country rock to end the CD.

Goin’ Downtown is not a blues CD per se but it is rather fun and quirky.

Reviewer Sheralyn Graise graduated from the University of Akron a while back. A former Social Services professional, she is now pursuing other interests such as music history, writing, and photography. She has been a member of the Blues Foundation since 2001.

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