John Tracy is decidedly one of the most talented active Americana singer-songwriters in the indie industry, and by all counts, extremely prolific, considering the Virginia-based artist released his seventh album last year. In a more just world, John would be widely recognized for the excellent songwriter and musician he is. His voice and delivery have a way of worming their way into your heart, in songs populated by instantly sympathetic characters, both clean and dirty guitars, rich melodies, and cleverly written, heart wrenching lyrics. John’s music and lyrics cut to the bone with their raw sincerity. His latest single “Love True Just For You” reveals that he continues to write beautiful songs and come up with fantastic melodies. This is one of those tracks that you put on and it’s done playing before you know it, which makes you play it again. And again. And again.
John Tracy is in many ways a quintessential artist – an earnest, deeply talented songwriter with strong, smart beliefs, wrapped in a soulful musical package, and when he tackles the theme of love, as he does on “Love True Just For You“, the results cannot be anything less than captivatingly heartwarming.
The track is a powerful call to simply be loved, loved well, and loved completely. If you can listen to this without feeling something, you must not be alive. John’s lyrics are pure storytelling poetry. Steeped in hope and desire, they are simultaneously personal and universal.
As an ode to love, “Love True Just For You” is simply transcendent. It is an easy listen, and an extremely rewarding one, qualities that most current mainstream songs seem to lack. One could go on and on about all of the little details; the song is packed with powerful, quotable lines and indelible musical touches that become engraved in your mind for days.
This is a powerfully, completely human track, as there is a little of all of us in here. The song possesses the ability to make the listener truly feel, for every second, and when John’s voice accelerates up through the notes, it’s positively moving.
If you’re convinced that modern music isn’t producing great songwriters, John Tracy is strong evidence to the contrary, producing work that’s heartfelt and timeless. But then to be entirely fair, John is no millennium whiz kid songwriter with a laptop and a Soundcloud account. His musical roots and inspirational narratives come from another place and time – Probably accompanied by an old worn-out acoustic guitar and a lifetime of experiences.
When John isn’t writing about love, as he does on “Love True Just For You“, he is observing, considering and commenting on life, addressing its trials and tribulations and dealing with a world that is changing into something most of us barely recognize any more.
His lyrics revel in minute detail, rendering his settings and characters with exquisite clarity. When you’re an artist like John Tracy, the bar gets set higher and higher with each and every new release. “Love True Just For You” meets and exceeds what might seem like unachievable levels for an independent artist. But that’s the beauty of a John Tracy tune.
Music Credits: Music & Lyrics, Acoustic Guitar & Vocals – John Tracy / Backing Vocals, Electric Guitar & all other instrumentation – Kevin McNoldy / Mixing & Mastering – Cphonic Online Mastering.