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Ty Gracey playing music in Huntsville and Madison, Alabama

Originals and covers | performs solo or with band Just Gracey. Plays guitar, banjo, bass, ukulele, piano, and percussion, GENRES: 1950's, 1960's, 1970's, 1980's, 1990's, 2000's, 2010's, Acoustic, Bluegrass, Blues, Classic Rock, Folk, Funk, Jazz, Pop, R & B, Soul

Ty Gracey
Above: Ty Gracey keeping the Amendment XXI audience in their seats.
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Old Black Bear Brewing Company ... Friday, July 19 6:00 pm

parkerParker's Take:

Glue on my seat! They put glue on my seat! Amendment XXI’s management had found a way to insure customers can’t leave the premises. It was clearly a ploy to drive up drink sales. And it worked.
The glue was young Ty Gracey. We heard Sinatra’s I’ve Got You Under My Skin,  Jim Croce’s Time in a Bottle, Paul Simon’s 59th Bridge Street Song, Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, Bill Wither’s Ain’t No Sunshine and Chuck Berry’s Johnny B. Goode. All played distinctively with Ty’s personal stamp.  The resulting music kept Annabelle and I in our seats for just one more song… just one more… just one more…. Just one more…
Ty Gacey is one talented up-and-coming musician. A sophomore in college at the time of this writing (May 2017), we went to hear him at the behest of a musician friend of ours, himself a highly talented local performer.
I have heard a lot of stellar local live music since starting There are just so many superbly talented performers here. But Ty Gacey was different. Separate from the rest.
I’ll get to the particulars shortly – but it was the first time I waited in anticipation of *every* next song; there’s just something about the emotion in his voice and the subtle nuances of his guitar riffsthat kept me glued to my chair.  Judging from those others in the audience, they felt it too.
His vocal range runs from Johnny Cash lows to Paul Simon (in his prime) highs. We liked what we heard, and took note of how well his voice rides the melody. Smooth.
His Taylor soft body electric guitar, and later acoustic guitar, provides enough musicality as to be a performance in itself.
When Ty performed Johnny B. Goode, he started slow and then changed musical approaches three times! – including a time signature change that isn’t in the original yet fit amazingly well!  Annabelle and I both looked in each other’s direction, each lacking words to describe how Ty had powerfully updated this beloved standard from the 50’s.
Yet I want to re-emphasize that while all my comments about vocals, guitar playing and his personal stamp on songs are all true – they do not adequately describe his performance. Somehow his music is larger than the sum of its parts.  And the parts loom  large. He is seat glue. Correction: seat super-glue.
All in all we had a highly enjoyable experience, and look forward to hearing Ty Gracey next time.
Check out his band Just Gracey.