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Stories Behind the Songs: “Prosperity Street” by Trace Relations

I am a big fan of the old VH1 standby “Behind The Music” because knowing the stories behind the songs makes the listening more interesting to me. Since releasing the debut CD “Prosperity Street” from Trace Relations I’ve been asked about how the songs were selected for the record and what went into making it.

Trace Relations (L-R) Kevin Lewis, Sparky Montoya, John Echols, Tracy Ready, Mike Beall

“Prosperity Street” by Trace Relations Band is “twelve tracks of Texas groove guaranteed to improve your mood.”

For the next 12 weeks I will be posting stories behind all of the songs on the CD. Today, we start with the title track, “Prosperity Street”

PROSPERITY STREET CD Cover Art by Samuel Deats - All Rights Reserved

The song “Prosperity Street” was written by Texas legendary musician Augie Meyers in 1975, but never released. The lyric about a man who was once riding high in the stock market, but has now lost it all and is “sittin’ on the corner of Prosperity Street” seems so pertinent to current economic conditions, it feels just right to have it come to the public now. Personally, the song became more true for me as each day of the last three years passed, with continued challenges of staying afloat in my world as a freelance Producer / Director of Photography.

We took Augie’s original number and turned it to a New Orleans style groove with a Texas swing to it.
Augie kindly graced us with his presence on a signature piano solo for the track. The video was a blast to shoot in both Dallas and San Antonio, Texas. Put your groove shoes on and turn this one up on YouTube:
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The full story behind the track is in this post:
Classic Augie Meyers Song Unearthed in Trace Relations Debut: Prosperity Street

Trace Relations Photo by Stephan R. Lewis, all rights reserved

Trace Relations Official Site: Debut CD – Prosperity Street

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Trace Relations Debut CD "Prosperity Street" available now...

The CD took a long time to make (12 years from its original inception) because we wanted to do it RIGHT, not quick. I was determined to produce a high quality disc, professionally recorded with musicians that I respect and admire. We only had funds to do a little at a time, thus the song selection was a nurturing process.

In this life, you never know what’s going to happen in the very next instant, much less next year or in the next five years. Or as the great Texas blues player T-bone Walker once said “have fun while you can, fate’s an awful thing, You can never tell what might happen, that’s why I love to sing.” That’s the whole attitude of the disc, an acceptance of where we are in life, and a decision to have a good time anyway…

I decided if it was going to be a struggle just to get it made, and it could be the only one I ever make, that the songs should be a reflection of all of the music and musicians who have influenced and inspired me over the years. It is just that, all of my musical relations.

Looking back I realize that it became a much richer listening experience because of the struggle. The evolution of the initial song concepts over an extended period of time made it a much better record in the end game. Like a wine, it needed some time to mature.

I have been extremely gratified by the initial feedback and interest. It is the record I envisioned and more, thanks to the amazing players and engineers that helped me craft these recordings. I am forever in their debt. You can read all about the players and the project as a whole on the official band site –
I hope you enjoy… Thanks for listening. – Trace

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9 Responses to “Stories Behind the Songs: “Prosperity Street” by Trace Relations”

  1. Mike Vavrek says:

    Trace is THE genuine article. I can honestly say as a musician, I have grown as a result of this man and his bands influence. Better for having crossed paths. The meticulous attention, effort and consumption of time that went into these pieces of music are evident. This is mastery. A real songsmith, rich musical treasure you have here Trace. Thanks so much for capturing these jewels of sound.

  2. Tracy Ready says:

    wow, ThankYOU Mike. Your kind words and honest listening have made my day here. We set out to make the record that I would want to put on at a party on the banks of the Guadalupe River. Less about a particular style, it is about the struggle, and finding joy in the struggle of life. It took a long time. Now its a slow road (travelled by you and so many other wonderful indie musicians plying their craft) to get ANYONE to actually LISTEN beyond the first minute of a song, much less to listen and understand the CD as a whole, a multi-course meal, if you will.
    When I receive comments such as yours, I know that some people ARE actually listening to the disc all the way through and have felt something in the sound. It makes my struggle so much easier to take, and I thank you for that too.
    This CD is also about showcasing some amazing musicians that I have had the honor to know and play with at various times over the years. The core band on the disc of Kevin Lewis (guitars) Sparky Montoya (keys) Mike Beall (drums) and John Echols (bass) along with my co-producer Sal Salvador (produced and mixed Prosperity Street) are all highly skilled musicians who work professionally and I feel deserve wider exposure for what they do. If my disc exposes more people to their talents, then that’s a success in my mind too.

    Thanks again Mike, I really appreciate this quote, and your friendship in the music. ~ Trace

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