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Fun to Share: My Favorite Christmas Music Videos

Time for some well seasoned greetings! Here’s a few of my personal favorite holiday videos, to share with your family and friends. We’ve certainly had our ups and downs (like every year) but have much to be grateful for this season. Hope you enjoy these, see you in 2015 ~ Trace

Merry Christmas Baby – The Genius of Ray Charles

Best trailer trash Christmas ever! Robert Earl Keen – Merry Christmas from the Family

Swing It! Diana Krall – Jingle Bells

Thanks for watching, have a very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year!

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Trace Ready is a Director of Photography, Writer, Producer and Vocalist based in Dallas, Texas. His band Trace Relations has released their debut studio CD “Prosperity Street”
Connect with Trace: TraceProductions.com

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Trace Relations Music: Texas Groove to Improve Your Mood

Looking at the songs chosen for the debut CD from Trace Relations “Prosperity Street”, a theme emerges: Acceptance. In one way or another each song relates to accepting where we are in life, and a determination to have a good time in spite of obstacles the world has thrown our way.

Trace Relations is all of vocalist Trace Ready’s musical relations. A unique listening experience, “Prosperity Street” takes the listener on a Texas Blues Rock and Americana journey, front to back. It’s a tribute to artists and songs that influenced Trace and a showcase for many great musicians he’s had the privilege of knowing over the years.

The music, cover art and photography also reflect Trace’s transient lifestyle, having spent the past 25 years going back and forth from Dallas to San Antonio, personally and musically. The songs draw on influences from these two iconic cities and the miles of road in between.

“Prosperity Street” features seven original songs and five very distinctive cover tunes.

Get the Music! -> Trace Relations “Prosperity Street” CD < -
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Video Grooves from the corner of “Prosperity Street”: Trace Relations Music

New track added! “Tell Me What’s the Reason” by Trace Relations with special guest, Dallas’ blues maestro Hash Brown Calway.

This Youtube playlist streams four music videos from the debut release “Prosperity Street” from Trace Relations Band. A smokin’ Dallas based rhythm section combines with soulful guitar from San Antonio, ending up in Texas Blues, and Americana groove territory. Vocalist Tracy Ready funnels 20+ years of bouncing between these two iconic Texas cities, personally and musically into an eclectic debut release, guaranteed to improve your mood.

Click “play” arrow here to see all 4 videos, back to back, with a :10 second introduction. Read more…

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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” Read more…

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Seven BEST Roots, Blues & Boogie On the Net!

I have been doing a lot of blues, boogie and roots music surfing online lately. Below are links to seven excellent sites I have discovered for insight on the MUSIC.

The list is not “scientific”, “all encompassing”, “definitive” or any of those fanciful terms, just spots I like for the music I love. If you are a fan of blues music and its history, I’ll bet you’ll enjoy them as well.

What’s your favorite? Any others you would like me to know about? Hope so! Comment below if you please… Thanks!

Willie Dixon photo courtesy of The Willie Dixon Fan Club

Willie Dixon courtesy The Willie Dixon Fan Club


The blues are the roots and the other musics are the fruits.
– Willie Dixon

Shuffle on to these seven sites for history and music for the soul. >>> Read more…

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