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Ann Arbor, MI
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Portrait of Tracy Mack
Singer/songwriter Tracy Mack started writing songs in the 1990s, influenced by her appreciation of the music of Fleetwood Mac, the Charlie Daniels Band, Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, and Melissa Etheridge, Since then, she has performed her songs, along with covers of her favorites, at venues around Michigan, Ohio, and in the Los Angeles area, both as a solo artist and as a band leader. Highlights include performances at The Hard Rock Café in Cleveland, the Dearborn Music Fest, Arts Beats and Eats in Pontiac, and the Crooked Bar in LA.

Tracy’s riveting performance style fuses blues, rock, and R&B, creating a raw energy that showcases her soulful, edgy voice and driving guitar playing. In 1998, already an Ann Arbor favorite as a solo artist, Tracy assembled some of the best musicians in the area to form The Tracy Mack Band. This band went on to record Tracy’s debut CD “Losing My Mind,” which was recognized by Current Magazine as “inspired genius shimmering with unusual magic.”

After several years of returning to her singer/songwriter roots and developing her voice as a solo performer, Tracy recently put together a new group, performing as Tracy Mack and the Magic Land Band. This high-energy, yet soulful, five-piece band adds lead guitar, sax, bass, drums, and backup vocals to Tracy’s sound, and is quickly becoming an area favorite.

The Magic Land Band includes the following musicians:

Lead guitarist John Hicks is the newest member of The Magic Land Band. John has performed with many Southeast Michigan blues bands, including The Poor Boys, Ypsi All Stars, and Bald Head Todd and the Monsters. Influenced by Pete Townshend, Neil Young, and Rory Gallagher, he currently plays with the blues/swing band The Mobsters, and in the duo As the Crow Flys with singer/songwriter Sue Nordman.

Multi-instrumentalist Randy Perkuhn began his musical career playing trumpet in his Topeka, Kansas, grade school band, but soon switched to the saxophone, performing in concert, marching, and big bands, and ultimately earning a degree in music performance. His professional experience includes several decades with The Phil Nixon Orchestra in Central Florida, work with a variety of top 40 and rock bands, and a steady house band gig with the seven-piece R&B group The New South Band. In addition to the saxes (tenor, alto, and soprano), Randy plays flute, percussion, and keyboards. His recent move to Ann Arbor has resulted in many performance opportunities.

Bassist and composer Edie Herrold began performing professionally in the mid-1970s. From her folk music roots, she moved on to play electric bass with the popular Milwaukee-based jazz-rock band Breakwater, then picked up acoustic bass, developing a career as a jazz bass player and composer/producer. A co-founder of the group Naima in Milwaukee, Herrold has toured the country with The Washington Sisters and has performed with many Southeast Michigan jazz groups. As co-leader of the Herrold/Gordon Small Band, she recorded and produced a CD of original music, “Think BIG,” and performed at the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Birmingham Jazz Festival, the Firefly Club, Del Rio, and Ann Arbor’s Top of the Park festival. In addition to her work with Tracy Mack and the Magic Land Band, she continues to perform modern, Brazilian, and world jazz.

Drummer Tamara Perkuhn’s musical career spans more than 30 years, with experience in many genres, including big band, swing, country, R&B, and rock. At 17, she was hired as the pit drummer for a professional touring theater company. Her early adult years were spent in the Lawrence, Kansas area, where she played with recording artist Kelly Hunt and Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductee Beth Scalet, and recorded on Holly Fischer and Anne Steward’s debut album, “Sweet Inspiration.” Following her training as an audio engineer at Full Sail Center for the Recording Arts in Florida, Tamara worked in the recording industry in Southeast Michigan for 10 years. She has performed throughout the area with an all-female R&B band and has played rock and jazz with a variety of Ann Arbor musicians.
 
 
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