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Tracy Spring is known for her compelling vocals and versatile guitar playing.

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Tracy Spring has won multiple regional awards for her compelling vocals, versatile guitar playing and reflective songwriting. She displays a style all her own while combining blues, swing, old R and B, jazz and folk. She is a seasoned performer in folk venues and festivals throughout North America and Australia.

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Northwest performing songwriter Tracy Spring is known for her rich, compelling vocals and versatile guitar playing. She writes full spectrum 4-minute novels, poetry and music all rolled into one. Her wide musical range is demonstrated by the women she’s been compared to: Sarah McLachlan, Tracy Chapman, kd lang, and Yo Yo Ma’s cello.

A seasoned performer, she has played in folk venues and festivals throughout North America and Australia, often combining her musical life with social justice work. Combining folk, blues and jazz influences she displays a style all her own.

“Walls Come Tumblin’ Down” and other of her “songs of hope and humanity” have been performed by community choirs in the Northwest and beyond, and Peter, Paul and Mary recorded her song, “Of This World,” co-written with Janis Carper and Becca Christel, on their final album, In These Times.

In 2014, Tracy lost her beloved partner to cancer. To honor his life as a modern-day troubador, she and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker, Dennis Dougherty collaborated to produce a documentary, T.R. Ritchie: An American Songwriter, available from for film festivals and individuals to purchase. Tracy feels honored to continue performing and promoting his work every bit as enthusiastically as her own.

In the spring of 2018, she published Arrangements in 5 Alternate Tunings for Guitarwell-received in workshops at music camps, festivals, and private and group lessons.

Her latest album was released in 2011.  Looking Forward-Looking Back is a collection of reflective songs ranging from expressive finger style ballads to rockin’ bottleneck blues.

Currently, she’s collaborating with several illustrators to produce her “Grandmother Tales”
series of children’s books, inspired by the scenes and messages written in her songs, that tell uplifting stories of kindness, courage, and caring for each other and our beautiful planet.

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Her vocal range and control will blow you away…add this to fine finger picking and slide guitar work and you get one of the most well rounded musicians around. Songwriting is only half the story. Tracy Spring sports an astounding vocal range with rich tone and exquisite phrasing.”

—Mark Horn Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange


Tracy is thrilled to own three of Rob Goldberg’s fabulous hand built instruments, #40, #51 and “Granny,” (not yet pictured.)

To learn more about Rob’s work, please visit