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Sun., Feb. 3rd 8 PM – Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth, Downtown LA

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I am writing a song (an assignment) just for this show. Some very cool players in this one, including Inara George, of whom I am a fan!




REVIEW: Mama, I Know You Ain’t Santa

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Here are some excerpts from the review of “Mama, I Know You Ain’t Santa.” The song was written by Tracy and her best friend, Lynne Stewart (Miss Yvonne of Peewee’s Playhouse.) Sample the song here. Reviews LA Times Pop Music Editor Randy Lewis named “Mama, I Know You Ain’t Santa” one of “the saddest […]




Ken Reid Interview with Tracy Newman

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Today Ken welcomes musician, writer Tracy Newman to the show. Ken and Tracy discuss pre-interviews, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Ricky Jay, card magic, telling a story in 20 minutes, Ed McMahon, false confidence, knowing a performer, being yourself on stage, improv, The Groundlings, The Three Stooges, Abbot and Costello, Laurel and Hardy, Betty […]




Beyond Baroque – Venice, CA

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I will be performing at Beyond Baroque (681 Venice Blvd. Venice, CA 90291) on Saturday, February 7th for An Evening With Tracy Newman & the Reinforcements with stories from “Charlotte’s Shorts” performed by Lynne Stewart and Bridget Sienna hosted by Eve Brandstein.  It’ll be an evening of music and spoken word. Ticket prices are as […]




Conversations with Kenny Rogers, Mary Gauthier and The Groundlings’ Tracy & Laraine Newman, Plus Marcus Goldhaber

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Mike Ragogna, Music Biz Vet   A Conversation with The Groundlings’ Tracy & Laraine Newman   Mike Ragogna: Forty years is a long time! How did you come up with the group’s name and how did it all begin? Tracy Newman: In 1973 or so, when we were doing shows at the Oxford Theatre–before we […]

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