August 14, 2013
“I Just See You” – review by Alan Cackett
A successful television script writer-Cheers, The Nanny, Hiller and Diller, The Drew Carey Show, Ellen, etc-at 69 years old Tracy Newman decided to pursue a career as a singer-songwriter. That was a couple of years ago with A PLACE IN THE SUN, and now comes this delightful follow-up. I say delightful, because this is a collection of wonderful story songs, nothing heavy, just plain life episodes that we can all associate with. The inner booklet states; ‘Sing-along songbook’ and it’s apt. The musical arrangements vary from twangy country to lightly swinging jazz and retro pop with such fine studio cats as Robbie Turner (pedal steel, Dobro), Pat McGrath (guitars), Russ Pahl (Dobro, pedal steel, banjo), Dave Francis (upright bass), Jason Roller (fiddle, guitar), Dennis Wage (piano) and Terry Landry (sax). Yes, I have to say that ‘delightful’ sums this up just about right.