Steve Tracy, Distinguished Professor of Afro-American studies as well as a singer and harmonica player, has released a new CD with his band, The Crawling Kingsnakes, called “I Bleed Through My Soul.”
The 79-minute collection features eight tracks from the 1990 CD “Going to Cincinnati,” including the title cut and “Going Down to the Graveyard; six unreleased tracks from 1991 by the band; and three new harp solos. Nealy 40 minutes of the program is new material.
Tracy has recorded with his own band, Pigmeat Jarrett, Big Joe Duskin, and Albert Washington, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and opened for T-Bone Walker, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, James Cotton, Canned Heat, Johnny Winter and many others.
Among other works, he is author of “Langston Hughes and the Blues,” “Going to Cincinnati: A History of the Blues in the Queen City” and “A Brush with the Blues.”
He has written, edited, co-edited and introduced 30 books. He has contributed more than 100 essays to journals and other publications. His two latest books are “Hot Music, Ragmentation, and the Bluing of American Literature” and “Writers of the Black Chicago Renaissance.”
He was named by the China Ministry of Education a Distinguished Overseas Professor at Central China Normal University in Wuhan, China.
The Crawling Kingsnakes are Tracy, harmonica and vocals; Phil Buscema, guitar; Dudley Radcliff, guitar; Hudson Rivers III, bass; Richard Berry, drums; with special guests Lonnie Bennett, Sandy Suskind, Virgil Schooler and others.
The CD is available online through CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, and the most popular download and streaming sites.