When Tracey Stones was growing up, being a blogger was not even a career option. It has been quite a journey to get here. Writing since about the age of 9, Stones knew love for music long before she even started writing. Over the course of growing up, she found a way to merge her love of music and passion for the written word. In 1994, she became a music journalist.
Before graduating from Union County College in Cranford, NJ with an Associates Degree in Communications and Liberal Arts, Stones started writing for the very publication she read weekly for music news. Hired as an intern during her last semester, within weeks she worked her way up to being a paid intern and in time a paid employee of Arts Weekly, Inc. Over the course of her internship and employment, she wrote several weekly columns for this publishing company. Starting in March 1994 she took over the column Bea Flatte which appeared in The Aquarian Weekly. Following the internship, she was offered a blues column. Boogie n Blues which offered her the best blues education.
She wrote one cover story for AW, Crossroads, A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Published August 23, 1995. This might have been the only cover story she wrote, but her article is listed in Stevie Ray Vaughan Day by Day, Night After Night; His Final Years 1983-1990. A true honor for Stones!
Two years later, Arts Weekly, Inc. offered Stones another column opportunity for their publication, The East Coast Rocker. Backyard Boogie n Blues featured news about acts on the local rock n blues scene. She would be a published writer at Arts Weekly from 1994-1999.
I wrote several band profiles that featured local and regional acts. These articles were published in Twist & SHOUT another Arts Weekly gem.
Along the way, Stones had the honor to meet, interview and watch many great performers play live, up front with media access. She would meet B.B King at a high school in Denville, NJ. She had the honor of interviewing Buddy Guy at a hotel in New York City.
Meeting her favorite Rolling Stones guitar player, Mick Taylor, for an interview at a studio in New York City was also a great honor. Truly an afternoon she will never forget.
She grew to know Jeff Healey and would keep in touch with him until cancer took him in 2008. He was not quite 41 years old. She caught up with Healey several times on the road when he was touring in support of his blues trio.
Rufus Thomas met with Stones at a different hotel in NYC. The two sat in the lobby to talk. She most enjoyed hearing him warm up his vocals for his appearance on Conan O’Brien. He would sing Walkin’ The Dog. O’Brien would dance with Stones in the aisle before the start of that show., making it an even more memorable day for Stones
Another fond memory for Stones was interviewing Kenny Wayne Shepherd the week his debut release took over the blues charts or watching him shred his guitar from just feet away. He was just 18 when he experienced his first ride to the top of the charts. When they later met he was conquering the blues world with his “Deja VooDoo” assault on the blues.
Remembering old and making new music memories always fills her soul with happiness. She thanks The Rolling Stones most of all for her love for music which is why she writes under the name of Tracey Stones.
September 1996 I debuted on air at 88.9 FM WBZC in Burlington County. The Tracey Stones Zone, Your Ticket To Ride. It was a monthly feature show that tied in with my monthly columns. I would interview the national artists coming through the area and promote blues shows in NJ/NY/DE/PA.
1987-1989 Manager/Promotions for Del Capries
1989-1990 Manager/Promotions for SideShow
1990-1992 Makeup and Personal Assistant for Tumblin’ Dice
1994-2005 Manager/Personal Assistant/Media Agent for Teddy Young & The Aces.
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