The TAC Spotlight is a weekly focus on members of Tony’s Acoustic Challenge who have posted at least one performance on the forums and are especially active in the community by showing exemplary support or inspiration for other TAC members. All TAC Spotlight featured members are nominated by other TAC members.
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Say hi to Trace!
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
# of Years Played
I’ve played off an on for about 20 years but I have really dug into plucking the steal for the last 8 months or so, sparked by a song by the Foo Fighters. As I listened to the lyrics of Something From Nothing I thought, hey… I think I can play that…. and sing it… So, I sat down and got to work on it. A few hours later my kids were saying, Dad, you sound like him…. I laughed, no way, but it gave me a spark, and the fuse was lit…
Favorite Three Bands
My current favorite 3 bands are Foo Fighters (haha), SHEL, and all the collective tunes from everyone on this site. We can call it the TAC’erz… I love listening the fresh voices and tunes… Dom, Maggie, Mr. Young, Adam with his killer covers, and others… Not to mention the solos…. OSM!!!
How many guitars do you currently own?
We currently own 5 guitars to include one rockin’ starter axe with a built in amp/speaker. We had 6, but let someone borrow the multi-colored stringed acoustic… haha… I say “we” because we share all of them… 🙂
Why is it important for you to improve at guitar?
Improving at playing the guitar is important to me because it’s a skill that no one can take from me… hahaha… I stole that from a old VoTech commercial.
Why are you an active TAC member?
I’m active because the people are great! When you look at how everyone expresses themselves here you can’t help but notice the intimacy we all share. When I watch their videos or listen to their songs on other sites like soundcloud, I imagine that we are just hanging out playing for each other somewhere. It’s so cool… In fact much of the work done by all on TAC has taken the forefront of music I listen too on the regular basis. THANKS EVERYONE!!! KEEP IT UP!!!
What convinced you to submit your first performance video?
The way we motivate each other to share our work is what pushed me to submit my first performance video. Each of us has quirks that make the tunes sound just a little different or we have a little something that we do that may help someone else be able to knock out a solo or wade through one of the killer songs that Tony has for us to learn.
What’s the one thing you’d tell other TAC members who don’t think they’d be good at writing songs?
The one thing that I would tell others about writing songs is: Don’t fool yourself, of course you can… It doesn’t have to sound like everyone else. The folks on this site are soo good at bouncing ideas off of, so do it and DON”T BE SCARED!
What else would be cool for people to know about you?
I’m a weather geek, especially when late spring or early summer roll around. Starting about the third week of May you’ll find me researching Oklahoma Mesonet data, analyzing CAPE (convective available potential energy) on twisterdata.com, or watching for the LLJ (low level jet) funnel moisture to Oklahoma from the gulf of Mexico…. Then when the nasty clouds come in you’ll hear me talking about a clear slot or a couplet… haha… I could seriously go on and on about that stuff… Many, many moons ago, Jen (el jefe) and I literally followed a funnel cloud on a SeaDoo once… It touched down a small tornado just shortly after we bailed off the pursuit when I saw a hail core coming. This is not recommended… but exciting…