Pin It


When singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading came to Durham's Carolina Theatre earlier this year, a friend asked who she was. The reply: "She was Tracy Chapman before Tracy Chapman." This cleared things up.

On Sept. 20, fans will get a taste of Armatrading's legacy when Tracy Chapman comes to Raleigh's The Ritz as part of her Telling Stories tour. Maybe your last memory of Chapman was her 1988 debut, which included the track "Fast Car," in which she sung dispassionately (and somehow passionately) about searching for a destination.

Since then, Chapman has grown out her dreadlocks and her repertoire. In 1996, the New Beginning album produced the sassy "Give Me a Reason" and songs of love--unrequited, love gone wrong and love of the earth.

Whether Tracy Chapman focuses on cuts from her 2000 release Telling Stories or plays her standards, The Ritz show is not to be missed: an intimate venue for a performer who has star quality but avoids the unpleasant state called "divadom," and who recognizes the imperfections and injustices of the world but doesn't drag ya down. Even her glummest lyrics bring you up.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Fall Guide

More by Cynthia Greenlee-Donnell

Facebook Activity

Twitter Activity


What about the 'trashion' show Rubbish2Runway at Frank Art Gallery in Chapel Hill????

by Cheryl Hill on Our guide to local arts and culture this autumn (Fall Guide)

Let's juxtapose this quote:

'A liberal is somebody who can understand anybody but the ones who can't understand the …

by MST on Hillsborough novelist Allan Gurganus on Moral Mondays and Local Souls, his first book in more than a decade (Fall Guide)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Latest videos from the INDY

© 2015 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation