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Tracey Fordice and the 8-Balls

Tracey Fordice and the 8-Balls

1 review
Tracey Fordice and the 8-Balls
5/5 stars – based on 1 reviews

Why book Tracey Fordice and the 8-Balls?

Tracey Fordice and the 8-Balls are:

Tracey Fordice-Vocals and Keyboards
Randy Yearout-Vocals and Guitars
Steven Mills-Vocals and Bass
Johnnie Corrie-Vocals and Drums

We play Rockin' Blues, Soulful Ballads, Originals and Covers. A super talented lineup of seasoned professionals that know how to get a crowd up and dancing! Catch us throughout the Portland Metro area at The Blue Diamond, Tigardville Station, The Lehrer, Trails End Saloon, The Spare Room, The Cider Mill, The Tillicum, and other clubs!



Blues Band in Portland, OR
Saw this band recently at the spareroom lounge. Tracey Fordice vocals super!!! Great stage presence. Everyone was asking" who is she"?
Weekly/Recurring Performance in Portland, OR
5 / 5 stars

Best new blues variety band

Saw this band recently at the spareroom lounge. Tracey Fordice vocals super!!! Great stage presence. Everyone was asking" who is she"?

Priced Fairly
Reviewer: Linda B.
Event: Weekly/Recurring Performance in Portland, OR
Event Date: Jun 20, 2014
Hired As: Blues Band

Response from Tracey Fordice and the 8-Balls:

Thanks for the review Linda! We had a ball performing at the Spare Room and look forward to more shows there in the future.

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 45 - 240 minutes
  • Fee: Contact for rates
  • Languages: English


Tracey's voice and songwriting talents are one of a kind, and a real crowd pleaser. And she is a funny girl too, with just the right amount of stage humor to keep a crowd in great spirits!

Each set is filled with a variety of danceable original tunes and cover tunes, with a nice ballad thrown in too! Everything from Etta James and Bonnie Raitt to Willie Dixon and Keb Mo.

Rockin' Blues, Country Blues, Rock n' Roll, and some Country Rock, this band can play it all. With five vocalists, the harmonies are another pleasing aspect the band has to offer!


“We’re not just another Blues Band”, is something you hear from every new blues band that appears on the horizon of the music scene here in the Pacific Northwest, and all over the country for that matter. Every year there appears a new configuration of talented musicians playing the blues, and quite often the sound is very similar to last year’s band. To some extent, that is the nature of blues music. So what makes this band so different?

Tracey Fordice, that’s the difference!
Oh yes, and this band has balls, eight to be exact!

Tracey Fordice (formerly Tracey Bunch) has a beautiful and powerful voice that can rock you like a tornado of trouble in Tennessee, or soothe your soul with a sweet, sultry tone that is as deep as the mighty Mississippi. Tracey’s unique voice, piano playing, and song-writing talents are a blend of creativity that extends beyond many of the women in blues currently performing throughout the Portland blues scene. Not only that, but she has been performing professionally throughout the Pacific NW for over 40 years! Her CD, “Long Hard Day” is a collection of outstanding original material, and it is produced in the highest quality; engineered by grammy winning recording engineer, Dean Baskerville (Soak up the Sun-Cheryl Crow).

Oh yea, what’s up with those 8-Balls?

Well for starters, you have Randy Yearout on Guitars and Vocals. Randy, the founding member of the North Portland band NoPoMoJo, is a gifted multi-instrumentalist and talented songwriter, capable of crafting witty and catchy songs in a variety of musical styles that cross the roots and boundaries of blues, folk, jazz, rock, and country. Three years ago NoPoMoJo released their CD entitled “Fallen Angels” and Greg Johnson, President of the Cascade Blues Association gave it a highly favorable review.

Now, as we said, there are 8-Balls, so there are still six balls to go!

Also from the NoPoMoJo band, Johnnie Corrie on Drums and Vocals. Mr Corrie has experience with many bands throughout the Pacific NW, including the Margo Tufo Band,Gary Small and the Deacons, Dover Weinberg Quartet, Robbie Laws Band, and also Lloyd Allen and the Cannonballs. It’s not uncommon to see Johnnie filling in on the drums with many of the best blues bands around. His smooth and swinging, yet rockin’, drum style is what drives the 8-Balls. In addition, Johnnie also has a solid voice and is able to deliver the goods with harmony or lead vocals.

Newest member of the 8-Balls is Steven Mils on bass, vocals, and drums. Steven is a multi_talented musician playing drums, bass, guitar, and vocals.Steven attended courses at Berklee School Of Music in Boston before setting off to find his sound. He did a three year stint with blues great Eddie Kirkland before moving to Florida.Steven has played with The Coasters, The Drifters, The Shirelles, and the Tokens,as well as a long stint with South Fla. blues sensation Big Mama Blu. After moving to North Fla,Steven Played with Local blues great Greg Baril, Guitar Redd , and many local bands, as well as fronting the band Smokestack. Steven also toured the U.S. with the late Dru Lumbar, in both Dr. Hector and the Groove Injectors, and the reformed Grinderswitch, of which Dru was a founding member in the 1970s. Now living in Portland, Steven is a great addition to the band.

Whether barrel-housing in the juke joints and road houses of the Pacific Northwest, or playing on the big festival stages, Tracey Fordice and the 8-Balls can deliver Rockin Blues and Soulful Ballads utilizing a broad repertoire ranging from Etta James to Bonnie Raitt and Willie Dixon to J.J. Grey and Mofro. With a contemporary delivery of traditional blues standards, striking covers of up and coming new artists, and the awesome creative power of original song material, this is NOT just another Blues Band.
Rack ‘em up and break!

The team providing the talent:

Tracey Fordice

Vocals and Keyboards-Songwriter

Randy Yearout

Vocals, Guitars, Lap-steel, Mandolin, Harmonica, Keyboards-Songwriter

Bob Demary

Vocals and Guitars

Steven Mills

Vocals, Bass, and Drums

Johnnie Corrie

Vocals and Drums

Set List

Here's a bit of our song list:
Little Rojo-Tracey Fordice
My Old Friend the Blues-Steve Earle
I Can’t Help It-Hank Williams Sr.
Angel From Montgomery-Bonnie Raitt
Blues is My Business-Etta James
Copperhead Road-Steve Earle
Long Hard Day-Tracey Fordice
Nuclear Winter-Tracey Fordice
Won’t Look Back-Tracey Fordice
Bourgeois Boogie-Randy Yearout
MIssissippi-JJ Grey and Mofro
Hide and Seek-JJ Grey and Mofro
By My Side-JJ Grey and Mofro
Start It Up-Robben Ford
When’s It Gonna Stop-Tracey Fordice
Woman Be Wise-Sippie Wallace
Be Thankful-Natalie Cole
It Hurts Me Too-Keb Mo
Love Me Like a Man-Bonnie Raitt
Season of the Witch-Donovan
It Should Have Been Me-Ray Charles
Good Morning Miss Brown-Taj Mahal
Johnnie Be Reggae-Chuck Berry
Hoochie Coochie Man-Muddy Waters
Sell My Monkey-BB King
Marchin’ to My Freedom-Randy Yearout
Reconsider Baby-Eric Clapton
Rudi Went to Rehab and I Went to Jail-Randy Yearout
Keep Your Hands to Yourself-Georgia Satellites
Miss Ann-Johnny Winter
Tore Down-Eric Clapton
Honky Tonk Woman-Rolling Stones
Old Pipeliner Blues-Rodney Crowell
Juke Joint Daddy-Randy Yearout
You Can’t Always Get What You Want-Rolling Stones
You Left Me Alone Too Long-Tracey Fordice
Mexican Girl-Jackie Greene
Love To Burn-Etta James
Out of the Rain-Etta James
Whatever-Etta James

Influences & Inspiration

Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Sippie Wallace, Steve Earle, Keb Mo, J.J. Grey and Mofro, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, Taj Mahal, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and so many more!

Setup Requirements

Sound System and Backline if needed, otherwise we can provide all that is needed.


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