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Long Distance Runners - John Gracie - Atlantic Airwaves Saturday May 5, 2012

On this weeks' edition of the program - A feature on The Long Distance Runners and their new release 'Tracks - and - A feature on John Gracie and his new release 'Live From The Flamingo'
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For the past two years, The Long Distance Runners have built a reputation as one of Newfoundland's hardest working and dynamic up-and-coming bands. Their debut self-titled EP (2010) solidified their place in the east coast music scene with a recent handful of ECMA (East Coast Music Association) and MusicNL (Music Newfoundland and Labrador) award nominations. Now, the St. John's based four-piece are getting ready to enter the next chapter of their career with the release of their first full length album 'Tracks'. Recorded at Kilbride's Lab Of Chaos with Krisjan Leslie over the winter of 2011,'Tracks' marks a significant shift for the band as they head into new territory in their songwriting and growth as musicians. Soaring three-part harmonies, swirling organs and jangly guitars set against singer Chris Picco's humourously dark lyrics invoke late-60's era Beatles, Kinks and Velvet Underground.

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John Gracie began singing before he was speaking! His mother would often find him behind the coal stove singing his little heart out. He thought if you couldn't see him, you couldn't hear him. John's mother knew John had a special gift and sent him to vocal lessons when he turned 4. He starting writing songs shortly after that. One day, he came out of the bathroom crying, his Mom asked him what was wrong. He replied through his tears, "Mommy, I just wrote a very sad song." John went on to perform as a teenager in local events and on local radio. He taught himself to play the guitar and wrote continuously. In unversity, he performed and hosted intercollegiate folk festivals and was a favourite on the college circuit. After university, he started to perform professionally.
He moved to Halifax and at that point began touring the globe, performing on national television and recorded his first album. A fortune teller once told John's mother that she saw a guitar in her son's life and that it would bring him everything he wanted in life. After much success, John continues to grow musically.

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