About TraceTV Blog

Greetings, Trace here. I have been writing since I was 12 or so, starting with poetry and free form stuff, graduating to formal song lyrics, essays, published articles, music reviews, video scripts and promotional / technical writing as an adult, or as a young guy trapped in an adult body…
I’ve long skirted the idea of having a blog, now giving it a whirl. People often tell me I lead an interesting life, and I think generally that’s true, but of course the trials and tribulations of video and TV production are more common than the truly memorable moments. But then isn’t that what makes a memorable moment? If it was common, it would hardly be memorable.
So, what am I doing here? It’s a grasp at capturing ideas and stories that seem important or monumental, curious, funny, informative, thought provoking, silly or anything else slipping through my mind.
Obviously, its smart to promote yourself too. And I will use the TraceTV blog for that as well, giving periodic updates on projects we are developing. My intention is for these things to be informative, and to spur feedback, good and bad. I believe in seeking opinion on projects and have seen that successful people were not afraid to seek honest feedback from a variety of sources.
Also, it’s something of an experiment, this Internet thing, isn’t it? One never knows how far a word or image can go in this medium. I like the idea of a quest, seeing how many people we can meet and new ideas we can experience simply by posting thoughts, and seeking feedback.
Want to know more about what we do? See tracetv.tv
Thanks for tuning in.


25 plus years travel and production – video, music, multimedia production.
More information –
Tracy D. Ready
Producer / Director of Photography

HD / SD stock footage of Texas and USA: www.texasb-roll.com

My LinkedIn Profile:

Plus Trace Elements, the band! www.myspace.com/traceelementstx

Tracy’s 25+ years of travel and production includes 5 years as staff cameraman for CNN Dallas and more than twelve years as owner of Trace Productions. This company provides Writer / Producer services and a complete video production workflow for clients ranging from major corporations to broadcast and cable television networks to independent documentary producers. Tracy’s travels in pursuit of compelling images have taken him all over the U.S. and to destinations in Europe and the Middle East. Awards include a Daytime Emmy, a CableAce, two Communicator Awards and three Telly Awards.

Trace Productions provides project continuity — taking corporate video projects from inception through script writing, production and editing with an understanding of the medium of television and a high motivation for client satisfaction.

In broadcast and cable television, Tracy’s services continue to be sought by CNN, NBC News, A&E Network, The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, ESPN, Fox Sports and many more.

Established TexasB-roll.com in 2002, adding CityB-roll.com in 2007 – Tracy has put thousands of miles on the old truck shooting broadcast ready stock footage of cities and themes across the USA. Over 600 HD clips available now in 1080i 24p, with much more on the way. Largest selection of Texas in HD on the net. Plus many other scenes and locations.

On the music side…
Trace Elements is a Texas based recording band project spearheaded by vocalist Tracy Ready, whose twenty year career as a Director of Photography in television and documentary production has been interspersed with a passion for music with sporadic recordings and live performances as a vocalist in Dallas and San Antonio, Texas.

The band is a culmination of thirty years of collaboration in the music business for Tracy, and consists of some of the finest blues, rock and jazz musicians that Texas has to offer.
The first Trace Elements studio CD “Welcome to the Color Bar” (working title) is in production, (every time we can scratch a few coins together!), with initial sessions completed at January Sound in Dallas and Blue Cat Studios in San Antonio.
These initial sessions produced 7 tracks, featuring some very special guest artists.
In San Antonio, legendary Texas keyboardist (and Grammy Award Winner) Augie Meyers played keyboards on 3 songs, and accordion on one – the hilarious Tex Mex voodoo track “Elvis es mi Gato” a track that vocalist Tracy Ready co-wrote with Augie back in 1999. Additionally Augie played on his “Prosperity Street”, and one of Tracy and guitarist Kevin Lewis compositions “Turning Blue.” Augie’s son, the monster drummer (and web guru!) Clay Meyers contributed congas and other percussion to two songs as well.
In Dallas, blues great Hash Brown contributed some outstanding guitar and harmonica tracks to two blues classics, T-Bone Walker’s “Tell Me What’s the Reason” and the Willie Dixon tune “I Love the Life I Live.”
Additionally the band recorded another original written by Tracy and Mark Boardman, called “The Flood”, and Jim Stafford’s funny blues rock tune “Bits and Pieces.” Keyboardist / Vocalist Dana Clark played keys on 2 songs, and guitarist Jason Meyers played rhythm on “Bits and Pieces.”

The core band laid down some incredible tracks. The players are Sparky Montoya – Keyboards, Kevin Lewis – guitars, Mike Beall – drums, and John Echols – bass. You can hear the rough mix of “Tell Me What’s the Reason” – first track that plays on our myspace page. www.myspace.com/traceelementstx
The recording will continue with another tracking session this fall, and mix down and completion by 2009. Co-Producing the project are vocalist Tracy Ready and Composer / Arranger Sal Salvador.
Engineering at January Sound – Tye Robison; Engineering at Blue Cat – Joe Trevino. These folks all were true professionals to work with, and we appreciate their skill and dedication to the craft.

We’ll keep you posted…


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