Welcome to my website, the place to find out about my music and work and a lot more. Thanks for visiting. Traditional music, storytelling, and cultural history are passions for me, and I love to get the opportunity to share. If you're interested in what I've been up to lately, check out my schedule. If you'd like to find out more about myself and my music, check out the "About" page. Make sure to check out my book Rosin for Breath: Reflections of a Traveling Fiddler and my album, For the Long Winter Nights. The book is a multi-genre collection focusing on the life of a traveling fiddler. The album is a joyful and contemplative mix of fiddle tunes and songs that contains both original and traditional Michigan / Great Lakes tunes and ballads. To preview tracks, purchase MP3s, or buy hardcopies of the album or book, visit the store.

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    Sheer brilliance of style, executed in the most authentic, creative and passionate way possible. . ." "Trae’s 'performance,' actually his story-telling art, transformed the ordinary into extraordinary!" Linda Schweihofer, China Township Supervisor.

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    "The combination of stories and music you present is a treasure."

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    "We were lucky to get you and your music, Trae. Wonderfully intricate and historic music."
    "You added the touches of goodness of character and fine music that Munising Bay Arts Festival really appreciates."

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    "Not only is your fiddling super strong and your choice of tunes lovely, it was that your style of playing is incredibly 'danceable.'"
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Let Them Live


What do a people do when they want to kill?
They label their victims something different, 
something other than.
Untouchable, Heretic, Black, Jew, Gypsy, Fetus.
Make way for the experiments. 
There's something easy to fight
about the outright war or slaughter.
There's something about the banality
of sterility
That makes what you can't yet see
no longer a baby,
no longer a human,
no longer a female body
to claim its womens' rights
or to voice its scream.

Part of the tradition of folk music is social justice. Now, people are all for social justice, so long as they agree, but it is part of the inheritance of a folk musician to speak about justice, and risk the disagreement of those who may.

Yet another in a string of Planned Parenthood videos has been released, continuing to show intense corruption, callousness, and grotesque practices by an organization receiving public funding. I believe the government should help provide health services for women. Planned Parenthood provides important health services to many women who could not otherwise afford them. The Third Reich provided many services of government necessary to stabilizing society, but they are insignificant in light of mass murder. The Nazis committed around 6 million murders in the Holocaust. The American Infanticide is roughly 60 million.

Often, the targets are the children of poor and minority communities. The rhetoric claims cases of incest, rape, and medical necessity as reasons, but the reality is the overwhelming majority (over 99 percent, from statistics I've seen) were killed for convenience, whether economic or otherwise. For those who cite "overpopulation, poverty, and overcrowded foster homes," abortion acts as a reprehensible release valve for a selfish and materialistic nation which refuses to deal with its real problems of inequality. So let's work to fix problems, not kill potential victims before they can be victimized. It is said that society is judged by the treatment of the least powerful. May God have mercy. We live in the valley of the shadow of death. 

And yet I'm excited to live in America on a day such as this, for where sin abounds, grace abounds even more to those who believe in the gospel of Christ. I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to save those who believe. For those who may feel condemned, there is grace and forgiveness for every person in Jesus, regardless of actions taken. I too can be set free of my own guilt only through repentance, and I ask everyone, please repent and be saved.

Rosin for Breath

"For the Long Winters Nights" now available on YouTube.

You can now listen to Trae's album For the Long Winter Nights on YouTube.