Listen to Tracy Shedd and Tampa's own Rec Center take on an NYE classic on the New World Brewery patio

A charming end to a great year of local music

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click to enlarge Susie Richardson-Ulrey (L) Tracy Shedd (R) and Michael Waksman (back) at New World Brewery in Ybor City, Florida on December 26, 2014. - John McNicholas
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Susie Richardson-Ulrey (L) Tracy Shedd (R) and Michael Waksman (back) at New World Brewery in Ybor City, Florida on December 26, 2014.


CL music editor Leilani Polk has a nice smattering of live music New Year's Eve choices for you today, but that doesn't mean we're not going to ask you the age old question: "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?"

Thankfully, we've got a local music connection to make the inquiry sound all kinds of pretty.

The recording comes courtesy of a pair of New Granada Records acts — Tampa's Rec Center and Raleigh songwriter Tracy Shedd — who were rehearsing at New World Brewery on December 26. They would take the stage later that night as part of the local record label's 20-year anniversary, but this iPhone-recorded cover is candid and the epitome of charming.

It finds Rec Center frontwoman Susie Richardson-Ulrey, guitarist Michael Waksman, and Shedd working through the Frank Loesser-penned classic and captures the sounds of chit chat plus cars and trolleys clamoring by. The bubbling of New World's courtyard water fountain even makes a cameo.

Have a listen below, and don't forget to catch a cab tonight. We'll see you on the other side of midnight. 


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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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