Muso to join Blues bill

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Sarah Ison

Acous­tic blues mu­si­cian Tracey Bar­nett is con­tin­u­ing her dizzy­ing rise through WA’s mu­sic scene af­ter this week be­ing recog­nised as Best Re­gional Act at the WAMi Awards.

Pin­ning her suc­cess to sup­port­ive fan-bases, Bar­nett has been ded­i­cat­edly tour­ing across re­gional WA since pur­su­ing mu­sic full time in 2012.

“I find my tribe when I head out of the cities and into the coun­try­side,” she said.

“I’m so lucky that my sup­port net­work has grown into a fan base that en­cour­age me when I’m hav­ing a tough time.”

Bar­nett was work­ing as a beau­ti­cian in Bridgetown up un­til 2012, at which point she sold her busi­ness to kick start her full-time mu­sic ca­reer.

Af­ter hav­ing her song nom­i­nated for WAM Blues and Roots Song of the Year in 2017, Bar­nett was pre­par­ing for a quiet 12 months, but said the op­por­tu­ni­ties just kept com­ing.

“Per­form­ing at Fair­bridge for the first time this year was a mas­sive high­light,” she said.

“I felt re­ally amongst my peo­ple.”

Through se­cur­ing ma­jor fes­ti­val gigs, Bar­nett was able to fi­nance a tour to Vic­to­ria last month.

“It was a big deal to get out there and fi­nance it my­self,” she said.

But de­spite pro­gress­ing her ca­reer in leaps and bounds, Bar­nett said she was ea­ger to get back to the re­gion.

“I def­i­nitely have to head down soon, I re­ally love it down there and miss that fan-base.”

Bar­nett con­firmed she would be “test­ing” her new songs in com­ing per­for­mances, be­fore re­leas­ing her new al­bum in 2020.

Bar­nett will per­form at the Blues at Bridgetown Fes­ti­val this week­end.

Tracey Bar­nett

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