Awarded muso grateful for fans
South West 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 WA Music Awards.
Pinning her success to supportive fan-bases like those in the Margaret River region, Barnett has toured 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 until 2012, at which point she sold her business to kick start her 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.
Barnett confirmed she would be “testing” her new songs in coming performances, before releasing her new album in 2020.
She will next perform at the Blues and Bridgetown Festival next weekend.
Tracey Barnett will return to Geraldton for two shows on August 11 and 12.