Awarded muso grate­ful for fans

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Time Out - Sarah Ison

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.

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