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What happens when an alternative rock guitarist picks up an acoustic guitar and starts
performing solo? You get Tracey Barnett.
The West Australian singer-songwriter has earned a reputation for heartfelt song-writing
and exhilarating shows thanks to her distinctive, high-energy brand of blues and roots.
That reputation saw her crowned ‘Best Regional Act’ at the 2018 West Australian
Music Industry Awards.
Armed with an acoustic guitar, harmonica, stomp-box and soaring vocals, Tracey weaves
her emotive and passionate stories into your very soul. People love the energy and skill
behind her powerhouse stage presence, and are moved and inspired by her emotive
lyrics, solid rhythm and slide guitar hooks.
Initially from an alternative rock background, Tracey’s style mixes experimental flair with
traditional rock, blues riffs and a hint of country, creating a fusion that’s impossible to
resist. Her dynamic sound inspires hopefulness, connectedness and pure, unadulterated
While some performers might choose to go down the full band path after a taste of
success, Tracey made a conscious choice to stay true to her roots and perform mainly
solo. It’s a decision that’s paid off bigtime for the Bridgetown local, receiving an award at
the West Australian Music Industry Awards for ‘Best Regional Act’ 2018, WAM Song
of the Year nominations across multiple years, two WAM Award nods in 2017, and
festival slots at many of WA’s biggest folk, blues and roots festivals.
Following two EPs, Barnett’s debut album Heart, Soul, Feeling was released in
2017, receiving plenty of airplay across community radio, ABC Radio and Triple J’s
Roots ‘n All program.
‘Gotta Get Out’ is Tracey’s latest single (October 2019) from her upcoming album (to be
released 2020). With a bit of grunge, a bit of dirt and a healthy dash of push and shove,
‘Gotta Get Out’ is the perfect catharsis for the pressures of modern day life. Her distinctive,
high energy brand of blues and roots is perfectly executed with driving guitar rhythm,
raucous lap steel and fearless vocals.
From festivals to intimate venues, Tracey’s music fills any space with a powerful
energy and an uplifting sense of hope. Her thrilling live shows have connected with
audiences across her home state, from the Kimberley to the Great Southern, all the
way to the east coast of Australia.
What people are saying
“Tracey has an energy that is infectious and a determination that can not be ignored. Her
songs speak from the bottom of her soul and reflect the sound and scenery of her West
Australian roots with an elegance that is unique.” – Shaun Kirk, musician
“Always incredible when a woman straddles the Blues, whilst allowing her authentic self to
shine through and give it her own. Tracey has grown into her skin and it makes for a great
musical treat. She’s got what it takes!” – Phaedra Watts, Festival Director, Nannup Music
“There’s something undeniably captivating about the music of Tracey Barnett. Over the
past number of years, the Bridgetown-based artist has crafted a sound that feels
simultaneously grounded and dynamic; it’s rooted in acoustic sounds, but energetically,
reaches into far wider territories.” – Happy Mag
“When I played a live gig with Tracey Barnett, I was blown away by her vocals and
songwriting! She’s also an awesome guitar player.” – Bill Chambers, musician
“One of WA’s most inspiring young performers” – Barry Benfell, South West Blues