“Dazzling fourth LP…A technicolour West Coast dreamscape: the sound of sunrise over cedars and noonday Joshua Trees and high desert dusk” ✯✯✯✯ ROLLING STONE
Tracy McNeil and her band The GoodLife infuse her North American roots with the heart and grit of Australia’s thriving Alt-Country/Americana scene. With a sound harking back to the halcyon days and pop-soaked splendor of late 70s West Coast California country harmonies, and adding a healthy dose of indie rock shimmer, you’ll be coasting the musical landscape they call home.
Winning Best Country Album for her last release, Thieves (The Age Music Victoria Awards 2016), she was featured in Rolling Stone’s coveted Future Is Now segment, stating Thieves as “a dazzling LP…A technicolour West Coast dreamscape: the sound of sunrise over cedars and noonday Joshua Trees and high desert dusk…” ✯✯✯✯
After sell-out album launches in Melbourne, she has embarked on national tours and has appeared at many major festivals around the country including: Out On the Weekend (VIC), Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC), Dashville Skyline (NSW), Riverboats (VIC), Bigsound (QLD), Welcome To Morrisonville (QLD), as well as performing at AmericanaFest in Nashville (USA) as part of Sounds Australia. She has support visiting international artists such as Mary Gauthier (USA), Tony Joe White (USA) and Dawes (USA) and local luminaries Weddings Parties Anything and The Audreys.
Her 2014 release Nobody Ever Leaves received two nominations in The Age Music Victoria Genre awards (Best Country & Best Folk/Roots album) and Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife were named Australian Artist/Band of the Year in the Rhythms Magazine readers’ poll that same year, with editor Martin Jones describing their live show as “fully realized, world-class country-rock”.
McNeil made her introduction to the Melbourne music scene in when she teamed up with nationally acclaimed singer songwriter Jordie Lane to form the highly successful alt.country/folk duo Fireside Bellows. Their first and only LP release, No Time To Die received rave reviews across the country and remains one of Australia’s most sought after independent releases.
After going their separate ways to pursue solo careers, Tracy followed up with successful sophomore album Fire From Burning in 2011. This cemented her reputation as a respected and formidable force on the circuit.
“Alt-Country meets West Coast pop/rock, Thieves qualifies as a ‘classic album’ just waiting to be heard. McNeil grew up listening to Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles. If either released any one of these songs today, they’d return to the top of the charts.” Rhythms Magazine
“The title track is an absolute highlight – it’s quiet but with immense strength. The guitar interplay between Parsons and Sinclair is gripping and the rhythm section of Hartley and McKenzie underlay it all with grace. I could spend hours just listening to that song over and over. A contender for Australian song of the year.” No Depression
“The new album from Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife is an absolute stunner – beautiful harmonies, melodies and clever arrangements make Thieves an album that you will listen to over and over again…early 1970’s California sound, but Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife have put their own stamp on it to make this one of the stand out recordings of the year.” PBS FM Feature Album July 2016
“Filled with hooks and harmonies that will keep you warm on a winter’s night.” Stack Magazine
“US west coast FM rock of the late ’70s, with warm harmonies, swaying guitar lines and a general uplifting quality, even in her darker moments. CSNY and Fleetwood Mac fuse in a gentle Americana sound as McNeil sings of love, heartache, loss and distance.” The Music
“Thieves has layers that reveal themselves with repeated listening, and it can also serve as an album to float away on. McNeil’s experience as a singer, songwriter and performer – and the high calibre of her band – have resulted in a creation of easy complexity: a contradiction in terms, and a wonder to behold.” Jolene – The Country Music Blog
AUSTRALIAN ARTIST/BAND OF THE YEAR / Rhythms Magazine Readers Poll 2014
THE AGE MUSIC VICTORIA GENRE AWARDS / Nominated for Best Country Album & Best Folk/Roots Album 2014