Canadian born singer-songwriter Tracy McNeil has been releasing albums in Australia to the adulation of critics and aficionados since her arrival in 2007. Now a permanent resident, McNeil and her music have been claimed as Melbourne’s own.
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”.
In 2015, McNeil was busy with international supports for American rock-band Dawes, a Canadian solo tour, and playing with The GoodLife at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville, TN. Throughout her travels, a new record was in the making and the band are excited to announce the release of the first single Paradise from the forthcoming album Thieves, due for release in late June 2016.
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, and saw her go on to support international artists such as Old Crow Medicine Show, Eilen Jewell, Mary Gauthier, Tony Joe White, Great Big Sea and local legends Weddings, Parties, Anything and The Audreys, among others.
Tracy McNeil and her band The GoodLife blend a fresh new sound infusing her North American roots with the heart and grit of Melbourne’s thriving Americana/Alt-Country scene. Add to this the pop-soaked splendor of 1970’s West-Coast California, and you’ll be coasting the musical landscape that she calls home.
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
#1 Polyester Charts / August 2014
PBS FM FEATURE RECORD / July 2014
THE BRAG: INDIE ALBUM OF THE WEEK / June 2014
“There’s a mountain of great music being made in Australia at the moment, and ‘Nobody Ever Leaves’ sits right at the top of it. My favourite album this year so far” Shane Nicholson
“A Canadian based in Australia, innovating the country genre!” CJLO 1690AM (CAN)
“Nobody Ever Leaves is a very accomplished and beautiful album…the atmosphere it creates is often magical, and the tunes are often to die for. Tracy McNeil and her band are a real cut above the crowd.” Americana UK
“Nobody Ever Leaves is a gem… It’s an immense record which showcases the talent of a rising roots music star. Tracy McNeil has arrived” Samuel J. Fell / Rhythms Magazine
“If you’re a fan of good music, ‘Nobody Ever Leaves’ is for you. If you’re not, then you’re on your own.” Patrick Emery / The Brag ****
“…McNeil keeps making songs so easy to like…And all this while pointing her car towards the ditch. You know, where the interesting people are.” Bernard Zuel / Sydney Morning Herald