Alt-country meets west coast

February 14, 2018

KICKING off the 2018 Riverboats Festival is none other than the fresh Americana sound of Tracy McNeil and The GoodLife.

Hailing from the land of maple syrup and ice hockey, Canadian-born and bred Tracy has well and truly found home in our sunburnt country. But her North American twang is a staple in her sweet and smooth rhythms.

Tracy and her band’s genre-bending 2014 album Nobody Ever Leaves claimed widespread praise and was nominated for best country album and best folk album in The Age Music Victorian Genre Awards 2016.

Having been described as alt-country meets west coast pop/rock with infusions of Fleetwood Mac and CSNY, the band’s sound is definitely authentic and original.

‘‘I hate defining my sound – it’s all over the shop,’’ Tracy said.

‘‘I feel like a label is just breadcrumbs in the woods, an arrow.

‘‘It gives people direction to be able to seek us out. But it can also be narrowing.

‘‘I think we’re defined by how people feel.’’

The collaboration of Tracy and The GoodLife brings a perfect instrumental and vocal formulation to create a harmonic and passionate composition. Tracy brings the songs to the band, who then all work together to create the final product. With similar diverse tastes in music, the variation of their set is extraordinary.

‘‘We are just five people who love playing together,’’ Tracy said.

‘‘We have a couple of new songs and if the vibe is right we may play a few of our favourite covers.

‘‘There’s so much great music in amongst the gum trees right on the water.’’

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