Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife Head to Paradise

Read about the new single and album from Tracy McNeil


Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife – photo Jim Jacob

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife
‘Paradise’: New Single Out April 1 2016


Canadian born singer-songwriter and now Melbourne resident Tracy McNeil has been putting out notable music since her arrival in Australia in 2007.

Her 2014 release Nobody Ever Leaves received two nominations in The Age Music Victoria Genre awards (Best Country & Best Folk/Roots album) and McNeil and her band The GoodLife were named Australian Artist/Band of the Year in the influential Rhythms Magazine readers’ poll that same year.

In 2015, McNeil supported American West Coast rock outfit Dawes, completed a solo tour in Canada, and Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife performed at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville, TN.  At the latter, I saw the band perform a terrific new song ‘Middle of the Night’ which I assume will be on a forthcoming album Thieves (her fourth), which is due for release in late June 2016.

The first single ‘Paradise’ from that new release is about to be launched.

tracy mcneil paradise poster

According to the media release:

‘Paradise’ navigates a fleeting, utopian space that can exist between two strangers, drawn by an irrepressible magnetism to a place that can be visited but never lived in, and they are inevitably set adrift again…
“feel it coming like a roll of black thunder, heat gets heavy underneath the sky, I hear you breathing before you’re standing near me, this feels like something I ain’t ever tried.”


Written by McNeil between Melbourne and North America throughout 2015, ‘Paradise’ is the first offering off Thieves, which promises to be an emotional collection as it follows the passing of her father and the resultant reaction to that loss and her seeking comfort in creating new music.

Have a listen to ‘Paradise’:


The GoodLife features Dan Parsons on lead guitar, Luke Sinclair (Raised By Eagles) on rhythm guitar, Bree Hartley on drums and Trent McKenzie on bass.  The production credits are:

Co-produced by Shane O’Mara and Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife
Engineered & mixed by Shane O’Mara @ Yikesville, Yarraville VIC
Mastered by Colin Wynne @ Thirty Mill Studios, Brunswick VIC

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife will celebrate the release of ‘Paradise’ with a free show on April 15 2016 at the Retreat Hotel with special guests indie/folk outfit Murdena.

New album Thieves out Friday June 24 on SlipRail Records

Pre-orders available from April 1.


Read about the new single and album from Tracy McNeil


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