Gold Coast’s Casey Barnes had a massive 2017. Named a Golden Guitar finalist, he also nailed country music charts with his single ‘The Way We Ride’, which debuted at #7 on the iTunes Country Charts and spent four weeks at the top of the Country Tracks Top 40 Chart. He has a new single and a new album about to launch, so we thought it was time to catch up on what else 2018 has in store.
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Casey says hearing his name called out as a finalist for the Golden Guitar Awards was a “pretty amazing feeling”.
“There are some ridiculously talented up and coming artists in Australian country at the moment so to even be a finalist is pretty humbling,” he told Blank GC.
The Golden Guitar nomination wrapped up a massive 2017 for Casey. As well as continuous top ten listings for country music radio charts and touring internationally with Lady Antebellum he also performed at the Country’s biggest country festivals – Tamworth, Gympie, Broadbeach and CMC Rocks. He says he’s feeling like 2017 was his breakthrough year and that all the hard yards are starting to pay off.
“Radio support has been really strong with the last three singles so it’s nice getting to now play these larger festivals and have people in the crowd know the words and sing them back.”
And Casey’s soon to be released single ‘Ain’t Coming Home’ is set to continue that trend. Casey says it’s a country rock anthem, focused on someone with a nine to five job. All they can think about is the weekend.
“Its definitely one of my favourite tracks off the new album,” he said.
“It’s got a big chorus so will be a lot of fun to perform at all our live shows this year!”
‘Ain’t Coming Home’, which is due for release 16 February follows ‘The Way We Ride’ which is the first track off the yet to be released album and an absolute banger for country music fans. Casey says people connected with it so deeply because it’s a bit different to a lot of country tracks out there.
“It’s got a real modern country/cross over sound,” he said, “so we got a great response from country fans but also mainstream music fans too… which was great.”
The new album, due for release 9 March and 12 months in the making sees Michael Paynter and Michael DeLorenzis from MSquared again collaborating with Casey.
“I deliberately didn’t want it to sound like anything else that’s currently on the Aussie country music scene,” Casey said. “They (MSquared) come from a mainstream pop production background so combining that head space with modern country has been the perfect mix.”
“We’ve pushed the boundaries a bit but its great to see that mainstream radio is now opening up to modern country so we’re hoping that continues on into 2018. I can’t wait to get it out there now!”
As well as the new album. Casey has a massive schedule of regional dates for 2018 and slots at CMC Rocks, Bleach* Festival and Kick Up the Dust in Canberra. He also plays a rare, ticketed headlining show at our beloved Soundlounge this month.
“It’s definitely always a highlight getting to perform in your own back yard and it’ll be my very first ticketed show at the Soundlounge so I’m really looking forward to that,” he said. “The new single comes out on 16 February so it’ll basically be a single launch and a way to debut all the brand new tracks off the record for the very first time.”
“It’ll be our last big show with the band before CMC Rocks too so hoping to get a good turn out. We’ll be joined by fellow Golden Guitar finalist Brad Butcher who is amazing so it’s going to be a great night!”
“I guess the main focus [for 2018] will be touring this album,” he said. “I’ve never had a more jammed packed schedule at the start of a year so that’s already a good sign… and if all goes well even head back over to the States at some point.”
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Casey Barnes + Brad Butcher are at Soundlounge, Saturday 17 February and Casey Barnes hits Bleach* Festival on Saturday 31 March. Pre-order the new album ‘The Good Life’ via iTunes from Friday 16 February.