Casey Barnes has announced a string of shows in the new year, including a bunch of hometown dates. Following performances at Tamworth Country Music Festival in January, he’ll perform a rare and very welcome headlining, ticketed show at Soundlounge on 17 February (with special guest Brad Butcher), as well as at CMC Rocks Festival (not technically hometown, but pretty damn close) and there’s more to come. Tickets to the Soundlounge show are $18 from soundlounge.com.au or $25 on the door. Casey is also up for Male Artist of the Year in the Planet Country awards. It’s a people’s choice type deal and you can vote at goo.gl/yLEaxn. But the biggest news for Gold Coast Music Awards’ first ever People’s Choice winner is that he’s just been announced a finalist for the Golden Guitar Awards. Which is big, big news for Casey and his fans.