Casey Barnes’ track-by-track guide to his new album
OLD Coast singer and songwriter Casey Barnes has distilled two decades of hard-earned experience, funds, favours and friendships into his new album Jet Trails.
A lovingly crafted, diverse and slickly produced collection of songs written, honed and refined over 18 months between the US and Australia, it finds Barnes at the peak of his powers.
‘‘Rather than rush things, I wanted to be patient and make sure I got the absolute best songs I could,’’ he says.
Barnes’ voice, his skill and his confidence are positively cooking on the album, reinforced by a trail of inspiring, productive songwriting and production partnerships along the way.
The former Australian Idol finalist travelled to Nashville to find inspiration for the album, striking up a working relationship and friendship with Canungra-raised singer and songsmith Rick Price.
‘‘The whole trip to the States was just this sequence of lucky, serendipitous events,’’ Barnes says.
Named in honour of the literal and figurative journey it has taken Barnes on – from his home on the Gold Coast to recording studios in Sydney, Byron Bay, Nashville and New York, Barnes hopes Jet Trails will take his songs to new heights.
‘‘There’s a bunch of different tracks on there – from Michelle, which has an acoustic, folky vibe to Never Break You, which is rock, and a New York dance pop track. It’s a real mixed bag but when you listen to the album as whole, the binding thing is the vocal.’’
First single, Michelle, made the iTunes charts when it was released earlier this month and Barnes hopes Jet Trails will be just as well-received when it is released tomorrow.
Above: Casey Barnes in New York, where he worked on his new album