TRAIL SONGS

Casey Barnes’ track-by-track guide to his new al­bum

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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

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