Country artist Casey Barnes will play another free home-town gig at the Gold Coast Show, appealing to a broad audience of music fans
Casey Barnes may still be wiping off the mud from the Gympie Muster last weekend, but tomorrow night he’ll be back on stage high and dry at the Gold Coast Show.
The local country music artist is the headline act for the agriculture and entertainment fair, and he’s excited to be sharing his music once more with his home-town fans.
“We’re going to be doing all the tracks from the new album,” Casey says.
“I’m going to put on a similar show to what we did at Groundwater – rocking, uptempo, have a lot of fun.
“It’s another opportunity to play in our own backyard.”
Casey says last month’s Groundwater Festival, a free weekend of country music held at Broadbeach, was one of the best shows he’s ever done.
He says these events prove our region is becoming the capital of Australian music.
“Southeast Queensland has now become a hub for country music,” he says.
“You’ve got Groundwater, Gympie Muster, then you’ve got CMC Rocks (in Ipswich), which is the biggest country music festival in Australia.
“The festivals keep getting better every year.”
On the set list you’ll hear Casey’s new single Be Mine from his 2018 album The Good Life, a catchy, feel-good love song he found “effortless” to write.
“The song’s all about a girl that’s been in lots of relationships in the past. She’s always been treated really poorly, she’s lost all faith,” Casey says.
“Then along comes this guy and he is Mr Right, he’s trying to convince her he’s in it for the long haul.
“Be Mine came the easiest to me on the album. I started writing it right here at home on the kitchen bench.”
Critics say Casey’s music is part of a movement of country artists crossing over to pop sounds, appealing to a broad audience of music fans.
“Country’s such a broad genre now, we don’t all sound like Slim Dusty,” Casey says.
“When you look back over the past 12 months in commercial radio, there’s been a crossover in that commercial country sound.
“Artists such as Sam Hunt, Keith Urban, Morgan Evans, they’ve got that cross-over country rock vibe.
“We’re pushing the boundaries. It’s that up-tempo, country rock sound.
“If you listen to my stuff now, it does cross over. There’s a bit of everything in there.
“The whole community of country music in Australia, it’s like a big family.
“The artists are all out there trying to help one another, and the fans are so loyal and supportive.” Catch Casey Barnes tomorrow night at the Gold Coast Show from 7pm. Entry is free to the Gold Coast Show, held at the Broadwater Parklands, Southport
Catch Casey Barnes in concert tomorrow night at the Gold Coast Show, held at the Broadwater Parklands.