Coun­try artist Casey Barnes will play an­other free home-town gig at the Gold Coast Show, ap­peal­ing to a broad au­di­ence of mu­sic fans

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY - AM­BER MACPHERSON

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.

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