Final Word with Casey Barnes
Zarraffa’s Coffee catches up with Casey Barnes, singer and 2018 Golden Guitar finalist. Amidst the mayhem of an album launch, Casey found a few minutes to give us the final word.
GM: You’re making a splash on the country music scene, has this always been your preferred genre?
CB: Yeah it definitely has been, although I have crossed over into other genres over the last 10 years. I grew up listening to country music, thanks largely to my mum and the records she used to play when I was a kid, so it’s definitely had an influence on what I write and record now
GM: You are a finalist in the 2018 Golden Guitar ‘best new talent’ category, but you’ve actually been in the industry for quite some time. Tell us how you got started and what led you to where you are now.
CB: I’m very humbled to be a finalist in the Golden Guitars and I guess in ‘country’ terms I’m still the new kid on the block to a certain degree. I’ve been a full-time recording artist now for a little over 15 years but it’s probably been the last two to three years that things have really taken off. It’s been a lot of hard work but I feel like I am finally getting there.
GM: How do you feel about your nomination?
CB: It’s definitely a real honour. My style of ‘country’ crosses over a little into that mainstream modern country pop/rock sound, so it’s great to see the Aussie country music scene is becoming more open to this sound.
GM: What can we expect on your new album, The Good Life?
CB: It’s the first album in a long time where I’ve co-written, recorded and produced everything with the same team. Michael Paynter and Michael DeLorenzis have a really fresh headspace when it comes to their production so you’ll definitely hear that on the record. I’m so excited for it to finally be out there!
GM: You seem pretty busy, but when you get some free time, what do you like to do?
CB: It’s always family time for me. Things are about to get even busier this month, as we’re hitting the road on a national tour, so whenever I get any down time I’m always hanging with my wife and our two little girls Emmy & Charli.
GM: What would your last supper be, and why?
CB: It’d have to be a good home-cooked meal from my wife Michelle – she does a MEAN roast!
GM: How do you like your coffee?
CB: I’d be lost without coffee! For me it’s got to be strong… my regular is a triple shot flat white!
To order Casey’s new album The Good Life or for upcoming tour dates, visit www.caseybarnes.com.au