An Interview with Casey Barnes

Following the success of his last single, Just Like Magic off his 2016 release, Live As One; teetering on the edge of commercial pop and rock, with a blend of American, modern-country sound, Casey Barnes has once again teamed up with Michael Paynter and Michael Delorenzis from MSquared Productions with the equally catchy, follow-up single, The Way We Ride.

Your latest single, The Way We Ride was written and recorded with Michael Paynter and Michael Delorenza from MSquared Productions who you worked with on your previous single, Just Like Magic. Tell us about the new single.

The current album feels like it’s only been out for a short amount of time. Because that album included new songs [and] some tracks off my previous EP, I thought it was the right time to start moving forward and concentrating on brand new stuff. Because things worked so well with Michael Paynter and Michael Delorenzis from MSquared Productions, we decided to keep going in the same direction.

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The Broadbeach Country Music Festival Files – An Interview with Tom Wolfe from The Wolfe Brothers

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County music favourites, the Wolfe Brothers this week their latest single hit #1 on CMC coinciding with the one year anniversary release of their third studio album, This Crazy Life. Gearing up to grace the stage alongside over 25 acts during the July 28-30 free Broadbeach Country Music FestivalI caught up with Tom Wolfe to chat about new music, touring with Lee Kernaghan and all things Broadbeach.

Last time we spoke you were on the This Crazy Life mini festival tour (alongside Gord Bamford, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Christie Lamb, Craig Heath, Troy Kemp and Jody Direen). Is it safe to assume you guys are working on new material at the moment?

We are putting a lot of new stuff together. What we’re trying to do at the moment is find a new sound that takes it into 2017 and to the next level. We’re not going to rush – we did three albums and a live DVD in four years and a hell of a lot of touring! We want to take our time, make sure we’ve got the right songs and make it our best one yet. We’re going back to Nashville in July for another writing trip and I can foresee us going back into the studio and doing more demos. We don’t really know how to stop. Once we stop, we get too bored. We get a week off and we’re like, “Let’s do something!” (laughs)

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The Broadbeach Country Music Festival Files – An Interview with Troy Cassar-Daley

Troy Cassar-Daley has had a mammoth year! Continuing the success of his 2016 release, Things I Carry Around and the autobiographical book of the same name; he took home the Golden Guitar for Album of the Year and was named the 50th inductee into the Australian Country Music Roll of Renown, Australian Country Music’s highest honour. With over 20 years in the industry, he’s headlining alongside one of the band’s he used to open for at the Broadbeach Country Music Festival.

You’re playing at Broadbeach Country Music Festival on July 28th-30th, 2017. What makes the festival so special and unique?

The best thing is – it’s free. It’s got something special going on there. They set this festival up so that it’s accessible for everyone. It’s really important to show everyone where country music is. You can see the whole broad spectrum of where the genre sits. I’m very excited, not only to be a part of that, but it gives people a good introduction of our music. If you’re going to get people to come along, and experiment with your music and with our genre; if it’s free, what a great way to get people to a show to start with!

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An Interview with Casey Marie

Growing up in the mining town of Moranbah in Central Queensland, 19 year old Casey Marie has released the heartfelt single and video for Demons off her 2016 EP of the same name. Through her music and songwriting, she is an advocate for creating more awareness of social issues such as domestic violence, anxiety disorders and depression. She gained success in 2014 with the release of her debut EP When A Man Brings You Down and is set to tour later this year.

What was the inspiration/motivation behind Demons?

Demons was written as kind of a coping mechanism when I was going through the darkest times battling anxiety and depression.

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An Interview with Ian Moss

Blues on Broadbeach is one of the largest free music events in Australia. Held on May 18 to 21st, the festival is celebrating its sixteenth year, having started in 2002. Cold Chisel guitarist and successful solo artist, Ian Moss is one of almost 70 acts to perform over the four day festival including: Bonnie Tyler, Slim Jim Phantom Trio, Kevin Borich, Ray Beadle, Cash Savage And The Last Drinks, Jimi Hocking’s Blues Machine, Harts, Louie Shelton Bluesland, 19 Twenty and more!

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An Interview with Harrison Craig

Harrison Craig has been wowing audiences with his voice since 2013. With the release of his third studio album Kings Of Vegas (featuring new interpretations of classics such as Almost Like Being In Love, She’s A Lady and I’ve Got You Under My Skin) displaying a mature sound with swing-inspired direction, this platinum-selling artist (and soon-to-be author) is on a national tour paying homage to the icons he grew up listening to.

Last time we spoke you were working on the Kings of Vegas album – you said it was more in the direction you’ve been wanting to go, about coming into your own and where you want to be musically for the rest of your career. Having now recorded and finished album, do you feel this still rings true?

Yes, I think so. I also strongly believe there’s always room to grow. There was a great quote by Prince and, from not remembering the quote word for word, he was trying to say you should always be looking to grow and expand. You shouldn’t stay in one place for too long, but stay in that line that works for you. Don’t switch to being a metal performer, if that’s clearly not your jam, but don’t stagnate is what he’s trying to get across. That rings true for everything, for this as well. I’m looking forward to going on tour with the Kings, but also growing and pushing that out as well.

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An Interview with Adam Harvey

Charismatic, multi-award winning, singer/songwriter, Adam Harvey, alongside buxom poster girl Beccy Cole, have recently released The Great Country Songbook Volume II album, with a tour soon to follow. Following the success of the original 2013 release of The Great Country Songbook and tour with Troy Cassar-Daley; the 2017 release pays homage to some of the greatest male/female country duets ever written.

You released the Great Country Songbook with Troy Cassar-Daley in 2013. Last week you released Volume II of the Great Country Songbook with Beccy Cole.  Did you always have the idea of making a second chapter?

I did. I remember when I did the first album with Troy Cassar-Daley and both of us were surprised at the success of that album. It made me realise that people still want to hear those great old songs. They’re timeless. I went to Troy and said, “Mate, I’d love [record] those great, classic, male and female duets. Troy said, “Harvey, I can tell you right now, there is no way I’m going to sing all those female parts!” I said, “Come on, mate. I’ll put a blonde wig on you, we’ll blow up some balloons and put them down your top – you’ll look just like Dolly Parton!” (laughs) He said, “No, you go and see your mad mate, Beccy Cole (who happens to be Dolly’s #1 fan) and see if she’ll do it with you.” That was how he came about with Beccy – who else can you pick, you know? Beccy and I have been such great friends over the years. She loves that classic country stuff [and] I love working with her! She’s the best in the business.

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