While attention has turned to “Country’s Biggest Party” at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville this week, there are plenty of Australian artists releasing some incredible country music that deserves attention.
Here are five new tracks that are on our radar right now:
Catherine Britt – Too Hot To Just Quit
‘Too Hot To Quit’ is the latest single from Catherine Britt’s latest album, Catherine Britt & The Cold Cold Hearts. The album was recorded in a new studio built by her husband, at the back of their home in Newcastle. The album was nominated for Alternative Country Album of the Year at this years Golden Guitar awards.
Abby Christo – ‘Kiss Me Into Monday’
Abby Christo (technically Australasian) first rose to prominence as one half of New Zealand country duo, Mae Valley. Their debut single ‘Brightside’ topped the Australian Country Airplay chart in early 2017 and they opened for Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini in their home country. But as things started to take off, they broke up.
This playful pop-country tune is Abby’s first single as a solo artist.
Lee Kernaghan – ‘Backroad Nation’
This new single is the title track from the Boy from the Bush’s latest studio album, which debuted at #3 on the ARIA album chart, just two weeks ago. Lee has also just kicked off his Backroad Nation Tour across Australia with The Wolfe Brothers and Christie Lamb.
Co-writers on this song include Nashville based Australians Phil Barton and Lindsay Rimes (also the track’s producer) who are currently churning out hits with some of US country’s biggest stars as well.
Seaforth – ‘Love That’
Seaforth are Australian duo Tom Jordan and Mitch Thompson. They scored a record deal with RCA Nashville last year and celebrated their signing by opening for Kane Brown at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
‘Love That’ is the title track from Seaforth’s debut EP, which was released in April.
Sara Storer – ‘Raindance’
“Don’t hold back, lets Raindance,” sings Sara Storer in what she calls a “song of hope” for Australian farmers, currently still experiencing horrendous drought throughout Australia.
“In regard to the drought, and the endless hardships of Aussie farmers, I felt it time to write a song of hope. A song that can lift our spirits during the nations wait for rain,” she says.