Casey BarnesYou’ve quit the rat race and decided on a seachange – welcome to The Good Life, Casey Barnes’ new album, which confirms he’s a definite country contender.

“I want to get under country skies,” he declares in Ain’t Coming Home; there’s a relentlessly upbeat spirit to this record. It’s contemporary country with an Aussie edge, and the guitars are cranking – credit to producers Michael Paynter and Michael Delorenzis for keeping them front and centre. But Barnes also knows how to deliver a genuinely affecting ballad – check out Set Sail. Here’s hoping he gets a crack at the US market because he’s got the goods.

The Good Life is out now – exclusive to JB Hi-Fi – via Xelon.

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