“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.