ON STAGE: Kingscliff musician Casey Barnes is the only Australian finalist in the Country Summer Fender Contender competition.
ON STAGE: Kingscliff musician Casey Barnes is the only Australian finalist in the Country Summer Fender Contender competition. Contributed

Help Casey Barnes get into Country Summer

HARD Times is the original song Northern NSW country singer Casey Barnes entered in a competition to play with Lady Antebellum and other music acts at Country Summer Festival in California next June.

The competition, called the Country Summer Fender Contender, has Casey Barnes among ten finalists, with voting closing in nine days.

See below Casey Barnes' video submission for the competition:

A previous winner of NCEIA Dolphin Awards and other accolades, Barnes has a long standing relation with the USA, after spending some time in Nashville, Tennessee, last February finishing his new album, due out in June.

He has also secured management for his US career late last year.

Casey Barnes said he would love to play a major music festival in the US.

"I have always wanted to play a major festival in America because I've done a few here in Australia but never there," he said.

Mr Barnes said Country Summer is one of the biggest music festivals in California.

"This opportunity came along when you apply to perform at the main stage. I found out this week I am the only Australia-based act to make the final ten," he said.

To vote for Casey in the Fender Contender Challenge visit http://countrysummer.com/contender-challenge/



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