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The Countrytown & KIX Country Centre Stage Artist is Southbound xo

25 July 2022 | 7:45 pm | Mallory Arbour

Countrytown in partnership with KIX Country is proud to announce Southbound xo as our ‘Centre Stage’ artist of the week.

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Countrytown in partnership with KIX Country is proud to announce Southbound xo as this week’s ‘Centre Stage’ artist. Every week we'll be shining a light on a single artist every week across all platforms including online features, airplay, and social support.

Formed in 2020, the all-female country-rock superband quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting new acts in Australia country music. Established by solo artists Rachael Fahim and Missy Lancaster, along with exciting newcomers bassist Sarah Bernardo and lead guitarist Andrea Krakosvka, Southbound achieved success with all four of their singles, Get Drunk On Me, Drink, Find Our Way featuring Shannon Noll and This Is Us, reaching the top 10 and garnering over 8 million streams so far. The latter also topped #1 for three weeks.

Following Fahim’s departure in August 2021 to focus on her solo career, the trio released their uplifting and inspiring single, Composure, which also reached the top 10.

Now renamed Southbound xo, the trio have released their new fun and uplifting country bop, Bar High, written by Bernardo, US hitmaker Rosi Golan, Australian country-pop chart topper Melanie Dyer and local hit writer/producer Liam Quinn, who also produced the track.

Bernardo, an Australian resident, originally born and raised in Canada, says Bar High is a celebration of experiences shared and bonds formed all around the world.

“This was such a really fun song to write,” she says. “Being someone who has done a fair bit of solo travelling, I’ve always really enjoyed meeting random people from all corners of the world and just having a blast in the short moments we spent together!”

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At the same time as Bar High being released, those adventures are entering a new chapter, with Bernardo and Lancaster currently in Nashville, writing future material and forging new creative relationships and friendships.

“We are strong believers in celebrating life to the fullest whenever you can, with whoever you meet. After all, as the song says, two shots are better than one!” says Bernardo.

Southbound xo will take that live show to major events in the spring, including CMC Rocks Queensland, Savannah In The Round and Groundwater Country Music Festival, with a bunch of headline shows to also be announced very soon.


Keep up to date with Southbound on their Facebook page here.