Rider Essentials: Sara Berki

3 November 2022 | 2:21 pm | Staff Writer

'Drinking For Free' is out November 4!

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Bursting onto the Australian country music scene with her debut single Fallin’ Off The Heartline, NSW Southern Highlands singer-songwriter Sara Berki has a way of combining her emotionally interpreted lyrics and storytelling with catchy guitar riffs that will make you want to sway. 

Towards the end of 2021, Sara was announced as a Top 10 Finalist for a performance spot at Groundwater Country Music Festival in a competition supported by KIX Country. 

Earlier this year, she released her second single, Good Enough, an up-vibe slice of throwback country which takes elements of classic country, presented through a modern lens. Drinking For Free, her next single, will drop this Friday, November 4, which, she says, “is by far one of my favourite tracks I’ve ever written and recorded!”

Sara was also recently announced on the line-up for CMC Rocks alongside headliners Morgan Wallen, Zac Brown Band – in their only Australian appearance – and Kip Moore

We caught up with Sara Berki to find out the things she always takes on the road with her for this week’s Rider Essentials.


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1. Mascara

Let me tell you guys something real quick... If I leave my lashes without any mascara on them, they are blonde. I don’t ever get around without mascara and definitely not when I’m on the road touring! I cannot live without mascara ever! I wear it more than any other product. I look like a totally different person without it!

2. Tomato Sauce

Call me crazy but I will always keep a bottle of tomato sauce in the car for when I’m on the road travelling. Just in case there’s either a pie or a sausage roll involved on the trip. I was always a BBQ sauce kind of girl when I was growing up but you just can’t beat the Tommy sauce.

3. Guitar

I think we could all agree that there is nothing like sitting around a fire in the middle of nowhere listening to some acoustic guitar. I won’t go anywhere without my guitar! I have written so many songs whilst I’ve been touring Australia. I tend to write lyrics to a song first. Then I move onto working out the chords.

4. Shampoo and conditioner

Shampoo and conditioner are a MUST HAVE. There is nothing worse than travelling and knowing that you’ve forgotten to pack them in your bag. I am an ex-hairdresser, so I take my hair very seriously. I hate having dirty hair, although I am very good at hiding it! There’s no better feeling than washing your hair after a big show.

5. Potato chips

So little fact about me, I love to snack. And it’s really important to have snacks when you’re on the road! And who doesn’t like Honey Soy Chips from Red Rock Deli? I will always have a packet of chips in the glove box of my car, no joke. I love coming home from a gig to snack on chips!


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