Dave Kent, Brooke Schubert & Fleur Wiber: Highlights From This Week’s ‘Grass Roots’

12 June 2024 | 3:20 pm | Staff Writer
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Every week, ABC Country's ‘Grass Roots’ program shines a light on the best independently released Australian country content.

Dave Kent / Brooke Schubert / Fleur Wiber

Dave Kent / Brooke Schubert / Fleur Wiber (Supplied)

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Every week, ABC Country's Grass Roots program shines a light on the best independently released Australian country content. Selected from the hundreds of new tracks submitted, the one-hour program is now available on demand as well as premiering each Monday at 9pm on ABC Country, showing the health of Aussie country music across all its sub-genres. Here are four of this week's tracks you should have on your radar. 

Head here to have a listen to this week’s full episode of Grass Roots.

Dave Kent – 80 Proof

80 Proof is the new honky tonk shuffle from WA “coastal cowboy” Dave Kent. Co-written with Pete Cullen, Beth Heather and Georgia Donachie, it’s a tip of the hat to Dwight Yoakam, featuring the glorious pedal steel tones of Michel Rose and fiddle from Wicker Suite’s Gabi Louise. 80 Proof paints a vivid picture of a smoky, booze-filled refuge amidst the wreckage of a broken heart.

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Brooke Schubert – Baby Blue Lies

Queensland’s Brooke Schubert solidifies her status as one of the most formidable voices in country music on her new track Baby Blue Lies. It’s a fearless fusion of rock and country, and a testament to Schubert’s bold musical vision. With a penchant for moody, seductive stadium rock, she fearlessly explores the depths of her favourite genres in this electrifying track. Co-written by Schubert alongside Nolan Wynne and Nat Pearson, Baby Blue Lies was expertly brought to life under the guidance of award-winning Gold Coast producer Jared Adlam.

Fleur Wiber – Free To Ride (ft. Matt Joe Gow)

Co-written by renowned alt-country artist and producer Matt Joe Gow, Fleur Wiber’s new song Free To Ride is a spirited, uplifting anthem about embracing new beginnings and the freedom of moving on. With unmistakable backing vocals from Gow, the track is a testament to Wiber’s growth as an artist and her commitment to crafting music that speaks from the heart.