Olive Mae, Casey Barnes & Beth Lucas: Highlights From This Week’s ‘Grass Roots’

27 March 2024 | 10:22 am | Staff Writer
In Partnership With ABC Country

Every week, ABC Country's ‘Grass Roots’ program shines a light on the best independently released Australian country content.

Olive Mae / Casey Barnes / Beth Lucas

Olive Mae / Casey Barnes / Beth Lucas (Facebook)

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.

Olive Mae – Wait And See

Wait And See is the new track from WA folk artist Olive Mae, and is a bright and positive track that is full of hope. Written when she was at a crossroads in her life, the song portrays the restlessness Mae was feeling at the time and the juxtaposition between the lyrics and melody adds an interesting complexity.

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Casey Barnes – Mayday

Casey Barnes continues his hot streak thanks to the brand new single Mayday. Co-written with Morgan Evans and adding some extra flair is New York producer Andrew Maury (Kacey Musgraves, Lizzo, Shawn Mendes) who jumped on the mixing to add brand new elements that turn Mayday into a real earworm. Mayday will feature on Casey's anticipated new album, due out later this year.

Beth Lucas – Rearview Mirror

Rearview Mirror is a story of self-reflection and perseverance. Recorded and produced by James North, the track features Beth Lucas’ signature acoustic guitar layered with emotive harmonies and a sound that is unique whilst also placing her in the same arena as rising country stars such as Ella Langley, Laura Frank and Bailey Zimmerman.