Hayley Marsten is one of the most interesting and exciting Australian country music artists to emerge in recent times. Based in Gladstone, Queensland, Marsten has already established a unique identity as a performer and recording artist. No one else could have come up with the delightful ‘Wendy’, her most recent single, or the bundle of magic that was her EP Lonestar.
‘Wendy’ was written with the brilliant Lyn Bowtell. For her latest single, ‘Red Wine, White Dress’, Marsten has written with the also-brilliant Brad Butcher, who has made several appearances on this site. ‘Red Wine, White Dress’ is taken from Marsten’s forthcoming debut album, Spectacular Heartbreak, which will be released on 30 August. The video makes its debut on this site today (scroll down to view). It was created by Duncan Toombs at The Filmery and shot in Brisbane.
‘Red Wine, White Dress’ reveals yet another dimension to Marsten, and more of her talents. It is now clear that Marsten has the courage to shift her focus lyrically and musically, especially so early in her recording career, when it must be tempting to keep doing the same things she already does so well. She also has the skill and commitment to pull it off. Part of that skill is choosing the right collaborators, both in Butcher and in her producer, Matt Fell.
There is absolutely nothing to not love about this song or, frankly, about Marsten. If you’re new to Australian country music, consider her a glorious introduction. She’s also great live, and upcoming gig dates are listed below – right after you watch the video.
Pre-order Spectacular Heartbreak here.
Saturday 24th August – Gladstone Ent. Centre (w/ Troy Cassar-Daley) – Gladstone, QLD
Friday 30th August – The Zoo – Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 31st August – Crow Street Creative – Gladstone, QLD
Thursday 5th September – Oodies Cafe – Bundaberg, QLD
Friday 6th September – Captain Cook – 1770, QLD
Saturday 14th September – The Press – Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 15th September – Flow Bar – Old Bar, NSW
Thursday 19th September – Lazybones – Marrickville, NSW
Friday 20th September – Toppy Hall (w/ Fanny Lumsden) – Wyalong, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Palladiam Palace Theatre (w/ Fanny Lumsden) – Morundah, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Servo Bar – Woollongong, NSW
Saturday 12th October – VDM Fest – Biloela, QLD
Friday 18th October – Apple Cider Shed – Grove, TAS
Saturday 19th October – Royal Oak – Launceston, TAS
Friday 25th October – Springdale Hall (w/ Fanny Lumsden) – Springdale, NSW
Saturday 26th October – Gunbar Hall (w/ Fanny Lumsden) – Gunbar, NSW
Thursday 7th November – Wesley Ann – Melbourne, VIC
Friday 8th November – Bayview Country Art Club – Bittern, VIC
Friday 15th November – Loomberah Hall (w/ Fanny Lumsden) – Loomberah, NSW
Saturday 16th November – Glen Innes Hall (w/ Fanny Lumsden) – Glen Innes, NSW
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