Single Release: Hunter Kaine – Long Way From Lonely (feat. Shane Nicholson)
Hunter Kaine has released her debut single ‘Long Way From Lonely’ featuring Shane Nicholson, as well as its accompanying video.
It’s perhaps uncommon to have a three-time ARIA and multiple Golden Guitar winning artist featuring on your debut track, but it’s also easy to understand why: Kaine is an extraordinary singer and the song, written by Nashville based Australian songwriter Phil Barton (Lee Brice, Morgan Evans, Lee Kernaghan, The Wolfe Brothers), is a killer. It would seem that instead of being a long way from lonely, Kaine is in rather good company.
Speaking about ‘Long Way From Lonely’, Kaine said that the track ‘is really at the core of what we all seek in life – true connection. It’s a very real, open and honest piece of music.’
Kaine is speaking from the heart in a world, she says, ‘that often plays it way too cool,’ and Nicholson was her first and only choice to record the duet. ‘He has all the right ingredients,’ she says, ‘both as an artist and a person. It was a wonderful, unique and inspiring journey that I’ll never forget.’
Kaine took charge of the production reins for the single, which was recorded at Rangemaster in the Dandenong Ranges, just outside of Melbourne. Not only that, she also teamed up with ARIA nominated creative Ian Ritter to produce and direct the music video, which was filmed in a 1960s vintage motel in the Melbourne suburb of Essendon. ‘I searched for hours to find a motel that would feel like the song,’ says Kaine, ‘and this motel ended up supporting it perfectly. It felt lived in yet lonely, a building that was beautifully broken.’
It’s Kaine’s uncompromising vision that makes her such an exciting new artist, not to mention a voice made to convey raw truths. Combine this with Nicholson’s soulful vocal and you’ve got a powerful, beautifully balanced recording that will stand the test of time.
And despite the subject matter both artists know how to have a good time. ‘Shane, the film crew and I were all having so much fun during filming,’ says Kaine. ‘It had a real feeling of nostalgia. There were guitars strewn about the place and the sun was doing its thing. When the day was wrapped, we had to have a scotch or two to celebrate such a creative, enjoyable day.’
It’s not just the day of filming that will be celebrated either, with Kaine due to release her debut EP later in the year. And though this is her first – and very impressive – foray into the scene as a solo artist, she’s charted previously with Deep Creek Road as their lead singer on a couple of songs, as well as playing the Tamworth Country Music Festival with them in 2019.
Keep an eye, an ear, or two of each out for Hunter Kaine from this point on. She’s a long way from lonely and a short way from making a serious statement in the country music scene.
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