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Travis Collins returns with new single, Newy gig

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Hunter Valley product Travis Collins is partnering up with Canadian country music sensation Dan Davidson for a new collab single and a gig in Newcastle next month.

The Cessnock-born artist will co-release Girls Drink Beer on Friday 4 November.

Afterwards, the pair are joining forces for an epic double-header that same night at the Exchange Hotel, with special guest Chelsea Berman.

The multi-award-winning Collins has fast established himself as a leading light in Australian country music.

Nine studio albums later, he’s a regular main-stage fixture at the nation’s peak festivals and routinely plays to sold-out crowds.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve performed in Newcastle,” he said.

“I couldn’t be more pumped for this show.

“Dan Davidson is amazing – and we’ll both be doing our best to blow the roof off.

“It’ll be a night to remember, for sure.”

Girls Drink Beer is a high-energy, good fun, country banger, according to Davidson.

“I’m super excited about this one,” he said.

“It’s perfect to get the party started for the Australian summer – and to help us forget it’s Canadian winter.

“We’re not reinventing the wheel here, just showing some appreciation for country girls that keep it simple.”

His first time Down Under, Davidson will perform at the Groundwater Country Music Festival in late October, before heading to Newcastle, followed by the Sunset Sounds Festival in south-western Sydney on Saturday 5 November.

“Having a platinum record is probably the biggest achievement in my music career so far,” he said.

“Many major label acts don’t even reach that milestone, so to get there as an indie is such an honour.

“To me, that means that it’s fan driven and that country listeners out there are connecting.

“I’m not even sure of the last time an indie went platinum in country music in Canada.”

Tickets are on sale now at theexchangehotel.com.au

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