Q&A: Katie Brianna

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

My latest single is called “Boots”, the first song off my new album due out early next year on Stanley Records. The single and album were produced by Adam Young (The Daisygrinders) and I was lucky to have some crazy cool people playing and singing on it like Ken Gormly (The Cruel Sea) and Bow Campbell (Front End Loader)

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? 

Often I feel like the most recent song is always the greatest thing ever, because it’s fresh and new and I’m still on the high of having completed a work. Seeing as we’re talking about it though, I’ll say Boots. It’s a fun song for me, something quite different to anything else I’ve released. I actually wrote it many years ago, though it’s still relevant. It’s a little bitter, I suppose. It came from a place of jealousy. It makes me realise how far I’ve come as a songwriter, and a person.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

I’m an oyster. Not everyone will like me at first, but I’ll grow on you and you’ll become addicted. Best served raw.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

I recorded most of my vocals the same way I live my life, not wearing pants or a bra. 

What, or who, inspires you?

Loneliness, wine, and chicks doin’ it for themselves.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

There’s too many, but if I have to pick one, Jackson Browne’s The Birds of St Marks has always got me. Something about the melody is just so emotive, it really hits me in the guts. Or anything Neil Finn wrote, what a genius.

What’s next for you?

I’m just looking forward to releasing this next album and getting out there to tour it as much as possible. That’s the part of this that I live for.

What’s your scene?

Trying to pretend I’m still in my 20s.


What you are about to listen to is Boots, the brand-new single from Katie Brianna, from the forthcoming album, This Way or Some Other.

Do a quick Google search on Katie and you’ll discover her recent past as a darling of the alt-country scene who, as a teenager worked with the likes of Paul Kelly and Bill Chambers and has since been twice nominated for Golden Guitar awards. In short, you would think her story was an open book.

Whilst all of that is true, it doesn’t tell the complete story, as the next chapter is about to be written.

The girl with the voice of an angel and a pen as sharp as a knife has broken off the shackles and is about to undo any preconceived ideas that people had of her in the past. Boots is an unapologetic slab of indie pop that has radio written all over it.

So what’s an alt-country singer/songwriter doing making an indie record? Just ask Jenny Lewis, Middle Kids or Phoebe Bridgers, 3 like-minded artists who seamlessly defy genres.

Produced by labelmate and frequent collaborator, Adam Young (Big Heavy Stuff, The Daisygrinders), This Way or Some Other straddles indie rock and pop, roots music and good, old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll and features contributions from indie rock royalty, including Ken Gormley (The Cruel Sea) and Bow Campbell (Front End Loader) amongst many others.

Boots will give you a taste of the album to come in the same way that a pickle will give you a taste of a Big Mac. Needless to say, there are plenty more surprises in store.

Boots single is out October 11/ This Way or Some Other album out early 2020 on Stanley Records.

Katie Brianna
For more information, go to www.stanleyrecords.com.au


FRI NOV 29 – THE GOLDEN BARLEY, Enmore *single launch (free show)
MON JAN 20 – TCMF – THE TAMWORTH HOTEL, Tamworth 12noon (free show)
MON JAN 20 – TCMF – THE TAMWORTH HOTEL, Tamworth 7pm (free show)
TUE JAN 21 – TCMF – THE TAMWORTH HOTEL, Tamworth 6pm (free show)
THU JAN 23 – TCMF – NORTH TAM BOWLO, Tamworth 2pm


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