Trent McArdle and Jock Barnes, lifelong buddies, sat side by side in Nashville’s Nissan Stadium for 2015’s Country Music Awards. There they witnessed coveted gongs go to the industry’s biggest superstars, modern luminaries like Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton and Darius Rucker.
The experience sparked their creativity. Invigorated, the pair returned to their Australian homeland and went about penning original music. Drawing on their eight years together in high-demand cover band Golden Child, an experience that afforded expert insights into what type of songs can bring a crowd to its feet, Route 33 soon had seven killer tracks for a debut release.