Blake Dantier has fast become a bonafide fixture on the country music scene. Recognised by The Tamworth Songwriters Salute Awards, as the 2021 New Songwriter of the Year – an award he shares with his fiancé and fellow country music star Cass Hopetoun for her #1 airplay hit 'Typical Bride' - his writing skills are ramping up to showcase Dantier as one of the brightest stars of 2021.
He has now unveiled his latest offering, a good-time song with a honky tonk feel titled 'Last Call', which is - perhaps - a drinking sequel, following his previous single 'Wish You Were My Beer'. "I have a tendency to write drinking songs….or songs set in a bar" admits Dantier. "Last Call is no exception. I had this one written since late 2019 but I decided to re-write it while I was in Tamworth this year, because I wanted to shift the focus off drinking to being more about just having a good time. Cass was getting her nails done for the Golden Guitars (I opted to go au naturel) so I sat in the car on Peel Street and wrote a few new verses while I waited".
Produced by Simon Johnson at Hillbilly Hut Studios, 'Last Call' is a salute to beer-filled evenings that cocoon you from the monotony of the 9-5 grind. Dantier's raw vocals and crying slide guitar make 'Last Call' a guaranteed toe-tapper and an anthem to the joy of the golden ale.
Accompanying the release of 'Last Call' is a visualiser, which was filmed on Dantier's iPhone by his fiancé and fellow country artist Cass Hopetoun. The visualiser documents Dantier's spontaneous adventures on the gritty streets of Sydney's inner-city suburb of Newtown, taking the audience on a journey of discovery and delight. "The idea was to capture an authentic good time, which is exactly what the song is about," Dantier enthuses.
Since breaking onto the scene in 2020, Dantier has clocked up several awards including taking out the Country Rock Song of the Year category at the Tamworth Songwriters Salute Awards in 2020. His previous singles 'Wish You Were My Beer', 'Ash & Dust' and 'I'd Do It Again' have all featured in The Music Network Hot 50 airplay charts, with the latter peaking at #14.
Dantier will soon be hitting the road with his songwriter partner - playing guitar with Cass Hopetoun when she tours with The Wolfe Brothers, Andrew Swift and Jayne Denham. With his lashings of talent and jaunty lyrics, this won't be Dantier's 'Last Call' to the stage.