CMC ROCKS THE HUNTER - Announces more artists
Already bursting at the seams with brilliant performers, festival organisers for CMC ROCKS THE HUNTER 2012 announced twelve more artists in the lineup today.
They are - Beccy Cole, The Sunny Cowgirls, Travis Collins, Peter McWhirter, Harry Hookey, Luke Austen, The Davidson Bros, Harmony James, Kaylee Bell, Travis List, Doug Bruce & The Tailgaters and Ross Ward’s Express - who will now all be appearing at the beautiful Hope Estate* in the Hunter Valley (NSW) over the 3-day weekend of March 16-18 next year.
These twelve newly-announced artists will be joining US superstars, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, who are headlining the festival in their first Aussie tour together, Dierks Bentley, Lee Kernaghan, and many more international and local performers, who have already helped establish this annual event as the biggest country and roots festival of its kind in Australia!
Having already racked up an impressive 7 Golden Guitars, 3 Gold Records, 2 Entertainer of the Year awards and a legion of loyal fans, Beccy Cole has one of the best live shows in the country. She is the real deal, a divorced working mother who delights audiences with single-handed pushups on stage, whilst belting out one of her numerous hits, or taking her audience on a journey with story.
It sometimes seems like The Sunny Cowgirls have risen straight from the warm heart of Australia. They radiate sunshine and that dry, laconic, Aussie sense of humour. And Sunny Cowgirls, Sophie and Celeste Clabburn, are the first to admit that they need a little dirt under their fingernails to create their own very special brand of music. Renowned throughout the land for their easy stage charisma, CMC Rocks veterans are gearing up to take the Hunter by storm next March.
Travis Collins is as well-known for his electrifying guitar playing and stellar vocals, as he is for his songwriting. With a career that has seen him co-write with Keith Urban, tour with Suzi Quatro, and perform at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Travis is still young and hungry enough to keep evolving as an artist and live performer. His new self-titled, labour of love album, just released, Travis Collins, confirms his journey.
Peter McWhirter blends a young pub-rock-pop energy with contemporary country music to form his own distinctive sound. Since the release of his Nashville-produced, debut album, Lucky as a Se7en, at the end of last year, Peter has had four hit singles and music videos to date, helping him grow his fun young fan base.
Harry Hookey learned to play guitar and write songs by listening to Bob Dylan records and honing his chops playing with bands around Victoria. His big break came last year, when he won the Telstra Road to Discovery competition in Tamworth. He has since recorded his debut EP, set for release soon, and performed at the NZ Country Music Awards 2011, as well as at Nashville’s Americana Music Festival.
Two-time Golden Guitar winner Luke Austen earned his stripes touring the outback with country music icon, Brian Young, for four years before becoming a mainstay of Troy Cassar Daley's band from 2004. He stepped out on his own, winning Toyota Starmaker 2009, and releasing his debut album, Light of Day, in 2010.
2009 & 2010 Golden Guitar winners and 2010 Group of the Year at the Australian Independent Country Music Awards, The Davidson Brothers, have built a reputation as two of Australia’s hottest bluegrass exponents - multi instrumentalists on banjo, fiddle, mandolin - and great entertainers with an enormous respect for the traditions of the genre.
Born in Victoria to a Baptist preacher, as one of 12 children, Harmony James had a sheltered childhood, with private tuition and few friends. After discovering country music from a Randy Travis record, she turned her talents to songwriting and released her debut album, Tailwind, in 2008. Her second album, Handfuls of Sky, is set for release in January.
At the tender age of 21, New Zealand’s Kaylee Bell already has an impressive list of accolades to her name, including NZ Gold Guitar Winner. Kaylee is a rising singer/songwriter, who impresses with her powerful delivery, vocal range and heartfelt lyrics.
Travis List is a country music traditionalist, inspired by Merle Haggard to leave South Australia, and base himself in Nashville, soaking up the spirit of Music City. A fiery guitarist and dynamic live performer, Travis is thrilled to visit home again to perform at CMC Rocks the Hunter 2012.
Texan-born singer/songwriter, Doug Bruce, now resides in Bendigo, Australia. With his band, The Tailgaters, he has been impressing die-hard country fans, and new converts alike, with his rich voice and natural affinity for the southern country sound.
Ross Ward’s Express is a swampy travelogue through popular music and its country, blues, rock, surf, soul and jazz landscapes. Ross describes his band’s music as “organic” and crowds around Australia have been responding to their honest, stripped-down, raw energy and sound.
Artists announced for 3 days of CMC Rocks the Hunter 2012 are - TIM McGRAW and FAITH HILL (US), Dierks Bentley (US), Lee Kernaghan, Eli Young Band (US), Tex Perkins & The Dark Horses, James Blundell, Craig Campbell (US), Jim Lauderdale (US), Colt Ford (US), Steve Forde, Shane Nicholson, Jedd Hughes (US), Felicity Urquhart, Catherine Britt, McAlister Kemp, Morgan Evans, Kirsty Akers, Pete Denahy, Buddy Goode, Jetty Road and Jayne Denham.
The newly-announced artists in the lineup are - Beccy Cole, The Sunny Cowgirls, Travis Collins, Peter McWhirter, Harry Hookey, Luke Austen, Davidson Bros, Harmony James, Kaylee Bell, Travis List, Doug Bruce & The Tailgaters and Ross Ward’s Express - with even more artists still to be announced.
The festival will once again be hosted by GAC television personality, Storme Warren (US), from Headline Country. Storme will be joined by co-hosts, Darren Carr and Mike Carr.
For the first time in the festival’s history, organizers have introduced a Time to Pay Option, which has received an overwhelmingly positive response and take-up from fans. However, this option is only available until Tuesday 15 November, where tickets can be ordered immediately, with payments spread over several months. After this date, tickets must be purchased with one single payment.
For tickets, camping, travel and accommodation details go to www.cmcrocks.com.au
3 Day Ticket - Adult (15 and above) $249
3 Day Ticket - Child (Ages 4 to 14) $125
Friday /Saturday only Ticket - Adult (15 and above) $159
Friday/Saturday only Ticket - Child (Ages 4 to 14) $80
Sunday only Ticket - Adult (15 and above) $159
Sunday only Ticket - Child (Ages 4 to 14) $80
Free admission to children under 4 years & accompanied by an adult.
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