Gympie Muster Announces International Headliners / by Kylie Cobb

Platinum-selling country music maverick Chase Rice leads a swag of international acts flavouring Gympie Music Muster's full 2019 lineup announced today.

The Nashville sensation, whose latest single just hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard Country Charts, along with 'rockgrass' phenomenon Hayseed Dixie, Grammy Award-winning bluesman Micki Free, Canadian songstress Amy Nelson and fellow countrymen The Dungarees will feature at the iconic event, running 22-25 August in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

They'll be joined by legendary Australian R 'n' B artist Renée Geyer, blues rock icon Tex Perkins and his Fat Rubber Band, and Australian country music royalty Kasey Chambers, The McClymonts, James Blundell, Luke O’Shea and Felicity Urquhart.

Gympie Music Muster Program Co-ordinator, Emily Murphy said this year’s lineup sees the best of Australian country music coupled with some of the hottest up and coming talent on the international circuit.

"Musicians like Kasey Chambers, The McClymonts, James Blundell and Felicity Urquhart have real history with the Muster, and form part of our extended family of artists who regularly return to keep crowds entertained.  

"While our boots remain firmly planted in the local country music scene, we've seized the opportunity to add an exciting taste of what's happening on the international scene through Chase Rice, Hayseed Dixie, Micki Free and Amy Nelson.

“But what truly sets our festival apart is that it’s so much more than a line-up. Throw in intimate Songwriter-in-the-round Sessions, an all-star guitar-shredding jam, line and rock ’n roll dancing, instrument workshops and some surprise collaborations, and you begin to understand why the Muster is a diverse and unique program that simply can’t be experienced anywhere else."

Upholding Muster’s 38-year tradition of true, grassroots country music coupled with an exciting element of discovery, the 2019 program features more than 80 acts across country, blues and roots music.

An unmissable and uniquely Australian event, one ticket gives festival goers free camping and multi-venue access to all performances to experience everything one of Australia’s favourite country music celebrations has to offer.

Run by the community, for the community, the Muster is a not-for-profit charity event which has raised in excess of $15 Million for charities Australia wide since its inception. It also gives a multi-million dollar boost to Queensland’s tourism sector every year, providing an economic boom for the region.

The Gympie Music Muster runs from Thursday August 22 to Sunday August 25, 2019 in the stunning Amamoor Creek State Forest near Gympie. Tickets are on sale now via www.muster.com.au.

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Included below:

  • Full 2019 lineup

  • Gympie Music Muster Fast Facts & Links, including image library

  • Artist bios & images

Emily Murphy and artists are available for interviews and photographs upon request to Kylie Cobb: kylie@kittykittybangbang.com.au / M. 0402 434 523 or Lori Hoffman: marketing@muster.com.au / M. 0438 159 962


Gympie Music Muster Full 2019 Lineup

*Newly announced

*Chase Rice (USA)
*Hayseed Dixie (USA/UK)
Kasey Chambers
The McClymonts
Tex Perkins and The Fat Rubber Band

*Renée Geyer
*Micki Free (USA)
James Blundell
Felicity Urquhart  
Luke O’Shea
Caiti Baker

Saltbush Six
Andrew Farriss & The Rainmakers
Jeff Lang
*Kevin Bennett & The Flood
8 Ball Aitken
*The Viper Creek Band
Allan Caswell
*Marco Gliori & The Muster Poets
Kaylen's Rain
The Wilson Pickers
*Tim Gaze Blues Experience
Davidson Brothers
*Jetty Road
*Back To The Bush Balladeers
*The Faceless Men
Simply Bushed
Chad Morgan
Col Finley
*Kelly Cork
*Shelley & Lawrie Minson
*Vix And The Slick Chix
Kirsty Lee Akers
Murphy's Pigs
*Ruby Saltbush
*Kristy James
*Colt Seavers Band
Amy Nelson
*Sue Ray
Paddy McHugh
*Megan Cooper
*Brad Cox
Melody Moko
Anna Scionti
*The Amanda Emblem Experiment
*The Muirs
The Dungarees
James Ellis And The Jealous Guys
*Emma Beau
Linc Phelps
*The Rock And Roll Boys
*Redneck Gentlemen
*Georgia State Line
*Tennessee Lights
*The Smashing Bumpkins
*Lance Friend
*Gusto
*Alfanant
*Whistle Dixie Band
*Blake O'Connor
*Leyon Milner
*Mason Hope
*The Fergies
*Andy Nelson
*Jack Viljoen
*Natalie Pearson
*Dan Horne
*The Dennis Sisters
*Gympie Blues Club
*Phoebe Jay
*Natalie Henry
*Alice Benfer
Scarlet's Way
*Cassi Marie
*Clara Durbidge
*Issy Burnup
*Chloe Styler
*Jessica Emily Odgers
*Aaron D' Arcy
*Allegra Dunning
*Georgie Taylor
*Pat Kenny
*Zoey Mills
*Brendan Smoother
*Katie Bates
*Aspy Jones

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Gympie Music Muster Fast Facts

  • Gympie Music Muster celebrates mates, music and making a difference in its 38th year.

  • Over the past 37 years it has grown from a small celebration to an iconic event that defines the Gympie region.

  • Held from Thursday 22 – Sunday 25 August 2019 Gympie Music Muster is Australia’s largest charity festival, run by the community, for the community, raising in excess of $15 million for charity and community groups since it began.

  • The Muster is a fundraising initiative of the Apex Club of Gympie.  All surplus funds benefit the local community and designated charity partners.  

  • Generations of Muster goers return annually to enjoy the friendly family atmosphere – there are no strangers at the Muster, only friends you haven’t met yet!

  • The Muster provides local, regional and national artists and songwriters an opportunity to perform in front of one of the largest outdoor audiences in regional Australia.

  • The 2018 event has been measured to have contributed more than $6 million towards the Queensland economy.

  • The community is The Muster’s most valued resource with more than 15,000 volunteer hours given to the 2018 event.

  • The Muster is the quintessential Australian entertainment experience, bringing music and mate-ship together under one big open roof and offering a camping and leisure experience like no other. It celebrates the true spirit of country Australia and the strength and resilience of regional communities.

  • While contained in the picturesque Amamoor Creek State Forest in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, the event offers its patrons every luxury. Bars, Food Stalls, Baristas and five-star camping; there is no need to skimp on quality when patrons make their way to the Muster.

  • The event is family friendly (kids under 12 are admitted free) and focuses on providing a safe and non-threatening event.


APPROVED IMAGES + ARTIST BIOS

Chase Rice   Country music maverick Chase Rice has become one of country music’s most exciting figures since arriving in Nashville, building a loyal fan base across the country through his energetic live shows and gaining the attention of music critics and industry professionals alike with his edgy, eclectic sound. The Tar Heel State native released his sophomore album,  Lambs & Lions , featuring lead single and Top-20 hit “Three Chords & the Truth”. Follow-up single “Eyes On You” has not only become the most-streamed song of Rice’s career with more than 130 million streams, it also marked his first No. 1 as an artist at Country radio. His inaugural album  Ignite the Night  debuted at No. 1 on  Billboard ’s Top Country Albums and No. 3 on the all-genre chart, and produced a pair of Top 5 hits, the Platinum-certified “Ready Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight.” After supporting Kenny Chesney’s  The Big Revival Tour , Rice consistently sold out 2500-3000 seat venues on his headlining  JD and Jesus Tour, Everybody We Know Does Tour  and  Lambs & Lions Tour . He recently served as direct support on the  Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2018  and headlined a U.K. run in advance of his highly-anticipated  Eyes On You Tour,  currently underway.

Chase Rice

Country music maverick Chase Rice has become one of country music’s most exciting figures since arriving in Nashville, building a loyal fan base across the country through his energetic live shows and gaining the attention of music critics and industry professionals alike with his edgy, eclectic sound. The Tar Heel State native released his sophomore album, Lambs & Lions, featuring lead single and Top-20 hit “Three Chords & the Truth”. Follow-up single “Eyes On You” has not only become the most-streamed song of Rice’s career with more than 130 million streams, it also marked his first No. 1 as an artist at Country radio. His inaugural album Ignite the Night debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and No. 3 on the all-genre chart, and produced a pair of Top 5 hits, the Platinum-certified “Ready Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight.” After supporting Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival Tour, Rice consistently sold out 2500-3000 seat venues on his headlining JD and Jesus Tour, Everybody We Know Does Tour and Lambs & Lions Tour. He recently served as direct support on the Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2018 and headlined a U.K. run in advance of his highly-anticipated Eyes On You Tour, currently underway.

Hayseed Dixie   Hayseed Dixie was formed in the summer of 2000 on the front porch of a cabin in the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee, when after drinking enough whiskey to float a battleship across the Sahara Desert, it became suddenly obvious to the boys that the "Lost Highway" of Hank Williams and the "Highway To Hell" of AC/DC were the same damned road. The rest of the world first got a taste of Hayseed Dixie the following year, with the release of their first album, "A Hillbilly Tribute To AC/DC". The band has since gone on to record 13 further albums containing both original songs and reinterpretations of previously known works, albeit in their own inimitable style. Having sold over half a million albums worldwide and having played more than 1,000 live shows on every continent except Antarctica, Hayseed Dixie are acknowledged as the creators of the musical genre "Rockgrass."

Hayseed Dixie

Hayseed Dixie was formed in the summer of 2000 on the front porch of a cabin in the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee, when after drinking enough whiskey to float a battleship across the Sahara Desert, it became suddenly obvious to the boys that the "Lost Highway" of Hank Williams and the "Highway To Hell" of AC/DC were the same damned road. The rest of the world first got a taste of Hayseed Dixie the following year, with the release of their first album, "A Hillbilly Tribute To AC/DC". The band has since gone on to record 13 further albums containing both original songs and reinterpretations of previously known works, albeit in their own inimitable style. Having sold over half a million albums worldwide and having played more than 1,000 live shows on every continent except Antarctica, Hayseed Dixie are acknowledged as the creators of the musical genre "Rockgrass."

Kasey Chambers   A genre-defying singer and songwriter whose music encompasses the quietude of folk, the honesty of country, the edgy emotions of the blues, and the fearless spirit of rock & roll, Kasey Chambers has become one of the most popular and acclaimed artists of her generation. Raised surrounded by music, Kasey grew up as part of her family’s band, the Dead Ringer Band, and started her solo career thereafter. Five of Kasey’s twelve studio albums have reached No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, she has won 14 Aria Awards, and was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Her autobiography,  A Little Bird Told Me… , was released to critical praise, and her latest album  Campfire  was her most honest and austere acoustic album to date.

Kasey Chambers

A genre-defying singer and songwriter whose music encompasses the quietude of folk, the honesty of country, the edgy emotions of the blues, and the fearless spirit of rock & roll, Kasey Chambers has become one of the most popular and acclaimed artists of her generation. Raised surrounded by music, Kasey grew up as part of her family’s band, the Dead Ringer Band, and started her solo career thereafter. Five of Kasey’s twelve studio albums have reached No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, she has won 14 Aria Awards, and was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Her autobiography, A Little Bird Told Me…, was released to critical praise, and her latest album Campfire was her most honest and austere acoustic album to date.

The McClymonts   Since the release of their debut EP in 2006, sisters Brooke, Sam & Mollie McClymont have established themselves as Australia’s number one country group with over a quarter of a million album sales, 2 gold album sales accreditations, 13 time Golden Guitar Awards, 22 chart topping singles and a reputation for being one of the most exciting touring acts in country music. They have also won 2 ARIA Awards, an APRA Award, three Country Music Channel Awards and a CMA ‘Global Artist of the Year’. Their 2017 album ‘Endless’ saw The McClymonts hit #1 on the ARIA Country Album chart for the fourth time in a row and undertake the highly successful ‘Endless’ & ‘Like We Used To’ national tours.

The McClymonts

Since the release of their debut EP in 2006, sisters Brooke, Sam & Mollie McClymont have established themselves as Australia’s number one country group with over a quarter of a million album sales, 2 gold album sales accreditations, 13 time Golden Guitar Awards, 22 chart topping singles and a reputation for being one of the most exciting touring acts in country music. They have also won 2 ARIA Awards, an APRA Award, three Country Music Channel Awards and a CMA ‘Global Artist of the Year’. Their 2017 album ‘Endless’ saw The McClymonts hit #1 on the ARIA Country Album chart for the fourth time in a row and undertake the highly successful ‘Endless’ & ‘Like We Used To’ national tours.

Tex Perkins and the Fat Rubber Band   Tex Perkins has played a key role in shaping Australian music. It’s understandably difficult to pull together a coherent picture of a man whose career has taken in everything from the groundbreaking experimental punktonica of Sydney’s mid-80s noiseniks Thug to the lilting, dark country of his recent material with the Dark Horses. Now Tex is unveiling his exciting new band with Matt Walker. A blues swamp-groove that’s a little reminiscent of some of the things in Tex’s back catalogue, expect to hear a mix of new originals alongside a few classic Cruel Sea covers.

Tex Perkins and the Fat Rubber Band

Tex Perkins has played a key role in shaping Australian music. It’s understandably difficult to pull together a coherent picture of a man whose career has taken in everything from the groundbreaking experimental punktonica of Sydney’s mid-80s noiseniks Thug to the lilting, dark country of his recent material with the Dark Horses. Now Tex is unveiling his exciting new band with Matt Walker. A blues swamp-groove that’s a little reminiscent of some of the things in Tex’s back catalogue, expect to hear a mix of new originals alongside a few classic Cruel Sea covers.

Renée Geyer   Renée Geyer is Australia's most respected and successful soul singer, with a recording career of nearly 30 years. Geyer released her first self-titled album in 1972, and has since enjoyed an illustrious and consistent career internationally, that has seen her become one of the only Australian artists that has had records in the Australian charts every decade since the 1970s. Geyer is best known for her 1981 hit 'Say I Love You', which also reached #1 in New Zealand, and her sassy cover of James Brown’s iconic song ‘It’s a Man’s World’. During the 1980s and 1990s, Geyer spent many years between America and Australia and sang with artists such as Sting, Chaka Kan, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Brown. In 2005, Geyer was inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame and most recently released her 22nd album.

Renée Geyer

Renée Geyer is Australia's most respected and successful soul singer, with a recording career of nearly 30 years. Geyer released her first self-titled album in 1972, and has since enjoyed an illustrious and consistent career internationally, that has seen her become one of the only Australian artists that has had records in the Australian charts every decade since the 1970s. Geyer is best known for her 1981 hit 'Say I Love You', which also reached #1 in New Zealand, and her sassy cover of James Brown’s iconic song ‘It’s a Man’s World’. During the 1980s and 1990s, Geyer spent many years between America and Australia and sang with artists such as Sting, Chaka Kan, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Brown. In 2005, Geyer was inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame and most recently released her 22nd album.

Micki Free   Multi-talented blues innovator Micki Free was discovered by Gene Simmons of KISS, and has travelled the world with his blues/rock style and flamboyant on-stage persona. The Cherokee and Comanche First Nations American is a Grammy Award Winning Artist who has worked with the likes of Prince, Santana, Gary Clark Jr., Little Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen, ZZ Top, KISS, Cheap Trick and many more. Micki has performed at blues venues and festivals around the world, including a four-year invitation to Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park, London with an audience of 100,000 fans, where he was joined on stage by Bill Wyman legendary bassist of The Rolling Stones.

Micki Free

Multi-talented blues innovator Micki Free was discovered by Gene Simmons of KISS, and has travelled the world with his blues/rock style and flamboyant on-stage persona. The Cherokee and Comanche First Nations American is a Grammy Award Winning Artist who has worked with the likes of Prince, Santana, Gary Clark Jr., Little Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen, ZZ Top, KISS, Cheap Trick and many more. Micki has performed at blues venues and festivals around the world, including a four-year invitation to Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park, London with an audience of 100,000 fans, where he was joined on stage by Bill Wyman legendary bassist of The Rolling Stones.

James Blundell   There are many terms people use when describing James Blundell. Icon. Legend. Controversial. Rebel. The truth is - James Blundell is all of these things. Acknowledged by many as the act that single-handedly shaped modern Australian country music by infusing his influences of John Mellencamp, The Band and The Angels with the storytelling ethos of Slim Dusty and his lyrical insight, sharp wit and empathy for the average working man. This combined with his handsome good looks and country charm ensured there was no stopping his success across all demographics.

James Blundell

There are many terms people use when describing James Blundell. Icon. Legend. Controversial. Rebel. The truth is - James Blundell is all of these things. Acknowledged by many as the act that single-handedly shaped modern Australian country music by infusing his influences of John Mellencamp, The Band and The Angels with the storytelling ethos of Slim Dusty and his lyrical insight, sharp wit and empathy for the average working man. This combined with his handsome good looks and country charm ensured there was no stopping his success across all demographics.

Felicity Urquhart   Felicity Urquhart has long been one of the best-loved and most decorated singer/songwriters in Australian song. The host of ABC Radio’s Saturday Night Country, Urquhart has released seven studio albums and won eight Golden Guitars. With her latest album ‘Frozen Rabbit’ being released in April 2019, she is set to add another unmissable and unforgettable chapter to her incredible musical story. Gympie Music Muster is thrilled to welcome this woman of song to our 37th year of Gympie Music Muster as its ambassador.

Felicity Urquhart

Felicity Urquhart has long been one of the best-loved and most decorated singer/songwriters in Australian song. The host of ABC Radio’s Saturday Night Country, Urquhart has released seven studio albums and won eight Golden Guitars. With her latest album ‘Frozen Rabbit’ being released in April 2019, she is set to add another unmissable and unforgettable chapter to her incredible musical story. Gympie Music Muster is thrilled to welcome this woman of song to our 37th year of Gympie Music Muster as its ambassador.

Luke O’Shea   Luke O’Shea has a unique and contemporary way of carrying on the ancient tradition of singing up Australia and its definitive people. A recipient of 9 Golden Guitars and twice named the Australian Independent Artist of the Year, Luke’s solid swag of songwriting and performance accolades reflects the hungry desire of Australian people to hear their unique stories told - in a brave, powerful and unapologetic way. His music and lyrics are now being studied by Year 12 Higher School Certificate (HSC) English students and he continues to write and record in a style that is distinctly his own Luke will be releasing his 7th studio album,  There in the Ochre , at the 2019 Gympie Music Muster.

Luke O’Shea

Luke O’Shea has a unique and contemporary way of carrying on the ancient tradition of singing up Australia and its definitive people. A recipient of 9 Golden Guitars and twice named the Australian Independent Artist of the Year, Luke’s solid swag of songwriting and performance accolades reflects the hungry desire of Australian people to hear their unique stories told - in a brave, powerful and unapologetic way. His music and lyrics are now being studied by Year 12 Higher School Certificate (HSC) English students and he continues to write and record in a style that is distinctly his own Luke will be releasing his 7th studio album, There in the Ochre, at the 2019 Gympie Music Muster.

Caiti Baker   Caiti Baker, a vocalist and front woman raised on the sounds that birthed popular music, released her debut album  ZINC  on October 6 2017. That year, Caiti played Byron Bay Blues Festival and Womad festivals with great acclaim; supported Guy Sebastian and American legend Booker T; and featured on  Here,  a track with Briggs written for the NRL Fox League .  For the majority of 2018, Caiti toured the country a number of times, played celebrated summer festivals, supported The Teskey Brothers, performed at the London’s Sounds Australia Aussie BBQ and finished the year touring her album the 3 additional songs ( Gimme, Yep Yep  and  La La La ).

Caiti Baker

Caiti Baker, a vocalist and front woman raised on the sounds that birthed popular music, released her debut album ZINC on October 6 2017. That year, Caiti played Byron Bay Blues Festival and Womad festivals with great acclaim; supported Guy Sebastian and American legend Booker T; and featured on Here, a track with Briggs written for the NRL Fox League. For the majority of 2018, Caiti toured the country a number of times, played celebrated summer festivals, supported The Teskey Brothers, performed at the London’s Sounds Australia Aussie BBQ and finished the year touring her album the 3 additional songs (Gimme, Yep Yep and La La La).

Saltbush Six   Saltbush Six is a new band formed by members of The Ayers Rockettes, who are original members of Keith Urban’s band. Saltbush Six includes Peter Clarke, Marlon Holden, Brad Hooper & Allan Cameron. In the late 80s/early 90s, they were the party band for a generation. The band has backed the likes of Lee Kernaghan, Trisha Yearwood (USA), Big House (USA), Tania Kernaghan and James Blundell, to Doc Neeson’s Angels, and the Godfather of country music himself, Slim Dusty at The Grand Ole Opry, USA. Saltbush Six always have and always will produce exceptional music and remain very entertaining live. 2019 will see the release of Saltbush Six’s debut album,  Beyond The Ranch,  featuring their new singer Darcy Crawford (British Country Music Association’s Male Vocalist of The Year.)

Saltbush Six

Saltbush Six is a new band formed by members of The Ayers Rockettes, who are original members of Keith Urban’s band. Saltbush Six includes Peter Clarke, Marlon Holden, Brad Hooper & Allan Cameron. In the late 80s/early 90s, they were the party band for a generation. The band has backed the likes of Lee Kernaghan, Trisha Yearwood (USA), Big House (USA), Tania Kernaghan and James Blundell, to Doc Neeson’s Angels, and the Godfather of country music himself, Slim Dusty at The Grand Ole Opry, USA. Saltbush Six always have and always will produce exceptional music and remain very entertaining live. 2019 will see the release of Saltbush Six’s debut album, Beyond The Ranch, featuring their new singer Darcy Crawford (British Country Music Association’s Male Vocalist of The Year.)

Andrew Farriss   Andrew Charles Farriss is a Co-Founder, Main Composer, Keyboardist, Guitarist, Percussion, and Vocalist for the band INXS. Andrew has also worked internationally as an independent record producer, songwriter, and performance artist. Within INXS, massive hit singles such as  Original Sin ,  What You Need,  and  Need You Tonight  were the key cornerstones of Andrew’s much lauded songwriting partnership with Michael Hutchence. Add into the mix successful albums and videos, unending world tours, armloads of awards and accolades plus the honour of performing at the closing ceremonies of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney – it’s been, and remains, quite a career for Andrew – and one of his own making.

Andrew Farriss

Andrew Charles Farriss is a Co-Founder, Main Composer, Keyboardist, Guitarist, Percussion, and Vocalist for the band INXS. Andrew has also worked internationally as an independent record producer, songwriter, and performance artist. Within INXS, massive hit singles such as Original Sin, What You Need, and Need You Tonight were the key cornerstones of Andrew’s much lauded songwriting partnership with Michael Hutchence. Add into the mix successful albums and videos, unending world tours, armloads of awards and accolades plus the honour of performing at the closing ceremonies of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney – it’s been, and remains, quite a career for Andrew – and one of his own making.


OFFICIAL VIDEOS

Highlights from 2018 Gympie Music Muster ft. Music by Travis Collins. See you for more fun 22- 25 August 2019. https://www.muster.com.au/ #thisisqueensland Video by Leeroy Todd Photography


CONTACT

Kylie Cobb | Kitty Kitty Bang Bang | +61 402 434 523 | powerup@kittykittybangbang.com.au

Lori Hoffman | Gympie Music Muster Marketing Manager
+61 438 159 962 | marketing@muster.com.au