SONG BIRD: Award-winning singer-songwriter Christie Lamb performs at Roma's Easter in the Country Outdoor Country Music Festival.
SONG BIRD: Award-winning singer-songwriter Christie Lamb performs at Roma's Easter in the Country Outdoor Country Music Festival. Marguerite Cuddihy

Artists delight at outdoor music festival

CHRISTIE Lamb's high-energy performance draws a crowd like moths to a spotlight.

With an EP and two albums out so far and a string of awards under her belt, you'd never know Lamb was still adjusting to being under the bright lights.

Two weeks ago she was announced CMC Australian Female Artist of the Year.

"I'm still getting used to hearing that,” she laughed.

And this week, she headlined Roma's Easter in the Country music festival.

"I really love coming out west,” she said.

"I find that the crowd and the atmosphere in regional towns is way better.”

Lamb started singing when she was 11 years old.

"I've always known I wanted to be a singer and that was it, there was no swaying from that,” she said.

"I've always had that gut instinct and determination and the right opportunities line up at the right time.”

Lamb's repertoire was impressive, playing her own hits like Broken Records and Bad Habit, while throwing in effortless covers of Dolly Parton's Jolene and Nancy Sinatra's These Boots are Made for Walking to shape out a monstrous hour-and-a-half-long set list.

Liam Kennedy Clark performs at the Outdoor Country Music Festival, as part of Roma's Easter in the Country.
Liam Kennedy Clark performs at the Outdoor Country Music Festival, as part of Roma's Easter in the Country. Marguerite Cuddihy

Liam Kennedy Clark said he was honoured to share the stage with the likes of Christie Lamb.

"I've known Christie for a while, through our tours with Lee Kernaghan, and she's just a great singer and a great person,” he said.

Clark showed off his own talent with covers of Marc Cohn's Walking in Memphis and a howling, growling version of Midland's Drinkin' Problem that had everyone singing along.

"I've played every sort of music under the sun,” he said.

"I've been a trumpet player in a jazz band, I've played rock and blues and I've even played in an orchestra but I always seem to come back to country.”

Clark said he enjoyed country music because it was a good mix of everything.

"Country music has always been about great musicians who know how to play their instruments, they know how to sing, the writing is fantastic and the way they can tell a story is just brilliant,” he said.

While Lamb and Clark are gaining fame for their music, it's obvious they know how to stay true to themselves.

"The best advice I can give anyone who wants to pursue a career in music would be if you really want something, work hard at it,” Lamb said.

"We're always told when we're young to have a back-up plan to a dream but I never did. And I still don't. My mindset was always if you had a back-up plan, then you won't work as hard as you should on what you want.”

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