James Blundell’s ready to rock
COUNTRY music sensation James Blundell loves coming out to the country to play shows, so it’s no wonder he’s so excited to be headlining Easter in the Country’s Origin Energy Outdoor Musical Festival.
The Stanthorpe local, who has connections to Roma through relatives, said this would be the first time he has come to one of Queensland’s biggest Easter events.
“It’s interesting, because I had no idea that it was that big before I was asked to play,” Mr Blundell said.
“We’ve got a great band coming so we reckon it’s going to be a great day.”
Mr Blundell will headline the show right in the middle of Roma’s CBD, which will also feature Noosa duo Brothers and country rock gods John and Vinney.
The ARIA and Golden Guitar winner helped pave the way for other Australian country musicians in the 1990s by breaking through to the American market.
It was there that he learnt how different, in a good way, Australian country music was to its USA counterpart.
“My American career is the perfect cautionary tale in that it was exciting but I couldn’t do or make the compromises to play in that field,” he said.
“But it established the fact that Australian country music was its own genre.
“The ones that have gone over there now like Keith Urban have been treated with some sort of respect.
“The biggest difference is we have a very story-telling origin for our songs.
“One of the observations that was made when I first started was it was considered an ugly form of story-telling, but now modern singers have success because they understand the song is about telling a story.”
Mr Blundell said crowds should expect to hear some old favourites mixed in with some newer songs.
Easter in the Country president Jenny Flynn said Mr Blundell playing has been one of the most significant announcements in the event’s 39-year history.
“It is one of the biggest acts ever known to the west and brings international status to Easter the event, thanks to sponsors Origin Energy,” she said.
“He sings about getting his education down on the farm where you can learn life’s important lessons, and he brings plenty of local knowledge coming from down the road in Stanthorpe and starting out as a farmer.
“As organisers we must thank our sponsors Origin Energy. For them to assist us in ensuring that such huge talent is able to join with us for 2016 is both welcomed and embraced by locals and our thousands of visitors from across Australia.”