Gympie boys take out Q Song Award
WITH their first single yet to be released, there is no doubt Gympie’s Duke Wilde Band has cemented a spot in the country music charts with a win at the Q Song Awards for their hit song Country Town.
Written by the band’s frontmen Aaron Partridge and Nick Aitken, Country Town was just a demo and it was entered into the song-writing competition. To have it take out the country category against fully released albums is a good indication the song will be well received when it gets airplay.
This latest achievement is another important stepping stone for the Duke Wilde Band, which includes Linc Phelps (vocals and bass) and Jason Bray (vocals and drums).
They tasted success at the beginning of the year, winning Tamworth’s prestigious Coca Cola Battle of the Bands and the Battle of the Country Bands with their original music and professional stage show.
This latest win confirms they are heading in the right direction, Aaron says.
Speaking on behalf of the band, he told The Gympie Times they were all stoked at how far they had come in the short time they had been playing together.
He said they were looking forward to the release of their debut album which was recorded with legendary guitarist/producer Louie Shelton.
Always seeking perfection, the guys have sent the recording off to Nashville to have it mastered by grammy award-winning engineer Hank Williams.
“We wanted people with good track records in the business to work on our product,” Aaron said. “And in turn, they wouldn’t have taken the job if they didn’t think we were good enough.”
The award-winning song Country Town will be the first single off the band’s debut album, which is expected to be released in October on the new AICM record label.
“It’s about remembering all the fun things you did in your youth,” Aaron said about the inspiration for the song.
“Country Town is about a guy who grew up in a small town and moved away just to see if the grass was greener. He comes home and realises he misses all the things he used to do.”
When writing the song with Aaron, Nick drew from his experiences of growing up in Gympie.
“One of Nick’s talents is that he comes up with very catchy choruses,” Aaron said and added that Nick’s lyrics and melody probably hooked the Q Song judges.
Find out for yourself what makes this band a standout when they perform on the City Centre Stage in Mary Street at the Pre Muster Day on August 21. Don’t miss this free show from 11.30am to 12.30pm.
Duke Wilde Band will also be performing at the Muster this year so catch them at the Crow Bar on Thursday night, August 26 and on the Main Stage, Saturday August 28, at 2pm.