Dream come true for Duke Wilde
HOME-grown country music sensation The Duke Wilde Band experienced a special side of the Gympie Muster than most of us only hear about from festival favourites like Troy Cassar-Daley.
No, not a marriage proposal. Not even a romantic encounter – at least, not for the band’s single members.
But for Gympie’s Linc Phelps, Nick Aitken, Aaron Partridge and Jason Bray the 2011 Optus Gympie Music Muster will be one they’ll never forget.
The boys rubbed shoulders with some of Australia’s biggest country music stars, including Adam Brand (pictured) and Lee Kernaghan, with whom they shared a dressing room.
And they left a lasting impression on American country superstars Montgomery Gentry and Doc Walker.
Never letting the rain dampen their excitement one bit, The Duke Wilde Band had the advantage of playing in a covered venue, putting on three highly-charged shows in the Muster Club.
“Saturday was awesome,” Linc Phelps said.
The bass guitarist/vocalist said the band received “heaps of good comments” from people that had seen them playing at the Tamworth festival.
“We had a lot of people in the audience that were there to get out of the rain but then it stopped and everyone stayed.”
Many braved the drizzle to stick it out in front of the Main Stage on Friday night to see Adam Brand headline and a cancellation because of illness saw Shane Nicholson take Adam Harvey’s time slot on an “extremely wet” Saturday.
The word backstage
The Duke Wilde Band’s Linc Phelps said the new-look Main Stage was a hit with long-time Muster entertainers, such as Lee Kernaghan and Kasey Chambers.
Comments he overheard were that the stage “was more professional” and “looked better” than in previous years.