The Duke Wilde Band are finalists in the 2010 Q Song Awards.
The Duke Wilde Band are finalists in the 2010 Q Song Awards. Craig Warhurst

Duke takes walk on the wilde side

MOMENTUM is building for the talented bunch of musos who make up The Duke Wilde Band.

The Gympie group consisting of Aaron Partridge, Nick Aitken, Linc Phelps and Jason Bray, is a finalist in the 2010 Q Song Awards.

The band’s original composition Country Town made it into the top four songs in the Country category, knocking out hundreds of other hopefuls.

Partridge said, as songwriters, the band always hoped to create something people wanted to listen to. “It shows that Gympie is as good as anywhere as far as talent goes,” he said.

“We’ve just got to be quietly confident that we’ve got the goods.”

And there seems to be no doubt The Duke Wilde Band can come through with the goods. It has already won various national awards and is currently working with a Nashville record producer as well as looking forward to a couple of “fantastic gigs” at the National Music Muster in August.

Australian Institute of Country Music (AICM) Education Director Dr Geoff Walden said making it into the finals of Q Song was “another step in what we think is a very positive series of steps forward” for the band.

Q Song Awards judges say it was a monumental task to shortlist the finalists, with some 1600 songs entered this year.

Each song was judged anonymously by a team of dedicated music industry representatives who included Triple J, ABC, 98.9FM, Rave Magazine, Scene Magazine, Dew Process, 4zzzFM, Time Off, The Australian Institute of Country Music, Hillsong Publishing, QUT and APRA.

“Judges were once again overwhelmed by the enormous talent of Queensland songwriters and the high quality of entries across all genres,” Executive Officer Denise Foley said.

“Q Song continues to be a platform for songwriters of all ages and all corners of Queensland.”

The winners will be announced at the 5th annual Q Song Awards night at The Tivoli, August 10.

Tickets for the event go on sale today and are available from www.qsong.com.au or by phoning Q Music on 3257 0013.

The Duke Wilde Band hopes to release its first album around Muster time.

Gympie Times


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