FINGER-picking brilliant blues and roots musician, 8 Ball Aitken, will be delivering a highly entertaining performance at the Australian Institute of Country Music tomorrow night, to launch his latest CD.
After a successful debut show late last year, 8 Ball is cruising back to Gympie to launch his new album, Alive in Tamworth.
"The last gig went off well and that's why I'm coming back," he told The Gympie Times.
"I am really excited about my new album and I want to launch it in Gympie ... give these fine people a mental vacation to the land of country, blues and swamp music."
AICM director Dr Geoff Walden said 8 Ball's support was fantastic for the institute and the wider community.
"Hosting these types of shows is exactly what we want to achieve at AICM. It's wonderful artists of 8 Ball's calibre are starting to see Gympie as the kind of place where they want to put on a concert. A CD launch is a great opportunity for us also," he said.
Support for 8 Ball is not the only backing offered by AICM.
Graham Rodger will be holding a concert in the Apex Auditorium in March.
"We are trying to build up the scene for music artists to come and do concerts here. Having people like 8 Ball launch his new album gives us more legitimacy," Dr Walden said.
"I am really happy with AICM's progress. Obviously we have to operate on a tight budget, but things are going well, considering. The building is being used more often by more people and I think it's exciting."
Supporting act for 8 Ball on the night will be AICM student and upcoming country music star, Olivia Nolan, who will perform solo from 7.30am.