VISITING the Amamoor State Forest campgrounds, Gympie Muster chief executive officer James Dein saw for himself one of the Muster's star performers.
Mr Dein was at one of the pre-Muster camp parties where revellers were enjoying one of their favourite country music performers, Lance Friend.
He entertained many a late-night crowd around their campsites and regularly entertained at the legendary two-storey campsite, Swill Hill.
After all, late nights, campfires, guitars and singing, is what the Muster is all about.
Mr Dein was so impressed by what he saw and heard that he arranged for Mr Friend to appear on the main stage just before John Williamson.
He played two of his charted songs to an ecstatic crowd.
Thousands of campers, who had the pleasure of being entertained by Mr Friend during the past 10 years at their campsites, were proud to see him up there on the main stage playing to thousands of people.
Many tears were shed among the 15,000-strong crowd following Mr Friend's rendition of his latest single, Full of Aussie Pride.
This enthusiastic response from the crowd encouraged Mr Dein to slot Mr Friend in next year's main stage line-up for a full performance.
It's all happening for the Gympie-based musician. After four-and-a-half years in the making, he has finally released his latest album, The Album, featuring the hit songs The Condamine and If I had a Wish.
The Album is available on iTunes. To grab a copy, head to lancefriend.com and follow the links to order.