Former shearer and rock musician Luke Dickens has successfully converted to the country scene and will launch his new CD at the Gympie Music Muster tomorrow.
Former shearer and rock musician Luke Dickens has successfully converted to the country scene and will launch his new CD at the Gympie Music Muster tomorrow. Contributed

Luke brings first album to Muster

WHEN Luke Dickens was asked what sort of country album he wanted to make, he told the Toyota Star Maker officials a “dirty” one.

Originally a rock musician Dickens took the chance to “have a crack” at the country competition at Tamworth this year and scooped the prize.

Now he has recorded his first country album and will be launching it at the Optus Gympie Music Muster tomorrow.

“It’s my first time at the muster this year. I’m pretty excited everyone talks about it. I’m looking forward to a great few days up there,” said the former country NSW shearer.

A country kid, Dickens became a shearer after he left school at 16, but that all changed after he came second in Australian Idol 2008.

In 2010 he launched an independent debut rock album and now he is ready to launch Devil in the Wind – the album recording was part of his Star Maker prize.

Dickens admitted he was not always a country music artist, but decided to get into the industry after going on the Country’s New Stars tour with Amber Lawrence, Luke Austen and Victoria Baillie.

“We had the best time and it made me want to join the country circuit.”

Devil in the Wind is also the name of a track written by Dickens’ mate Matt Ross.

“It’s about the Queensland floods and cyclone Yasi. It relates to that, but has a really cool rootsy, groove and country sound. It’s not really a sad song, it reflects on the hardships people went through.”

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