McClymonts's stars still rising
TAKING a break from their US tour to play at this year's Optus Music Muster, The McClymonts are thrilled to be performing on the Main Stage at the prime time of 8.30pm this Friday.
Just off the plane yesterday morning, The McClymonts were already on the publicity wheel in preparation for their eight-date mini tour of Australia to coincide with the Muster.
In what has been a whirlwind leg of their US tour, the girls opened for Ozzy Osbourne at the famous Buffalo Chip Bikers Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota – a daunting proposition for the three sisters from Grafton and a coupling that some industry insiders believed to be a certain disaster.
But The McClymonts won the crowd over during a ceremony saluting the veterans and fallen soldiers of the US Military with a stunning three-part harmony rendition of the American national anthem.
The huge crowd of bikers adopted the girls from that moment and their concert performance was nothing short of an amazing success.
“The response to our music was quite unexpected,” Samantha McClymont told The Gympie Times.
“We were very nervous about getting up there and playing acoustic country music but they gave us a cruisy time slot and it was pretty cool.”
Samantha said Ozzy was heavily protected by security but they did get within five metres of him.
“It would have been good to meet him. He's a bit of living legend,” she said.
From South Dakota, The McClymonts travelled to Billings Montana to open for country superstar Jason Aldean at the Montana State Fair, again wowing the crowd with their unique blend of harmonies.
The next day the girls were off to Nashville, where they performed centre ring at the Professional Bull Riders event, which was televised to a huge national audience. The girls met up with the three Aussie PBR Riders: Brendon Clark, Jared Farley and Ben Jones, who are all doing extremely well on the PBR circuit in the USA.
Next stop was Midland Michigan for two nights of outdoor concerts. On the first night, The McClymonts opened for the hugely popular Lady Antebellum.
After a magical performance, the girls were embraced so well by the 8000-strong crowd that they sold out of CDs in 10 minutes – a remarkable result considering no one knew anything about them before the performance.
The following night was with Jason Aldean, who announced last week he will be taking The McClymonts on his national tour in September and October, playing arenas across America.
“Americans love country music...they are open to new acts and willing to give you a go,” Samantha said. “We got a great response.”
Samantha said touring America had made them more determined than ever before.
“Performing as unknowns on the same stage as living legends just encouraged us to be better overall. It made us a lot hungrier to go out and rise from the bottom again.
“The songs feel new again and it's refreshing because people (in America) haven't heard them.”
Samantha said the group would be rocking out on Friday night at the Muster with a couple of new band members along for the ride.
“We haven't played at the Muster for a couple of years. We are definitely overdue for it, we love playing there.
“We are especially happy to be playing on the Main Stage on Friday night at 8.30pm and can't wait to see everyone from Queensland again.”