From the world stage to Roma…A Southern Downs super star will be delivering a powerhouse of entertainment for us all at Roma’s Easter in The Country Festival this year.
It is one of the biggest acts ever known to Maranoa and brings international status to the event, thanks to entertainment sponsors ORIGIN Energy on behalf of Australia Pacific LNG.
And the name of the headline Act this year- Mr James Blundell.
He’s as local enough for us to claim him…James Blundell is a coming home to be the headline act at this year’s Music Show supported by Origin at the 2016 Easter in the Country Festival.
This is the star that began to twinkle and then shine across the Maranoa and his home region of Southern Downs.
Acknowledged by many as the act single-handedly responsible for turning a younger demographic of Australians onto country music, he was the first young Australian country artist to create an impact on the mainstream pop charts and for many years was the highest selling country artist in the nation.
James was also the first Australian country act to sign a major label recording deal in Nashville paving the way for the likes of Keith Urban, Kasey Chambers and others.
His career spans nearly three decades and with a number of hits such as This Road and Way Out West, Blundell fits in with the theme of the festival.
The committee wanted a local act that understands the region and would be able to capture the spirit of community since that is what drives events such as these.
He sings about getting his education down on the farm where you can learn life’s important lessons, and he brings plenty of local knowledge coming from down the road in Stanthorpe and starting out as a farmer. He’s a country fellow, he’s returned to live in the Warwick area and he’s keen to join with us and welcome home that special flavour that is Easter in The Country.
The Music Festival directly follows on from the street parade at 10:00am on Saturday 26 March and will be the Events Premier Act at this years’ free open-air concert.
It’s free, and the committee this year wanted to work to ensure the people of the region and our visitors got a true dose of Country. This will be super charged dose of entertainment.
James has penned hits for Lee Kernaghan, Slim Dusty and Jimmy Little.
The list goes On-James has been the recipient of 9 CMAA (Country Music Association of Australia) Golden Guitar Awards, double platinum, platinum and gold sales awards and is a 5-time ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association) Award nominee with one win to his name.
It doesn’t and won’t get any bigger than this.
James draws crowds from interstate and across the world. As organisers we must thank our sponsors Origin Energy on behalf of Australia Pacific LNG. For them to assist us in ensuring that such huge talent is able to join with us for 2016 is both welcomed and embraced by locals and our thousands of Easter in The Country visitors from across Australia.
The Way Out West, as James sings
about- well at Easter, just got a whole lot busier, thanks to Origin Energy.