International superstar duo Montgomery Gentry will headline at this year’s Optus Gympie Music Muster.
International superstar duo Montgomery Gentry will headline at this year’s Optus Gympie Music Muster. Contributed

First look: 2011 Muster line-up

THE 2011 Optus Gympie Music Muster celebrates its 30th birthday with a confirmed line-up of national and international talent paying tribute to the history and heritage of the event.

Running from August 23-28, the confirmed line-up already has the event anticipating its biggest audience numbers yet.

A major coup for the 2011 Optus Gympie Music Muster is superstar international duo Montgomery Gentry making their Australian debut.

The Grammy Award nominees, who also boast American Music Awards and Country Music Awards coupled with Gold and Platinum album sales and a legion of fans around the world, will headline the main stage entertainment on Sunday, August 28.

Made up of Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry, they have released more than 20 charted singles, with anthems including My Town and Hell Yeah becoming indelible parts of the honky-tonk landscape. They have hit the top of the singles charts five times, with If You Ever Stop Loving Me, Something to Be Proud Of, Lucky Man, Back When I Knew It All and Roll With Me.

Joining them from abroad will be well known Canadian group Doc Walker, whose members have cemented their place within the psyche of Australian country music fans over the past few years. Six albums released, CCMA Awards to their credit and a fan base that now spans across the globe, the group enjoys an ever increasing presence in Australia through their inclusion at a number of major festivals and tours.

Jace Everett, the singer/songwriter behind the theme song for hit US television show True Blood, will also share his talent with the expected 60,000 ticket holders as will Bryan White, Eugene Hideaway Bridges and blues sensation Alvin Youngblood Hart.

While a respected international inclusion is on offer for the 2011 Optus Gympie Music Muster, fans will also be treated to the best in Australian entertainment with a varied range of the biggest names confirmed to take part.

Officially opening the Main Stage action will be Lee Kernaghan, headlining the Thursday night activity with The Sunny Cowgirls, James Reyne and Ross Wilson.

Country music artist Adam Brand will return from the US, where he is supporting international sensation Taylor Swift, to headline the main-stage activity on Friday, August 26. He will be joined by a host poised to warm up the audience before the former Dancing With The Stars winner belts out his best known works.

First inclusions confirmed for this year:

Montgomery Gentry (US), Doc Walker (Canada), Kasey Chambers, Lee Kernaghan, Adam Brand, Ash Grunwald, Beccy Cole, Nick Barker, Jace Everett, Adam Harvey, Graeme Connors, James Blundell, Shane Nicholson, The Sunny Cowgirls, Ezra Lee, Doug Bruce, James Reyne, Harmony James, Ross Wilson, Jasmine Rae, Alvin Youngblood Hart (US), Bryan White (US), The Backsliders, Mcalister Kemp, Peter Mcwhirter, Rob Black, Eric Bogle, Kirsty Akers, Jayne Denham, Eugene Hideaway Bridges (US), Aleyce Simmonds, Blue Shaddy, Bondi Cigars, Morgan Evans, The Wilson Pickers, Lowrider, Travis Collins, Steve Forde and the Ultimate Rock ‘n’ Roll Session.

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