Duke Wilde Band hits US
GYMPIE'S country music exports The Duke Wilde Band is embarking on a pilgrimage to the "birthplace of rock 'n roll".
Queensland Country Music's current Best Group and New Talent title holders have been invited to showcase their live act in front of country music industry playmakers at the 2011 Americana Music Festival and Conference.
Their latest adventure will see the boys take a trip to the country music capital of the world, Nashville, Tennessee, with recording sessions in Sun Records Studio at Memphis.
Off the back of some blistering performances at the 2011 Gympie Muster, the boys - Aaron Partridge (guitar and vocals), Nick Aitken (guitar and vocals), Linc Phelps (bass and vocals) and Jason Bray (drums) - will be playing alongside country music legend Marty Stuart, Led Zeppelin and vocalists Robert Plant and Greg Allman from the Allman Bros Band.
The Duke Wilde Band is one of 31 groups from across Australia to compete against more than 1500 other acts, during five days, for the attention of more than 10,000 international industry conference delegates, who represent "the industry" around the world.
Gympie's four-piece country rock outfit was invited to perform at the Sounds Australia delegation headed up by Bushwackers frontman Dobe Newton, who has been a great supporter of The Duke Wilde Band.
Showcases are also scheduled for the Bluebird Cafe and the Basement to coincide with the Nashville Kangaroos AFL team's Great Aussie Barebecue event.
At the end of the tour, The Duke Wilde Band will record at Sun Records Studio in Memphis, known for giving Elvis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and Johnny Cash their first recording contracts to help launch their careers.
After rubbing shoulders with Montgomery Gentry, Jace Everett and "Poppa" Bill Chambers at the Gympie Muster, The Duke Wilde Band is eager to spread the word on what Australian country rock sounds like.
The band went live to air within hours of touching down in Nashville at the legendary Tootsies Orchid Lounge on the Billy Block's Radio Show with a further live performance on the Billy Block show on October 4.
A quick trip to Knoxville for a Blackberry Smoke gig, guest appearance at the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Jackson and onto Memphis to record at Sun Records Studio, is a dream come true for the boys.
"We are all very excited to be in the same studio where Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and of course Elvis Presley made music history," Mr Partridge said.
"Hopefully some of that magic will rub off."