Con­cert rop­ing in star power for SES

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­

THERE will be noth­ing short of mu­sic le­gends touch­ing down in the re­gion for the up­com­ing Whit­sun­day SESions ben­e­fit con­cert.

Fans of au­then­tic Aus­tralian mu­sic will flock to see James Blun­dell, whose in­fec­tious en­thu­si­asm is one of the many rea­sons he is one of the most recog­nis­able and like­able artists in Aus­tralia.

His em­pa­thy for the “av­er­age work­ing man” will res­onate strongly with those who suf­fered a sig­nif­i­cant blow as a re­sult of Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie, which struck the Whit­sun­day coast a lit­tle more than a month ago.

On stage, Blun­dell will have no short­age of ma­te­rial to work with in light of his many years of suc­cess fol­low­ing his 1992 song Way out West, which brought his mu­sic to main­stream at­ten­tion.

He has a long list of achieve­ments, in­clud­ing be­ing the first young coun­try Aus­tralian act to sign a ma­jor record deal in Nashville and also tak­ing home CMAA awards, reach­ing dou­ble-plat­inum, plat­inum and gold sales fig­ures, as well as be­ing a five-time ARIA Award nom­i­nee with one win to his name.

His lat­est al­bum Camp­fire was launched at this year’s Tam­worth Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val and the con­sen­sus is that it delivers ex­actly what the au­di­ence wants.

Also rid­ing high will be fel­low coun­try mu­sic icon Graeme Con­nors, tak­ing his 60 Sum­mers tour across Aus­tralia.

With an out­stand­ing 40-year ca­reer to his name,

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