I applied for and was lucky enough to procure a media pass for CMC Rocks the Hunter which was being held at Hope Estate in the Hunter Valley from the 15th March, 2013 until the 17th March, 2013.
Being a big fan of country music I was very excited about being able to hear some of my favourite artists perform and also to photograph them from the media pit area.
There were a lot of artists on the bill which I had either never heard of or not heard play before and the opening act of the Wolfe Brothers was one of those.
I was blown away by the energy produced by the Wolfe Brothers and can’t wait to see them perform live again.
The Wolfe Brothers were followed by Golden Guitar winner Catherine Britt, 8 Ball Aitken, Adam Harvey, Travis List, Cadd & Morris and Amber Lawrence.
The Friday night acts included Jack Ingram
Doug Bruce and the Tailgaters
With Adam Brand as the closing act.
Saturday morning started off with another great act that I had not heard before, Bob Corbett and the Roo Grass Band. Again I was pleased that I had the opportunity to hear them perform as I was very impressed with their distinct sound.
The next act was the Legarde Twins who had turned 82 the night before!! They are credited as the first Australians to take our country music to the USA.
Following on from the Legarde Twins was Tori Darke who I have watched grow and mature into a very professional performer with a big future in store for her.
The cheeky Buddy Goode performed next with his tongue in cheek songs and innuendos and then Baylou. Love and Theft from the USA were to be the next act but due to personal reasons one half of the duo couldn’t make it to Australia. Luckily for the organisers and the crowd, Travis Collins is a local artist and he more than made up for Love and Theft.
Travis got the crowd going by giving them some toys to play with in the form of blow up thongs and balls.
There were a few buck and hens parties being celebrated over the weekend which made for some very interesting photos including one poor guy taped to a chair and left sitting on the hill at the mercy of everyone walking past him. His “mates” also put a sign on him saying free kisses and he did receive a few including a guy gave him a big kiss on the lips!
To be continued