With the festival drawing to a close the fans were getting excited for the final acts. Glen and Kaylee Harrison were performing next as Kaylens Rain. They are a young and energetic duo and I have been lucky enough to watch their progress and development into a very professional and entertaining act. The debut album “Found” is a tribute to their hard work.
Corb Lund from Canada was another artist who I not taken much notice of before the festival but it was easy to see why he was brought all the way out from Canada for the festival – he seemed to be enjoying his time in Australia too.
I hard heard Harry Hookey‘s name a few times but didn’t know who he was until seeing him at the festival. He was one of the crowd favourites, particularly with the younger females. Audrey’s song was one that I really enjoyed and have listened too many times since seeing him perform.
Next up were The Band Perry and they were one of my favourites acts of the festival. They are another energetic young band from the USA comprised of brothers Neil and Reid and their sister Kimberly. I read somewhere that their father had told them not to have a back-up plan and to concentrate on their music. He felt that if they had a back-up plan they would not put as much into your music. Having see them perform and having listened to their albums numerous times I am convinced that the advice was right.
The next act was Mark Wells and I thought to myself at the time that he had a difficult job performing between The Band Perry and Rascal Flatts but I needn’t have been concerned as he put on an awesome performance. He was also joined on stage by Bob Corbett.
The headline act, Rascal Flatts, were next. The crowd had been building up all day and I am sure that everyone at Hope Estate were now standing in front of the stage. The crowd loved them and seemed to know every song too!
In my opinion the CMC Rocks the Hunter 2013 was a success and the artists chosen to perform over the weekend were fantastic. It was a great opportunity to see and hear some new artists perform live. Looking forward to CMC Rocks the Hunter 2014!!
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