Festival. Golden Guitar winner Amber Lawrence has been told a thing or two about Smithton.
“I’ve been told great crowds – people that really love music,” says the Sydney-based artist.
Wrapping up gigs in New South Wales for the Tamworth Country Music Festival and having taken home the coveted Golden Guitar for Female Artist of the Year, Lawrence now has Tasmania on her radar.
She will open Kenny Rogers’ show in Launceston early next month before her visit to Circular Head for the Devil Country Muster.
As well as performing songs from her new album Superheroes, Lawrence will pull out some crowd-pleasers from previous albums: “Songs that people know and love.”
Naming Australian artists Troy Cassar-Daley and Kasey Chambers as her idols, Lawrence said it was “kind of amazing” to be alongside Chambers at the awards night last weekend.
“She graciously let me win the award,” she laughed, referring to the Golden Guitar success – her sixth nomination and first win.
“The reason I wanted to win one so badly is because I love what I do. It just means more people will know about me . . . and it keeps the dream alive.
“It’s also a reward for years of hard work. My dream is to just keep on doing what I’m doing, just being myself.”
Asked what audiences can expect from her shows, Lawrence said: “My live performances are really based around having fun, connecting with the audience . . . I also take time to have some poignant moments.”
She encouraged those new to country music to give it a go.
“Don’t just go by the title, as per what you might think [country music] is,” she said.
“Check out the artists and listen to some of our songs and the diversity that you’ll see on the day . . . I can’t wait for the festival!”
Devil Country Muster Saturday day tickets are $25, and day and night tickets are $35.
For more information and tickets, visit www.devilcountrymuster.com.
What: Devil Country Muster
When: Friday February 20 (6pm to late) and Saturday February 21 (10.25am-11pm)
Where: Smithton Recreation Ground