Adam Brand 'brands' Gympie Show a winner
A RELAXED Adam Brand spent an entire day at the Gympie Show yesterday before leaving a rugged-up Main Arena crowd roaring its approval in the evening.
A joint ambassador for the Gympie Music Muster alongside Gympie's Caitlyn Shadbolt, the pair's appearance signalled the official launch of the iconic music event.
Brand set the tone for the night's entertainment at 6.30pm, followed by Caitlyn and her band at 7.30pm.
The last-minute reshuffle of appearances "made sense", Brand said in a phone interview with The Gympie Times just over two hours out from hitting the stage.
"I have an acoustic set and Caitlyn has her band, so we decided that would work best," he said.
Brand arrived at the Gympie Showgrounds at 11am yesterday morning and seized the opportunity to relax and look around.
Consuming a carton of the famous Shannon's Chips was one of the first things the singer did as he combed Sideshow Alley and looked around the many exhibits.
"It is exciting," he said.
"It is not every day you get to spend a whole day at a country show."
Brand said the Gympie Show was steeped in tradition, making it special and worth supporting.
"That's the charm of it," he said. "We need to hang on to country shows like these."
One of Australia's premier country music artists was also full of praise for Caitlyn.
"She's a little dynamite," he said.
"This business is not easy but she has what it takes and has great people around her."
Brand said Caitlyn was on the road to success.
"You have to find your niche and what sets you apart.
"Watch this space."
The multiple Country Music Australia Association award-winning artist was excited to be helping launch the Muster, though he could not recall how many he had been to.
"Whatever the number, it is not enough," Brand said.
The singer has many cherished Muster memories, including one year he performed on the Muster Main Stage in pouring rain.
It took weeks for his boots to dry out, but a cloudless sky at the Show last night prevented a repeat drenching.