His recent set at the Groundwater Country Music Festival on the Gold Coast won him the Inaugural P&O People Choice Award. RETURN TO TOP WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2019 Muster underway tomorrow As thousands of visitors and dozens of artists buckle down for this year’s Gympie Music Muster, kicking off tomorrow, final preparations are in hand for the 2019 Muster Talent Search.The competition has helped kick start the careers of artists like Liam Brew, Drew Mc Alister, Brooke Mc Clymont and Mark O’Shea.Hosted by Dave Prior and Amber Joy Poulton, guest artists will include Jeff Brown, Keely Johnson, John O'Dea, Taylor Pfeiffer, Dean Perrett, Kiara Rodriques and Justin Standley.
In 1987, when 4KQ was taken over and turned into a talk station, Ron and Rosie opened The Country Music Store in Brisbane’s CBD and developed a comprehensive catalogue of Australian country music, gradually moving into mail order and internet marketing.
Ron recognised the value of the internet early in its development securing the domain name au which he used for many years.
Online auditions have been completed with semi finals to run on Friday and Saturday from 12 noon.
The grand final takes place on the Muster Main Stage on Sunday from pm.
"In the seven judged categories, there was a mix of well established artists together with some outstanding emerging talent.
"Many of the 22 finalists have already achieved significant chart success with radio singles over the past year," John said, "and many have also released very successful new recorded product in the last 12 months." Award winners will be announced on Saturday night, Ocober 5, as the main event of the Mildura Country Music Festival which runs from Friday September 27 to Sunday October 6 with more than 70 artists performing during the 10 days at 24 separate venues.
Prizes for the open winner this year include a scholarship to the Australian Academy of Country Music in January and scheduled performances at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, scheduled performances at the Brisbane Ekka, Deni Ute Muster, Nannup Music Festival, Norfolk Island Country Music Festival, a paid performance spot at next year’s Muster and a trip to America’s home of country music, Nashville.
Prizes for the junior winner include scheduled performances at the 2020 Tamworth Country Music Festival, a paid performance spot at next year’s Muster and a range of promotional opportunities such as a dedicated profile piece in the national publication Country Music Capital News.
Over the years, Ron ventured into associated areas.
In 1993, he began a decade of group touring to the USA for the famous Fan Fair festival.
The TSA has rationalised its competition and awards into one overall contest under the banner Songwriter Salute Awards which have been run in one form or another continuously since 1984. Novice, Youth, Lyrics Only, Bush Ballad, Traditional, Bluegrass, Gospel/Spiritual, Country Rock, Country Ballad, Country Blues, Alt Country, Comedy/Novelty and Anzac. The TSA has also announced it will be conducting a talent quest again during the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 2020.