Pair musters up a keen country crowd

McAlister Kemp on Main Stage Gympie Music Muster Friday night 2013.
McAlister Kemp on Main Stage Gympie Music Muster Friday night 2013. Craig Warhurst

UP-AND-COMING country act McAlister Kemp is still reeling from a whirlwind stint in Nashville, USA, but the duo can't wait to get feet tapping back on home soil in rural Australia.

Ahead of next year's album release, the pair will bring its famously energetic live show to Glen Aplin's Mountview Music Muster on Saturday, October 5.

"We rock hard man, we rock out," said Drew McAlister - one half of the outfit described as "the best thing to come out of Australia since Keith Urban".

"Come and expect to have fun and to be tapping your foot."

The band's Granite Belt appearance is one in a series of gigs leading up to the Tamworth Country Music Festival, but McAlister said performing to smaller audiences was just as satisfying as belting out tunes at the country's biggest festivals.

"Country music fans are passionate - it doesn't matter whether it's a big gig or a small gig," he said.

"We just want to see people singing the words back to us in our songs. That's the pinnacle, that's what it's all about."

McAlister Kemp has been making waves on the country music scene with its progressive sound, which is sure to feature on the group's soon-to-be-released new album, Harder to Tame.

But McAlister said the driving force behind country music was writing lyrics that people could relate to.

"The thing I love about country is being able to write about people and about real life," the Naribri-born artist said.

"We're definitely going for progressive country, but you need to maintain the integrity of the lyrics otherwise it becomes rock music."

Mountview Wines will host this year's music muster, also featuring Troy Cassar-Daley, on October 5-6. 

To check out McAlister Kemp's new single, visit or follow McAlister Kemp Music on Facebook.

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