Western balladeer Peter Pratt will perform at the Maryborough Senior Citizens Hall.
Western balladeer Peter Pratt will perform at the Maryborough Senior Citizens Hall.

Childhood love affair going strong

DEAN Perrett first picked up a guitar at the age of 10.

For hours he would listen to Slim Dusty and Johnny Cash.

“I always loved music,” Perrett says. “There was always a lot of country music being played around my childhood home.”

That home is in the Kingaroy area, where Perrett’s family has had a cattle property for 150 years called Bowenfels. Yesterday Perrett left on a small two-week tour starting in Mackay tonight, with western balladeer Peter Pratt.

They will hit eight venues, calling into Maryborough on Friday, February 26, to perform a traditional country music concert promising real Aussie bush flavour.

When asked why they chose to add Maryborough to such a modest list of venues, Perrett replied: “Maryborough is one of those coastal Qld towns that still has a real country feel about it and we know we have quite a few fans there.”

Perrett and Pratt complement each other’s music and have toured together four times.

“We’re very good friends and really admire each other’s music,” Perrett said.

For the first part of the three-hour concert they will each perform their own songs. For the second half they plan on having a lot of fun and performing classic country hits together.

Both men are well known in the country music scene.

Perrett has released nine albums, with the latest being A Thousand Campfires.

He has been a finalist in the 2010 Golden Guitar Awards, the winner of the Heritage Track of the Year at the 2009 Australian Independent Country Music Awards and recently won Album of the Year at the Stan Coster Bush Ballad Awards.

Perrett has a deep appreciation for story telling songs; lyrics that come from the heart.

“Bush ballad music is what I know.

“I like listeners to be able to see the outback experience and feel the dust.”

He has also toured internationally, performing country gospel music in Jamaica and England.

Pratt has had two top 10 hits from his debut album Ever True and a swag of awards and finalist nominations including two Golden Guitar nominations, two People’s Choice Awards and a Tamworth Independent Artist Recognition Award.

For the concert, Perrett and Pratt will be joined by Mike Tyne on guitar and Dobro and Dan Manning on bass.

The show will be at the Maryborough Senior Citizens Hall in Alice Street and will start at 7.30pm. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for children and will be available at the door or by calling 4163 5157.



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