John Williamson winding up for another Gympie Muster
JOHN Williamson has been a regular at the Muster since it first began, so it is only fitting the Aussie icon is on hand to help celebrate its 35th Anniversary - and promising the "best show that I've ever put on".
Mr Williamson said the festival presented a wonderful experience for musicians thanks to its unique combination of location and fan response.
"I think it's a great sound in that Amamoor forest and I think anyone in this career loves a chance to perform to so many people at once," he said.
"You do get to entertain a lot of people and they're all on your side."
Having played at more than every second show since it started he said it was great when the weather turned wet, although he would not wish it on organisers.
"I think it's a lot of fun when its wet... when people are bogging to get out there, and it gives everyone an excuse to have their hats and their Driza-bones."
With an abundance of memories from Musters past, he said his favourite was getting to know Aussie country legend Chad Morgan at the very first, which was held at the Webb Brothers farm until 1985.
Fans at this year's show can expect to see several new things in his set, from the first festival performance of his new single Aussie Girls to the addition of two artists which will give a new flavour to his music.
"We've been experimenting with things and I think we've come up with a sound that's very very refreshing," he said, adding that for this year he will have two new artists backing him on a variety of instruments.
Claire O'Meara, a member of country band The Bushwackers, will be joining on violin, piano accordion, and vocals, while Matt Fell will also be contributing on bass and the mandolele.
While he is restricted by time, he added that he is going to try sneaking a few new songs into the setlist.
With everything shaping up for a spectacular show, though, Mr Williams laughed that it was guaranteeing the most basic elements which still concerned him.
"I just want them to sing along when I ask them to sing along."
John Williamson will be playing the Main Stage tomorrow at 6.45pm, and will be involved in a Songwriters Session at the Grove from 1pm as well.