True Blood to join Muster line-up

JACE Everett, the man behind the theme song for smash hit vampire television show True Blood, is set for the stages of the 30th anniversary 2011 Optus Gympie Music Muster.

The American cult TV show True Blood introduces each new episode with the voice of the Nashville-based singer and songwriter.

Google his name, and articles and reports across the world can’t discuss HBO’s rocketing Golden Globe-honoured drama True Blood without mentioning the brilliant opening title montage, devised around the swampy rockabilly of Everett’s Bad Things.

As a result, more than 10,000 viewers drop by Everett’s MySpace page daily, gluing him for months to the top spot among Americana artists on the social networking site.

The international exposure through his song as the theme for the show garnered the talented artist a legion of fans across the globe and a following that’s eclectic and committed.

For his broad fanbase, his album Red Revelations is the complete and proper-sized helping of the wit, mystery, sensuality, charisma and musical substance they’ve enjoyed so much in the weekly cable-cast sample of him.

While Everett’s visit to Australia for the 2011 Optus Gympie Music Muster will be his first trek Down Under, it won’t be his first time working alongside some of our best.

In 2009, Everett hosted the CMA Global Artist Party in Nashville leading into the 2009 CMA Music Festival. Guests who shared the stage with him included Australian’s The McClymonts, Kirsty Akers and Peter McWhirter.

Born in Indiana and raised in Texas, Everett’s upbringing in the evangelical church and his far-flung travels are apparent in his musical works.

“The church is where I learned about music, played bass and did my first real public singing, and where the girls thought I was really cool,” he said.

“I’ve always been attracted to emotionally and spiritually mature themes – philosophically and musically.

“I was a father at 23, I’ve been in every grunt job in the world; I’ve been a preacher, a travelling musician, truck driver. I had adult responsibilities early in life, so I wasn’t attracted to ‘let’s party’ music.”

Everett’s latest album, Red Revelations, showcases striking emotional moments, seamlessly entwined with his modern yet timeless handling of America’s roots music, from blues to rockabilly, country and rock.

Everett’s music evokes the emotional and often over-heated works of Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, Jim Morrison and Marvin Gaye among others, precisely because it so plainly springs from the same sources of inspiration, contradiction and risk.

MUSTER EVENT INFO

Jace Everett will perform his only QLD show at the Optus Gympie Music Muster on Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27.

With more than 140 artists performing over the six-day festival, more acts are yet to be announced with organisers still in the process of confirming a number of artists to join in the 30-year celebration.

A second announcement of artists is expected soon with organisers keen to release the full line-up as quickly as possible due to the already large pre-ticket sales.

The 2011 Optus Gympie Music Muster celebrates its 30th year at the Amamoor Creek State Forest August 23-28. Tickets are on sale now through the Muster website or Ticketek.

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