HE'S no stranger to the North Burnett but country musician Wal Neilsen will make his debut at the Mount Perry Hotel on Saturday night.
Born and bred on the Mary River near Maryborough, Neilsen has always enjoyed music and took to the country genre like music great Keith Urban.
"He's definitely one of my idols and I really enjoy his music but he's currently in America so I haven't caught up with him,” he said.
Taking out the Voice of Urban title held in Caboolture in 2014, Neilsen said it was a great way of getting his music out there to the public.
"The prize money was $30,000 and this allowed me to get some exposure with my albums and organising venues and touring the region,” he said.
"The whole experience allowed me to gain knowledge from the best of the best and you received mentoring on how to best promote your music and what it takes to be an artist these days.”
Visiting the North Burnett was one of Neilsen's highlights of his career.
"I've really enjoyed the North Burnett region. With my tours I tend to stay within a five-hour radius of where I live in Maryborough so I often go touring there,” he said.
"I toured Eidsvold this year and performed at their show ball and often attend Gayndah.
"I'm yet to tour at Mundubbera but it's on my list of things to do.
"I'm pleased to be touring at Mount Perry and I've visited the place numerous times this year.
"Last time it blew my mind, everyone who attended my show had such high energy in the room.”
Neilsen tends to cover a lot of pub songs but stays within the country genre.
"My base genre would be country music which was instilled into me when I grew up,” he said.
"It all depends on what sort of music the audience prefers.
"I just got back from Tamworth which was an exciting experience and it allowed me to mingle with top Australian music artists.”
Mount Perry Hotel employee Melanie Morton encouraged people to support Neilsen.
"We really need that support in the community and having him perform to our small little town is a great way of getting our town noticed,” Mrs Morton said.
Neilsen is set to perform at the Mount Perry Hotel on Saturday, July 15, from 7.30pm.
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