Every March 15000 Australian Country music fans pilgrimage to their spiritual mecca CMC Rocks, Australia’s biggest international country and roots festival. People travel from as far afield as NZ, Perth, Tasmania and FNQLD where sadly some had to travel right back on home because of cyclone Debbie.
As my friend Julie Rowan says CMC Rocks really is ‘Music + Friends = Happiness’
This year the festival was celebrating its 10th Anniversary and was held in Willowbank near Ipswich for the third year. For many people the joy starts the moment they begin the trek to CMC filling the long road trips with carpool karaoke as they aim to hit the entry line early for the best camping positions. First in line this year was filled a whole day and half before the camping gates even opened.
My journey to CMC is much softer by nature, yes I’m a princess and proud of it so a flight to Brisbane, pick up of a hire car and hitting the local Central Ipswich Motel is about as camping as it gets for me. All the excitement and anticipation was tempered by some worry surrounding the weekends weather forcast of rain as I simply would not cope with long days spent in the rain and mud. I love my country music but not that much. With a lot of prayer and asking the Universe for clear blue skies, I am thankful that the Universe delivered and the only downpour co-incided synchronistically with our need to eat and finding an umbrellaed table just in time for the rain to come down saving me from not getting wet. Just perfectly in flow!
Going to CMC for me is not exactly an annual event, preferring to attend only when I feel intuitively called to do so and this year was one of those times. Once the headline artists of Little Big Town, Kip Moore and Morgan Evans (Yes I know the Dixie Chicks where there too) were announced I was drawn to go and booked a ticket before knowing where I was staying or who I was going with. Spirit did however have my back and once very clearly did tell me “I wouldn’t be alone.” Eventually my friend Roisin jumped on board, we both share a love of country music and often buddy up to attend a concert or event so I was grateful that Roisin decided to come along.
I felt there was more to attending CMC than watching the likes of Kip, LBT and Morgan though I was struggling to see it Thursday and Friday. While the music was fabulous as always and we unexpectedly fell love with Eric Pasley on the Friday, I still found myself wondering why I was guided to be there. So I held onto a little Soul Magic from this weeks Soul Magic Weekly Oracle
Thursday – Old Man (Your Higher Self)
Know that today puts you exactly where you are meant to be. You are divinely guided and it has lead you here to the moments of today and how it influences your Divine journey.
Having attended CMC Rocks the Hunter and the 2016 CMC Rocks the Snowys, I do prefer the ease and comfort these locations provided, giving your weekend a real get-away feel and of course sharing Kip Moore with a 1000 people last year is much more to my liking than 15000 people this year. Yes, I’m spoilt, but hey it’s how I roll. Saying that though the new set up at Willowbank does have a lot of plus’. There was a great deal more variety in food and the loaded potatoes hit the right spot a couple of times. The port-a-loo’s (a very important commodity for any self respecting female) where much more clean and civilized than the Hunter with minimal waiting times. Thanks so much to the toilet fairies who did a great job all weekend, you are appreciated more than you know.
You could also find yourself doing a little shopping with numerous retail stalls where you could pick up some jewelry, a little clothing, boots of course and even book in to see the psychic medium. Not how I would choose to connect with my clients or receive a reading for that matter but hey, people were rolling up. One of our favourite stops was late Saturday afternoon for an early dinner at the pop-up restauran
t run by the Regatta Hotel Toowong. The food was restaurant quality dining and you truly felt as though you were taking a break from the energy that an event such as CMC requires of you.
My crispy skin Atlantic Salmon and a glass of red cost about $40, well worth it for the retreat haven it was. And they’re lamp shades were too cute. Kmart does it again!
On the music front the event never disappoints no matter who the headliner is there is always an artist for you and this year my viewing pleasure was fulfilled by:
Charles Esten aka Deacon from the hit TV show Nashville. What a happy face he has!
Eric Paslay – artist and songwriter of such great songs Barefoot blue jean night and Even if it breaks your heart. Eric was the weekend’s surprise hit for us.
The McClymonts are one of Australia’s best and always enjoyable.
Kip Moore is a must see whenever his in town and Friday night saw the biggest Friday night crowd in the 10year CMC history all thanks to Kip. He appeals to the Aussie blue collar way of life and fills every girls dreams. Sure Kip knows he could headline his own tour here by now.
Morgan Evans is Australia’s own superstar who totally took his set to the next level. Oh and the drummer help with that a little too 😉
Australia is proud of you and love how you come home to share CMC with us. We are all excitedly waiting for that new album and hopefully a homegrown tour to go with it.
Michael Ray and Drew Baldridge were the two newcomers and now new additions to my playlist and shows I’ll be seeking out again during 2017 CMA festival in Nashville. My friend Lisa Etherington (below) had the ultimate joygasm moment of the weekend. She has no words, only the feels that come with dancing on stage with Michael Ray.
Lastly Little Big Town were beyond compare. Their years of honing their craft coupled with their longevity and togetherness as a band really came across in their professionalism and how tight their performances were. A real joygasm for me is seeing the first time an international artist like LBT get to play for their Aussie fans. The humble ones are always blown away, never expecting the crowds to know all their songs and to appreciate their works or their time in coming here. LBT epitomized this humbleness numerous times this week as the crowds roared for extended periods after such songs as Girl Crush.
As they stand there and take the time to soak up the cheering and really feel it, it fills my heart to see and know they appreciate the support and all the effort fans go to to buy their music and to be at their concerts. These type of moments were really summed up by Phillip Sweet from Little Big Town as I was standing front row at the Enmore Theatre on Tuesday night for their first ever Australian show. In their final bow with the crowd going mad and cheering, Phil turns to Karen Fairchild and simply says “Shit!” before grabbing his heart.
Beside the music, this is what the connection between a country artist and their fans is really about, love and appreciation. And thanks to Rob Potts and his hardworking team we have CMC to provide both the artists and the fans with moments like these.
More to come
Blog 2 – My standout CMC highlight and what was behind the intuitive guidance.
Blog 3 – When in Ipswich
Kerrie Wearing is soul coach and medium with a passion to help spiritually motivated people manifest their dreams. Her new ventures The JOYgasm effect podcast, and the JOygasm club all support people the world over to engage the Magic of their Soul and manifest their dreams with JOY. In fact, her 21 day JOYgasm challenge helps you to create the soul shift to more JOY in your life. It is free when you sign up here.
Over the last 20years Kerrie has worked tirelessly in the spiritual fields seeing clients, conducting workshop and events, owning and operating The Australian College of Mediumship and inSpirit Magazine and is now honoured with clients from all over the world. Kerrie has published two books, A New Kind of Normal: Unlock the Medium Within and Wisdom of the Soul: How to live life created with love & inspiration and she is currently writing her third book.
Kerrie lives in Sydney, Australia with her family and is a not so secret country music fan.