Beccy Cole will play at the Urban Country Music Festival at Caboolture in May.
She wears her passion for country music on her sleeve, but Beccy Cole’s other sleeve features a distinct rock imprint.
The Aussie country music singer says it’s not just the sounds of the country that have informed her music during a career spanning sevens album and decorated with numerous Golden Guitar awards.
Cole says her list of musical influences features “a lot of very strong and inspirational women”.
“I was definitely influenced by Dolly Parton – when I was a kid I had 386 pictures of her on my wall – and everything I ever did as a kid was to do with Dolly Parton,” she said.
“I have been influenced predominantly by country music but also by a lot of other artists, especially Aussie rockers.
“I love the culture of Australian rock and there’s something there that captivated me, especially a lot of the females.
“I think (Divinyls singer) Chrissie Amphlett is the quintessential Australian rock chick and I learnt a lot from her from a performance point of view.
“She put a lot of heart into what she did and she was a very inspirational woman.”
Cole believes artists like Kasey Chambers, who has straddled the line between country and pop, has helped open up more people’s eyes to country music.
“We’ve got people like Kasey Chambers to thank for getting people that wouldn’t normally listen to our genre involved,” Cole said.
“One of the biggest compliments we get is when people come along to the shows and tell you, ‘I don’t like country music but I had a great night’.”
Cole said the crowd could expect a mix of old material and tunes from her latest album Songs and Pictures when she performs at the Urban Country Music Festival at Caboolture for the sixth time in May.
“It’s an album that I’ve always wanted to make and an album that I’ve put a lot of heart and soul into,” she states.
“While I love playing new songs and new selections in the show, you’ve got to be mindful of what people have come along to see.
“You’ve got to give what people ask for and what they want, because it’s really not about me, it’s got to be about the audience and what they want.”
Cole puts her regular appearances at the Caboolture festival down to it “just being a great thing to be involved in”.
“It’s a great festival, it’s something that as artists we really enjoy and it’s one of the ones you look forward to because of the crowd and the feeling up there,” she said.
“It’s a collective gathering of like minded people that always want to have a good time.
“It’s an absolute thrill to be involved from the point of view of being on stage.
“When you look down and you see all the happy people, that’s what it’s all about.”
The Urban Country Music Festival is on from 4-7 May. For tickets and information visit http://www.urbancountry.com.au/