American country music superstar Tim McGraw has been unveiled as a headline act for the Deni Ute Muster’s 21st instalment next year.
Ute Muster general manager Vicki Lowry said the organisers had been trying to lock in Mr McGraw to perform at the event for a couple of years now.
‘‘He’s been one of these artists high on the list of country acts.
‘‘We have a bit of a wish list and he’s been there for a few years.
‘‘Every year we work out who’s up there and who our patrons would enjoy listening to.
‘‘It’s huge to have one of country music’s biggest artists coming to Deniliquin.
‘‘We’re very excited he’s our headline act for our 21st year, there was a great buzz around the office when it was confirmed,’’ she said.
Mr McGraw (pictured right) has sold more than 50 million records, won Grammy Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Country Music Association Awards and American Music Awards.
Local fans of the famed country singer are already buzzing, with Deniliquin’s Kaedy Pasco, 26, saying she was over the moon hearing that Mr McGraw would be taking to the Ute Muster stage.
‘‘My mum (Tracey) tagged me in the announcement post on Facebook and I was just so excited to find out that news,’’ she said.
‘‘I’ve been listening to Tim McGraw pretty much all my life so it’s a dream come true.
‘‘I’ve never had the opportunity to see him live so I’ve been waiting a long time for this.
‘‘He’s (McGraw) the main reason that I’ll be going to the muster next year and I just can’t wait.’’
Ms Lowry was confident Mr McGraw would be a strong choice for ‘‘not just die hard country music fans’’ but also those new to his music.
‘‘He’s quite recognisable outside of music as he’s also been in a couple of movies...
‘‘We’re also pleased to have an early announcement and some will be surprised with our early announcement.
‘‘There are more big announcements to come and not just with the artists but other things for our 21st celebration,’’ Ms Lowry said.
The 2019 event is planned for October 4 and 5 next year.