MUSIC MECCA: Tony Reynolds and Bobby Ricks have plans to make Ipswich a country music hub.
MUSIC MECCA: Tony Reynolds and Bobby Ricks have plans to make Ipswich a country music hub. Rob Williams

Duo have vision of Ipswich as a mecca for country music

COUNTRY music veterans Tony Reynolds and Bobby Ricks share a vision of Ipswich as a mecca for the genre - in the same vein as Tamworth or maybe even Nashville.

The pair firmly believes that country music is a sleeping giant, which they hope to awaken through the formation of a new music body which will nurture emerging talent while organising festivals and releasing compilation recordings.

Music Inc consists of a nine-member committee of industry members who will try to assemble and fine tune what they believe to be an already strong country music talent pool.

Mr Ricks said Music Inc would be working with beginners and experienced musicians to improve their song-writing, musicianship and promotion.

"There are just too many talented people that are not marketing their talents because they don't know how to do it," he said.

"South-east Queensland is a goldmine of country music performers.

"We want to create a stable of stars."

Further down the track, Music Inc will host a country music festival in Ipswich - a plan that has already attracted the interest of Mayor Paul Pisasale.

"Both of these guys are well known in the business and they believe Ipswich can do this," Cr Pisasale said.

"I will go out and sell it for them as best I can."

The first step in the long-term plan will be to hold a public meeting at the Ipswich RSL, 1pm on Sunday, September 29.

Mr Reynolds said he and Mr Ricks would outline the details of their plan to develop the country music scene, before inviting expressions of interest from artists, music industry members and business.

"We will be bringing in people who know how to write a song - people who can work with bands and work with music publishers and the media," he said.

For details on Music Inc or the upcoming public meeting, contact Mr Ricks on 4163 5009.



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