Country music couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Photo by Danny Clinch.
Country music couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Photo by Danny Clinch.

Rockin good time in The Hunter

RAIN, hail or shine - country music fans have dealt with two of the three so far at the 2012 CMC Rocks the Hunter music festival.

After a boiling 30C start to the festival on Friday, yesterday's rain helped to cool things down if make car parking in the paddocks a bit more interesting.


Nashville-based Aussie singer songwriter Sherrie Austin helped to open the three-day festival in her first performance on home soil in more than a decade.


"It's been wonderful," said Austin, who moved to the US and starred in the TV series The Facts of Life in her late teens.

"It was a great show last night. 


"Country music fans, they'll sit through a tornado. They're amazing."


Austin featured songs from Circus Girl, her first studio album in eight years.


"I haven't even played with a band in eight years, it wasn't just coming back to Australia," she said.


"But it was totally natural. I felt totally at home.


"I had to go back and re-learn my earlier songs because I don't sing them anymore."


Grafton sisters The McClymonts played an energetic set yesterday, featuring several songs from their forthcoming album Two Worlds Collide, to be released on May 1.


The man in the black hat Lee Kernaghan played his hit Boys From The Bush as well as a tribute to Slim Dusty.


Today, the main stage is dominated by Americans artists including Tracy Lawrence, Jedd Hughes and the Eli Young Band.


International headliners Wynonna Judd, in her only Australian show, and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill close the festival tonight.


Aussie Tex Perkins also plays the main stage with his band The Dark Horses.