Tracy Coster will perform at the Warwick RSL next Thursday.
Tracy Coster will perform at the Warwick RSL next Thursday. Contributed

Coster finds her style

GOLDEN Guitar winner Tracy Coster remembers vividly one of her visits to Warwick.

“It must have been 1982, when I played during the Warwick Rodeo with my dad,” she reflects.

“We met the mayor that year and played in a little bandstand in the park.”

The rotunda in Leslie Park?

“Yes that’s it! It’s a good memory,” she said.

Next week, Thursday August 11, the renowned country musician will return to the Rose City to perform at the Warwick RSL.

She will be performing tracks from her latest album, Moving On, as well as old favourites when she returns to the sunshine state for the first time in two years.

Mrs Coster said her style of music has taken on a new form from her country roots.

“The new album isn’t a bush ballad

at all – it’s more acoustic base, with folk influence and Australiana songs,” she explained.

“I kind of feel now I’m taking a blend of that and really finding a sound that’s my own. I’m experimenting with a lot of styles.”

Finding a style of her own has been important to the musician, who has grown up surrounded by the music of her well-known father, Stan Coster.

She said many of her supporters still associate her with her father.

“It’s almost as though I’m the living link to him,” she said.

“His fans are my fans and they come along and they enjoy the music.”

Stan Coster – arguably the most prolific songwriter Slim Dusty recorded – passed away 14 years ago, before his daughter had a chance to record a song with him.

Tracy was able, however, to record a duet with him “through the wonders of technology” in the song Home nstead of my Dreams.

“It means a lot to me. Dad wrote it about a station he was working on part-time for three months,” she said.

“He loved it there. He said if it was a full-time job he’d stay there. It was his paradise – that’s why I wrote it.”

Her favourite song from her new album she said was a comic song called Not 40.

“It’s about turning 40 years old and it’s very tongue-in-cheek. It’s really quite funny and always a lot of fun,” she said.

“I’ll be showcasing a wide variety of songs from the new album, and I always take a lot of requests and try and sing songs of my dad’s too. I’ve released six CDs, so people have their favourites.”

Mrs Coster will be bringing with her Chinchilla-based Dean Pritchard on lead guitar and vocals, and Andrew McMahon from Tamworth on base guitar.

The trio will perform from 7.30pm at the Warwick RSL next Thursday, August 11. Tickets will be $22.

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