IN TUNE: Peter Salata performing at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
IN TUNE: Peter Salata performing at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Contributed

Unexpected win brings emotions at Country Music Festival

IT WAS an unexpected award that brought out Peter Salata's emotions.

The Stanthorpe musician had his contribution to music recognised at the Tamworth Country Musical Festival with a surprise award from recording company Kross Kut records.

Mr Salata performed in the Capital Theatre amongst 20 other musicians from the label where he was one of two people to walk away with the award.

"I must admit when I had to make my speech in the Capital Theatre I was getting emotional,” he said.

"Awards our days are hard to come by and you've got to grab them when you can on your musical journey.”

Mr Salata also walked away with a Tamworth Songwriting Award, placing ninth behind some of the nations best including Kate Ceberano and Daryl Braithwaite. "I'm recording with high hopes of being nominated back in Tamworth again and other festivals,” he said.

"I was very grateful and very humbled to win it.”

It was a long 2018 for Mr Salata. He's been touring all around Queensland travelling places like Gympie, Tully, Emerald, Mackay, Townsville and Yeppoon.

"I did three tours of North Queensland - 8000km of travelling,” he said.

"This year I already have two long tours coming up again starting in June.”

Moving forward Mr Salata will be recording his eighth CD.

"I was thinking sometimes its a long journey and you try to get somewhere in life and you don't get awards,” he said.

"But when you do get awards and you think 'jeez I've achieved something'.”

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