BEAUDESERT-born musician Rick Price returned to where it all began and delivered a stunning performance in front of a euphoric hometown crowd on Saturday.
In a special Comin’ Home show, Price was flanked by family and friends as he played hits from his almost 25-year international career.
Price had the 300-strong audience in the palm of his hand for the entirety of the two-hour performance and at one point had people literally dancing in the aisles.
Held at the St Mary’s school hall in Beaudesert, the special performance was organised to help raise money to repair the iconic St Mary’s Church, which is need of a $100,000 renovation.
The cause has special significance for Price, who grew up in Beaudesert and attended St Mary’s Catholic Primary School as a child.
Price, now based in Nashville, Tennessee, regaled the crowd with tales of his childhood and the fondest memories of his time in the region now known as Scenic Rim.
The show opened with an overwhelmed Price speaking of his love of performing in his hometown.
“I’m almost too excited to play,” he admitted.
“Just looking out I can see so many familiar faces, it’s such a great feeling.”
Price played hits including Not A Day Goes By and River Of Love andsongs from his new album Tennessee Sky including Days Of Gold and Can I Get A Witness.
A heartfelt performance of Love Never Dies, dedicated to Price’s late mother, was a particular highlight.
At the crescendo of show, Price invited family and friends on stage for a performance of Work That Fire, which led to a standing ovation.
He returned twice more for a double encore and then happily mixed with the crowd following the show, signing albums and snapping photos with fans.
Speaking to the Times after the show, Price said the experience of playing in his hometown was surreal.
“What was beautiful was being able to walk through that audience and see so many familiar faces that I grew up with,” he said.
“I just feel really grateful to come from and had the privilege to grow up in such a beautiful little town.”
“Playing at all the country dances, going to the convent school, I just feel so very lucky.”
Price, who is currently touring Australia with the Can I Get A Witness show, said he would be spending a few days in Beaudesert over the next week and planned to relax and spend time with family.
A Maton guitar signed by Price on the night was auctioned off for $3000, with all proceeds going directly towards the church renovation fund.
For more information on Rick Price’s tour dates or the album Tennessee Sky visit www.rickprice.com