Margaret River country outfit JV Rail in line for three gongs at WA Country Music Festival in Boyup Brook

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
JV Rail cutting it up onstage.
Camera IconJV Rail cutting it up onstage. Credit: Supplied

A group of local men are poised for music industry success with nominations in three categories for this year’s WA Country Music Awards.

The members of JV Rail hail from Margaret River, Cowaramup, Rosa Brook and Yallingup and said they squeezed in time for their passion project between work, family life and surfing.

Frontman Jon Veitch said he and his team were working hard ahead of the festival at Boyup Brook later this month at which any awards would be confirmed.

He described JV Rail’s sound as akin to The Allman Bros, Little Feat and ZZ Top.

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The band’s sets featured “honky-tonk piano, shimmering vocal harmonies and soaring guitar solos,” Veitch said.

JV Rail are competing in the Emerging Artist Of The Year, Group/Duo Of The Year and Best Video Clip categories.

“These award finalist nominations mean so much,” he said.

“We are all hard-working fellas with mouths to feed, so to get this kind of encouragement, it definitely adds coal to the burner.

“We focus on telling our stories and writing the best songs we can,” Veitch said.

“We are working hard at the moment to bring our passion and energy for songcraft to the stage.”

The band also features bassist James Harris, drummer Ben Clark and lead guitarist Jake Hugh.

“Together we play the tales of life, love and loss-ladened experiences from four weather-beaten, saltwater countrymen’s hearts,” Veitch said.

JV Rail was already gathering plenty of local accolades, the frontman said.

As well as the WACMA nominations, JV Rail has played three festivals including gigs during Cabin Fever, and reached the WA Music Industry’s top 20 in their Song of the Year competition.

To check them out head to @jvrail on Instagram.

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