Rory takes the country road | Photos, video

Rory Phillips does not think of palm trees and sandy beaches when he thinks of paradise.

He pictures being surrounded by music and the musicians at the Tamworth Country Musical Festival.

“Tamworth is music paradise,” he said.

The 10-year-old from Tumut is preparing to play 15 gigs and five busking sessions at his second Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Rory has been given the chance to work with some of the biggest names in country music and is honoured to be following in their footsteps.

“I’m very excited because all the people I support went to Tamworth 20 years ago and have the same story,” he said.

Rory’s mum, Sam Phillips, has been busying readying her son for his hectic performing schedule.

Rory will be making show appearances with artists, busking, speaking on radio and playing on two of the festival’s public stages.

“He’s got a lot on,” Mrs Phillips said.

“It’s a pretty full schedule … he’s got 15 appearances plus busking in 10 days.”

Mrs Phillips said they knew they would return to the festival after last year and his involvement with the Country Music Australia Academy.

Wagga singer and musician Dane Kennedy is currently in Tamworth as part of the senior academy.

Read more about Rory’s schedule in Tamworth here