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Coasting : Issue 7 Jan 2010
7 www.coastingtoday.com.au 4 Ash Street,Terrigal Phone: 4385 4222 www.letterboxrest.com.au Winner Business Achiever Awards 2009 Restaurant of the Year Book now for Valentine s Day! Enquire about our holiday accommodation Open 7 nights a week over the holiday period Lunch available for groups bookings Fully licenced c8663121-7Jan members can now earn points. 2 W 4 GENERAL ADMISSION $3 PER CHILD BOOK YOUR PARTY NOW at Reception! Party Guests will receive a kids meal, drink, ice cream, lolly bag and party hat. Only $12 per child. JUMPING CASTLE, GAMES, DANCING AND LOADS OF FUN! c8661230-7Jan And then there was his original rock band, De Mont, which toured Australia, recorded the charting album Body Language in 1989, and showcased Morrison's talent as a songwriter and charismatic performer. Back then it was all rock and pop music. But in recent years, Morrison has rediscovered his love for country music as the front man for the band Craig Morrison Little Cowboys. It's a love first realised as a kid when he performed with his father, the Australian rock and roll pioneer Lucky Starr, in a cabaret act. "In our show I was 'a little bit country', and Dad was 'a little bit rock and roll', and I was singing John Denver songs," Morrison said. "In fact, the first song I ever learned was The Gambler, and the very first concert I ever saw was Kenny Rogers at the [Sydney] Entertainment Centre." Spending time at his dad's Jilliby farm also played its part. "Staying on the farm as a kid I learned how to slash a paddock, how to strain a fence, and how to ride a horse," Morrison said. "So I'm no city kid who's decided one day to start singing country songs." It was a three-month stint in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2006, which brought Morrison's musical journey full circle. "I basically sold everything that I owned, put all of the cash into a bank account and jumped on a plane," Morrison said. "It really was an off- the-cuff thing." In Nashville, Morrison set about learning from the pros. It was an environment that crystallised his thinking. "It really opened my eyes to how popular country music is. It's massive in Nashville, and across the United States, and it's massive globally," he said. "I was staying with [Australian country music singer] Travis List in Nashville and I was sitting in my room when I decided that when I got back [to Australia] I had to put a band together." Soon after touching down in Australia, Morrison was forming his band, and reuniting with former De Mont lead guitarist Terry Mandryk in the process. After just six weeks of rehearsal the band had its first public performance in the inaugural Australian Country Music Battle of the Bands in Rockhampton. It won the title. "It was also my first time back on stage in more than 10 years, so a lot of milestones were cracked in that one performance," Morrison said. The band went on to win the Battle of the Bands at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 2008, and has been busy touring and winning over fans up and down Australia's east coast ever since. The band's debut album, Heaven Knows, was released in January last year. Morrison said the response to the album had been amazing, and a new album was on the way. "But first we might release a new single or EP this year, just to keep our profile going while we put the whole album together." Earned his stripes • Craig Morrison has been performing professionally since he was a child. • His television acting credits include Earth Watch, Secret Valley, Sons and Daughters and A Country Practice. • He co-starred in the AFI-nominated movie Mull with Bill Hunter. • His rock band De Mont played more than 300 shows in 12 months. • Check out Craig Morrison Little Cowboys' debut album, Heaven Knows, and upcoming gigs at www.craigmorrison.com.au . COASTER BOY: Craig Morrison said the Central Coast had played a significant role in his musical story. Today his band Craig Morrison Little Cowboys is a regular on the Coast's club and pub circuit.
Coastal Life 17th Dec 2009
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