Grant LUHRS (2002)

Grant Luhrs

1981 - Once upon a time, in the little town of Tabbita (40 km west of Griffith), Grant and two of his friends stayed up all night and wrote a song called “Let’s Get A Cow”. The next day Grant created the Tabbita Record Company and “Let’s Get A Cow” became the company’s first single release.

1982 - Moved to Wagga Wagga, established The Flying Fox Recording Studio and teamed up with Hugh Crawford.

1985 – “The Longyard Hotel” written by Grant won the Longyard Hotel Song Competition in 1985. Grant has been to every Tamworth Country Music Festival since then.

1987 - Luhrs and Crawford released “One Foot in the Bidgee”. It featured “Two Old Ladies Dancing”, “ Stealing My Heart” (also recorded by Jimmy Little) and “Matilda”. The title track became a theme song for Wagga Wagga.

1990 – “Midnight In Paradise” was released through BMG.

1991 - Two final five Gold Guitar nominations in 1991 and an ARIA nomination.

1991 Grant has pursued his solo career –

1992 – “Men without Shoes” was released.

1995 - Festival Records released “Campfire” It enjoyed much success with “Heart Of The Night” making it to Number Six on the National Country Music Charts.

1996 - South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.

1997 – “You Gotta Laugh!” was released through EMI. It featured “Nude Bootscootin’” which spent a number of weeks on the charts at Number One. It became Ian McNamara’s (Australia All Over) 1997 Song of the Year.

1998 - Grant and the Chook Raffle Band attended the River Island Nature Retreat in February to perform the song to 64 nude line dancers, creating the World’s First Nude Boot Scooting Record. The CD also features “It’s Hard to Be a Cowboy with a Poodle by Your Side”, “Always Someone Bigger”, and “Off like a Dog Shot in the Arse”.

1999 – “Pick Of The Bunch” released featuring the best songs off the first four albums.

2000 – L”ife Aint So Bad In The Doghouse” a comedy album with the Chook Raffle Band is released.

2002 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.

2003 – “Another Story” released featuring a mixture of Grant’s songs and songs written by some of his songwriter mates.

2005 – “Songs Of The Riverina” released featuring “Don’t Call Wagga Wagga Wagga”, “The Road to Gundagai” and many of Grant’s songs written about the Riverina.

2007 - Grant and the Chook Raffle Band were also invited to represent Australia at The Nanning International Folk Festival in China. Artists from 23 countries performed at the festival, the highlight being a live TV broadcast to 6 million people.

2008 – “The Best Part Of Love” released, it is a collection of love songs.

2009 – “Jim and Grant: Australian Comic Rhymed Verse”.  A collection of 32 poems from Jim’s book. The Chooks were also invited to perform at the 2009 Zhangjiajie International Country Music Week also in China.

Grant Luhrs is a Singer/Songwriter who lives in Wagga Wagga. He has recorded twelve albums and still performs all around Australia with his band, The Fabulous Chook Raffle Band..

He has been a regular performer at the Tamworth Country Music Festival since 1986.  He hosts The Best of the Bush Poetry Breakfast at the West Tamworth Leagues Club and performs at selected venues throughout the festival. Grant is also in demand as a Compere and Stage Manager all over Australia.

Grant owns The Flying Fox Recording Studio and The Tabbita Record Company, which are both located in Wagga Wagga.
He played Australian Rules football professionally from 1973 – 1983 before getting seriously involved in the music industry.

Grant also taught sound recording at Charles Sturt University and Vietnam. He also has a programme on ABC Riverina on Saturday mornings with Barry Anderson.