Grant LUHRS (2002)
1981 - Once upon a time, in
the little town of
(40 km west of
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
Get A Cow”
became the company’s first single release.
1982 - Moved to Wagga Wagga,
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.
Luhrs and Crawford released “One
Foot in the Bidgee”. It
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
1991 - Two final five Gold
Guitar nominations in 1991 and an
1991 Grant has pursued his solo
1992 – “Men without Shoes”
1995 - Festival Records
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)
Song of the Year.
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”,
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
Call Wagga Wagga Wagga”,
“The Road to Gundagai” and many
of Grant’s songs written about the Riverina.
Grant and the Chook Raffle Band
were also invited to represent
The Nanning International Folk Festival
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
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
He also has a programme on ABC Riverina on Saturday mornings
with Barry Anderson.