Lawrie MINSON (1990)

Lawrie Minson

1958 – Lawrence Minson was born in Paddington on September 13th.

Lawrie was nick named ‘Hoedown Junior’ at Tamworth High School after his father John Minson’s country music radio show. Lawrie played in rock bands and tried to distance himself with any connection to country music but there was a new brand of country coming out of the west coast of America that had rock influences and John knew his son would relate to this music.

1979 - Lawrie joined the Buddy Williams tour and spent most of that year travelling Australia with the country legend. There was also a wave of musicians arriving in Tamworth from Western Australia. Amongst these players were Kirk Steel and Ted Tilbrook. This was the birth of the Hired Hands and the contemporary country music scene in Tamworth.

1981 - Lawrie joined Slim Dusty’s Travelling Country Band and spent two years working at the highest level of the industry. This led to a long association with Slim and found Lawrie playing on many of Slim’s recordings til the final Columbia Lane Sessions. Lawrie also played with Slim at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Tennessee in 1997 with Keith Urban and The Ranch.

1984 – Golden Guitar for Instrumental of the Year with “Moonjibah Mull” as part of The Hired Hands.

1987 - He has a founding member of Three Chord Wonders winning Gold for Vocal group of the Year.

1990 – Golden Guitar for Instrumental of the Year with “Wild River”.

1997 – Golden Guitar for Instrumental of the Year with “Action Jackson”.

2005 - Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards – Duo with Lindsay Butler with “When the Rain Tumbles Down In July”.

Lawrie has won four Golden Guitars including three Instrumental of the Year awards.

Lawrie has played on countless recording sessions and toured with Lee Kernaghan for 18 years. He has also played and recorded with Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes. The most recent being Live at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

2016 - Awarded the Tex Morton Award by the Tamworth Songwriters' Association in recognition of his support and promotion of new songwriters.