Lawrie MINSON (1990)
1958 – Lawrence Minson was born in Paddington on
Lawrie was nick named ‘Hoedown
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
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
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
1997 with Keith Urban and The Ranch.
1984 – Golden Guitar for
Instrumental of the Year with “Moonjibah Mull” as part of The
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
1997 – Golden Guitar for
Instrumental of the Year with “Action
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.