Simply Bushed

Simply BushedAward winning Sydney band has captured the Heart of Australia’s traditional music and dragged it into the new decade with the release of their first collection of original music “Look At The Time “ Tamworth Country Music Festival 2010 saw the launch of a new CD release by Simply Bushed.

Paul Grierson and Chris Rieger collaborated to write all of the songs that were brought to life with the beautiful production of Herm Kovac at Ramrod Studio. The 500 plus crowd that gathered at Joe Maguires hotel in Tamworth is testament to the loyal fan base this band has built over a period of more than 18 years.

And January 2011 “Look at the Time” was announced this week at Tamworth as Australian Country Music People’s Choice Award Best Album! Whilst Simply Bushed has been known and loved for the live performances.

This release sees a new phase for the band . With songs like “I’ll See Ya” typifying Australian mateship, the gut wrenching reality of “Ride On” and the humour of “Chook Raffle”, Look At The Time really is a step forward. For fans of traditional Bush ballads ‘Charleville Princess’ will really strike a chord as it comments on the observations of love lost through war.

The CD has been described on radio as a debut release as it is really focused on the song writing ability of the two main players, Chris and Paul. The band’s original Drummer Steve Stuut provided the rhythm for all of the songs, and the band was joined by some great Australian players including Mick Albeck on Fiddle , Garry Steele on Accordian, Glenn Skarratt on Mandolin the bass playing duties were mainly handled by Charlie Lee with a small contribution from Al Tomkins . “Surly Shirley”, amongst a cloud of controversy, has received wide spread radio play and the film clip for the song was produced by Golden Guitar winning producer Duncan Toombs.

With the success of the pre-released “Great Aussie Love Song” the NEW VIDEO – SURLY SHIRLEY on the COUNTRY MUSIC playlist … was much anticipated by fans all over Australia .

In an exciting twist for Aussie Bush music, Simply Bushed is receiving great reviews, airplay and media coverage in France and Germany.

The band is very excited about taking their brand of bushy country music and the Aussie sense of humour to the planet. With Australians embracing their own cultural identity and international music markets constantly yearning for something new and a bit different .

Paul Grierson (Grier) – Lead Vocals, Lead guitar, Mandolin: Simply Bushed is the first band Paully joined and at the time he did know at least three chords but wasn’t really certain of what a key was. These days he is the front man for the band, playing and singing up a storm. Lately, Paul has been knocking out some of his own thoughts and experiences in the form of original songs. With a great response for the first effort, this area of the band will only grow and become a stronger focus.

However, All you really need to worry about is that the mulleted, ratbaggy one is there to inflict a great time on anyone within coooeeee!

Chris Rieger (Riegs) – Lead Vocals, Acoustic guitar, Banjo: Born and bred into the music industry, Chris Rieger has been cloned from the missing DNA from all the greats in the industry. With a background of Australian and German culture, he has travelled the globe entertaining people throughout Europe, some parts of America and of course Australia.

After doing his time with a Rock band based at the Castle Hill Catholic University in Sydney, he moved swiftly to a prominent Irish Band. Here, he performed for the then Prime Minister and Premier of NSW and many serious dancers around the club scene in Sydney.

He gained experience that saw him performing with talents like Daniel O,Donnel, Mary Duff, Normie Rowe (what a name dropper!). Nicknamed “Riegs”, he will always be happy to big smile for you especially if you buy him a beer – Riegs likes beer, and beer likes him!

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