THE PRAIRIE OYSTERS
Tony Bonnici (Vocals, Bass)
Dave Miles (Vocals, Guitars)
Mick Evans (Drums)
Ed Bates (Pedal Steel Guitar)
The Prairie Oysters have been described as an explosive cocktail of country with a twist of blues and chased with a double shot of Honky-Tonk.
The band have experienced their fair share of heaven and hell over the years and their music draws on stories from life's traveling disasters as well as its triumphs, and always with a dash of cynicism and wit.
The key to The Prairie Oysters’ success is they don’t take things seriously. They work hard, write great songs, and are accomplished players but in the end, they’re just four old souls with young hearts having a bit of fun.
“When it comes to country music, The Prairie Oysters are the real deal. There’s no winning formula to the band’s successes. They play what feels right and it works”. – Strat Pavlis ; Former 3RRR presenter, and Co-Founder of The Breakfasters.
The Prairie Oysters have always stumped the Australian country music scene. It’s really hard to pin a label on them as they skirt the edges of the commercial and alternative country circles; And they wouldn’t want it any other way.
Born out of a love for good, honest music, the four members of The Prairie Oysters have been performing, writing and recording their own brand of home grown grass roots music for over 40 years.
The Prairie Oysters started in January 2005; as a side project playing music they thought no one else would like. Within a couple of years, they became one of the hardest working country bands in Australia travelling all over the country since 2005 selling out shows, playing at major festivals to remote communities and building life-long friendships with audiences around the country and overseas.
The band’s loyal fan base is as diverse as their music. Audiences of all ages are treated to a diverse repertoire of original music and cover tunes by their musical heroes including the pioneers of the mid 20th century such has Hank Williams and Johnny Cash to the outlaws of the 60s and 70s including Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard to legends like John Fogarty, Steve Earle, Gram Parsons, Dale Watson and Ray Wylie Hubbard; to name but a few.
The band have gained respect and critical acclaim for their original material and live shows with awards including:
Country Music Guild of Australasia Most Popular Group 2007, 2008, 2009.
Best Group Victorian National Country Music Awards 2010
Best Band Album Victorian National Country Music Awards 2011
$10,000 People's Choice Prize Australian Independent Artist Awards Sydney 2011
Golden Guitar Nomination 2013 for Best Single "When The Dust Settles"