The Longhorn Brothers deliver an Southern American Country Band like none other in Australia performing Country Music the traditional way keeping it real with an actual band with traditional instruments and finesse. The music they perform are by some of the best country greats e.g George Straight, Brook and Dunn, Midland, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks and many many more….
The band are as follows:
Kim Wright, Lead Vocals & Guitar
Singer-songwriter Kim Wright brings to life the sound of country pioneers including George Strait, Alan Jackson and others in his performances.
The 2018 CMAA Academy of Country Music graduate has been playing music for 15 years, and has released his debut single, Man of the House, in 2018.
Country music has always been the genre closest to Kim’s heart, having grown up on it, appreciating the storytelling nature of the form and that everyone can relate to the experiences sung about in a country song.
Kim’s biggest musical highlight so far has been performing at the 2018 Tamworth Country Music Festival Official Opening Concert in front of 10,000 fans.
Lions Aitken, Electric & Acoustic guitar & vocals
Over 40 years experience in bands including the past 15 years in the Jimmy Buffett tribute band ‘Montserrat’ which has appeared at major events and festivals around Australia. He began gigging with rock bands as a drummer in the 1970’s but switched to guitar after being influenced by the songs of Cat Stevens. As a fan of catchy tunes and good lyrics an attraction to bands like the Eagles and America and other country rock style bands made a transition into country music inevitable. Lions has been privileged to share the stage with some notable Australian and international recording artists. As the driving force behind the Longhorn Brothers Band and ‘Montserrat’ he brings to the table not only years of stage and live performance experience but also the insight and ability to run a successful band and deliver outstanding customer service to clients.
Ben Westphal, Lead Guitar & vocals
Guitars have always been a great love of Bens’. Many hours were spent playing the guitar in different bands and different styles.
At 14 years old Bens’ love for all things guitar rose to new heights when he discovered the playing of Australian virtuoso guitarist Joe Robinson. Seeing Joe’s unique way of playing the guitar as a one-man band inspired Ben to explore the acoustic finger-style genre. Ben then went on to discover Tommy Emmanuel and other finger-style artists who have shaped Bens playing.
Ben has performed in many community events and festivals including the ‘Festival of the Sails’, the ‘Urban Country Music Festival’, at Australia’s largest gospel music festival, ‘Easterfest’, and many performances around the Tamworth Country Music Festival including at the opening concert on the Toyota Park stage. At the beginning of 2018 Ben completed the CMAA Senior Academy of Country Music in Tamworth which gave him the opportunity to perform with country duo O’Shea at the 2018 Golden Guitar awards
Alan Carroll, Drums
Consummate professional best describes this highly talented musician who has had a lifetime of drumming experience.
He’s shared stages with some big name artists during his illustrious musical career and toured Australia and overseas extensively.
Such is his talent as a teenager Alan was signed to a band enlisted to entertain troops during the Vietnam War. He spent several months there traveling to various bases and camps bringing a little cheer to our troops serving in this conflict.
Alan is a “boy from the bush” hailing from the NSW country area of Young which is where he learned his craft on the kit playing with local bands which successfully entered various “battle of the bands” competitions. The bright lights of the city lured him and he forged a successful career in the Sydney where he had a regular number of “house” gigs prior to touring Vietnam.
Al has truly embraced the country music genre has proven to be a great asset to the Longhorn Brothers.
Michael Foster, Bass Guitar, vocals
A gifted musician who can switch from lead guitar to bass guitar or acoustic 6 string. With decades of experience in a wide range of bands covering various genres Mick is highly experienced when it comes to live performances. Festivals and big events are nothing new to Mick, he’s highly respected musician who has toured and supported a long list of bands such as TMG (Ted Mulry Gang), Jimmy & the Boys, and Stars when these bands were at the height of their careers.
He also has a long list of tribute shows to his credit including, the Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute, The Beetles Show (starring as John Lennon for 5 years) and a Status Quo tribute performing on lead guitar as Francis Rossi for 4 years.
These are just some of the shows he’s performed with and held the position of musical director in.
Country music, is a passion for Mick, it’s a genre he’s very well suited too.
Ray Cullen, Pedal Steel Guitar
Country music ain’t country music without the sweeping tones of a pedal steel guitar and Ray has been delivering those sounds at music festivals and shows around Australia for longer than he cares to remember. In his long and active musical career he’s graced the stage with some of the legends of Australian country music. He’s performed in countless bands including the Jimmy Buffett tribute band Montserrat.
A true gentleman a gifted musician and a wonderful story teller, Ray is ‘old school’, he’s a master of his craft and never fails to deliver a solid performance.
Brannon Crickmore, Fiddle & vocals
Country songs come alive when a fiddle kicks in and Brannon delivers exactly what’s needed. As a much sought after fiddle player with great vocal harmony ability his skills are sought after by many bands. National and international tours with various bands and big name recording artists are proof that Brannon is no ordinary fiddle player. He’s currently in his final year of uni studying music but is still managing to set the stage alight with his playing, as far as fiddle players go he’s one of the best.