Buddy has been on the move and spreading his hard-earned talents around Australia either as an individual act or part of many road shows. During this time, he has toured with Tex Morton, Gordon Parsons, Chad Morgan and Buddy Williams.

In 1967 he entered and won first prize in The Australian Country Music Convention held in Brisbane. The following year he joined Chad Morgan and proceeded on a three-month tour which ended in Darwin. After leaving Darwin he started doing his own shows which took in most of the Northern Territory and Queensland.

1970 saw him in Cairns, North Queensland, where he met up with Guitarist/Singer John “Doc” Riley and Bass Guitarist Fred Thompson who were coming off tour with The Rick and Thel Show at the time. The trio called “The Country Coasters” was formed and they travelled throughout Queensland showing many places such as Groote Eylandt several miles from the Darwin shoreline. The band continued for many years before Buddy started to itch for new lands to discover.

His wandering took him to the USA where he toured around Salt Lake City, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas and of course Nashville. He returned to Cairns and The Country Coasters until 1978 when he decided to move to the Country Music capital, Tamworth. While there he recorded two albums for Opal records which were received very well and won him a place as a finalist in the 1978 Australian Country Music Awards.

On his way to Tamworth from Cairns, Buddy and the other members of The Country Coasters played a farewell concert at the Charters Towers Gold City Country Festival. Their success was outstanding, with Buddy taking out Best Male Vocal and being judged the Most Outstanding Performer of the festival. This won him a spot on the Reg Lindsay Show. The group also took out the Best Group Category.

Buddy has won many Best Songwriter Awards with numerous songs that he has penned. 1984 was a highlight with Buddy being asked to perform his song “Man with the Hat Turned Down in Front” in The Slim Dusty Movie. Buddy’s songwriting has achieved great heights with his material being chosen by Slim Dusty for his albums, “Cattleman from the High Plains” and “Coming Home”. The title being taken from Buddy’s song “Footsteps Coming Home” which was featured on the album. “The Land He Calls His Own 3 CD Set” was also named after Buddy’s song of the same name. Many more songs were recorded by Slim over the years.

In the 1990’s Buddy continued writing songs for many different artists some being, Brian Young, Trevor Day, Chad Morgan, Lisa White and Roger Knox to name a few. The highlight of 1991 was Buddy’s song “Thistles on the Hillside” being awarded Tamworth Songwriter’s Association for Country Bush Ballad of the Year and the Media Award for Country Song of the Year. The accolades didn’t end there as the song was awarded the Gold Guitar in the Heritage Section at the Tamworth Country Music Awards.

Returning to Tamworth in 1991, Buddy was asked by Opal Records to record a compilation CD with long-time friend John “DOC’ Riley. The CD featured the Gold Guitar hit “Thistles on the Hillside”.

Buddy has put his own show on the road since 1978 and is still recording and writing material for many artists.

Keith Jamison, Tom Maxwell, Pete Smith and Bruce Lavender have been added to Buddy’s list of artists to record his material.

Buddy has his own Recording Studio – Wild Ash Studio and has a collection of CD’s for your enjoyment.


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