Back to where it all began
BRYCE Wearne is keen to get back to his old stomping ground this weekend.
The Hillbilly Goats frontman will be back at the Central Hotel for its 140th birthday to relive how he got his start on the country music scene.
Bryce spent 14 years entertaining crowds with a country band called “Bettathanachookraffle” before starting the Hillbilly Goats.
“We were up there in the ‘90s doing our thing, then we did our first gigs ever as the Hillbilly Goats at the Central Hotel,” he said.
“My first solo gig was also at the Central.
“What’s happened from starting out at the Central is we’ve gone from being a local band to being on the national circuit, we’re number 21 on the country charts and we’re sitting at about six on the Indie charts.”
Most of Bryce’s best memories at the Central were back in the day.
“The ‘Bettathanachookraffle’ days were a highlight,” he said.
“Just the old school atmosphere with all the locals was great.
“There was a beer garden out the back before it was renovated and when I first came to town it was pretty common to see someone ride into town on a horse, park out the back and sleep in a swag out the back of the pub for the weekend.”
Bryce recalls pretty much the whole town coming out for the Sunday sesh in the beer garden.
“There were loud rock bands and it was so busy,” he said.
“Most of the tradies and fishermen spent their time there, there wasn’t really anywhere else to go.
“It’s an honour to be invited back to celebrate its 140th.”
The Hillbilly Goats have rubbed shoulders with big names in the music scene, like Kasey Chambers, the Black Sorrows and Russell Morris.
The Goats aren’t slowing down any time soon, they are set to play at the Sydney to Kangaroo Island Music Cruise next year and will play on the same stage as Troy CassarDaley and John Williamson.
The Hill Billy Goats Jacinta Simons, Bryce Wearne, Mahney Wearne.