RUCKUS is an award winning five piece country rock outfit hailing from the outer Eastern burbs of Mexico, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Four good lookin’ blokes and a likley lassy, RUCKUS have cemented their as one of Australia’s premier country bands and developed a strong and loyal following, through their blistering live performances and easy going manner offstage.
The band is the brainchild of founding member and guitarist Mick Abrey who along with Bazza Tiplady on bass and Craig Nicholls on drums were joined later by Penelope on fiddle and Roland on lead guitar. The band’s repertoire features an eclectic mix of southern rock and country covers as well as a growing list of awesome Aussie originals and instrumentals, one of which, ‘Black and White’ led the band to making the finals for Best instrumental Golden Guitar at the 36th annual CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia in 2008.
RUCKUS were also finalists in the 2007 and 2008 TIARA’S for two of their songs as well as taking out the 07 West Leagues-Rural Press Best Band and the Tooheys Best Band in 08. RUCKUS also won the National Award for Best New Artists in the Vic and National Country Music Awards. In 2009 RUCKUS took out the ‘Coca Cola’ Battle of the bands. That makes RUCKUS the only band to take out the big three battles in Tamworth in a row! RUCKUS are firm favorites on the festival, B&S and Rodeo circuit and the ongoing sponsorship and support of Freightliner trucks has allowed them to travel to shows and events across Australia, playing their music to an ever growing fan base of “RUCKETTS”.
They have produced two albums to date, a 7 track, self-titled collection in 2007, which was followed by a 12 track CD, “The Other Side”, in 2008. 7 of the tracks on this album were penned by the band. It shows a softer side to the band with a couple ballads written after the unfortunate passing of parents of band members, as well as a haunting rendition of the Elvis song “In the Ghetto” It also shows a humorous and lighter side with “Devil Pub” and the Neil Young song “Get back to the Country”. There is also a couple of ‘in your face, out there’, instrumentals thrown into the mix. RUCKUS have two video clips out at the moment which can be seen on CMC at www.countrymusicchannel.com.
As frontman, vocalist, guitarist, great Aussie bloke and band leader – Mick has tirelessly pushed this band from its modest beginnings to its current success. Mick has a solid background in the pub and club scene and has been involved in the country music scene for some 20 years. Behind every great man…..you know the saying….so this webpage must also recognise the efforts of Meredith (Meres) behind the scenes….as there combined efforts have allowed Mick to relax and mingle with HIS crowd to his heart’s content!! Drop by the next RUCKUS gig and enjoy the true Aussie spirit through this genuine Aussie bloke.
Being our elder statesman, (He’s taken that mantle back from Mick!!) Bazza brings a wealth of experience from the music scene which would be a bonus for any band. After a rest from the band to attend to his music shop “Westwood Guitars” Bazza came back to the RUCKUS team in 2010. With his dulset tones and driving bottom end Bazza has helped to establish RUCKUS as one of Aussies premier country rock bands.
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Craig has had over 2 decades of experience whacking out on the skins. Playing a versatile range of music styles from rock & roll, Irish and of course country music.He is the back beat of the band with his solid playing along side Bazza they make the perfect back bone for RUCKUS. He also brings to the band another voice with the ability to sing lead vocals and harmony’s he is an asset to the RUCKUS family and loves and looks forward to a long future with the band.
Roland is the latest addition to our RUCKUS family and has been with us since early 2012. An awesome guitarist, he brings a wealth of new energy and bolsters the already great RUCKUS sound even more. A very dynamic and fluid player, he is very comfortable on the acoustic or electric guitar and may even throw in some slide to mix it up a little. A guitar teacher by day, be prepared to be blown away…
Besides a load of great, award-winning original music, here are just a few of the artists we cover:
Johnny Cash, Keith Urban, Lee Kernaghan, Slim Dusty, Steve Earl, Hank Williams, Creedence, Eagles, Charlie Daniels Band, Patsy Cline, Kasey Chambers, John Williamson, Lynyrd Skynyrd
If you have a special song you require please call prior to engagement and we will try to rehearse it for you. We have a full adaptable PA lighting and sound system which is great for small to large venues and also capable of handling outdoor shindigs.
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