Billy Guy performing Alan Jackson & George Strait
With four decades years experience in tribute shows, cover bands and as a solo performer Billy performs brilliantly as Alan Jackson & George Strait
As a seasoned professional he's travelled the length and breadth of Australia entertaining audiences with his amazing vocals and overall musicianship. His wealth of experience brings consistency and complete professionalism to every show and you can be assured his performance will be impeccable each and every time. Billy never fails to connect with his audience and draws them into the show.
The styles and genres Billy can perform are endless from rock n roll classics through to the hit songs of Neil Diamond and Johnny Cash he excels at them all but when it comes to country music he really shines. With the Longhorn Brothers backing him Billy delivers arguably the finest renditions of Alan Jackson & George Strait south of the equator.
Lions Aitken, Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
Over 40 years experience in bands including the past 19 years in the Jimmy Buffett tribute band LATITUDE 24 ( formely called '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 'Latitude 24t' 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.
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.
Garry Zealand, Drums
Garry relocated to the Sunshine Coast from Sydney in 1992 and quickly started mixing and playing with some established local musicians.
He did some fill in spots with local country rock band Good Bad and Ugly (also known later as Slim Pickins) before joining Just Cruisin’ and then country band The Blackall Rangers.
The early 2000’s saw a change to more mainstream pub rock with a six year stint with The Timeblasters , a three piece band with well-known local front man Alexis Sawford.
After a short break from music, Garry was approached by a singer and lead guitarist to form a new band and with the addition of the missing bass player, Classic Vinyl was formed and played regularly around Coast venues and private functions for over 5 years. Despite all the years of playing 60’s, 70’s and 80’s pub rock, Garry’s real love was country, and country rock music, and the opportunity to join The Longhorn Brothers
has ignited the flame to play live again.
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
The band "live-wire" Brannon possesses a wealth of experience when it comes to strings having graduated Qld Conservatorium, Griffith University. Brannon is a sort after performer having toured nationally and internationally with some big name artists. Aside from being highly skilled as a fiddle player he's also possesses a great voice and delivers outstanding harmonies. Brannon is a valued member of the Longhorn Brothers and delivers great country fiddle.