Gregory "Rex" Peatey aka Alan Jackson
Gregory not only looks similar to Alan Jackson he also sounds like him. His delivery of the songs will have you thinking your actually at an Alan Jackson concert. With a degree in music and many years experience playing in bands around the world Gregory is an extremely versatile musician who can play a number of instruments including guitar, mandolin,and fiddle.
In 2019 Gregory won a number of awards including the prestigious Tamworth Country Music Festival "Golden Fiddle Award" and was also the "Battle Of Bluegrass Champion".
Gregory is a singer and multi-instrumentalist who has performed a broad spectrum of musical genres ranging through folk, classical, jazz, pop and rock to opera and musical theatre and country music throughout Australia and Europe.
He has worked as a professional musician for over a decade and performs brilliantly as Alan Jackson in the Longhorn Brothers.
Buzz Talay aka George Strait
Country music runs through his veins having lived in Texas the heart of "real" country music in the USA. He's performed in a wide range of venues in the USA and Australia and has supported and performed alongside some of country musics biggest names. Being highly skilled as a guitarist and vocalist and possessing a quick wit Buzz also connects well with the audience. When not performing with the Longhorn Brothers Buzz fronts his own band "Stone River Fever" performing a mix of "Alternate Country" and "Americana", he also runs his own successful recording studio "Buzzard Production" who also provide live gig production. As a much sought after musician Buzz gets to perform at many of Australia's biggest country music events and festivals including Tamworth Country Music Festival and The Outback Spectacular. He's also a man with a big heart and can often be found performing at charitable events using his immense talent to help others.
Buzz convincingly plays the role of George Strait and fits in perfectly to the Longhorn Brothers.
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.
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.
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 Orange 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
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 with a Bachelor of Music in Violin from the Qld Conservatorium, Griffith University. He has teaches strings part time and performs with a number of bands and musicians including Open Season Band. Brannon has always been a keen and sort after performer having toured nationally and internationally with some big name artists. . He also performed and toured extensively with Murphy's Pigs the rebel rousing Irish band based in Brisbane. Brannon is a valued member of the Longhorn Brothers and delivers great country fiddle along with tasteful vocal harmonies.