The Hillbilly Goats
"...the Hillbilly Goats exhibit genuine passion and no lack of expertise or energy in their mission to present a taste of old-time Appalachian folk to Australian audiences....driving fiddle and plonking banjo in tandem provide more conventional impetus. Elsewhere, double bass and harmonica in conjunction with a variety of percussive devices (clogging, washboard, bones and jew's harp) help maintain momentum. Tight four-part harmony singing, with alternating male and female emphasis, adorns most tracks." - Tony Hillier, The AUSTRALIAN - Aug ‘13
Kick yer shoes off, put yer hoe-down & hang on to yer britches!
2020 Winners - Golden Fiddle Award
2020 Golden Guitar Finalists for "Bleed Me Dry" - Bluegrass Recording
2019 Golden Guitar Finalists for "Gypsy Girl" - Bluegrass Recording
2017 Golden Guitar Finalists for "Cumberland Gap" - Bluegrass Recording
2016 Golden Guitar Finalists for "Rabbit in a Log" - Bluegrass Recording
Festival favourites, Golden Fiddle Recipients (2020) and 4 time “Bluegrass” Golden Guitar finalists, the Hillbilly Goats, exude an undeniable passion for mountain music, the instruments and the harmonies. Their mission is to strip back the layers of modern music and transport you on a journey that began centuries ago when the immigrants first settled in the Appalachian Mountains of America. These guys aren’t just a band – “they’re a show” and “Keeping it Real” is their motto!
Their recordings feature award nominated originals, but mostly paint a picture of traditional songs from 1710 through to the 1940’s with a high energy quirky edge. Featuring Banjo, Bones, Double Bass, Fiddle, Tap Dancing, 3 part Harmonies and more, there is a tale told of the history of Mountain Music’s evolution into Blues, Country & Bluegrass.
In 2019 the Goats released their latest single “Bleed Me Dry” which received a Golden Guitar nomination and they successfully launched their own music event, (on their 86 acres), THE GAS – Goats Acoustic Sessions. They are currently writing new material for an album release later this year.
2018 saw the Goats touring the launch of their album, "Old Jack's Bones" after its' successful release to sell out crowds at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Travelling across the ditch to New Zealand twice in 4 weeks is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to touring the new record that "...overflows with the knees up inducing music its followers have come to expect." (Tony Hillier, The Australian 2018) "... the sheer exuberance, plus the panache and proficiency of the ensemble playing and singing" are key elements to the instant success of this album amongst fans and radio presenters alike. This album reached #3 in the Australian Independent Charts, #21 in the ARIA Country Charts, received a “Bluegrass” Golden Guitar nomination and was shortlisted in the Qld Music Awards 2019 (“world/folk” category).
Their 3rd studio album, “Down Foggy Mountain”, recorded & produced by Nash Chambers (Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, Archie Roach, Kasey Chambers), reached immense success with 2 CMAA Nominations. “Rabbit in a Log” was nominated for Bluegrass Song of the year 2016, and their second single, “Cumberland Gap” was nominated in the same category for the 2017 Golden Guitars. This album further stamped the musical twist on traditional songs The Hillbilly Goats are famous for with big harmonies and a heavy presence of hard fiddle and fast harmonica.
Their previous album reviews in the Weekend Australian and several music magazines not only rave about their recordings, but their stage presence has been labelled “more driving and energetic than the less traditional shows seen on main stages of Australian country festivals.” (Alex Turnbull, Capital News).
The band members are never satisfied with their own instruments and continually swap over and change positions on stage – you won’t know where to look or who to watch! Each member is their own character to love and you'll see Goat Girl running through the crowd rattling the bones, Goat Boy playing 3 instruments at once - drums with his feet, banjo in hand and harmonica on a brace, and the Giddy Goat dances up a storm (whilst playing fiddle flat out)… but one of their biggest compliments from fans of all ages, is that they love the history lesson woven throughout the show and they all walk away feeling more knowledgeable on music and its’ roots.
A dedicated fan base has seen them voted into first place 3 years running for the Cairns Timeout Awards as “best NQ band” 2012-14, as well as finalists in the Tamworth People’s Choice Awards 2014. Another competition landed them on the main stage at the Official Opening Concert for the Tamworth Country Music Festival, which was an awesome way to kick-start 2015 – YEAR OF THE GOAT!
Whether it’s a sit down dinner show or a flat out festival set, the Hillbilly Goats are renowned for their “entertainment” value. Combining song with stories of Mountain Music’s history has proved a marketable success that sees their show advancing through the festival ranks.
So, if you’re still a Goat Virgin and haven’t seen the Hillbilly Goats yet, check them out and see what all the fuss is about. They sure know how to Raise A Ruckus and you are guaranteed to be entertained – OLD TIME STYLE!
KICK YER SHOES OFF, PUT YER HOE DOWN & HANG ON TO YER BRITCHES!