For the Stetson Family it all started out when three members of 80s synth-pop band Schizo Scherzo met 20 years after the band split up. 20 years down the track they lost the synthesiser and roto drums, added a banjo, along with some sweet vocal harmonies and presto: The Americana-bluegrass band The Stetson Family.
The bands first gig as The Stetson Family was at the closing of Melbourne’s iconic Rainbow Hotel. This became the setting in their song Dark Side of Town.
For Nad, John Bartholomeusz and Colin Swan, they were joined by their musical history from the 80s when it was all about chasing the dream of a recording contract as the next big thing – which never happened. These days they still genuinely love creating music together.
We like writing it, singing it and playing it, and if people come to our shows and enjoy it, then that’s what floats our boat – pretty simple really. If you have a stack of old Countdown magazines, flick through and keep an eye out for us back in our 20s when we opened for Farnsy on his Whispering Jack tour, as well as supporting The Eurythmics and The Monkees. What a time – Nadine Budge.
This year the band is celebrating 10 years together as The Stetson Family, with fellow members Luke Richardson and Greg Field by playing some very special shows and festivals. The first of their Decade of the Stetsons mini-tours is coming up later this month.
- Sat. 24 Feb: Minya Winery, Connewarre VIC. Bookings essential.
- Tue. 27 Feb.: Mountain Pickers Association, Ferntree Gully Vic.
- Fri 2 to Mon 5 Mar: Nannup Music Festival, WA. Tickets.
There’s more special shows and festival announcements coming up.