Country in the blood of talented young muso

Sophia ConstantineNorth West Telegraph
Elwood Gray will visit Port Hedland and Karratha in January as part of his tour.
Camera IconElwood Gray will visit Port Hedland and Karratha in January as part of his tour. Credit: Taja Berenyi.

Kimberley alt-country musician Elwood Gray is gearing up to hit the road in his veggie-oil fuelled van for a tour of the North West including Port Hedland and Karratha.

The 18-year-old musician began playing music by the fireside in the Great Sandy Desert on a mandolin at just six years of age.

Inspired by Bruce Springsteen, the talented performer has now supported acts such as The Waifs, Tijuana Cartel and Caravana Sun as well as sharing the stage with John Butler and The Pigram Brothers.

“Bruce Springsteen is an absolute powerhouse,” he said. “I think he’s just a legend to still be performing with that much energy.”

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Gray, who has a history of regional touring, said he was excited to be including the Pilbara in his upcoming trip. His tour will be completed in a van he just bought which he runs on vegetable oil.

“I like playing in front of the audience in the North West,” he said.

“When you get to be that one act that everyone gets to see it feels like it’s your job to make them really have a good time and a good night.”

Growing up around his older brothers, Gray said he had the advantage of having mentors in the form of musicians who have paved the way for his success.

Gray will perform in Port Hedland on January 5 at the Esplanade Hotel and at Blanche Bar in Karratha on January 6. For details visit www.elwoodgray.com.au.

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