1973 – 1983 - He played
Australian Rules football professionally before getting
seriously involved in the music industry.
1981 - Once upon a time, in the
little town of Tabbita (40 km west of Griffith), Grant and
two of his friends stayed up all night and wrote a song
called “Let’s Get A Cow”. The next day Grant created the
Tabbita Record Company and “Let’s Get A Cow” became the
company’s first single release.
Moved to Wagga Wagga, established
Flying Fox Recording Studio
and teamed up with Hugh Crawford.
1985 – “The
written by Grant won the Longyard Hotel Song Competition in
1986 – Started The Best of the
Bush Poetry Breakfast during the Tamworth Festival.
Luhrs and Crawford
Foot in the Bidgee”.
It featured “Two
Old Ladies Dancing”,
Stealing My Heart”
(also recorded by Jimmy Little) and “Matilda”.
The title track became a theme song for Wagga Wagga.
1990 – “Midnight In Paradise”
was released through
1991 - Two
final five Gold Guitar nominations in 1991 and an
1991 - Grant started his solo
1992 – “Men without Shoes”
1995 - Festival Records
It enjoyed much success with “Heart
Of The Night”
making it to Number Six on the National Country Music
1996 - South Australian Country
Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.
1997 – “You Gotta Laugh!”
was released through
which spent a number of weeks on the charts at Number One.
McNamara’s (Australia All Over)
Song of the Year.
Grant and the
Chook Raffle Band
attended the River Island Nature Retreat in February to
perform the song to 64 nude line dancers, creating the
World’s First Nude Boot Scooting Record. The CD also
Hard to Be a Cowboy with a Poodle by Your Side”,
like a Dog Shot in the Arse”.
1999 – “Pick Of The Bunch” released
featuring the best songs off the first four albums.
2000 – “Life Aint So Bad In The Doghouse”
a comedy album with the
Chook Raffle Band is released.
2002 - Inducted into the Hands of Fame.
2003 – “Another Story”
released featuring a mixture of Grant’s songs and songs
written by some of his songwriter mates.
2005 – “Songs Of The Riverina” released
Call Wagga Wagga Wagga”,
“The Road to Gundagai”
and many of Grant’s songs
written about the Riverina.
Grant and the Chook Raffle Band
were also invited to represent Australia at
The Nanning International Folk Festival
Artists from 23 countries performed at the festival, the
highlight being a live TV broadcast to 6 million people.
2008 – “The Best Part Of Love”
released, it is a collection of love songs.
2009 – “Jim and Grant: Australian
Comic Rhymed Verse”.
collection of 32 poems from Jim’s book. The Chooks were also
invited to perform at the 2009
Zhangjiajie International Country
also in China.