Doug Bruce and the Tailgators

Doug Bruce and the Tailgators


Friday December 7th - Live Entertainment From 9:00 pm
Cost: Free

Doug Bruce’s affinity for producing well-crafted country songs has culminated in a finalist nod in the 2014 and 2017 Country Music Awards of Australia ‘Golden Guitar’ awards for Male Artist of the Year.

The nominations are testament to a formidable career for Doug, with charting and award success paralleling his popularity as an artist, producer and a songwriter. For the fouth year, he was again nominated in 2017 in the Country Music Channel’s CMC Music Awards – for Australian Male Artist and Australian Video of the Year and secured three finalist placements from three nominations (Best single for The Tears, Best album and Best male vocalist) in The Southern Stars – The Australian Independent Country Music Awards 2016.
Doug Bruce and his band have graced the bill of all the big-ticket shows, including CMC Rocks, Gympie Music Muster, Deni Ute Muster, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Mud Bulls & Music Festival, Broadbeach Country Music Festival, and the Urban Country Music Festival, plus many more, illustrating the respect and affection audiences have for this artist.
Doug released his 5th studio album Unsung – a tribute to the songs of Buddy Bruce, in honour of his late songwriter uncle in 2016. The first single “The Tears” was #1 on the Country Music Channel’s Top 30 countdown, and #1 for 9 weeks on Australia’s Country Tracks Top 40; the second release “Bad Weather”, was #1 for 5 weeks. Previous hits include Coffey Road, Honky Tonk Shoes, Broke Down Heart, Somewhere Better to Be, Made That Way, Sweet, What I’m Drinkin’ About, Clock Out at Five, Thank God I’m a Cowboy, and Close Enough (with Amber Joy Poulton). In 2018 Doug released a limited-edition compilation album of his radio hits and most requested songs at live shows, entitled “21 – best so far”.

With a long and successful music career, going back decades to his time drumming in bands in his native Texas, it wasn’t until he moved to Australia in 2005 with his Australian wife and their first child that he started to fulfil the frontman’s role he has been given the voice for. Doug writes many of his own songs, and has self-produced and recorded all of his albums thus far at his own recording facility, Shoo Fly Studios, in central Victoria.
Described as “the love child of America and Australia”, in recognition of Doug’s Texas origin and his adopted country and ‘band of brothers’, and “Two shots of Travis with a Haggard chaser” (Music Connection, UK), locally he has had success in the Victorian and National Country Music Awards, Independent Country Music Awards and Country Music Guild of Australasia awards. He has been a finalist for Best Country Album (Made That Way) in the prestigious ‘The Age – Music Victoria Genre Awards’.