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“Terry is one of those dedicated souls keeping the traditional Bush Ballad alive and with his new album “The Dinner Tree’ you’ll find that it is in expert and loving hands” – Jon Wolfe – Capital News Tamworth

Terry was born and raised on a Dairy/Sheep/Orchid farm in the S/W of Western Australia and first started playing the guitar at thirteen after Slim Dusty came to town, he was hooked on the instrument from that moment. He left the farm at fifteen and moved to Perth to start an electrical apprenticeship and soon joined a band singing, and playing lead guitar and did so for the next twenty years.

Terry, with his late wife Jenny, first performed together at the Boyup Brook CM Festival in 2002 after winning the WA Songwriting Award for the second time and they released three multi-award-winning Albums of mostly their own songs between 2005 and 2008. He had his first number-one song in Europe in 2010 with his instrumental ‘Freight Train Boogie’.

Terry has picked up over 60 Songwriting, Album, Male Artist and Instrumental awards and has had over 40 of his songs recorded by other country artists including Brian Letton, Dean Perrott, Keith Jamieson OAM, Tom Maxwell, Graham Rodger, Anita Rhee, Alisha Smith and many others.

Terry has produced and recorded all of his own albums and many other country artists in his Red Dog Recording Studio based in WA.

He has released five solo albums since Jenny’s passing in 2012 and had two Golden Guitar Nominations, 2006 – Bush Ballad and 2015-Instrumental.

Tamworth 2019 was a good festival for Terry picking up Group awards with his Band of Mates, a Media Instrumental Award, and Best Bush Ballad and Song of the Year at the TSA Awards with his mate Keith Lethbridge for ‘Station Minderoo’.

His Album ‘A Fortunate Life’ was released in 2020 with the single ‘Welcome to Australia’ reaching number #2 on the Australian Country Music Charts and picking up Best Comedy Song 2021 at the Gidgee Coals Bush Ballad Awards.

It also won Best Comedy Song in the TSA Awards in Tamworth 2022 and he picked up ‘National Composer of the Year’ with his instrumental ‘Calling of the Heart’ at the CCMA Awards.

His latest Album ‘The Dinner Tree’ was released in June 2022 and picked up two awards for Australian Bush Ballad Songwriting with Keith Lethbridge and Bush Ballad Male Artist in Bungendore and in Tamworth 2023 at the TSA awards he won Best Bush Ballad with ‘The Dinner Tree’ and also picked up National Composer at the CCMA Awards.

Terry has been a member of the ‘Band of Mates’ with Evan Platschinda and Ginger Cox since 2012 when they first played together at the Boyup Brook Festival.

Terry writes, sings and plays in a Bush Ballad style and takes his music on tour regularly around Australia with his wife Virginia.

Image by Keith Misner

Terry Bennetts

Terry Bennetts

“I have been performing at the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival since 2001 and I am really looking forward to bringing my brand of Aussie Bush Ballads and Instrumentals to Boyup once again in 2023. See you there.”

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