One of the newest recording artists in the LBS stable is the Monto-born Ashley Cook. The Central Queenslander grew up on his parent’s Mulgildie farm listening to Slim Dusty and Buddy Williams ballads. When his parents bought a property near Biloela, Ashley started playing guitar and joined the Country Music Club competing at local festivals. He left school at fourteen to take up a butcher’s apprenticeship and even before he had his license he worked with local country bands playing rhythm, lead and bass guitar with a bit of a stint on drums.
Like a lot of bush ballad artists Ashley worked on the land. In his case as a farmhand for a few years at Goos’ property after completing his apprenticeship. Today Ashley operates one of the biggest dragline in Australia at Callide Mine near Biloela where he now lives with his wife Toni and their children Kimberley, Scott and Chloe on a cattle property south of Thangool.
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