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This “audience friendly” band is committed to delivering a unique taste of real cutting edge Americana music, with a huge emphasis on entertainment, crowd parti
Little Town I call Home
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Slave To The Rhythm
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Tell My Wife That
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Country Music Loud
Peak in sub-genre #64
Throw Roses
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The Band used to run a law firm but our wives told us to get a real job (- : joking. Since its formation in 1996 Crakajak has delivered one of the most exciting and energetic Americana style music shows in Australia. This audience friendly band is committed to delivering a unique taste of real cutting edge country music, with a huge emphasis on entertainment, crowd participation and a good time.
Band/artist history
Band Members Harry Jon Nanos (Lead Vocals, Guitar, & Songwriter) has worked professionally in the music industry for over 20 years as a recording studio owner, composer, musician & performer. Harry has composed and produced music with entertainers such as Eric Bana and for clients such as the Australian Football League. He has won many awards over the years in his lead role with Crakajak. Today Harry continues to develop fresh new music for Crakajak, including the soon to be released Album 10., celebrating Crakajaks 10 year history. Crakajak is still Harrys main focus but in between Crakajak projects, Harry owns and runs a successful recording production studio which produces albums for independent artists such as the Australian Pop legend, Marcie Jones. Rob Walker (Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals, & Songwriter) has worked in the music industry both as a Performer and within Executive roles for over 25 years. Rob has been a published songwriter and performed in some of Australias biggest recording bands over the past 25 years. He has extensive trade show, event and international marketing expertise. Rob returned to Australia in 2004 after a 3 year stint in the US as the Market Development Director of NAMM, the worlds largest trade music association. Prior to Robs involvement with NAMM, he held the positions of Executive Officer for the Australian Music Association & Australian Music Retailers Association. Mark Donahoe (Rhythm Guitar, & Songwriter) is a recent addition to the Crakajak team, adding further dimension to this great Aussie band. Mark brings to Crakajak, 20 years of music industry experience, both as a performer and for his production and songwriting skills. Mark joined Crakajak after major success with the highly successful band, Magnificent 7, who were twice nominated for the most prestigious Australian Music Award, The Golden Guitar Award. In 1994, Becky Cole won the Golden Guitar Award for Best New Talent, with Marks song, Fool in Around. In 1995, Felicity recorded Marks song Follow Me and won a nomination for best female vocalist at the Golden Guitar Awards. Mark also operates a production recording facility in Perth Australia, where he is Production Consultant for one of Australias biggest artists, Kevin Bloody Wilson. Mark also plays a management role with the much loved Sunny Cowgirls. Jay Williams (Violin, Fiddle, Mandolin) is Mr. Instrumental and is responsible for the bands ability to stretch the boundaries of Country/Americana music. Jay joined Crakajak in its early days and has been a prominent and popular member of Crakajak. Jason has appeared on many Australian Independent Albums. Tony Arena (Lead Guitar) is a seasoned and exceptionally talented guitarist/songwriter. Tonys guitar playing reflects Crakajaks signature and individual sound. With 25 years of experience in the Australian music industry and countless appearances as a session guitarist on Australian albums, Tony is one of the most respected musicians. Tony and Harry formed Crakajak. Steve Tsotsos (Drums/Percussion) joined Crakajak in 2002 and drives the infectious grooves that Crakajak is renowned for. Steve has been a professional drummer and has worked in the Australian music industry for over 15 years. Steve prefers us not to say to many words about him, rather let his sticks speak. Awards 2005 - Crakajaks "She Weeps Alone" final 5 Group/Duo in the Victorian Country Music Awards 2003 - Crakajak wins Best Band, Victorian Country Music Awards 1999 - Crakajak wins Best Band, Victorian Country Music Awards 1999 - Crakajak is runner up Best Country Song, Australian Songwriters Association Award Albums 2006 - 10. 2004 - Dirt Dust & Thunder 2002 - Long Long Way from Home 2000 - Sometimes Things Happen 1998 - Ride the Spirit 1997 - From a Rock to a Hard Country Music Videos 2005 - She Weeps Alone 2005 Whats Wrong with a Little Hard Work 2004 Throw Roses 2002 - Touch My Skin 2002 - Riding on 22 Wheels " 1999 - Just Cant Sleep" TV Appearances 2001 - Midday Show Live Channel 7, National TV coverage with Denise Drysdale Mid Day Show Win TV Country Music Channel - Foxtel & Austar
Have you performed in front of an audience?
We play all around Australia including the major country music Festivals such as Tamworth, Gympie Muster and numerous Bachelor & Spinster Balls. Plus we love to travel to the US and are looking to tour the US in 2006.
Your musical influences
Steve Earl, John Cougar M., Eagles, Creedance Clearwater, Nirvanna
What equipment do you use?
Pro Tools recording studio and Tailor guitars
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