At just 18 years of age Elwood Gray’s raw guitar picking and strong lyrics reflect the sparse spontaneity of Springsteen’s Nebraska. His voice and looming stage presence evoke the deliberate grace of early Neil Young. His carefully crafted lyrics are eloquent beyond his years and a commentary on deeply human experiences.
Elwood took up the mandolin when he was six years old on a family odyssey to Broome through the Great Sandy Desert. He developed a musical obsession and started busking old bluegrass tunes at Broome’s markets, street corners and shopping centres.
Elwood, tired of being kicked off his busking haunts, began seeking paid gigs. He quickly cemented himself as one of Broome’s most loved acts.
"The future of Broome’s music is in safe hands," - Stephen Bart Pigram.
Elwood left school early to play every pub in the North West. He faked the legal age to get on stage. He grew into a fearless performer by wrangling these rowdy regional crowds.
Elwood began using waste cooking oil as free fuel to bridge the unforgiving distances between Kimberley and Pilbara towns. He learned how to collect the oil stashed behind pub kitchens to run his tour van.
Elwood is now a vital cog in Broome’s rich music culture. He regularly shares the bill with major touring acts, including The Waifs, John Butler and The Pigram Brothers.
Elwood is fast carving a national foothold, touring relentlessly in his trusty, yet somewhat oily vehicle.