Tony has been playing in bands since the mid 70s gaining a reputation as a versatile singer and musician. Tony is also a song writer and producer who has worked in many parts of the recording and broadcast industry. Tony grew up listening to Country and Rock’n’Roll and is into “honest music that can kick my butt, make me cry or both”. His bass playing and powerful vocals are crucial to the band’s sound, writing and producing and providing “grunt” to the overall sound of The Prairie Oysters.


Dave began his music career in WA at the age of 12, playing the organ and guitar. Throughout the 70s and early 80s, Dave has played all over Australia with different bands playing everything from country to punk. Dave has since rediscovered his country music roots listening to the likes of Steve Earle, Dwight Yoakim, Paul Kelly and John Mellencamp. Dave brings his unique “mongrel country” style guitar and complimenting Anthony to give the band a hot front line.

Rob has earned a reputation as a versatile and sought after drummer. He has played professionally since the early 70s and his talents also include live sound production, working with a number of shows around Melbourne and Victoria. As a drummer, Rob is as solid as a rock and combined with Tony’s bass, creates a tight, chest- pounding foundation. Rob voice adds to the band’s vocal mix offering lead and backing vocals. Rob is also a major songwriter in the band and plays guitar but that will never stop the drummer jokes.

tony bonnici: vocals, bass

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In addition to his many other music projects, Anthony has been playing with The Prairie Oysters since 2015. He is one of the most sought after guitarists in the Australian Country Music scene having played with many well known Australian and international artists. Anthony is also an accomplished solo performer. His exceptional guitar playing and his love of country music adds polish to The Prairie Oysters sound.