Peter ‘Smokie’ Dawson is an award-winning singer songwriter who with his unique and traditional style of country music has been entertaining audiences across Australia.
Growing up Piallamore, a little village just east of Tamworth, country music has always played a large role in Peter’s life. At age seven he started to play the harmonica and by age 14 was playing the guitar and writing his own songs.
A country boy at heart, Peter channelled his experiences through his songwriting with the release of his debut album in That’s What Country Boys Do. He then went on to release his second album, All The Rivers In-between, where he had the privilege of the very talented Phil Emanuel playing on one of his trucking songs.
Peter’s love of country music and this land is still what inspires him to write. Now in 2020, Peter has released his much anticipated third album The Reason which he recorded at Kross Kut Records with Lindsay Waddington. The album, featuring 12 new tracks includes the popular song Stanley & Slim.
For many years Peter has been recognised and awarded for his work, such as the Slim Dusty Memorial Song Awards in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. After success in the Stan Coster Memorial Australian Bush Ballad Awards for Songwriter in 2015, Peter has now taken out the 2020 New Talent Award.
Peter has been busy touring and performing at various festivals and events throughout Australia, including The Lights On The Hill Memorial in Gatton, The Slim Dusty Memorial Show in Kempsey and Music in the Mulga just to mention a few.