I clearly remember I met the Moonee Valley Drifters at the Terminus hotel in 1987. I sat at the old piano in the empty bar and we played a bunch of songs that I knew from records but had never actually played. We sat close together microphones. Just behind me, Tom was singing and thumpin his old Martin guitar, Curly played brushes on his thighs while Rob played a Telecaster, and ex-US Navyman Peter Linden played Pedal Steel like nothing I had heard before. On the left Paul Pyle (complete with his own supply of beer in a personal esky!) played the wildest 2 beat bass. That was a moment. Along with our mutual love of Western Swing Tom introduced me and many others to the joys and sorrows of the Louvin Brothers, Lefty Frizzell, George Jones and Brenda Lee and his own originals.