The Rhythm Rats

The Rhythm Rats (2012) are - John Gratton, (Lead Guitar/Acoustic Guitar / Vocals). Gary "Buffalo" Melbourne (vocals / harmonica). "Rolly" Dwyer (drums). Terry Wilcox (bass). "Jack" Melbourne (guitar/ dobro slide/ banjo/vocals). Playing a mix of rootsy rock n roll, rhythm & blues. country-blues .


The RhythmRats formed in the early eighties playing a mixture of rock n roll / rockabilly / blues / rhythm and blues, This band went on to join the Flying Fruit Fly Circus (world famous children's circus),touring most major Australian cities and a tour of Canada , performed on several Television shows including The Midday show/ with David Frost , Good morning Australia, recorded a self produced album in '83 at REMAC records , winning that years best production award and receiving "Double J" airplay

The RhythmRats were also involved in several Theatre productions (during this period) by the critically acclaimed "Murray River Performing Group" (Now the Hothouse Theatre) working with well known national actors/comedians e.g.- Sally Upton, Denise Scott, John Walker.

The band then went on the road as featured artists and backing band with The Ray Kernaghan country road show , featuring his son the now famous Lee after several tours and appearances at the Tamworth country festival the "Rats" went back to their roots with a highly successful hard rock show performing at B&S balls, festivals, competing with top national bands on the pub rock circuit the last lineup toured N.S.W / Victoria and a highly successful four week tour of Tasmania.

Moves were made in 2010 to reform the band after 20 years and with a RhythmRats track (Trigger) getting internet exposure on a New York radio station the Rats have settled on the hottest lineup they have had for many years.

The latest five piece lineup includes new member "Jack" Melbourne (ex FarGone Beauties-Sydney) adding to the bands unique blend of instruments and giving us more options as a roots based rock band.


  • The Rhythm Rats cover acts mainly from the 50's / 60's / 70's incorporating
  • it's own unique sound blending Electric guitars with Dobro slide, Banjo, Harmonica & harmonies .
  • (The play list was picked for a mixed aged club/festival/pub crowd.)
  • The Rolling Stones.
  • Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers.
  • Eric Clapton.
  • Chuck Berry.
  • Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen.
  • Creedence Clearwater.
  • Dwight Yoakam
  • John Fogarty.
  • Lynard Skynard.
  • Kentucky Headhunters.
  • Buddy Miller.
  • The Bodeans.
  • Stevie Ray Vaughn.
  • The Steve Miller Band.
  • The Doobie Brothers.
  • Travis Tritt.
  • John Hiatt.
  • The Band.
  • Elvis Presley.
  • The Kinks.
  • J.J.Cale.
  • The paul Butterfield Bluesband.
  • Dragon.
  • The Paladins.
  • The Waiffs.
  • Robert Palmer.
  • Normie Rowe & The Playboys
  • Texas Lightning.
  • John Cougar.
  • Georgia Satellites.
  • Huey Lewis and the News.
  • Eddie Cochran.
  • Hank Williams.
  • Ross Wilson.

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