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Biography

There is more than one artist represented here, this bio is for the Australian band Southern Sons. For the '40s gospel group see The Southern Sons.

Southern Sons was an Australian band, originally billed as The State, best known in Australia in the early 90's for their hits 'Heart In Danger' and 'Hold Me In Your Arms'. The band also featured world renowned drummer, Virgil Donati.

Buckle and Jones are also notable for backing John Farnham on his Chain Reaction tour. Jones reunited with John Farnham in 1999 for his "I Can't Believe He's 50 Tour" and the "Tour Of Duty Concert" for peacekeeping Australian troops in Dili, East Timor.

Buckle has collaborated with several Australian artists such as John Farnham, Rick Price and Rob Mills. Buckle's co-wrote many of the songs from Farnham's "Chain Reaction" (released 1990) and "Then Again" (released 1993) albums, the most famous being "Burn For You", ARIA Song of the Year in 1991.

Jones was married to New Zealand-born Australian actress Rebecca Gibney from 1992 - 1995. The marriage ended in divorce. He reverted to his birth name of Irwin Thomas some years ago, and has recorded under that name with a new band. He also was in a band with INXS member Gary Beers called Mudhead who released one album. Since 2004 he has been also been involved with a Melbourne band called Electric Mary and is releasing new music independently.

Jones and Donati were part of Tina Arena's backing band for her "In Deep" tour.

Donati is currently living and working in the United States, running clinics and recording with a variety of artists including Steve Vai. He is currently a member of US rock band Soul Sirkus.

Cain reportedly spent several years living in Spain but has since returned to Australia.

Bowman left the band sometime before the release of their second album Nothing But The Truth as he chose to follow his passion and grow as a songwriter and record producer in the independent music sector, working with Debra Byrne on her "Sleeping Child" album. He continues to work with bands and solo artists at his recording studio in Warrandyte (as well as working on his own material).

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