"Simon Bruce may well be the most remarkable, in fact the most astonishing unknown opening act I've ever experienced. His performance of "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" at a Bob Dylan tribute night was so intense and so emphatic that you could almost close your eyes and believe it was the young Great White Wonder himself up there. Simon's own songs have an engaging charm about them and display an honest musicality which bodes well for an impressive future. I'll certainly be watching with more than a little interest."
...... Glenn A. Baker
By age 23, Simon had toured the world playing for thousands of audiences and had created a following of diehard fans of all ages and recorded with a variety of artists in Australia and the USA. In 1998 he took a working musical vacation to the UK and appearing in clubs and on street corners in Britain. Simon has opened for artists such as Tommy Emmanuel, Dido, Richard Clapton, John Hiatt, Kasey Chambers, Vanessa Carlton, Josh Pyke, Bond, and Grace Knight, amongst others. Then he landed a high-profile support slot touring the US with John Hiatt, playing among other venues, such as the Bitter End in New York and Threadgill's in Texas (Janis Joplin's favorite gig.) He also toured Australia and New Zealand with Dido, playing to more than 200 different audiences.
In 2004, "Restless Thoughts", released in Australia on Essence/EMI Records followed his successful independently-released EP "The Champagne Sessions", (featuring Keith Urban on backing vocals), recorded live in just three days, with producer Nash Chambers.