Melbourne roots country band Raised By Eagles exercise strident social comment on their third album I Must Be Somewhere that they will promote on a winter tour.
Major singer-songwriters Luke Sinclair and Nick O'Mara wrote 10 new tunes for the disc.
The cream of American nouveau outlaws and stone country icons combine on the 21 track CD-DVD compilation Outlaw - Celebrating The Music Of Waylon Jennings .
They include Octogenarians Willie Nelson, Bobby Bare and Kris Kristofferson, Texans Lee Ann Womack and Robert Earl Keen and young guns diverse as Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Sturgill Simpson and Alison Krauss.
Waylon's widow Jessi Colter and their son Shooter Jennings also perform.
Melbourne bluegrass band Mustered Courage suffered a great bluegrass CD train robbery on the eve of their performance at the Powercorp Country Music festival at Yarra Park as a curtain raiser for the Essendon-Geelong country game at the MCG.
“We had all these CDS but they were stolen on the train,” guitarist Julian Abrahams told the huge crowd, “it was bad luck for the thieves, all they got in the case were bluegrass CDS.”
Mustered Courage , Lee Kernaghan, Sara Storer, Shannon Noll and Michelle Gardiner performed in Yarra Park with former country music singing Geelong footballer and latter day Federal National Party MP Damian Drum representing his Victorian electorate at the concert.
Drum inspected the SES, CFA, Food Bank, VFF, Case, Deni Ute Muster and local farm produce stalls before 2008 Australian Of The Year Kernaghan OAM and Storer's trio performed inside the MCG.
Cronulla singer-songwriter school-teacher Luke O'Shea and long-time mate John Krsulja turned ashes into gold when they wrote Old Man's Shed about paternal pride.
Their song about a proud fix-it father whose craft was perfected in his backyard shed won 2017 Heritage Song Golden Guitar at the 44th Australian country music awards in Tamworth in January.
It was the seventh Golden Guitar for O'Shea, 47 and father of three, who shared the award with Krsulja - host of song-writing workshops and concerts at his DAG Sheep Station retreat at Nundle near Tamworth .
The song is on Luke's sixth album Caught Up In The Dreaming.
Texan troubadour Miranda Lambert is indebted to songwriter dad Rick, new beau Anderson East and vast cast of fellow singer-songwriters for igniting her seventh album The Weight Of These Wings - a 24 track double disc.
They include Waylon Payne, Brent Cobb, Adam Hood, Jack Ingram, fellow Pistol Annies singer Ashley Monroe and Natalie Hemby with whom Miranda wrote 10 songs here.
Texan Waylon - son of the late Sammi Smith and Willie Nelson guitarist Jody Payne - and Ashley penned vitriolic kiss-off tune To Learn Her.
Miranda, 33, says the album is not a heartbreak disc despite divorce from fellow singer Blake Shelton in July 2015 after their four year marriage.
The album has already produced two videos - Vice and We Should Be Friends - featured on Nu Country TV .
Veteran band The Bushwackers celebrates its 46th anniversary with release of 24 th album The Hungry Mile.
The eclectic roots music band that has featured 90 members in its colourful career joins Harmony James and Luke O'Shea by including a coal fracking protest song Leave It In The Ground .
It also pays homage to late Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in Giant Of A Man , pioneer bush band songwriter John Meredith in Dennis O'Reilly and The Backblock Shearer , post war migrants in Dirt Under My Nails and depression era dock workers in the title track.
They also feature a 25 member celebrity choir on Waltzing Australia , dream of a Republic Day and inject folksy humour into Another Trip To Bunnings .
NU COUNTRY TV HOST AND BENEFACTOR KACEY JONES RIP AT 66
Acclaimed singer-songwriter, comedienne, producer, Nu Country TV host and showcase headliner Kacey Jones has died at 66 on the first day of spring in Nashville.
In 2014 Kacey was diagnosed with Stage 3 colorectal cancer - instead of chemo, radiation and surgery she opted for alternative, holistic therapies.
She launched a Go-Fund-Me account to pay for these and entered hospice care early in August.
Despite chronic pain she was well enough in 2015 to compete on TV's America's Got Talent where she performed her timely parody Donald Trump's Hair - title track of her 2009 album - that we also featured on Nu Country TV .
Kacey and fellow singer-songwriter Becky Hobbs performed our showcase at the Noise Bar at the historic Railway Hotel , in Brunswick on February 1, 2008, with local artists the Bona Fide Travellers .
Their concert was featured on Nu Country TV just two years after she hosted our TV show from Austin, Texas, in 2006 while performing the annual Mickey Newbury festival with singing actor Waylon Payne.
Expatriate Australasian superstar Keith Urban's appearance with John Mellencamp at the 49th CMA Awards in Nashville on November 4 last year was tinged with sadness.
It was just a month before his major musical influence - his father Robert - died on December 5 after a long battle with cancer while he was making his 10th album Ripcord .
The Urban patriarch, who died at Mountain Creek near Caloundra on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, moved to Australia from Whangarei in New Zealand with his wife Marienne and their two sons Shane and Keith and settled in Caboolture.
“My dad is the catalyst for me living in America,” revealed Urban, 48, who honoured his dad in new song Blue Ain't Your Colour.
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Keith will perform the song from Ripcord when he headlines the Deni Ute Muster on September 30 and returns in December for a national tour with Carrie Underwood.
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