JIM LAUDERDALE - KING OF BROKEN HEARTS
OUT ON THE WEEKEND
Dual Grammy winning North Carolina born singer-songwriter and TV and radio host Jim Lauderdale headlined Brian Taranto's sixth Out On The Weekend festival at Steamworks in Williamstown on Saturday October 12.
Lauderdale and fellow Americana Award winners The Felice Brothers , Pokey LaFarge, Joshua Hedley & Jonny Fritz, Sierra Ferrell, Molly Tuttle, Dee White and Tami Neilson were among overseas acts.
Iconic expat Perth artists Brian Cadd and Ruby Boots, Don Walker, Little Georgia and Sean McMahon and The Owls were among the local performers.
Former St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt gave singing superstar actor Tim McGraw and his capacity concert crowd football kicking lessons at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday night.
Country music devotee St Nick, just 36, kicked four new Sherrin footballs high into the bleachers as Tim introduced one of his many hits - I Like It I Love It .
McGraw, 52, reciprocated by emulating his guest with a left foot torpedo and a gridiron throw of another football.
Tim, son of late baseball star Tug McGraw, offered to sing at the AFL grand final in a Nu Country TV interview in April after seeing Nick play against Collingwood in a preliminary final on a previous tour.
The pilot and singing spouse of fellow star Faith Hill wore a Collingwood jumper at that game.
Gippsland dairy farmer's son Michael Waugh proves he is well qualified to write and sing about extremities of drought and flood that have haunted agrarians for centuries.
The latter-day Scotch College secondary teacher and house master grew up near Glenmaggie Dam and Maffra in the Latrobe Valley .
But the fitness fanatic grandfather also found song sources for his third album The Weir while heading west on his push bike and catching Countdown icon Molly Meldrum taking in his garbage bins at his Luxor mansion in Richmond.
Waugh, 48, wrote all 13 songs on his acclaimed album produced by Queensland refugee Shane Nicholson.
Appalachian roots singer-songwriter Tyler Childers returns to Nu Country TV to promote his acclaimed third album Country Squire.
Childers, 28, and singing spouse Senora May perform his new video for House Fire.
The Americana Award singer plans a second Australian tour after debuting here on March 7 with fellow winner John Prine, 72, who returns to St Kilda Palais in April after winning two more Americana Awards this month.
When Lukas Nelson and his long-time band Promise Of The Real returned here for their April tour they drove home the message of their fifth album title track with dynamic live delivery - especially at the historic Corner Hotel in Richmond .
It may have been a much smaller venue than those played by Lukas's singing sire Willie, now 86, on his tours.
But the aura of singing actor Willie swirled around the venue as Lukas proved why he followed his sire into movies with major roles writing songs on the soundtrack and performing in the Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga remake of A Star Is Born.
Lukas's message was and clear - ignore the endless news cycle with its staple diet of war, famine, car jackings, drive-by shootings, murder and mayhem that maul the mean streets of Melbourne and, of course, the Middle East and way beyond.
Californian singer-songwriter Devin Dawson had good reason to exploit prison imagery and metaphors in three of 12 songs he wrote on his debut album Dark Horse .
He grew up in Orangevale near the gates of the infamous Folsom Prison and could hear nocturnal sirens roar throughout his childhood.
Devin used gaol backdrops in two of his video clips.
Dawson , 30, also hosted the inaugural Country Music Association Showcase at the historic Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne on Saturday March 23.
Devin led a quintet of singer-songwriters - fellow American Brandy Clark, Canadian chanteuses Lindsay Ell and Tenille Townes and Mornington Peninsula raised multi-media artist Lachlan Bryan - in the prestige concert.
Nu Country TV is one of five Australian nominations in the international section of the prestigious 2019 Country Music Awards in the U.S.
Veteran Victorian journalist, TV and radio host and songwriter David Dawson is nominated for the 2019 Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award.
Dawson is one of five Australians nominated for the annual awards.
He joins Cessnock singer-songwriter and prolific Golden Guitarist Travis Collins, Sydney marketer Susan Heymann, general manager of Chugg Entertainment , Paul Jackson, group program director of NOVA Entertainment and Trevor Smith of Aloha Media , Byron Bay-based content production house for audio, visual and online.
Midwest Farmer's Daughter Margo Price debuted at Brian Taranto's fifth Out On The Weekend Festival at Seaworks in Williamstown.
Florida born Joshua Hedley and The Hedliners also returned to the popular festival with a vast cast including Courtney Marie Andrews, Willie Watson, the ReChords, Sierra Ferrell, Henry Wagons, Weeping Willows and Cartridge Family.
Revered Shipwreck Coast singer-songwriter and Goanna co-founder Shane Howard OAM and veteran 3RRR-FM Off The Record radio host Brian Wise were presented with Vanguard Awards at the second Australian Americana Honours show at Thornbury Theatre .
Howard performed two songs with his daughter Myra on the show featuring inaugural Vanguard award winner Kasey Chambers.
Expat American singer-songwriter Kevin Welch, Margo Price, Joshua Hedley, Weeping Willows and Little Georgia were among the diverse artists who also performed on the memorable show.
Midwest Farmer's Daughter Margo Price enjoyed good tidings on the eve of her debut Australian tour in October.
Her guitarist husband Jeremy Ivey discovered moonshine barrels from an historic still on the hill in the back of their five acre home north of Nashville where outlaw Jesse James and his gang once roamed.
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Margo also has her own brand of marijuana akin to Octogenarian mentor Willie Nelson's Reserve .
“They're in the process of growing this amazing plant, we couldn't decide what strain it was going to be,” Margo revealed in an interview with Nu Country TV from her pick-up truck in her home driveway.
“My brand is Indica which is good for insomnia. It's very relaxing, it's a beautiful purple colour and I'm very pleased with how it came out.
KENNY CHESNEY SONGS FOR THE SAINTS AND VIRGIN ISLANDS
Singer-sailor-songwriter Kenny Chesney was born in Luttrell - the same east Tennessee town as the late Chet Atkins - but found fame and fortune deeper south in the Virgin Islands.
Chesney, 50, has swum in the slipstream of fellow briny balladeer Jimmy Buffett and debuted at #2 on the mainstream Billboard chart with his 20th CD Songs For The Saints.
The title track is also a perfect anthem for the struggling St Kilda football team who lost their major country music fans - former captain Nick Riewoldt and ruck-man Rhys Stanley - to retirement and Geelong.
Chesney exuded altruism by donating money and rescuing residents, anonymously at first, from his St John island home away from home after ravages of recent hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Kenny's album was inspired by human struggles and recovery and benefit his Love for Love City Fund Foundation for Virgin Island relief.
Preston singer-songwriter John Flanagan's Trio attracted a crowd to their Preston porch picking hoedown to promote his video Something To Complain About on his third album Honest Man.
It was recorded in February 2017 over four days at Dog & Bear studio in Trentham - the central Victorian town that veteran country singer and DJ Gene Bradley Fisk now calls home after moving from Moriac.
It also features songs on uber driving for Paul Kelly that inspired The Last of The Cassette Men and historic lament Free John Zarb.
Pascoe Vale postman Zarb went to gaol - instead of delivering mail - in 1968 as a Vietnam War conscientious objector.
Riverina raised singer-songwriter, TV host and actor Darren Coggan was a huge bonus on the 2018 Powercorp Australian Country Music Festival - the outside curtain raiser for the Geelong-Essendon AFL game.
Coggan, concert opener Michelle Gardiner, Mallee Boy John Williamson and The Black Sorrows kicked the dew off the grass at the Yarra Park free concert.
The concert, promoting fresh country produce, the Food Bank and bush reared footy stars, also showcased armies of volunteer CFA and SES volunteers who keep urban and rural residents free of predatory pestilence.
Former Prahran plumber and superstar marathon Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy hugged babies, kissed babes and promoted the bush with a selfie splurge as fans enjoyed healthy alternatives to that joyous wedding across the ocean.
DEAD LIVERS 40TH ANNIVERSARY RESURRECTION
Veteran outlaw country band The Dead Livers celebrated their 40 th anniversary with a CD launch concert at Thornbury Theatre.
The septet was supported by Nu Country TV hosts Paul Hicks and Red Smith and Nu Country FM DJ Kenny Joe Blake and other guest artists.
Lost In Suburbia musician Peter Bird, who re-mastered the band's Greatest Misses CD at his Yelp Studio in Warrnambool, also appeared on the show featuring photographs by former Nu Country treasurer Kip Karpik.
Georgian Kip Moore headlined an Anzac Day spectacular concert at the historic majestic Forum in Melbourne CBD during his latest Australian tour.
South Carolina born Lee Brice and Mississippi man Charlie Worsham also performed to a capacity crowd on a tour created by late Nu Country TV benefactor Rob Potts and fellow Tasmanian born promoter Michael Chugg.
Gippsland dairy farmer's son and latter day singer-songwriter and secondary teacher Michael Waugh launched his second album The Asphalt & The Oval at The Spotted Mallard in Brunswick on Friday March 23.
Also on the bill were Melbourne bluegrass band The Weeping Willows, Canadian troubadour Scott Cook, Lindsay Martin, Mandy Connell and Rich Davies.
Waugh's album, produced by Shane Nicholson, explores a younger brother's battle with cancer, rural family struggles, football challenges and other personalised narratives.
Veteran Adelaide country folk band Redgum have donated proceeds of their historic 1985 Live In Amsterdam CD to a roadies support group.
Redgum , renowned for support of military veterans and other major causes, is first band to step into the breech for Australian Road Crew Association - a not for profit organisation dedicated to welfare of live production crew.
Live In Amsterdam is the debut disc on Black Box Records for ARCA that provides financial and counselling assistance to road managers who experienced high suicide rates and health issues after their employment ceased.
Roadies amassed a treasure trove of live recordings spanning more than 40 years and made ARCA their custodian.
Acts including Australian Crawl, The Church, Cold Chisel, Crowded House, Men At Work, Mental As Anything, Midnight Oil, The Models and Paul Kelly plan to assist the crews who helped them on their journey.
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