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OUT ON THE WEEKEND FESTIVAL REVIEW
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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.
Chicago singer-songwriter-satirist Robbie Fulks was so spooked on his debut Australian tour by our magnificent native Cassowary bird that he wrote and performed a song about it at the Out On The Weekend festival.
Fulks and his fiddler Shad Cobb spoofed the Cassowary in the popular festival at Seaworks on the dock of the bay at Williamstown.
New Orleans band The Deslondes , Lille Mae, The Davidson Brothers, Raised By Eagles and Snowy Mountains singer Fanny Lumsden and her band were among guests at the afternoon session.
KEVIN WELCH AND KASEY CHAMBERS CELEBRATE
Expat Californian singer-songwriter Kevin Welch celebrated the Australian Americana nuptials by moving to Nowra on the NSW south coast with his Australian wife.
The frequent Australian tourist also performed at the inaugural Australian Americana awards show at the Thornbury Theatre .
Welch joined inaugural awards winners - promoter Brian Taranto - and singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers on the show that also featured Shipwreck Coast icon Shane Howard OAM.
It ended with an all-star ensemble - Old Crow Medicine Show , Valerie June, Welch, Kasey, Shane, Ruby Boots, Henry Wagons, Bernard Fanning and fellow guests performing a roof lifting version of Will The Circle Be Unbroken .
Four times wed Arkansas born singing actor and TV host Glen Campbell died at 81 on August 8 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Final album Adios , produced by Carl Jackson and released in June, has duets with guests including Nine Stone Cowboy Willie Nelson, now 84.
Acclaimed 2014 documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me featured his final 2012 tour and his last recorded song, the Oscar nominated I'm Not Gonna Miss You.
The seventh of 12 children of a Delight cotton share farmer was a famed session musician before he became a major international star with several Australian tours.
His 70 albums produced 80 plus hits on pop and country charts with sales exceeding 45 million units.
Glen also won six Grammys from 17 nominations and was a major mentor for expat Australasian superstar Keith Urban and helped land Georgian Alan Jackson his first publishing and recording deals with expats Barry and Jewel Coburn.
He starred with John Wayne in 1969 movie True Grit and sang the film theme song, nominated for an Oscar.
LIAM GERNER FINDS A BUDDHIST GIRL IN A BAPTIST TOWN
Adelaide refugee Liam Gerner has made some amazing discoveries during his overseas odysseys that have fuelled his two acclaimed albums.
Gerner, now 33, recounted the hilarious tale of two elderly drug mules, both 69, who crashed their Winnebago into a Texas judge's home in their ill-fated retirement road song Hank & Tammy on his debut disc Land Of No Roads .
Now, the former Mt Barker dairy hand has found a Buddhist Girl in A Baptist Town on a trip from Nashville to the Carolinas on his second album with the Sunset Pushers .
NU COUNTRY TV CHANNEL 31/44 FREE TO AIR RESURRECTION
The Federal Government has belatedly extended the Channel 31/44 licence on free to air Community TV until December 31, 2017, after a media and community backlash.
This means our Nu Country TV show on Saturday June 24, and repeats, were not our last appearances on that spectrum.
We will advise the timeslots of our new Series #33 episodes, hosted by Mid Pacific Bob Olson and filmed and edited by Laith Graham, when Channel 31 updates its roster.
We're indebted to loyal and creative web mistress Anne Sydenham, who celebrates 14 years in our engine room, and fellow volunteer Laith who has filmed and edited more than 160 episodes since taking the reins in December 2013 from Blaize Warden for Series #21.
Laith also teamed with expatriate Californian academic and Northcote secondary school mathematics teacher Mid-Pacific Bob Olson, who graduated from being a Nu Country FM DJ in the nineties, to become our TV show host and treasurer.
We will introduce more comedy, Tex-Mex, bluegrass, western swing and indie country roots singer-songwriters in our Behind Bars segments because of your lavish praise.
Kentucky coal-miner's son Chris Stapleton, West Virginian Brad Paisley and legendary star Hank Williams Jr headlined our Series #32 finale with Texan singing actor Rodney Carrington and late Georgian comedian Tim Wilson.
We value your loyalty and support dating back to our Nu Country FM radio debut in 1994 and appreciate your input on our future.
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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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