Revered volunteer radio country music host and altruist David Heard died at the age of 65 on Sunday September 12 after a protracted battle with cancer.
David hosted 3PBS-FM music shows for 41 years after joining the community station in 1979 at its St Kilda launch pad.
The Horsham born benefactor of Australian and international country folk roots, gospel and Americana music was honoured in song by Melbourne singer-songwriter James Ellis who appeared on his 40 th anniversary Acid Country show in Collingwood last year.
David also co-hosted High In The Saddle on 3RRR-FM and his Cold Coffee Morning show on Nu Country FM at Beer Can Hill in Northcote.
During Covid David recorded his Acid Country shows from his Fitzroy home before peers took over hosting roles before and after cancer silenced his voice and he died at the Caritus Christi Hospice in Kew.
Revered rock and country bassist Les Gough died, aged 75, on September 29 after an accident at his Ballarat home where he had been working on renovations.
Gough, born in 1946, began his career with Russell Morris and Somebody's Image in 1966.
Somebody's Image split in 1968 and Les joined Atlas with Ronnie Charles from 1972-1974.
Les also played in Geoff Wells Rip Rawers, who formed in 1995, and with many other artists.
They included Moonlighters, Heart & Soul, Spot The Aussie , Ross Nicholson's Road Dogs, Tex Nobody, Texas Touch, Colin Jones Band, Four Aces, Leslie Avril and late expat Kiwi singer-songwriter Peter Caulton and the Vic State Opry, Yamaha Big Band and Arizona singer Billy Wyatt .
Les also played on tours and recorded with the Dead Livers with founder-bassist Michael Schack and several bands with Dead Livers guitarist Rodger Delfos and drummer Richard O'Keefe.
CHANNEL 31/44 FREE COMMUNITY TV
EXTENSION UNTIL 2024
The Federal Government has granted a community TV spectrum extension to Channel 31/44 in Victoria and South Australia until June 30, 2024.
This follows an impassioned campaign by Senators, Melbourne City Council and the two stations' management, 30 loyal staff and 1,000 volunteers.
The stations began broadcasting 27 years ago and Nu Country TV debuted in 2002 after its predecessor Nu Country FM operated as a community radio aspirant broadcaster from 1994.
Channel 31 general manager Shane Dunlop welcomed the decision as the government had no plans to use the spectrum until 2024.
Nu Country TV enjoys its season #48 in a regular Saturday time slot of 9.30 pm after co-producer, editor and camera person Laith Graham hosted the show during lockdown.
HAWTHORN STAR JARMAN IMPEY
ALAN JACKSON DEVOTEE
Indigenous Hawthorn footballer Jarman Impey has revealed he played guitar and learned didgeridoo listening to Georgian singer-songwriter Alan Jackson and the late Charley Pride around Goulburn Valley campfires.
Impey joins a brace of AFL footballers who attended Australian concerts by U.S. stars including Jackson, Dierks Bentley and the Zac Brown Band.
Former St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt kicked footballs into the audience at the Rod Laver Arena concert by singing actor and country superstar Tim McGraw.
Prolific Sydney born Grafton raised singer-songwriter Troy Cassar-Daley turned a spate of personal tragedies during the pandemic into tuneful therapy on his 14-track 15th album The World Today that soared charts on debut.
His dad Tony, who suffered two strokes, and good mate Glen Hannah both suicided.
And his talented TV and radio presenter wife Laurel Edwards father also died between albums.
But support of Laurel, despite romantic ruptures, and their son Clay and daughter Gem, became sweet solace.
DEAD LIVERS AND LOST IN SUBURBIA ALIVE ON SHIPWRECK COAST
Shipwreck Coast bands the Dead Livers and Lost In Suburbia celebrated a pre-Easter live music resurrection with memorable free concerts.
These iconic south west Victorian bands, who share members and music, attracted a vast cast of fans to uplifting performances in the coastal mecca - long renowned as a creative sibling of Texas music capital Austin .
The Dead Livers celebrated their 43 rd anniversary at Mickey Bourke's Hotel , established in 1853, in the spuds and dairy capital Koroit.
Lost In Suburbia followed on the Sabbath at the historic Hotel Warrnambool - revered benefactor of live roots music.
Novocastrian singer-songwriter Catherine Britt mines a deep lode of personal experiences to fuel her 12 original songs on her ninth album Home Truths .
Britt name-checks Hank and George Jones in entrée I Am A Country Song that segues into sibling Fav'rit Song , eulogising her dad.
Both have been released as singles, accompanied by videos on Nu Country TV.
Britt, now 36, is a true talent and survivor after beating breast cancer that struck when she was 30.
Her recovery included giving birth to two sons, publishing national magazine Rhythms, hosting ABC Radio Saturday Night Country and touring to promote her new music on her Beverley Hillbilly Records label.
Tragic deaths of Texan honky tonk heroes Billy Joe Shaver, Jerry Jeff Walker, Johnny Bush and Mac Davis songwriting peers diverse as John Prine and Johnny Nash occurred in the months before our Series #46 premiere in December.
We will honour them in our summer series with flashbacks to their peak.
Billy Joe, died at 81 on October 28 after a stroke, Jerry Jeff, 78, died of throat cancer on October 22, Bush died of pneumonia at 85 on October 16,
Davis died at 78 on September 29 after heart surgery,
Prine died of COVID-19 at 73 on April 7 and Nash died of natural causes at 80 on October 6.
Billy Joe, Jerry Jeff and Prine all toured here and appeared on Nu Country TV during their colourful careers.
Nu Country TV producer David Dawson moonlighted as chauffeur for Shaver on his 2002 tour with singing Texan crime novelist Kinky Friedman.
Fawkner born singer-songwriter Jasmine Rae has released her fifth album Lion Side, replete with videos on Nu Country TV.
Rae, now 33, wrote Don't Do It For The Haters - inspired by social media trolls - one of her 10 new original songs.
It was a reaction to her not being part of a copyright law suit when her song When I Found You was reportedly borrowed in the title track of singer-actor Tim McGraw and singing spouse Faith Hill's duet album The Rest Of Our Life.
Veteran radio programmer, DJ and announcer trainer Bob Taylor died on July 17 at 79 after a colourful career that began at the age of 11.
Bob mentored many major radio and TV stars of the last 40 years in training and voiceovers in a journey that took him to stations in locales diverse as Hobart , Swan Hill, Hamilton and Alice Springs.
Taylor finished his career in a 24-year stint at Brooklyn country music community station Stereo 974 FM that closed on January 26 this year.
Bob also trained a vast cast of announcers and voiced station IDS and sponsorship promos on our aspirant radio station Nu Country FM from 1994-2001 at Beer Can Hill in Northcote and our final studio at the Paris, Texas , end of Collins St.
Nundle singer-songwriter John Krsulja and Dag Sheep station songwriting retreat host honours the late expat Scot Karl Broadie and fellow guitarist-writer-producer Glen Hannah on his new single Black To Blue.
The song video appears on Nu Country TV on June 27 and is one of the many highlights of John K's second album Burden Of The Fool, released on June 19.
The singer also pays tribute to other friends who died prematurely and his Octogenarian dad who enjoys fishing in retirement on an album rich in social and political comment.
Seddon singer-songwriter-teacher-mandolinist Pete Burns draws on almost seven decades of life on the cutting edge of suburbia, the bush and Paris street busking to fuel his second album of original songs under the wry title of Unsealed Road.
The 65-year old road warrior harvested hay for inspiration that began with his parents in Melbourne and rural retreats diverse as Hamilton and Shepparton.
Burns expanded on his song sources in an exclusive interview with Nu Country TV.
When Ferny Creek singer-songwriter Brendan McMahon visited Havana he was so impressed by the late Ernest Hemingway's shrine in historic Ambos Mundos he wrote Hotel Hemingway.
But a frightened echidna that he freed from a Rowville paddock in Melbourne 's eastern suburbs inspired his fourth album's entrée song Lost My Way.
The son of a former stock and station agent at Kapunda near the Barossa Valley also paid tribute to a steer named Morris in the same paddock on his previous disc that preceded fourth album In The Moment , released in November.
When former Vietnam veteran, disc jockey, actor and latter-day singer-songwriter Joe Sun toured here in 1990 he opted for regional venues and country music festivals to showcase his down-home country music.
Now, 29 years down the Lost Highway the Mid-West dairy farmer's son has followed heroes and mentors diverse as Hank Williams, Steve Young and Guy Clark into that great honky tonk heaven.
Sun, born James Paulsen, in Rochester , Wisconsin, died on October 25 at 76 of natural causes in Palm Bay, Florida.
He toured Australia to promote his 10th album Hank And Bogart Still Live after scoring smashes with Old Flames Don't Hold A Candle To You and Shotgun Rider that later became hits for singing-actor Dolly Parton and Texan Delbert McClinton.
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.
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