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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