June Carter Cash
June Carter Cash performs her version of the oft-recorded Carter Family song Keep On The Sunny Side on the 10th episode of Nu County TV on Saturday 12 June 2004.

The song is taken from her posthumously released 2003 album Wildwood Flower - the sequel to third solo album Press On in 1999.

It was released after June died at 73 on May 15, 2003 - the end of an era for the Carter Family.

June was the youngest of three daughters of Maybelle Addington and Ezra Carter who wed in 1915.

Maybelle's cousin Sara Dougherty later married Alvin P Carter in 1926.

The Carter Family began performing in 1927 and recorded about 250 songs before the band broke up in 1943.

That was 12 years after A. P Carter and his wife Sara Dougherty divorced.

But the legend of June, who died four months before her husband Johnny, lives on.

Cash died at 71 on Monday September 15, 2003.

Sotheby's will auction the couple's personal and professional belongings in September.
The collection is valued at more than $1.5 million.

It includes more than 50 instruments, seven Grammy awards, items from Johnny Cash's wardrobe.

There's also a notebook of handwritten lyrics (some unpublished), as well as photographs, letters,concert posters, furniture, art and jewellery.

CLICK HERE for a Cash-Carter story from the Diary on September 23.


Boston belle Jo Dee Messina debuts on Nu Country with a video clip for her song Bye, Bye. The singer was scheduled to tour Australia in autumn but cancelled because of a health crisis.

Messina, 33, spent a week in a Utah Alcohol Rehabilitation Clinic for her abuse problem that emerged during a Texas super bowl victory party.

Joe Dee made good use of her rehab treatment - she wrote a new song My Way Home that she performed in a confessional appearance on the CMT Insider TV show.

And she also reveals her addiction and recovery in her pending book That's Right I'm An Addict.

CLICK HERE for a Diary story on Jo Dee on FEBRUARY 24.
CLICK HERE for Jo Dee's story of her rehab from the Diary.


Legendary honky tonk hard-core singer-songwriter Max D Barnes features with the Guru and Lawrie Weir.

The seasoned songsmith and father of three died of pneumonia at 67 on January 10 this year.

Barnes won 42 songwriting awards for his 250 plus original songs that adorned the charts for acts diverse as Vern Gosdin, Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, the Georges - Jones and Burns - Randy Travis, Alan Jackson and the late Conway Twitty, Johnny Paycheck and Keith Whitley.

< Max D Barnes (left)

The singer, born in Hard Scratch, Iowa, wrote the huge hit Chiselled In Stone about the death of his eldest son Patrick was killed in a car accident at 18 in 1975.

Ironically Barnes singing spouse Patsy died of cancer at 68 on March 25 - just two months later.

Max wrote his song Patsy about her and she wrote several songs with Max including Baby Sings The Blues Down On Broadway, recorded by Gosdin.

CLICK HERE for a Barnes story from the Diary on January 15.


Sunraysia born Sara Storer and cutting edge country band The T-Bones also return to Nu Country.

Multi Gold Guitar award winning Storer, born at Wemen, performs the title track of her second ABC album Beautiful Circle.

Sara, 31, has just released her debut ABC Music DVD, Stories To Tell.

CLICK HERE for a DVD review from the Diary.

CLICK HERE for a Storer feature from the Diary on March 20.


And the T-Bones, born and bred at nearby Robinvale, return with their tune She Was My Best Friend from fifth album Smartest Kid In Town.

The band released their sixth album, Seventeen (a compilation), on Friday December 5 in 2003 and have a new album due soon.

CLICK HERE for a T-Bones story from the DIARY on November 25.


Melbourne band Red Hot Poker Dots perform their tune Country Bubble on the eve of a return tour of the U.S.

The band performed live at the famed Jackson St festival in St Kilda in February this year.

CLICK HERE for a Red Hot Poker Dots story from the DIARY on December 15.


Broome band The Pigrim Brothers, who featured in ABC TV documentary Heart Of The Country, perform their song Old Man From The Bush.

The band were one the highlights of the Whittlesea Country Music Festival in February.

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