Guru is the legendary David Dawson, one of the few gonzo journalists
That's the opinion of Nu Country TV founder and executive
producer Peter Hosking, now living in existential exile in
When veteran actor and voiceover maestro Hosking asked Dawson
to write about himself, this amazing roll call of the Country
Hall of Fame was the result.
He hasn't listed the Australian artists he's interviewed because
he's pretty much done them all.
But Dawson has promised a list of the rock acts he's interviewed
too, some time in the future.
WHO IS DAWSON?
Country TV producer David Dawson has spent most of his 70
years gathering useless information about music, football,
farming and crime.
Now, after 55 years in journalism and 35 years plus in radio,
he has been impaled on the crass cross of knowledge.
The Shipwreck Coast dairy farmer, in exile, answers trivia
questions for viewers of Nu Country TV and readers of our
Dawson is a failed footballer who blazed a trail as first
player with shoulder length hair in the Hampden Football League
as centre half back and utility for Warrnambool Under 18 team
He won votes from the umpires, laughs from team-mates and
wrote poetry after footy training.
The son of a son of a dairy farmer ventured overseas to Van
Diemens Land where he did his cadetship on the Launceston
Examiner and played for East Launceston, Burnie and The Examiner
sponsored North West Coast police team.
Dawson has been a feature writer, columnist and reviewer for
Melbourne Herald Sun, The Age, Albury Border Morning Mail,
TV Week, Listener-In Scene, Australasian Post, People, Warrnambool
Standard, Brisbane Courier Mail, Sydney Daily Telegraph and
defunct Sydney Daily Mirror, Melbourne Truth and many more.
He has also fought, often without payment, for country in
music and street magazines for four decades.
They include Beat, Mixdown, InPress, Drum Media, Juke, Spunky,
Across Country, Tom Thumb, Total Country, Country Music Update,
Country Music Round-Up, Country Music Australia and Capital
Dawson has been a published songwriter for 30 years and ARIA
Awards and CMAA judge for 20 years.
The journalist and broadcaster interviewed a brace of international
country artists on four working holidays in the U.S. and toils
We have listed many of the interviewees below in segments
of a trivia database.
The Australian interviewees are not listed - you will see
some on Nu Country TV.
resisted the temptation to list such categories as -
INTERVIEWED WHO WED THE SAME SPOUSE TWICE -
Steve Earle and Billy Joe Shaver.
INTERVIEWED WHO SPRINTED TO THE ALTAR THREE TIMES OR
Allan Coe, Willie Nelson, John Anderson, Lee Roy Parnell,
Gary Allan, Dale Watson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard,
Ray Wylie Hubbard, Vern Gosdin, Emmylou Harris, Michael Martin
Murphey, and the late Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings and Tammy
Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Kinky Friedman, Merle Haggard,
Sting, Leon Russell, Jimmy Buffett, Elvis Costello, Randy
Travis, Randy Newman, Ricky Skaggs, Bonnie Raitt, Reba McEntire,
Leann Rimes, Lee Ann Womack, Charley Pride, Michael Martin
Murphey & Emmylou Harris.
THE OTHER WOMEN
women - Dixie Chicks Natalie Maines & Emily Robison, Alison
Tillis, Sherrie Austin, Alison Brown, Andrea Zonn, Anne McCue,
Angela Desveaux, Becky Hobbs, Carlene Carter, Deana Carter,
Dar Williams, Elana James, Elizabeth Cook, Patty Griffin,
Trisha Yearwood, Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter,
Jo Dee Messina, Anne Murray, Jamie O'Neal, Jolie Holland,
Joni Harms, Julie Roberts, Kathleen Edwards, Shania Twain,
Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Victoria Shaw, Beth Nielsen Chapman,
Lynne Anderson, Sara Evans, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea,
Terri Gibbs, Terri Clark, Lacy J Dalton, Kacey Jones, Kim
Richey, Iris De Ment, Rosie Flores, Norah Jones, Gretchen
Peters, Kimmie Rhodes, Kate Campbell, Gail Davies, Jeannie
C Riley, Queen Ida, Kate Webster, Anna & Kate McGarrigle,
Samantha Gibb, Sarah Harmer, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Shawn Colvin
& Louise Mandrell.
THE OTHER MEN
Joe Shaver, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Tony Joe White, Ricky Van Shelton,
Jeff Walker, Lee Roy Parnell, Earl Thomas Conley, Dwight Yoakam,
Red Steagall, Hal Ketchum, Vince Gill, Guy Clark, Buddy Miller,
Ronny Elliott, Max Stalling, Todd Snider, Cowboy Jack Clement,
George Fox, Greg Trooper, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock,
Arlo Guthrie, Lee Clayton, Mike Reid, Dean Dillon, Dean Miller,
Dick Feller, Frank Dycus, Dale Watson, Darden Smith, Wayne
Hancock, Tracy Byrd, Stacy Dean Campbell, Ramblin' Jack Elliott,
Kieran Kane, Robbie Fulks, Richard Buckner, Chris Smither,
Albert Lee, Hank Wangford, Gene Watson, Corb Lund, Delbert
McClinton, Tim Grimm, Tracy Byrd, Jesse Winchester, Sleepy
LaBeef, Neal McCoy, Lee Greenwood, Collin Raye, Eddy Raven,
Mel McDaniel, Flaco Jiminez, Russ Taff, Louisiana Red, Elliot
Murphy, Dierks Bentley, Leonard Cohen, Alex Whitmore, Eric
Bibb, Danny George Wilson, Ryan Bingham, Joe Henry, Robbie
Fulks and Larry Gatlin.
Jennings, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Russell, Townes Van Zandt,
Atkins, Ricky Nelson, Dan Seals Conway Twitty, Marty Robbins,
Freddy Fender Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gary Stewart, Nicolette
Larsen, Mickey Newbury, Vern Gosdin and Rick Danko (The Band).
BROTHERS, SIBLINGS AND FAMILIES
Wilkinsons, The Warrens, Hugh and Katy Moffatt, Loretta Lynn
Gayle, Tim and Mollie O'Brien, Garth Brooks and Bettsy Smittle,
Brooks & Dunn, The Bellamy, Burrito, Everly, Geezinslaw
and LeRoi Brothers.
HUSBAND AND WIVES - THEN AND MAYBE NOW
Robison & Kelly Willis, Rodney Crowell & Rosanne Cash,
Michael & Dyann
Woody, Nathan Bell & Susan Shore, Kris Kristofferson and
Rita Coolidge, Ed and
Gritty Dirt Band, Amazing Rhythm Aces, Asleep At The Wheel,
Lizards, America, Blasters, Brooks & Dunn, Greencards,
Los Lobos, Air Supply, Dr Hook, Sugarland, Southern Pacific,
BR5-49, Mavericks, Blood Sweat & Tears, Jason & The
Scorchers, Eagles, Oak Ridge Boys, Commander Cody, Rolling
Stones, Little Texas, Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention,
Fureys, Status Quo, Black Sabbath, The Duhks, Ultravox, Wylie
& Wild West Show, LRB, Peter, Paul & Mary, Wailin'
Jennys and The Police.
Joe Shaver, Swan and Wyatt
Braddock and Bridger
Landsborough and Musselwhite.
Coe, Lee Murphy, Wilkins and Bowie.
King and Bowman.
Conley and Poole Ball
Puckett and P Nunn
Hamilton V and Thorogood.
Ely, Henry, Strummer and Sun.
Anderson, Berry, Conlee, Hiatt, Lydon, Mayall and Prine.
Manders and Germino.
Murphey and Woody.
Fromholz, Young and Ripley of The Tractors.
Pacheco, Russell and T Hall.
HAPPY TRAILS - ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Dawson with Kinky Friedman 2004
by Carol Taylor
has also been chauffeur for singing Texan crime novelist Kinky
Friedman on his 2002 Australian tour and Shotgun Willie Nelson
and band on the New Zealand leg of their 1991 tour.
He also had a small cameo role in Musical Chairs - one of
the Kinkster's 22 books - and in video clips for Steve Hoy,
Dave Warner and others.
The former bearded bachelor is now enjoying romance and domestic
bliss with the character in one of his twice-recorded songs
The song, recorded by co-writer Darcy LeYear of The Wolverines
and B. J.
Mackay, was written when Dawson and Carol Taylor, nee Knight,
were journalists on the now defunct Sydney Daily Mirror from
David met Carol, from the Western district town of Gnotuk,
She has been a videographer and concert photographer for Nu
Country TV since 2003 and Willie Nelson July 3 and 4 Picnic
photographer on their 2006 tour of Texas and beyond.
Taylor, latter day Vinnies strategic planner-communications
manager photographed Kinky Friedman for a Men's Style magazine
feature on his 2006 Texas Gubernatorial campaign.
That was after shooting pictures of Kinky, Will Smith and
former U.S. President Bill Clinton at The Basement in Sydney
in 2002, for the Sydney Daily Telegraph.
Taylor also sourced three new original songs for Vinnies After
The Fire benefit CD - they were Kevin Welch (Marysville,)
Shane Howard (Carry Me) and Salty Tears by Country Paydirt
singer-songwriter Ross Buchanan who lost a son and daughter
in the Kinglake fires.
Dawson has also written liner notes for Raven Records compilation
discs by Shotgun Willie, Dave Loggins and Steve Fromholz.
And he wrote liners for AIM retrospectives by Johnny Lee,
Ronnie Love, Billy Larkin and the late Boxcar Willie and Johnny
Now, the former programmer of Nu Country FM and host of High
In The Saddle on public broadcasters RRR and PBS for 16
years bares his soul while working on a few novels including
Murder On Beer Can Hill.
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