A play by lanie robertson
Australian Premiere Tour 2021
COVID-19 has claimed another victim but this time with the stage production of Nobody Lonesome For Me, the show in which actor and musician, Craig McLachlan was planning his comeback.
The show, scheduled to premiere in Perth in late July, has been postponed until the new year as organisers became increasingly faced with the logistical nightmare and threat to audiences resulting from COVID restrictions.
One of Country music’s greatest legends, Hank Williams was born in 1923 in Alabama. Regarded as one of the most significant and influential American singers and songwriters of the 20th Century he began his career at 15 when a local radio station hired him to present and perform a 15 minute program.
With many recordings to his name his first hit was in 1947 with “Move it on over” which resulted in him joining the radio program “Louisiana Hayride” and The Grand Ole Opry, country’s greatest institution.
Though unable to read or notate music to any degree, his hits kept coming with “Your Cheatin’ Heart”, “Hey Good Lookin’” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”.
Years of alcoholism, back pain and prescription drug abuse severely compromised his health and he died suddenly on New Years Day 1953 on the way to a concert. He was 29.
His influence extended to artists like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and the Rolling Stones. In the years after his death honours poured in resulting with a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in 2010 for playing “ a pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force in American life”.
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