William Dart opens this programme with a long overdue nod to New Zealand country singer-songwriter Donna Dean, having just watched Bill Morris's 2016 documentary Donna Dean: The Sound of her Guitar.
Then he takes a look at three new local releases, all with the twang of country in their veins.
Reb Fountain's Hopeful/Hopeless is an EP of five songs recorded in Auckland's Wine Cellar almost three years ago. As William says, "songwriters don't come much better than this." The CD also poignantly memorialises musician Sam Prebble who took his own life in 2014.
Guitarist Robin Cederman and accordionist Penelope Esplin have taken an unusual name for their partnership: Grawlixes - a term from comic strips. The Wellington duo share the singing duties on the strangely haunting and angular tunes of Set Free, harmonising to make a point or to bring a song to a peak.
Finally, another augmented duo, Hopetoun Brown has released its second album Look So Good and William plays an original slanging duet, which Tim Stewart sings with special guest Tami Neilsen.
'Song title' (Composer) – Performers
'Twister' (Dean) – Donna Dean
Tyre Tracks & Broken Hearts
'The Truth About Us' (Fountain) – Reb Fountain
'Dance with Death Alive' (Fountain) – Reb Fountain
'Good Shadow' (Cederman et al) – Grawlixes
'Death in the Family' (Cederman et al) – Grawlixes
'Hate I Don’t Love You' (Stewart/Neilsen) – Hopetoun Brown
Look So Good