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Ian Heydon is the co – writer of the comedy album, Big Fat Bastards Like Me. Ian was one of the writers of television’s “Kingswood Country” and radio classics like “How Green Was My Cactus” and “The Year My Country Broke”

Ian reflects on how the project began!
I was juggling my own mid-life crisis when I was invited to share in Dave’s. The phone rang.
“Matey, I’ve chucked in my job, bought a new guitar and I want to go on the road.”
“Most men having a mid-life crisis would buy a sports car to do that.”
“I couldn’t find one to fit.”
“You taking both chords?”
“I’ve got three now.”
“Oh. So it’s a Country show?”
“No. I can’t find any material. I’m happily married, my dog’s not dead and when I get drunk I get happy.”
”How depressing.”
“Yeah. So I’ve decided to become Australia’s oldest newest funny bloke. Want to play?”
“Why not. We’re off to a good start. You’re a sight gag.”
And so, Big Fat Bastards Like Me was born. It was a lot of fun writing the show with Dave and even more fun hearing the ad-libs I had absolutely no part in.
If you have already purchased this CD – thank you. If you are reading this in the shop, please take it to the cash register. I have my heart set on a sports car. - Ian Heydon
The album was recorded live at the Onkaparinga Sporting Club at Oakbank and was engineered and produced by Stuie French. It’s an album poking fun at life situations and political satire.
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John Odea, Kevin ‘Bloody’ Wilson and Dave Prior
The boys have been on the road together doing a number of gigs across the country, including a recent trip to do a show at the Noble Park RSL with stops along the way at Border Town and Millicent.

There’s a mixture of Australiana, tradition country, popular songs and comedy in each of their shows.

John said “I make them cry and Dave makes them laugh”!

Dave said, “It’s an interesting road trip, with John in the passenger seat balling his eyes out and me in the driver’s seat laughing my head off”!

Along the way, the boys stopped at Colac and caught up with Kevin ‘Bloody’ Wilson who was playing to a packed house at the RSL club. Kev and his crew reciprocated by turning up to the Noble Park RSL club to see their show. Kev said it was a fantastic show, but not near enough #@#$*& swearing.

Most recently, it was a full house in Orroroo, John’s home town, and then on to Parachilna and the famous Prairie Hotel. A great gathering of station people turned up for the show and a BIG night was had by all. The last wandering off at about 5am.

John will be releasing his new single “Parachilna Sunset” hot on the heels of the top 10 success of “Old Rusty Ute”.

Dave is releasing his new live comedy album “Big Fat Bastards like Me” at the end of this month.

John & Dave are looking forward to their next tour which is called “Will Travel for Money” (and not much apparently!)
Dave Prior has been booked to appear at the 6ème FESTIVAL DAM COUNTRY NORMANDIE in LE NEUBOURG, about 100 kilometers west of Paris held on the 8th & 9th of September.

French country music presenter, Roland Lanzarone, has been playing Dave’s music on radio since “Wind in the Wire” was released in 2000 and has been a great supporter of his subsequent albums.

“It was great surprise and thrill when I received an e-mail from Roland inviting me to perform at this years festival” Dave said. He added “It was the easiest thing I’ve had to yes to all year, apart from, “Would sir like another bottle of red with that?”

Dave is about to record a live comedy album in May which will feature Stuie French on Guitar, and in the producers chair. He has been busy writing songs with his writing partner Ian Heydon which include political satire and social comments. The album will be released in July and is called “Big Fat Bastards Like Me”
Tamworth 2007
The funniest new Australian comedy in years kicks off its 2007 tour in Tamworth. Black & Blue was developed and written by Dave Prior and Ian Heydon, two middle-aged blokes who refuse to grow up. Dave and Ian first collaborated on the radio series The Year My Country Bloke and Ian’s comedy credits include Kingswood Country, The Samuel Pepys Show and How Green Was My Cactus.

Black & Blue stars The Walkabout Man who is assisted by his little white mate, ‘Blue’. It’s an adults-only comedy because, according to Heydon, there are certain adjectives that go hand-in-hand with people like George Bush. Prior agrees saying that nothing is sacred, adding that it is a “black eye for the white guy”. Both believe the show can work on two levels, depending on the venue configuration and how many people turn up.

It’s funny… it’s irreverent… it’s R-Rated (18+) and what better way to round off a great week of music than with a night of laughs?
Black & Blue – one show only Sunday January 28 8:00pm – tickets $20. The Regent Theatre Live
Further details
Dave Prior
08 83397536
Ian Heydon
07 46370087
“The Haggophiles come out to play.” – Deborah Minter, CapNews
Dave Prior has finally done something he’s wanted to do for years – he’s recorded an album of MERLE HAGGARD songs.
Titled SILVER WINGS AND HAGGARD THINGS, it is the follow-up to his first three albums of original material.
A passionate conversation between producer Stuie French and Dave resulted in this new Merle Haggard concept album – both being massive Haggard fans, or a ‘Haggophile’ as Dave calls them.

“We wanted to catch the essence and feel of the songs without trying to do a Hag impersonation. We tried to capture the depth and feel of his (Haggard’s) music without the assistance of illegal substances”, Dave laughs.

The stunning first single I’M ALWAYS ON A MOUNTAIN WHEN I FALL (NFS #108 Track 1) shows off Dave’s beautiful resonating vocals, and the amazing talents of musicians Stuie French, Michel Rose, Claire O’Meara, Geoff Simpson, Brad Bergen, Mick Albeck and Camille Te Nahu.
Dave is currently featured in the current issue of Country Music Capital News, with I’M ALWAYS ON A MOUNTAIN WHEN I FALL already added to 3HOTFM, 88.6FM Whittlesea and 100.3BayFM.

“The result is a highly listenable album … The lesser known I’m Always On a Mountain When I Fall, is a wonderful Hag ballad that exudes the class. Definitely one for the nostalgia collection.” – Deborah Minter, CapNews
Have a listen – Track 1 on NFS sampler #108
Or check out Dave’s brand new website
Dave Prior was inducted into the South Australian Hands of Fame at the 28th Annual SA Country Music Festival in Barmera earlier this month.
The ceremony was held at Rocky Page’s Walk Of Honour. Dave was inducted along with fellow entertainers, Jeanette Wormald, Camille Te Nahu, Tricia Wilson and Sandra Humphries.

“It was a real honour to be recognised” Dave said. He recalled being hypnotised by Rocky Page during a Slim Dusty show when he was about twelve years old, and then later backing Rocky at the Alice Springs rodeo in the 70’s.

Dave’s induction follows a productive year for Dave with his finalist nomination in this years TIARA Awards, current single All These Things I Can Do making the Top 100 Country Hits chart (source Mildura HotFM) as well has becoming his first foray into the movie-making world with an accompanying clip, directed by Ross Wood.

Dave has also been busy in the studio with producer Stuie French (Feral Swing Katz / Felicity Urquhart) at Swinging Door Studios, working on a new album. Due for release in September, the album titled Silver Wings and Haggard Things, is a tribute to Merle Haggard. Dave is excited about showcasing the new album, and hopes the first single to radio will be I’m Always On A Mountain When I Fall.

You can also catch up with him on his weekly radio show TODAY’S BEST COUNTRY on the ACE Radio Network Victoria, 8HA Alice Springs and TerritoryFM Darwin.
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Yes, it's happened ... Dave Prior has signed off from his nationally syndicated show 'COAST TO COAST' which has broadcast through Sky Radio and Southern Cross Syndication for the past 11 years and as manager of 96.5 and 98FM in Geraldton WA.

But don't fret - he's back in a new time and with a new show called TODAY'S BEST COUNTRY'. He's made the move to the Adelaide Hills in South Australia, where the show will run Saturday and Sunday mornings from 6am til 8am on the ACE Radio Network (Horsham, Colac, Gippsland, Shepparton, Warrnambool, & Hamilton).

The move to South Australia (his old stomping ground) will allow Dave the time to concentrate on the music side of his career allowing more time for song writing and performing. He is also working together with his writing partner Ian Heydon, on a stage play, live radio comedy for the ABC and an R rated comedy album for the "Walkabout Man".

Dave has also released his second single and title track from the album BARBED WIRE FENCES (NFS #96 Track 4) - on the back of his recent Top 20 chart hit LOOKING FOR SOMETHING.

He's a man of many talents but foremost is a genuine lover of all things Australian & partial to a drop of red.

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Dave at Stuey French Pickers night 2006
Dave Prior's single 'Looking For Something' has found its way into the Top 20 on the Country Tracks chart
The first single taken from his third album 'Barbed Wire Fences', is sitting at #15, and looks set to continue climb as audiences discover the talents of this WA based singer/songwriter
"Dave’s third album .. has a variety of subtle digressions from the usual country mix." - Deborah Minter, CapNews
"..a great mix of country songs with a laid back, easy listening, country sound, with the odd slight blues influence." - Charlie Sparrow, Blues Country Magazine
Looking for Dave Prior - find him at: www.daveprior.wn.com.au 
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Congratulations to Dave Prior - Inducted into the Australian Country Music Broadcasters Hall Of Fame.
The Australian Country Music Foundation has recognised Dave Prior for his dedication & significant role he has played in the radio & country music industries.
Western Australia as well as in radio production in Sydney.
In the 1990’s he inaugurated a national syndicated country music program, ‘Coast To Coast’ (based in Geraldton WA), which is now heard on more than 30 stations across Australia through the Sky Radio Network.

He has just released his third album titled ‘Barbed Wire Fences’ with the first single ‘Looking For Something’ receiving good support from radio.

He joins a prestigious honour roll that includes John Minson, Reg Lindsay, John Nutting & The McKean sisters.
Find out more about Dave by visiting his website www.daveprior.wn.com.au 
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The West will be the first to get a taste of Dave Prior's new album, before the rest of Australia.
You're invited to ...
Dave Prior launching his album 'BARBED WIRE FENCES'
Wednesday 1st December
Freemasons Hotel, Geraldton WA meals are available
from 9pm (with a muso's jam afterwards)
The launch will feature an 8-piece band including 2 x Grammy winner Lucky Oceans and top-class brass section from Perth.
Dave will be performing the album track by track.
In 2005 he heads to the East Coast to launch his album at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January.
For interviews or further information contact:
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(taken from the forthcoming album 'Barbed Wire Fences')
WA's Dave Prior is well known to fans of country music through his weekly radio show, Coast to Coast (syndicated nationally) however Dave is also a recognised artist.
The single is a Haggard-style stone country song with more than a touch of misery and featuring great pedal steel from Grammy award winner Lucky Oceans.
Genuine country format playlist contender - music to you ears.
You can catch Dave at the Freemason's Hotel, Geraldton (WA)
every Thursday night
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