Life breathed into Ray’s music with nomination for award

ALTHOUGH Ray Rose lost his battle with cancer five years ago, his stories of bush life have lived on through music.

The well-known Gracemere singer and author recorded songs with many country musicians, including Slim Dusty who he shared Golden Guitar glory with in 2002 for the song West of Winton.

Now, he may be posthumously honoured for his work.

Ray's song Just Drift Back in Time, recorded by Tom Maxwell, has been nominated for a Bush Ballad Golden Guitar in 2016.

Wife Noreen said Ray's music was still popular with many artists, who continued to record his bush ballads.

"Tom has been a finalist before but he just hasn't cracked the Golden Guitar yet so I'm hoping he will this time," she said.

Noreen said Ray's passion for the bush and life on the land was conveyed through his songs.

"There was a lot of feeling in his stories," she said.

"When people listened to it, they felt like they were living it. He felt if you lived it you could write it."

Noreen said Ray kept to himself, but was a real family man.

She said their sons always looked up to Ray and missed having him around.

Noreen said she would hear Ray's songs, both those he performed and those he wrote, on the radio frequently.

"When you hear them it feels like he's still here," she said. "No matter what you'll always hear one of his songs."



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