The Northern Territory music scene is currently in mourning, with the guitarist for Indigenous rockers The Lonely Boys passing away recently.
As the NT News reports, the Lonely Boys’ guitarist has been identified as the individual killed in a single vehicle rollover near Ngukurr on Sunday morning.
Having been playing together for over a decade, the Lonely Boys received a huge profile boost last year when they were selected as the opening act for Queens Of The Stone Age’s headline gig in Darwin.
The group had also scored quite a bit of recognition back in 2016, when they took out the NT Rock Song of the Year for ‘Murray Island’ from their acclaimed EP The Hunter, following it up again the next year with ‘Drop It Down Girl’.
“He was much loved by his community and throughout wider South East Arnhem Land,” wrote the band’s label, Skinnyfish Music, in a statement.
“He was always a feature at The Barunga Festival and had strength of character and a sharp wit that would charm anyone from local Ngukurr family to Adam Briggs and Josh Homme.”
“Our label will miss him dearly as will the vast NT music industry and we send our heartfelt condolences to his family.”
A fixture on the local live scene, Lonely Boys were reportedly looking towards booking an east coast tour and laying down tracks for their new record.
For cultural reasons, the artist’s full name and image has not been published