OF EPISODE 9 - 2004 SERIES
LEIGH SAYS I DO FOR NU COUNTRY TV
Virginia born honky tonker Danni Leigh got her big break in music
- because of animals.
When Leigh lobbed in Nashville she landed a job as animal keeper
for legendary singer and storyteller Tom T Hall.
But it's her rootsy bar-room songs and dynamic delivery that won
her a big following in the highly competitive U.S. country industry.
Danni performs Honey I Do from her second ill-fated album
A Shot Of Whiskey And A Prayer on the eighth episode
of the second series of Nu Country TV.
heads a posse of punchy women including chart topping Dixie Chicks
and former Tasmanian diva and latter day Californian Audrey Auld.
HERE for Danni Leigh in the DIARY.
DIXIE CHICKS LOVE BETTER
trio The Dixie Chicks reach back into their deep catalogue for their
early hit I Could Love You Better.
The band has toured here twice and blazed a trail for feisty roots
country with soul and retained their bluegrass quotient.
Their eclectic, organic music made them the biggest selling CD country
trio and one of the highest grossing live acts.
The next generation is also being given a chance to carry on the tradition
with sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire and singer Natalie Maines
all proud mothers.
gave birth to twins as the band works on its eighth album.
CLICK HERE for a Dixie Chicks story
from the Diary on September 26.
Tasmanian Audrey Auld has followed many peers by moving to the U.S.
to pursue her musical dreams.
Audrey, who recently wed old friend Daniel Mezera, is using Northern
California as the launch pad for her solo career.
"I'm living in a tiny hippy town called Bolinas, in Marin County,
just an hour north of San Francisco," Auld told Nu Country.
gradually finding a good music scene in the area. There are about 35 million
people in California alone and only 20 million in the whole of Australia."
It enables her to perform with peers such as Mary Gauthier and other expatriates
who are chasing their dream away from the restrictive Australian country
Your Eyes Give You Away, inspired by former touring partner Bill
Chambers, from her third album Losing Faith.
CLICK HERE for a Diary story on Audrey
on August 3.
KIERAN AND KEVIN AT PORT FAIRY
Reckoners Kieran Kane and Kevin Welch were one of the highlights of
the 28th Port Fairy folk festival.
The duo perform Welch's timely and vitriolic parody of big business,
war and corporate radio chains - Everybody's Working For The Man
- from their second duet album You Can't Save Everybody.
Nu Country video camera persons Carol Taylor and Heather Rutherford
also capture the duo live in concert and interview.
conducted in a cosy tent - normally a retreat for festival workers, features
an invisible interviewer disguised as a Guru.
CLICK HERE for a Diary
story on Kieran on February 16.
CLICK HERE for a Dairy story on Kevin
on October 30.
WOLVERINES LIGHT UP THE HILL
Guru's songwriting partner Darcy LeYear fronts The Wolverines who
perform Jerry Chesnut song TROUBLE.
The songs was a hit for the late Elvis Presley before it was the title
track of Georgian country star Travis Tritt's fifth Warner Bros album
Nu Country TV director and producer Peter Hosking chose TROUBLE
after an 11th hour change of sequencing for the shows.
Kiwi LeYear - a prolific writer - and his trio are one of the longest
surviving bands on the local scene.
The Wolverines, a dynamic live act with a strong national following, show
why they have few rivals in their raunchy country boogie music.
a dynamic live act with a strong national following, show why they have
few rivals in their raunchy country boogie music.
HERE for a Wolverines story from the Diary on June 19.
BRENT PARLANE SURVIVES
Kiwi Brent Parlane also impresses with his live version of Where Does
Parlane has released eight albums since arriving here in 1976 and enjoying
national exposure with 33 South, nee The Tourists.
Nash Chambers has produced Brent and Troy Cassar-Daley's last two albums
when not working with sister Kasey.
CLICK HERE for a Diary story
on Brent Parlane on October 14.
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