DIARY - 27 SEPTEMBER 2005 - PREVIEW EPISODE 13 - SERIES 4
BRITT HEADLINES NU COUNTRY TV
artists only dream of writing with a tunesmith celebrated as Texan
troubadour Guy Clark.
But for Newcastle novitiate Catherine Britt it came as a teenager
on her first year in Nashville after being discovered by Bill Chambers.
Catherine, now 20, penned Poor Man's Pride with Clark and prolific
bluegrass bred writer Jerry Salley.
Britt's performance of the video for their agrarian tune is the highlight
of the finale episode of Series #4 of Nu Country TV on C 31 - this
Saturday October 1.
Catherine was just four when Clark, 64, made the first of his two
Australian tours in 1989.
3AW breakfaster announcers Ross Stevenson and John Burns, then partner
Dennis Donohue and Judge Bowman entertained Clark at famed Flower Drum
eaterie on his Melbourne debut.
But 14 years later Britt jumped at the chance to write with Clark when
she arrived in Nashville to source her second album Too Far Gone.
Her debut U.S. single Upside Of Being Down, produced by major hit
writer and award winning producer Keith Stegall and Chambers, peaked at
#34 on the Billboard charts.
Britt released a duet with Sir Elton John on When We Both Say Goodbye
- also penned with Salley - as her latest U.S. Top 40 single.
But here it's the rural requiem that has been issued as a prelude to her
return home for Christmas with parents Steve and Sue.
"I'm not afraid to say when somebody's written more than the others,
and Guy Clark had a big hand in this song," Britt revealed.
"I had a title and an idea, but I didn't know what it meant, or what
it was about. But Jerry Salley had a basic story of his family, and we
started from there and made it something different. It took two full days
of hardcore writing - longest songwriting session of my life - because
Guy just wanted to get it right. It was so tiring, but when we were done
we were so proud of it. It's one of those songs that's a great story,
which is what a lot of country music is about, and it's a country story,
about a farmer and a farmer's life. I love that song."
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feature in the Diary on October 21, 2004.
COLLINS BUILDS BRIDGE
Collins hails from the wild west of Sydney and is destined to head
overseas to follow his muse.
Collins won the 2004 Tamworth Star Maker quest as a teenager and performs
a video clip of Bridge That You Won't Burn - the winning tune
he wrote with his dad Terry.
The song is one of the highlights of Collins debut ABC Music debut
album Start The Car that also features Guy Clark song Step
Inside This House.
featured in an interview about his desire to emulate high-flying expatriates
Keith Urban, Jedd Hughes, Jamie O'Neal, Sherrie Austin and The Greencards.
Chart topper Austin has just won wide acclaim from the New York Times
for her role of Bonnie Parker in the Broadway musical The Ballad of
Bonnie & Clyde.
Collins, just 21, reveals how he wrote four songs on his Herm Kovacs produced
disc and plans to tour Victoria in 2006.
CLICK HERE for a story on Travis in the Diary
in the preview on September 5, 2005.
BENTLEY LOT OF LEAVING LEFT TO DO
Arizona singer-songwriter Dierks Bentley cleaned golf balls among
menial tasks when he headed to Nashville at 18.
Bentley soaked up bluegrass as he sang for his supper on the live
circuit in the most competitive music market in the U.S.
Now the singer, who became a member of the Grand Ole Opry at the age
of 29, has soared charts with third album Modern Day Drifter
featuring eight of his originals.
a video clip of his autobiographical hit Lot Of Leaving Left To Do
about his 300 nights a year live performing career.
The singer features bluegrass stars Alison Krauss on his new disc and
Del McCoury on two of his discs.
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a feature on Bentley in the Diary on September 17, 2005.
duo Utes And Suits didn't take their name from the once a year footy fans
who invade the hallowed Members' stand at the MCG for the AFL grand final.
Colin Purssey emulated singing Texan crime novelist Kinky Friedman by
borrowing from Arthur Conan Doyle for his pseudonym of Doc Challenger
as a TV pro wrestler.
Purrsey teamed with Melbourne musician-arranger Chris Wilson, in need
of an alias to distinguish himself from the Bellarine Peninsula blues
singer of the same name,
to form Utes And Suits.
The duo collaborated on Purrsey tune Rock' N Roll Relic - featured
in a video clip on Nu Country TV this week.
Purrsey was raised in the Illawarra steel foundry belt, left school at
14 and nurtured his songwriting during a security guard stint at ABC Radio
The artist, who describes his muse as "new traditional country,"
also wrestled under the name of Digger Nolan to reputed TV audience of
20 million pub and home bound U.K. residents.
Purrsey and Wilson road tested their mantle radio era music with a U.S.
release before unleashing it here in the unlucky radio country.
NSW band Cowpoke returns to Nu Country TV with a video clip of new
Members met while teaching at Southern Highlands School of Music and
debuted in October of 2004 with satirical single How Would John?
These Mittagong and Bowral lads follow their Nu Country spring debut
with Fool from debut album Pokin' Around.
revelling in a management address of 409 Bong Bong St, Bowral, NSW 2576,
Further info - http://www.cowpoke.com.au/
West Australian singer Nicki Gillis debuts the video for new single
The 1996 Gympie Muster Winner was also the 2002 headliner at the World
Women's Hockey Championships captivating her audience of over 10,000
plus via satellite to viewers in 16 countries.
She made the finals of Female Vocalist at the Victorian Country Music
& Australian Songwriters Association Awards for her song Lonely
from On The Mountain.
Nicki also joined Newcastle-based artist Brooke Leal in the duo Velvet
Further Info - www.nickigillis.com.au
have left the saddest news for last in this week's preview - the final
episode of Series #4 of Nu Country TV.
Famed Australian actor, stage thespian and prolific voiceover expert
Peter Hosking has drawn the curtain on his production and direction
of the acclaimed TV show.
Nu Country TV was the brainchild of the Hampton born bard and multi-talented
Hosking created the concept, did the legwork for the show's conception,
nursed it through its growth and worked around the clock to ensure
it not only survived but triumphed.
convinced community TV station C 31, nee Channel 31, there was a market
for a country music TV show.
And that he was the person to ensure it was of the quality necessary to
reflect the huge growth of the most under-represented genre in the Australian
Hosking produced, directed, filmed and edited the first two series as
he swung from the ropes.
This meant riding his pushbike, at great risk to his health and psyche,
from speeding motorists to venues across the multi-cultural metropolis.
And, on occasions when time precluded him following in the spoke steps
of fellow Abbotsford born singing actor Smoky Dawson, he obtained necessary
visas to film in far-flung suburbs.
Hosking headed a team of volunteers including Heather Rutherford, Carol
Taylor and Peter Bird, who filmed outside the city limits at Port Fairy,
Bunyip and other exotic locales.
He also nurtured the talents of his co-hosts Rutherford, Paul Hicks and
Red Smith, audio man Rodger Delfos and celebrity chef Mid Pacific Bob
Olson and producer Peter Straubli.
And, of course, he fostered Monash University academic Lawrie Weir on
his research and question cameos and gig guide host Annie Christophers
in his interim period as web master.
That was before the recruitment of web mistress-photographer Anne Sydenham
and her fellow unsung live concert critic and membership officer Peter
When the workload threatened to drown Hosking while he was knee deep in
house renovations he received solace from East Burwood editor Michael
Wormald who added camera work to his CV as he edited Series #3 and #4
of the TV show.
It was a far cry from that dark, cold wet winter's day in the mid-nineties
when Hosking trekked from his home in the delta of Beer Can Hill to the
peak to offer his services as a DJ at Nu Country FM.
The maverick DJ soon became the resident jack of all shifts, voiceover
wizard and host of movie show Reel Country as the station battled for
nine years for a licence.
He was there when the station burned down on June 26, 2000, and got on
his bike to help out when the station was resurrected at the Paris, Texas
end of Collins St in the CBD in January of 2001.
We will run a more detailed tribute to Hosking - and the 50 multi-skilled
persons we need to replace him - elsewhere on this web page.
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