DIARY - 18 DECEMBER 2006 - PREVIEW EPISODE 2 -SERIES 7
JACKSON HEADLINES NU COUNTRY TV
born country superstar Alan Jackson headlines this week's episode
of Nu Country TV.
The show, hosted by Heather Rutherford, appears Saturday December
23 at 9.30 p m on C 31 in Victoria, and Sunday at 5.30 p m on C 31
in South Australia.
Jackson, discovered by expatriate Australasian Barry Coburn, performs
a video clip for the title track of his Alison Krauss produced 16th
album Like Red On A Rose.
clip was filmed in Malibu, California, just a few hours before Australian
acting superstar Mel Gibson was arrested nearby for drunk driving.
Director Randee St. Nicholas set up shop on the beach at the Leo Carillo
State Park, just off the Pacific Coast Highway.
A stone sober Jackson scrambled over rocks to make it to the set on the
edge of the surf while curious beachcombers snapped pictures and watched
over the nearby cliff.
"I just happened to be here on the West Coast, so the director was
out here as well, so they decided to shoot something here on the Coast,"
Jackson said of filming the video. "Man they're working me to death!
I've got to go out and walk on the beach. It's tough! I was wearing my
boots in the walk down the beach. Yeah that's what they want me to do.
They want me to walk out in the water and ruin them."
Jackson, now 48, may have ruined the boots - but not the album, produced
by 20-time Grammy winner Krauss.
It topped U.S. charts on debut.
Trucking troubadour Robert Lee Castleman, a prolific writer for Krauss
albums, also penned four songs for Jackson including the title track that
has pushed his album sales beyond 45 million.
CLICK HERE for the Jackson
CD review from the Diary.
GREEN IGNITES CANNONBALL
troubadour Pat Green debuts on Nu Country TV with Feels Just Like
It Should from his 10th album Cannonball.
The singer wrote his hit - one of eight originals - with Brett James
and Justin Andrew Pollard.
Green, now 35, broke in Texas with a brace of indie albums before
being signed by mainstream labels.
He self-released his debut, Dancehall Dreamer in 1995 - first of 5
indie discs that sold an amazing 200,000 copies.
Green landed at Republic/Universal for the first of three albums,
Three Days, before scoring with the title track of Wave
on Wave and The Lucky Ones.
After touring with major stars Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban,
the singer propelled Cannonball to #2 on the Billboard country album
chart with 38,000 units sold.
He also wrote
the ballad Finder's Keepers - a duet with Sara Evans - with renowned
writer Matraca Berg, singing spouse of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band co-founder
CLICK HERE for a Green
review from The Diary
DEE MESSINA RETURNS
belle Jo Dee Messina returns to Nu Country with Too Late To Worry
from her sixth album Delicious Surprise.
It's a welcome back for Messina, now 36, who beat Urban into rehab
by three years before she split with tour manager and former fiancee
The duo toured here together in Messina's first lunge at fame.
But in 2003, Curb Records shelved a new studio project and released
a Greatest Hits package after just three albums.
Her nine-year relationship with Muzquiz ended in 2004.
She entered an alcohol rehab centre a few months later and revealed
her addiction and recovery in her book That's Right I'm An Addict.
Then she split with her longtime management company and publicist
and scored with comeback hit My Give a Damn's Busted.
years later, she scored another gold album with 2005 disc Delicious
Surprise and has appeared in TV shows Touched By An Angel and
CLICK HERE for
a Jo Dee story from the Diary on February 24, 2004.
CLICK HERE for another Jo Dee
story from the Diary on June 6, 2004.
AND KASEY IN GETAWAY CAR
premiere host Troy Cassar-Daley returns with the video clip of his duet
with Kasey Chambers on Getaway Car.
The song is another highlight of the Grafton born ARIA award winning singer's
big selling sixth album Brighter Day.
Troy won wide acclaim for his drought relief for his Tallangatta drought
relief concert on December 9.
The singer also performed two days earlier with The McClymonts at the
launch of the 35th Australian country music awards at Luna Park in Sydney.
Troy has autographed copies of Brighter Day for Nu Country viewers
who become new members or renew their membership.
CLICK HERE for details of how
to win Brighter Day.
CLICK HERE for
a Troy feature from the Diary on January 30, 2006.
HIGHWAY HOWL FOR NU COUNTRY
trio The Wolverines, pioneers in cutting edge humour video clips,
return with their highway hi-jinx on their song Up And Done Died.
Expatriate Kiwi lead singer Darcy LeYear loses the girl - a hapless
hitchhiker - to his drummer John Clinton and lead guitarist Chris
Doyle in this rural romp.
The song is the entrée on third album Good Times on
Canberra label ACMEC.
frequent visitors to Victoria and South Australia, have won a wide following
for their riveting live shows, replete with boogie and bravado.
CLICK HERE for a Wolverines
feature from the Diary on June 19, 2003.
band Jetty Road is among the headliners of the popular long running
annual Red Hill Country Music Festival on Sunday January 7.
Jetty Road debuted at Tamworth in 2005 and won national fame with
two video clips for their singles Run To You and Be With
Now the group, fronted by sisters Lee and Paula Bowman, return to
Nu Country TV to promote the festival.
Jetty Road, featuring multi-instrumentalists Julian Sammut and Simon
Ross, also appeared on an ABC Hottest Hits compilation disc and Shock
records compilation Home Grown Country.
The band, who appeared on the Stars of Fanfest 2006 compilation, perform
Run To You.
at Red Hill included Jugiong singer-songwriter Red Rivers, guitarist for
Don Walker, Leslie Avril, Norm Price, Black Hill Ramblers, Ruckus, Prairie
Oysters, Rene Diaz & Avalon and Victor O'Neill & The Straight
Further Jetty Road info - www.jettyroad.com
Further Red Hill festival info - http://www.redhillcmf.org.au/festival.html
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