DIARY - 11 /7/07 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 6 - SERIES 8
WAGONER HEADLINES NU COUNTRY TV
Nashville star and TV host Porter Wagoner is scoring more exposure
here on the eve of his 80th birthday than in his prime in the sixties.
So we're delighted Porter headlines Nu Country TV - hosted by our
TV show founder Peter Hosking - this Saturday - July 14 - at 8 p m
on C 31.
Wagoner's video for his revival of the late Johnny Cash's vintage
song Committed To Parkview also features on Nu Country repeats on
Monday July 16 at 6.30 am and Thursday July 19 at 2 am.
Veteran actor Hosking reveals that Wagoner, 79, filmed the video at
the long defunct Tennessee State Prison - same locale as Robert Redford-James
Gandolfino movie The Last Castle that featured Dean Miller in a cameo.
Missouri born Wagoner's producer and multi-instrumentalist Marty Stuart
and his band Fabulous Superlatives also appear in the video.
produced Wagoner's new album Wagonmaster and is fourth husband
of Connie Smith, 65, who auditioned with Dolly Parton for the starring
role in Porter's TV show that ran for 21 years.
Dolly won the role that ignited a chart topping recording career with
But it was during an earlier marriage to Cyndi Cash - one of the late
man-in-black's four daughters - that Marty obtained the demo tape of Committed
Both Cash and Wagoner were inmates at Parkview - Johnny for substance
abuse and Porter for exhaustion in 1965.
Cash originally recorded the song with The Highwaymen in 1985.
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Wagoner story in the Diary on June 27, 2007.
TIME JUMPERS DEBUT
super session group The Time Jumpers,
a popular fixture in Music City, also debut on Nu Country TV this
Our co-producer and editor Kerry Richardson sourced rare footage of
the 11-piece western swing band, formed in 1998, on his recent Tennessee
The band performs its own take of Roly Poly - a song made famous
by Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys - and featured on their DVD
The DVD releases
follow the CDS On The Air and Live At The Station Inn, recorded
during Monday night sessions at the famed Nashville bluegrass HQ - The
Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines revived the song on the recent all
star Tribute To Tradition CD.
But we have this revered group, featuring Ranger Doug of famed trio Riders
In The Sky and stone country singers Carolyn Martin and Dawn Sears, giving
it a special treatment.
It also features three fiddlers Joe Spivey, Kenny Sears and Aubrey Haynie,
bassist Dennis Crouch, pedal steel guitarist John Hughey, guitarist Andy
Reiss, drummer Rick Vanaugh and Rick Taylor on accordion.
More info - http://www.thetimejumpers.com/
duo Madviolet named second CD Caravan after its rustic retreat
at Byron Bay after its 2005 Australian tour.
The Toronto troubadours Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac are
both Libras - born on Wednesdays in October.
They wrote most of their album near Byron Bay beach and recorded
it in London with producer John Reynolds.
Brenley and Lisa had an idyllic locale for writing - a vintage silver
with maroon stripe 1965 Morton caravan named Greta - and crashing
Writing session matinees were sandwiched between morning bike riding
and surfing and soirees of wine and fresh fish on the BBQ.
week they act out the sentiments of their video clip I'm Your
Lady from Caravan - sequel to 2004 debut disc Worry
The Jury created in the New Mexico desert.
Info - http://www.madviolet.com/
band Jetty Road returns to Nu Country with a video clip for Real Smooth
Cowboy - a song penned about band member Simon Ross.
"It's definitely got a lot of him in it," says Gippsland born
singer Lee Bowman who shares vocals with her twin sister Paula.
"He absolutely loves the song, and is very proud of the image!"
The quartet wrote all 11 songs on the second album Dirt Road-City Lights
- sequel to 2005 debut disc Full Circle.
Real Smooth Cowboy is a stark contrast to the true-life double
homicide tragedy that inspired another new song Brother Sister.
It was written after Lee learned of the background of the murders.
The band based the song on the story of a brother and sister forced by
their parents to bury their siblings in the backyard after the parents
had murdered them.
"The song doesn't spell out all the circumstances, it just refers
to 'things of pure evil'" Lee revealed in a recent interview.
"But the story really disturbed me when I heard it. The girl involved,
Luz Ricardo, is now a woman, and managed to transcend her past and is
studying for a law degree. She's a real inspiration, and her courage is
really what made us write the song."
Jetty Road has performed in Tasmania, Queensland, Victoria, NSW, South
Australia and Western Australia this year.
The group also played the Bay Of Islands country music fest in New Zealand
last year and tour from August with James Blundell, Diana Corcoran and
Travis Collins and plan a Japanese tour to promote the disc.
The quartet has released three videos - Run To You and Be With
You were on Full Circle.
The Bowman twins share the stage and studio with multi-instrumentalists
Ross and Julian Sammut.
Further info - http://www.jettyroad.com/
Shea Fisher's career began as a rodeo rider in South-West Victorian
coastal city Portland that Dead Livers singer Marty Atchison now calls
Shea Fisher, now 19, is the daughter of Australian bull riding and
bareback champion Eddie Fisher and barrel racing champ Joanne Fisher.
Shea competed in her first barrel race at just 3 and won many events
before changing horses to music.
In March, 1998, she moved to the U.S. with her parents when Eddie
was ranked in the Top 45 bull riders in the world.
They used a ranch near Roswell in New Mexico as their rodeo base before
moving to Bellville, Texas, where Shea spread her wings and won Junior
Barrel Racing and Goat Tying championships.
It was there,
after learning to drive a pick-up truck at nine, she began to soak up
the country music that inspired her latter day career.
But in 1999
tragedy struck when her dad suffered a badly broken arm and returned to
Australia and settled on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.
She combined her rodeo with singing and graduated from the CMAA Country
Music College in Tamworth in 2004 and performed in Gympie and beyond.
She toured with fellow rural reared co-writer Steve Forde in 2006 before
cutting her ABC-Warner Music debut album Everyday Girl in Nashville.
Fisher co-wrote six songs on her album and performs the video clip of
her Forde and Matt Scullion penned single Just The Excuse on Nu
It's the same week her album is released.
Further info - www.fegentertainment.com
Northern Territory singer Harmony James performs in the video clip of
the title track of her CD Tailwind.
a triumph for the Tennant Creek chanteuse who became a jillaroo after
reading Louis L'Amour western novels.
She later earned an animal science degree that landed her jobs with
Department of Primary Industry where she advises graziers on feeding
and breeding programs and husbandry practices
Harmony's singing and agriculture careers are much safer than close
encounters with bovines in life as a jillaroo.
bucked off a horse and broke my collarbone," she said.
"Just after I went back to work I got charged by two cows. That re-opened
the break. It stayed broken for the next 2 years. I ended up having an
operation with a bone graft, a steel plate and 7 screws to fix it."
Further info - http://www.harmonyjames.com/
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