DIARY - 31/7/07 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 9 - SERIES 8
MCBRIDE BLESSED ON NU COUNTRY TV
born country star Martina McBride headlines Nu Country TV at 8 p
m next Saturday - August 11 - on C 31.
The show, hosted by Heather Rutherford, will be repeated on Monday
at 6.30 am and Thursday at 2 am.
Texan band Lonestar, Georgian quartet Lost Trailers, Queenslanders
James Blundell and Natalie Howard and Victorian band Crakajak join
McBride on the show.
Martina, born in the tiny town of Sharon, performs her new video
of Blessed from her Greatest Hits disc.
has since released her 10th album Waking Up Laughing.
to have lasted a relatively long time,'' says McBride, who turned 41 on
July 29 and has sold 12 million records over her 15-year career.
''I hope to sing songs that still matter.''
Waking Up Laughing, the second album she produced herself, marks
the introduction of McBride as a songwriter.
The mother of three co-wrote three songs on the album but says songwriting
isn't her first calling.
Singing is her forte - she has won nine CMA and Academy Of Country Music
female vocalist awards and scored 5 #1 hits.
Texan singers Miranda Lambert and Asleep At The Wheel co-founder Ray Benson
appeared as judges on the American ABC TV show Six Degrees of Martina
McBride on July 30.
The show follows six small-town contestants who are attempting to prove
the theory that we are all separated by just six degrees from anyone in
They had to contact people who knew people who knew people who knew Martina.
Not among contestants competing for a record deal was Ricky D. Fissel,
42, who was charged with stalking McBride after two nocturnal appearances
at her Nashville home in early April.
for an historic McBride feature interview from the Diary.
for a review of Martina's Waking Up Laughing CD
BLUNDELL HIGHER THAN HEAVEN
born singer-songwriter James Blundell soaks up the environs of his
rural roots when he writes.
His new song and video clip for Higher Than Heaven were inspired
by the Sundown National Park near his family farm at Stanthorpe
in southern Queensland.
The former jackeroo and stockman included the song on his ninth
album Ring Around The Moon.
"I'm 43 this year, and I've been through a few things in my
life that I never expected to have to deal with," Blundell
"I've learnt not to take anything for granted, and I've learnt
- this is very Zen - not to be attached to outcomes."
singer also explained the roots of the Ring Around The Moon.
people in the bush, the moon halo, or ring around the moon, always heralds
a period of change, usually rain but not always," James said.
this case, for our family, it was the harbinger of a particularly trying
time. My mother succumbed to Alzheimer's, it basically stopped raining,
commodities plummeted, my brother suffered some serious health issues,
and by and large we were typical of a lot of families whose history and
business practices were tied up in an industry under siege on all sides.
Blundell, twice wed, embarked on a national tour - including the outback
and bush with Felicity and Anne Kirkpatrick - to promote the Compass Brothers
Among his new touring partners are expatriate Scot singer-songwriter Karl
Broadie and latter day Queenslander Nik Phillips.
Blundell performs with Broadie at New Capers, Hawthorn, on September 29
and then tours Ireland and Scotland with Karl.
CLICK HERE for a
Blundell feature interview from the Diary on February 1, 2005.
NATALIE HOWARD LIVES LIKE THAT
Queensland raised singer Natalie Howard has followed her dream from
the Gold Coast to Nashville where she now lives.
She left the sunshine state a few years ago and has won widespread
exposure in new home Nashville and beyond.
Natalie performs in the video for her song I Don't Want To Live
Like That from her album Yesterday's Makeup.
She filmed the video at The Tin Roof - a popular hangout in Nashville.
Natalie wrote the tune with Nashville hit songwriter James Dean Hicks
- it reached Top 10 on the Independent Music Network Chart in the
Natalie also performed at the 12th Key West Songwriters Festival in
Florida again this year.
CLICK HERE for a
Natalie article in the Diary on July 5, 2005.
TRAILERS FIND CRAZY
quintet Lost Trailers won wide exposure when it was booked for one
of the famed Willie Nelson July 4 Picnics.
Willie's promoter booked the band after its demo impressed Willie.
The band took its name from the theft of a trailer full of instruments
in its first years together.
Now, four stolen trailers down the Lost Highway, the group is enjoying
perform a video for their song Call Me Crazy from their fourth
album in 12 years.
self titled BNA-SONY-BMG album follows in the slipstream of indie disc
Story Of The New Age Cowboy (2000), Trailer Trash (2002)
and Welcome to the Woods on Universal in 2004.
Further info - http://www.thelosttrailers.com/
band Lonestar performs in a video clip for the title track of its
eighth album Mountains on Nu Country TV.
It's welcome solace for a band that has lost two key singers in its
chart-topping reign over 15 years and now it's BNA record deal.
The Texan quintet, formed in 1992 as Texassee, sold more than six
million albums but shrank to a quartet with departure of singer John
Rich in 1998.
Pentecostal preacher' son Rich has become a major star since releasing
a solo disc and forming Big & Rich and writing a brace of hits
for other artists.
singer Richie McDonald, 45, announced he was leaving at the end of 2007
- he has released a solo single God's Still In America.
McDonald, principal songwriter and band focal point, made his announcement
after BNA Records severed its ties with the group after Mountains sales
peaked at 89,000.
Lonestar debut BNA single, Tequila Talking, was released in 1995
and the band won wide exposure on Nu Country FM with its riveting hit
Other hits included Amazed - #1 hit for eight weeks in 1999 and
What About Now - four weeks at No. 1.
Lonely Grill - the 1999 album that yielded Amazed and What
About Now, plus the shorter-lived No. 1's Smile and Tell
Her - sold three million copies.
In 2001, I'm Already There was #1 for six weeks.
My Front Porch Looking In topped charts in 2003 and Mr. Mom
for two weeks in 2004.
Lonely Grill, I'm Already There (2001) and From There to Here:
Greatest Hits (2003) all achieved platinum or multi-platinum certification.
The group's next album, Let's Be Us Again (2004), reached gold
status and Coming Home (2005) didn't even go gold.
Further Info - http://www.lonestar.mu/
CRAKJAK RIDE ON 22 WHEELS
band Crakajak has celebrated more than a decade performing with a new
This release includes 14 new original songs, eight bonus tracks and six
music video clips.
The band performs in a video clip for 22 Wheels - it's eulogy to
the truckies who risk life and limb daily on our unforgiving highways.
The album has two songs featuring former Little River Band guitarist David
Don't Give in to Loneliness - penned by Briggs and former Skyhooks
bassist and latter day lawyer Greg Macainsh - features guitar licks and
backing vocals of Briggs.
Briggs and Crakajk members Harry Nanos and Tony Arena also wrote B
n S Balls and Bundy - a high energy anthem.
Crakajak also created Balls in Bush - a documentary about the B
& S Ball culture in Australia.
The documentary features Aussie legend Kevin Bloody Wilson whose albums
feature expatriate American pedal steel guitarist Lucky Oceans of Asleep
At The Wheel fame.
Further Info - www.crakajak.com
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