DIARY - 4/12/07 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 1 - SERIES 9
& DUNN HEADLINE NU COUNTRY TV
superstar duo Brooks & Dunn headline the return of Nu Country
TV - this Saturday December 8 - on the eve of their debut Australian
tour in March.
Brooks & Dunn and one of their support acts - former Grenfell
rodeo rider and latter day singer Steve Forde - appear on the program,
at 8 p m on C 31.
The show, also on C 31 in Queensland and South Australia, is repeated
at select time slots in Victoria.
Brooks & Dunn are touring in March to promote their 12th CD Cowboy
Town - they have already sold out their first Brisbane concert on
They have another Brisbane gig on March 1 with expatriate Newcastle
star Catherine Britt and Geelong born Adam Harvey as supports.
Morgan Evans are the support artists on their Melbourne concert on March
5 and Sydney on March 10.
This week on Nu Country they reprise their vintage hit Play Something
Country from their 11th album Hillbilly Deluxe in 2005
CLICK HERE for a Brooks
& Dunn review from the Diary on April 12, 2004.
DWIGHT RETURNS WITH BUCK TRIBUTE
born Californian singing actor Dwight Yoakam returns to Nu Country
this week with the vintage Red Simpson song Close Up The Honky
Fred Durst from Limp Biskit directed the video for the singer who
toured here in 2006.
Dwight considered directing the clip but then he saw an advance
copy of the Fred-directed movie The Education of Charlie Banks.
Fred wants Dwight to act in the next movie he's making.
"I was so blown away that I called my manager and said, 'I
think Fred Durst should maybe direct my video,' " Dwight says.
"She said, 'Whaaa
Dwight's acting agent at the William Morris Agency is Fred's directing
agent, so a deal was quickly struck.
admits it seems an unlikely pairing.
much as there is a whiplash effect of Fred Durst doing a Dwight Yoakam
video on the surface, if you go just beyond that, it will make sense,"
"It certainly did to the two of us once we met."
in North Carolina, even served a stint in the Navy.
It's from Dwight's covers disc From Dwight To Buck - one of three
tribute albums to Buck Owens who died at 76 on March 25, 2006.
Buckin Around by former Asleep At The Wheel singer and long time solo
artist Jan Browne and Under The Influence Of Buck by Austin based band
The Derailers hit the market first.
for a CD review of From Dwight To Buck from the Diary.
CLICK HERE for a review of
his Palais Concert in 2006.
CLICK HERE for a Dwight
Yoakam feature from the Diary on July 26, 2005.
MIRANDA LAMBERT DEBUT
Miranda Lambert lives up to her incendiary nature in her debut on Nu Country
The daughter of a former Dallas undercover narcotics cop delivers a little
summary justice to a cheating male in the video for Kerosene -
title track of her 2005 CD.
It's highly reminiscent of the result - but not the plot of the Gretchen
Peters penned Martina McBride hit Independence Day.
Miranda, just 24, didn't choose her long time beau - Oklahoma star Blake
Shelton - for the male lead.
Lambert, one of the stars of the recent CMA Awards show in Nashville,
is touring the U.S. to promote her third album Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
CLICK HERE for a Miranda
Lambert feature from the Diary on May 5, 2007.
LESLIE AVRIL - CHRISTMAS PARTY GIRL
Nu Country DJ Leslie Avril promotes a rare appearance in her home
state by a live clip of the Chris Wall song Trashy Women.
Leslie performed the song, also a hit for Confederate Railroad, at
Apollo Bay with her hot band.
The Smiths Creek chanteuse will be reunited with fellow Nu Country
DJ and Daddy Cool drummer Gary Young when she headlines our free Christmas
party at Hotel Kew on Sunday December 16.
Leslie has released three CDS in a colourful career that included
stints with The Blue Heelers and on stage roles with Nashville star
shares the Nu Country party spotlight with Suzie Dickinson, Susan Lily,
Snowy Townsend's Bona Fide Travellers and other special guests including
Tracey Bunn who won acclaim with The Toe Sucking Cowgirls.
CLICK HERE for a Leslie
feature from the Diary on June 14, 2004.
GILLIS RED HILL HEADLINER
diva Nicki Gillis, born in the wide open spaces of West Australia,
returns to Nu Country with the video of her new single Leaving
You For Myself.
The video, an entrant in the 2008 Tamworth Golden Guitars, is one
of the highlights of her second album Lucy's Daughter.
Nicki wrote the song with Flood singer Kevin Bennett.
"It is for all the women who have a simple wish for a little
'me time'", the mother of two revealed.
"I'm not leaving you for somebody else, I'm leaving you - for
Former Bushwackers icon Roger Corbett produced the album that also
features Flame Trees - penned with Grafton born Don Walker.
Flame Trees as a tribute to the troops in Iraq after a 2006 tour of the
war zone with Lee Harding and Stacey Morris.
Nicki is among the headliners at the popular 20th Red Hill Country Festival
- Sunday January 13 - with bluegrass aces The Davidson Brothers, Black
Hill Ramblers, Prairie Oysters and many more.
Australia's Prairie Oysters shouldn't be confused with Canada's famed
band Prairie Oyster who won lavish airplay on Nu Country FM.
CLICK HERE for our gig guide
STEVE FORDE IN METROPOLIS
Steve Forde returns with a video for the title track of his fourth
Forde, a former rodeo rider, is one of the four support acts on Brooks
& Dunn debut national tour in March.
It's a similar stint to his opening role on chart topping surfing
Californian cowboy Gary Allan's Australian tour that brought him to
Geelong on October 22, 2005.
Forde's collaboration with Lee Kernaghan and Adam Brand on Spirit
Of The Bush topped the ARIA Australian Singles Chart on July 9.
The video has been nominated in the 2008 Golden Guitar awards.
Forde soaked up international influences on sojourns to Texas and
Canada in 1998.
He is touring
to promote his album, produced in Nashville by Richard Landis who has
also worked with Vince Gill, Neil Diamond, Kenny Rogers, Eddie Rabbit
and Ronnie Milsap.
Forde is the writer and co-writer of nine of the 12 songs on the album
released here by ABC.
The Deluxe CD/DVD Limited Edition of Steve Forde also features six music
videos, including two live recordings from the 2006 Deniliquin Ute Muster.
CLICK HERE for a Forde
feature from the Diary on January 9, 2005.
has a new sponsor for Series #9 - The Tamworth Country Music Country Train
that leaves Geelong and Southern Cross stations at dawn on January 19
for the NSW country music capital.
Headlining entertainment is Oklahoma raised stone country legend Becky
Hobbs and Nashville comedienne, producer and singer-songwriter Kacey Jones.
We have new video clips by Becky and vintage footage of by Jones who hosted
Nu Country TV from an Austin motel room during the Mickey Newbury festival
in June of 2006.
Kacey recorded the Newbury tribute disc San Francisco Mabel Joy - the
video clip, directed by New Mexico country star Stacy Dean Campbell, features
singing actors Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Payne.
We'll reprise it in Series #9.
Kacey and Becky sing for their supper on the train - home for passengers
during the Tamworth festival.
Nashville singer Julie Taylor performs on the train with local artists
including Grant Luhrs, Connie Anderson, J R Williams, Ian Muir, Rick Bartlett,
Hank Sasaki, June Harrison and Bec Hance.
Full details - www.tamworthcountrymusictrain.com.au
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