DIARY - 26/12/07 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 4 - SERIES 9
AND COWGIRLS HEADLINE NU COUNTRY
Oklahoma born country stars Toby Keith and Becky Hobbs share the spotlight
with renowned comedienne Kacey Jones as headliners on Nu Country TV this
Saturday - December 29 - on C 31.
Keith performs historic honky tonker I Love This Bar and Hobbs
reaches back even further for her version of the J D Loudermilk classic
Talk Back Trembling Lips.
We also revisit Kacey Jones tribute disc San Francisco Mabel Joy for the
video of the title track featuring singing actors Kris Kristofferson and
Other highlights of the show - screened on Saturday at 8 p m - include
Montgomery Gentry performing their rural anthem Daddy Won't Sell The
Farm and expatriate Scot Karl Broadie's version of Sleepyhead.
This week's host Heather Rutherford introduces Tamworth Golden Guitars
favourite Kirsty Lee Akers on a show, repeated Monday - 4 pm, Wednesday
- 3 am - Thursday at 9 am.
KEITH BAR VICTORY
Toby Keith released I Love This Bar in 2003 he was stunned
when it earned a plagiarism suit.
Key West singer-songwriter Michael McCloud sued Keith after claiming
the hit was stolen from his 20 year-old tune Tourist Town Bar.
The litigation by the Floridian folkie, who wrote his song in a men's
room of a Key West bar in a performing break, was only dismissed recently.
"I knew it would take no time at all for it to be dismissed,"
says Toby, now 46 and born Toby Keith Covel in Clinton, Oklahoma.
"This means McCloud had no case whatsoever."
The singer was equally successful in another more recent lawsuit -
the Covel family was awarded $2.8 million this month when patriarch
H K Covel was killed on March 24, 2001, when his pick-up collided
with a bus with faulty brakes.
released a double Christmas CD on his own label - his 15th studio disc
Big Dog Daddy debuted at #1 on the rock and country charts earlier
in the year.
Despite 27 nominations after his self-titled disc in 1993 he has only
won two CMA awards - male vocalist (2001) and video of the year (2005).
Although Keith has sold more than 24 albums and financed the Broken
Bridges movie and soundtrack on his indie label Show Dog he still
considers himself an underdog.
"In this community I am," said Keith who produced Big Dog
Daddy - successor to his Lari White produced 2006 disc White Trash
White, a songwriter and long time recording artist, is also the wife of
frequent Keith co-writer Chuck Cannon.
Toby has been named Academy of Country Music's entertainer of the year
twice and recently was honoured by BMI for having his songs aired 50 million
"The very same two years I swept through the ACMs and had entertainer
of the year twice, I was sitting on the front of the CMAs getting zero,"
He said he doesn't know why. "You tell me," he said. Is it because
he's not liked? "I don't care; it never mattered."
Keith recently filmed a video for new single Love Me If You Can
- it will air on Nu Country in the New Year.
He recently completed a script for the movie Beer for My Horses,
- a #1 duet with Willie Nelson - and covered Fred Eaglesmith song White
Rose on his new disc.
Keith played singer Bo Price in his first movie Broken Bridges with
Kelly Preston, Lindsey Haun, Willie, Burt Reynolds, Tess Harper and Anna
The singer's 2003 album Shock'n Y'all featured his Weed With
Willie - successor of sorts to the Dead Livers 1981 hit I'd Love
To Have A Joint With Willie.
That album also featured social comment tunes American Soldier and
The Taliban Song.
CLICK HERE for
a Fred Eaglesmith interview about Toby Keith in the Diary on February
Oklahoma stone country singer Becky Hobbs arrives here in January
with Kacey Jones for their debut Australian tour.
The duo join an Aussie posse when they perform on Tamworth Country
Music Train that leaves Geelong and Southern Cross at dawn on January
19 for the country music capital.
Becky celebrates her 58th birthday at the Family Hotel in Tamworth
on January 24 before returning to Victoria.
The duo then headline a Nu Country TV concert at the Noise Bar at
the Railway Hotel in Brunswick on Friday February 1.
Becky performs in a video this Saturday of the John D Loudermilk
classic Talk Back Trembling Lips - out here on Best Of
The Beckaroo - Part 1.
HERE for a Becky Hobbs feature from the Diary on December 15, 2007.
touring partner Kacey Jones returns to Nu Country TV with the acclaimed
video of San Francisco Mabel Joy - title track of her Mickey
Newbury tribute disc.
The clip features singing actors Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Payne
who played Jerry Lee Lewis in the Johnny Cash movie Walk The Line.
New Mexico country star Stacey Dean Campbell, who toured here more
than a decade ago with Texan troubadour Hugh Moffatt, directed the
Kacey, a syndicated radio personality who made her name as leader
of Ethel & The Shameless Hussies in 1988, also performs in a new
video with Payne for her song Lie To Me Darlin'.
We'll feature that video on our show on the eve of Kacey and Becky's
Kacey also produced Pearls In The Snow - eclectic tribute disc
to singing Texan crime novelist and former Gubernatorial candidate
Kacey penned three songs for the award winning cult film Sordid Lives
starring Australian singing actress Olivia Newton-John, Beau Bridges,
Delta Burke and Leslie Jordan.
CLICK HERE for a Kacey
Jones feature from the Diary on September 10, 2006.
GENTRY SAVE FARM
BROADIE AND HEARTBREAK HIGH ACTRESS
Scot country singer-songwriter Karl Broadie won wide acclaim on his
tour with latter day Texan troubadour Patty Griffin in October and
This week Broadie returns to Nu Country TV with one of the nominees
in the 2008 Tamworth Golden Guitar Awards.
ABC TV Heartbreak High actress Tasneem Roc plays his love interest
in the video for Sleepyhead from his third album One Million
Broadie, 37, was born in Edinburgh and raised in London before coming
to Australia as a backpacker.
He is touring nationally with James Blundell and Nik Phillips to promote
Sleepyhead - one of two train songs on his new disc.
Tasneem performed in his video in an aircraft hangar in a railway workshop
in Sydney suburb Redfern.
She is not the first the Heartbreak High actor to appear in a Broadie
"Abi Tucker was in the clip for Long, Long Way and she was also in
Heartbreak High," Broadie revealed.
"I'll keep going there for actors for my videos until we eventually
get down to the extras."
CLICK HERE for a Broadie
feature from the Diary on July 14, 2007.
sensation Kirsty Lee Akers is likely to be one of the not so surprising
stars of the 36th Australian Country Music Awards in Tamworth.
The 2007 Starmaker winner, now 19, hails from Kurri Kurri in the Hunter
Valley of NSW.
She performs the charming rustic video on Nu Country this week of
the title track of her debut album Little Things for Compass
Little Things entered ARIA Country charts at #7 and remained
at #9 after 11 weeks.
"I've been singing all my life, on stage for the first time at
three and I thought it was the most natural thing in the world to
sing and enter talent quests," Kirsty revealed.
The singer, who began her Tamworth career as a busker, used her earnings
to finance debut single Bashed Up, Beaten, Battered, Broken Heart.
won the Telstra Road To Tamworth talent quest and trip to Nashville that
included writing with leading songsmiths.
Her Star Maker win in January landed her an album deal with Graham Thomson's
Compass Brothers label.
"I'd always set my sights on Star Maker, and on making an album,
but I didn't want to do that until I was signed," Kirsty added.
I have realised all three of those goals at once."
Akers new single Goin' To The Beach was released to radio in October
with a new video clip due soon.
Further info - www.compassbros.com.au
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