DIARY - 20/2/08 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 12 - SERIES 9
BRITT SWINGS DOORS FOR NU COUNTRY
Newcastle country star Catherine Britt headlines Nu Country TV this
Saturday - February 23 - on her triumphant tour of her homeland.
Britt, 23, is touring to promote third album Little Wildflowers
and appears with U.S. superstars Brooks & Dunn on their Brisbane
dates this week.
The singer also joins a superstar cast at the CMC Rocks The Snowy
Country Music festival on March 14 and 15.
Britt's one time mentor Kasey Chambers also appears on this week's
show on the eve of a headlining role at the 32nd Port Fairy Folk Festival.
star Dierks Bentley - who shares his Nashville producer Brett Beavers
with Britt - also performs his new video Free And Easy.
singing actor Shooter Jennings also performs his video of Mark Knopfler
song Walk Of Life.
Louisiana legend Trace Adkins also returns to Nu Country with the video
of his hit I Wanna Feel Something.
And Sydney singer Jayne Denham debuts with the video of her breakthrough
song Chick Ute.
Britt reaches back to her second album Too Far Gone for her video
of Swingin' Doors for this week's episode hosted by Mid Pacific
CLICK HERE for a
Britt feature from The Diary on February 12, 2006.
CLICK HERE for another
Britt feature from The Diary on October 21, 2004.
CLICK HERE for a review
of Britt's new CD Little Wildflower.
CHAMBERS HEADLINES PORT FAIRY
Coast chanteuse Kacey Chambers returns to the Shipwreck Coast on
the Great Southern Ocean for the 32nd Port Fairy folk festival.
Port Fairy is about 100 miles from where singing father Bill and
mother Dianne fished for their supper during her childhood when
not hunting on the Nullarbor.
Chambers, now 33 and mother of two, is performing with singer-songwriter
husband Shane Nicholson and father Bill at Port Fairy.
The singer, about to release her fifth album in autumn, reaches
back to previous disc Carnival for the video of her song
Kasey and Shane wrote most of the album during her pregnancy at
their home on the Central Coast of NSW.
HERE for a Kasey feature from The Diary on May 31, 2004.
JENNINGS - THE WOLF
Jennings and Waylon Payne have plenty in common - they won cameo roles
in Johnny Cash movie Walk The Line.
And they're both sons of country music legends.
Shooter appears on Nu Country TV with the video for his version of
Mark Knopfler song Walk Of Life.
He is the son of singer Jessi Colter and the late Texan outlaw star-actor
Waylon Jennings who died at 64 on February 13, 2002.
Jennings played his dad as a young man and Payne was cast as Jerry
Lee Lewis in the movie that also featured Shelby Lynne as Johnny Cash's
his band perform in the video in a supermarket to illustrate the Knopfler
song from his third studio album The Wolf - successor to his live
Shooter and actress partner Drea De Matteo - star of The Sopranos
and Joey - recently became parents.
Shooter and Drea welcomed a baby girl - Alabama Gypsy Rose - on November
28 in New York.
Jennings, now 28, hosts his music show Electric Rodeo on Sirius
Satellite radio in the U.S.
The singer promoted The Wolf by performing the title track live
on U.S. TV variety shows David Letterman and Jay Leno on January 23.
The singer has also appeared on top rating Nine Network show CSI.
"They were looking for a scene at a country bar, and they needed
a band," Shooter revealed.
"Right now, I'm looking hard to find avenues outside of country radio.
I wish the radio would embrace me and a couple of other people. I wish
their heads weren't so far up their own with it. I'm so in love with country
music and the history, and I want to keep it alive and pumping and bring
it to the kids and do good for country. But country radio thinks we're
not their market, or that they need an older audience."
CLICK HERE for a Shooter
Jennings CD Review from the Diary on January 22, 2008.
CLICK HERE for a
new feature story on Shooter Jennings.
BENTLEY FREE AND EASY
chart topper Dierks Bentley returns to Nu Country with the video of
his 5th #1 hit Free And Easy.
The song is a highlight of Bentley's fourth album Long Trip Alone.
Bentley owns his publishing and paid for the #1 party at the downtown
Nashville arena that is home to the Nashville Predators pro ice hockey
need another No. 1 hit to pay for this thing," said Bentley, 32,
who hails from Phoenix, Arizona, and writes with his producer Brett Beavers
Bentley scored four nominations for the 50th Grammies, tying with Tim
McGraw as the most-nominated country artist.
The recently wed singer has since released new single Trying to Stop
But that hasn't diminished his ability to wrote and record heartbreak
"So, now I'm married and things are going well but it's not like
I don't have firsthand knowledge of what it's like to get your heart broken,"
"I can still tap into that from a writing standpoint."
Bentley took his band to Texas in January to record an episode of Austin
When he was 31 he was the youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry.
That was longer after moving to Nashville in 1994 to pursue his music
But he enrolled at Vanderbilt University, studying English for three-plus
He later worked at the Nashville Network as a researcher, screening classic
CLICK HERE for a Bentley
feature from The Diary on September 17, 2005.
Louisiana petroleum engineer and oilfield roughneck Trace Adkins
blazed a vivid trail on the charts with his roots country.
Adkins, 46 and thrice wed father of five daughters, gave up oil
drilling for music in the nineties after earning a degree at Louisiana
The burly baritone was a welcome contrast to identikit country pop
acts clogging the charts.
Adkins dedicated his 1996 debut disc Dreamin' Out Loud to
his brother, Scott, who was killed in a truck wreck at 21.
"He wrecked his truck and it killed him when he was 21. He
was a great, great, great kid. He was my first fan," says Adkins.
he performs a video of his hit I Wanna Feel Something from his
9th album Dangerous Man and also on American Man - his second
Greatest Hits CD.
singer also released his biography A Personal Stand: Observations and
Opinions of a Freethinking Roughneck.
Villard Books - an imprint of Ballantine Books - released it on October
"This book has been knocking around in my head for a while now,"
"It's not exactly a memoir, but more of a look at the state of the
country as I've seen it through the lens of my admittedly colorful life."
Book topics include the environment, immigration and the war on terror,
according to a press release.
Adkins was born in dry county Sarepta - population 924 - that has five
churches but no liquor for sale.
He previously hit #1 on the charts in February, 2006, with Ladies Love
Country Boys, written by Jamey Johnson, George Teren, and Rivers Rutherford.
Adkins has had more luck with women since marrying third wife Rhonda -
a former record company publicist.
His second wife shot him in the heart and lung on the final day of their
marriage in 1994.
At 6 ft 6 and a former sports star Trace was a big moving target.
CLICK HERE for an Adkins
story from the Diary on August 2, 2006.
performs the video for her debut single Ute Chick from her album
Sudden Change Of Weather on the eve of her debut at the 19th Bunyip
Country Music festival tomorrow with Adam Harvey and Amber Lawrence.
Jane had inside advice when she penned Chick Ute - her husband
(who co-wrote the song) drives a ute and carefully vetted the lyrics.
"He insisted on checking it to make sure it was technically correct,
so I wouldn't get laughed at," Jayne said.
The song was inspired by a real ute, a pink Holden V8 with the words Miss
B Haven stencilled on it.
It's featured on Jayne's single CD cover but a different ute was used
for the video clip - an award winning extravaganza that picks up the Best
Chick Ute category at shows all over the country.
This ute is owned by Jo Chisholm from Yass. Sixty women turned up to help
Jayne film the clip, after she put the word out.
John Kane and Mark Walmsley produced the album after they heard a demo
CD of her songs.
"The demo CD was put together for my dad," Denham revealed.
"He'd written a poem (which has become the beautiful song Boy
From Blackhill on the album), so I got together with some songwriter
friends and put music to it. It was so much fun we kept going. I grew
up on country music - my parents played it all the time. But then I drifted
into the rock scene, performing and doing backing vocals and jingles."
Further info - www.jaynedenham.com
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