DIARY - 16/6/08 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 3 - SERIES 10
KENNY CHESNEY HEADLINES NU COUNTRY TV
superstar and latter day Willie Nelson producer Kenny Chesney headlines
Nu Country TV this Saturday - June 21- at 8.30 pm on C 31.
Host Mid Pacific Olson also welcomes Oklahoma born stone country singer
Becky Hobbs live at The Noise Bar at the Railway Hotel in Brunswick.
Gippsland raised Davidson Brothers, former Portland rodeo queen Shea Fisher
and Golden Guitar winners Travis Collins and Kirsty Lee Akers also return
to the show.
Travis and Kirsty performed recently at the Geelong Stampede and will
be seen at 9.30 am on Thursday when the show is repeated.
THANKS WILLIE AND GOD
shares his East Tennessee hometown Luttrell with famed late session supremo
and guitarist Chet Atkins.
Now Chesney has emulated Atkins by spreading his wings to production with
a joint role with Buddy Cannon on Moment Of Forever - the new album
by Shotgun Willie Nelson who turned 75 on April 30.
singer performed a duet with Willie on Guy Clark classic Worry
B Gone on the disc that also featured a song Chesney co-wrote
- I'm Alive.
"When I produced that record for Willie I was probably in the
biggest personal funk of my life," Chesney, 40, revealed in a
"Nothing inspired me. After my divorce with Renée, I was
completely uninspired. God could have laid the best song in front
of me and I wouldn't have known. I sat there with Willie Nelson the
first day and realised all that was going to change. I was never so
inspired in my life. When I got done with that record, two or three
months with him, I was never more inspired by a person, an artist
and a songwriter. I left that whole session and that whole album looking
at things in different ways.
I was looking for inspiration in my life, God gave me Willie Nelson. I
left that whole session with a new commitment to being a better songwriter
and a better person. It was just a great thing for me in my life.
Chesney was voted entertainer of the year for the fourth successive year
at the recent Academy Of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.
He also scored awards for best male vocalist and best video for Online,
featured in our previous series.
Chesney performs in the video for Shiftwork from his huge selling
10th album Just Who I Am - Poets & Pirates.
Duet partner Texan George Strait, who recently scored his 56th #1 hit
with I Saw God Today from his 37th album Troubadour, was
not in the video.
And Chesney, son of a teacher and a hairdresser, was not present when
Strait cut his vocals for the duet.
"I wish I could've been in the studio when he did it, but I was actually
filming the video for Don't Blink and couldn't be in two places
at once," Chesney confessed.
"That was the only time that he could do it because he was on his
way to get on his boat and go fishing. So I couldn't be there when he
Chesney, who graduated with a marketing degree from East Tennessee University,
has sold more than 30 million records with and had 30 Top 10 hits since
She Thinks My Tractor Is Sexy in 1994.
He sold more than 1 million tickets to his concerts each year for the
past six years.
Chesney's 2007 tour out-grossed every rock show of the year, and this
summer he is running the only stadium tour in the business.
But he recently suffered a painful injury at the start of a concert in
Columbia, South Carolina, when his foot was crushed between a hydraulic
lift and the stage.
CLICK HERE for a Kenny
Chesney feature from the Diary on April 7, 2004.
HOBBS AT NOISE BAR
Hobbs returns to Nu Country this week with Are There Any More
Where You Came From - a song she performed at the Noise Bar
with Kacey Jones on Friday February 1.
Hobbs also made a big impression in Queensland when her performance
of Talk Back Trembling Lips aired on C 31.
The office of National Party Senator Ron Boswell emailed us for
details of the song - penned by veteran hit writer J D Loudermilk
- and singer.
That was long after Becky celebrated her 58th birthday with a huge
chocolate cake at the Family Hotel in Tamworth on January 24.
Becky, born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, was promoting Best Of
The Beckaroo Part 1 and her rich back catalogue.
features songs from her albums from 1988-2001 - All Keyed
Up, The Boots I Came To Town In, From Oklahoma With Love, Swedish
Coffee & American Sugar and Hottest Ex In Texas.
Cashbox Magazine's indie Country Music Female Artist for 1994 wed guitarist
Duane Sciacqua - now touring with chart topper Rodney Atkins - in 1996.
Duane produced her 1998 album From Oklahoma With Love and her 2005
disc Songs From The Road Of Life.
He has also played guitar with Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey and guitarist
Joe Walsh and Paul McCartney.
Atkins won the best new male vocalist trophy at the 2007 Academy of Country
Music Awards where he was nominated in six categories.
His third album If You're Going Through Hell featured four #1 hits
including the wry Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy).
CLICK HERE for a Becky
Hobbs feature from the Diary on December 15, 2007.
LEE AKERS AT THE BEACH
Valley born Golden Guitar winner Kirsty Lee Akers return to Nu Country
with the video of her single. It's a highlight of her debut album
Little Goin' To The Beach.
Things on the indie Compass Brothers label.
The diminutive diva made a big impression with a dynamic performance
at the recent Geelong Stampede at Eastern Park.
Kirsty was 19 when she won the 2007 Starmaker after busking on streets
to finance her debut single, Bashed Up, Beaten, Battered, Broken
She is now touring nationally with Chic Frontier - a quartet featuring
Diana Corcoran, Amber Lawrence and Aleyce Simmonds
for a review of Kirsty at Geelong Stampede from the Diary on April
BROTHERS BRING RAIN
Brothers at the Arts Centre 2005 - photo by Andrew Wuttke
Brothers have made a huge impression on their frequent tours of the home
of bluegrass in the U.S.
The duo performed at the eclectic Kingston Music Festival in Melbourne.
They also play Redlands Bluegrass Festival at Redland Bay in Queensland
on July 12 and headline Beechworth bluegrass festival on August 16.
The Davidson Brothers also supported U.S. rockabilly singer Deke Dickerson
& The Eco-Fonics at their Corner Hotel gig on Friday June 13.
The duo also returns to the U.S. in September of 2009 for prestige gigs
at some major festivals in Indiana and Missouri.
This week on Nu Country they perform the video of new single I Hear
The Sound Of Rain from their self-titled fourth album, released here
by Shock Records.
Hamish and Lachlan duo hail from Yinnar where rain is an essential ingredient.
The boys and band also played our Arts Centre concert in 2005.
CLICK HERE for a Davidson
Brothers feature from The Diary on January 12, 2005.
Fisher is the most exciting export from Shipwreck Coast city Portland
since the giant squid.
Shea was born in the Alcoa cove where she started riding bulls and
barrel racing as a three year old.
She has fine rodeo credentials as daughter of Australian bull riding
& bareback riding champ Eddie Fisher and barrel racing belle Joanne
Fisher performs the video for Everyday Girl from her debut
She recently performed at the CMA Festival in Nashville where she
is recording an album with top producer Richard Landis.
Landis has produced albums for major artists diverse as Neil Diamond,
Vince Gill, Eddie Rabbit, Kenny Rodgers, Juice Newton and fellow former
local rodeo rider Steve Forde.
hoping this album will show my growth as an artist over the past three
not only in my songs but also vocally," Fisher says.
"I have learnt a lot in this time, had many new experiences, ups
and downs and I think this album will show a real fresh side of me."
Fisher recently scored exposure on Country Music America on the popular
GAC Pay TV channel.
Storme Warren hosted the special with a 40 million audience that was filmed
at the CMC Rocks The Snowys festival at Thredbo in March.
It has also featured on local Pay TV channel CMC.
COLLINS RIPS IT UP
Collins busked as a teenager on mean streets of Campbelltown and MacQuarie
Fields before winning the 2004 Starmaker quest in Tamworth.
More recently he shaved his head for charity and performed at the
Geelong Stampede with a star-studded cast.
This week he performs Rip It Up from his second album No
toured Europe last year after writing a bunch of songs in Nashville with
major chart-topping songsmiths.
CLICK HERE for a Travis
CD review from The Diary.
Further info - www.traviscollins.com.au
KACEY JONES CDS AND TEE SHIRTS
highlights of the Kacey Jones-Becky Hobbs concert at the Noise Bar as
a preview for our special later in this series.
Kacey Jones has donated autographed copies of her acclaimed tribute CD
to the late, legendary Texan singer-songwriter Mickey Newbury to Nu Country.
Nu Country has featured the CD video clips San Francisco Mabel Joy
and Lie To Me Darlin' featuring Texan singer-songwriters Kris
Kristofferson and Waylon Payne.
The CD - to be released here in July - is one of many rewards for viewers
to become members or renew their much-appreciated memberships.
Kacey also autographed tee shirts and posters for Nu Country members.
For your $22 membership and postage you can take your pick of Kacey memorabilia.
We have limited supplies so please email us at email@example.com
WILLIE NELSON BOOK PRIZES
We also celebrated
Shotgun Willie Nelson's 75th birthday on April 30 with a special giveaway
of his collectors' book.
We have limited stock of Willie Nelson - The Collected Writings Of
A Living Legend - The Facts Of Life And Other Dirty Jokes.
The book, featuring yarns, jokes and Willie Nelson song lyrics, is the
latest addition to out prize treasure trove.
It's available for viewers wanting to become members or current members
wishing to renew their membership.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
for a chance to win a copy of this book with your membership.
We also have autographed copies of Mike Brady's new album Country To
Country and others by Troy Cassar-Daley, Tania Kernaghan and Arizona
singer Billy Wyatt.
CLICK HERE for our Membership Page.
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