DIARY - 15/1/08 -PREVIEW OF EPISODE 7 - SERIES 9
RIDES THE TAMWORTH COUNTRY MUSIC TRAIN
country stars Becky Hobbs and Grammy winner Suzy Bogguss headline Nu Country
TV this Saturday - January 19 - at 8 pm on C 31.
By the time you see this week's show Becky and touring partner Kacey Jones
will be on board the Tamworth Country Music Train.
Former Nu Country FM DJ Corrina Steel, Lake Bolac singer-songwriter Neil
Murray, Sydney singer Luke O'Shea and former Dunkeld duo The Sunny Cowgirls
are also on this week's show.
All are performing live at the prestigious 36th Australian Country Music
Festival in Tamworth this week during the week.
Becky and Kacey fly down south to Melbourne for the gala Nu Country TV
concert at the Noise Bar at the Railway Hotel, in Brunswick, on Friday
By then Becky will have celebrated her 58th birthday at the Family Hotel
in Tamworth on Thursday.
Perhaps Leslie Avril, who recorded Becky's song Cowgirl's Heart,
will sing it to her at the birthday celebration.
Becky performs the video for Do You Feel The Same Way Too from
her latest CD Best of The Beckaroo - Part 1.
The show, hosted by Mid Pacific Bob Olson, is repeated Monday - 4 p m,
- 3 am and Thursday at 9 am.
CLICK HERE for a Becky
feature from the Diary on December 15 2007.
country singer Suzy Bogguss debuts on Nu Country with her revamp of
Peter Cetera penned Chicago hit If You Leave Me Now.
Suzy, one of the many country stars once managed by expatriate Australasian
Barry Coburn, graduated from university in Illinois with a metal smith
She later moved to Nashville where she became a successful singer
and songwriter - If You Leave Me Now is from her 12th album
Suzy's musician husband Doug Crider wrote new song In Heaven
about the death of two close friends, one after a 15-year battle with
"It was not my intention to sing it," Suzy confessed.
somebody else would sing it. I ended up singing it because I pitched it
to a couple of people. But I didn't feel they had the passion for it that
I did, so I started performing it just to see if I could get through it."
50, recently appeared on the famous Garrison Keillor TV show A Prairie
Home Companion - subject of a successful Hollywood movie that premiered
last year in Australia.
Her recent albums include 2003 disc Swing, co-produced by the Texan
maestro of western swing, Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel.
And she has collaborated with master guitarist Chet Atkins and shared
in a Grammy for her work on 2005's Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of
Bogguss grew up in the Midwest - "raised in a cornfield in Illinois,"
she says - and earned an art degree with a concentration on metal-smithing
that led to her making jewellery as she sang for her supper in Nashville.
In the early '90s, she broke with Ian Tyson's song Someday Soon before
hits such as Tom Russell's Outbound Plane, Aces, Letting Go and
John Hiatt song Drive South. She also scored with her co-writer
Crider on Just Like the Weather and Matraca Berg gems Hey Cinderella
and Give Me Some Wheels and Gretchen Peters hit Souvenirs.
Suzy's breakthrough album, Aces, was certified platinum, and she
also won the CMA Horizon Award in 1992 and attained gold plaques for Voices
in the Wind, Something Up My Sleeve and Greatest Hits.
Further info - http://www.suzybogguss.com/
STEEL EVENING STAR
Steel hails from the famous sheep country at Camden south of Sydney
but is fondly recalled as a Nu Country FM DJ during our era at Harley
House at the Paris, Texas, end of Collins St in 2001.
The soulful sing-songwriter also performed at our live concert at
the Victorian Arts Centre on January 30, 2005.
She returns to Nu Country this week with her song Evening Star
from second album Blues Is A Good Woman Gone Bad.
Corrina also performs at a Shock Records showcase in Tamworth on
Wednesday with Mike Brady, Felicity, The Noll and Davidson Bros,
Jayne Denham, Paul Costa, Bec Willis, Travis Sinclair and Markus
CLICK HERE for
a Corrina story from the Diary on November 14, 2004.
Corrina Steel at Arts Centre 2005
photo by Andrew Wuttke
Bolac raised singer-songwriter Neil Murray returns to Nu Country with
Lights Of Hay from his seventh album Overnighter.
Hay is hometown of Susan Lilly who performed at our Christmas party
at Hotel Kew.
Murray is performing in Tamworth this week with fellow ABC Music label-mates.
Sydney band The Happening Thang and Wallington and Colac raised Golden
Guitar winner Adam Brand have also cut his songs.
Murray and former Goanna singer Shane Howard frequently tour together
and host gigs near Howard's Killarney studio The Shed on the Shipwreck
In 1995, Neil Murray was awarded the APRA song of the year for My
Island Home - originally written for the Warumpi Band and re-recorded
by Christine Anu.
Home was featured in the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
CLICK HERE for a review
of Murray's album The Overnighter from The Diary.
Cowgirls Sofie and Celeste Clabburn grew up in the same sheep and
wheat belt as Murray in the fertile western Victoria heartland.
The Clabburn sisters were raised at Sunninghill, the family farm at
Dunkeld due north of Hamilton near the Grampians.
They then moved to their new property in W A before an epic five day
trip in their ute to Gunnedah near Tamworth to land a record deal.
The sisters perform their video for rollicking rural anthem Cutting
Up B & S Style on this week's show.
The duo has released two Compass Brothers albums A Little Bit Rusty
and Long Five Days.
Sofie and bassist-singer-songwriter Celeste went to high school in Perth
before opting for a singing career and earning two Golden Guitar nominations
in 2006 and presenting awards to peers.
They're also performing in Tamworth this week.
Further Info - http://www.compassbros.com.au/
Sydney teacher Luke O'Shea has long harvested hay from the fertile
fields of his international travels.
O'Shea, performing prolifically in Tamworth during the 36th festival
this week, was discovered on ABC TV show Live At The Basement.
Luke and his band Medicine Wheel performed live in the first series
of Nu Country in 2003 at the Buckin' Bull at Tottenham and recently
deceased Armadale Hotel.
O'Shea wrote all 12 tunes on debut ABC disc No Day Like Today
and exploited raw material unearthed from visits to the U.K., Ireland
and Indian reservations in the U.S.
named his band after the Native American medicine wheel and cut
tunes diverse as Telephone Lines, Cigarettes For Sale, Wild Pony
and the David Lynch inspired Bourbon Coloured Sky.
several videos for songs from his new album Listen To The Words.
This week the singer, who also taught in the Torres Strait, performs in
the video for his song Making Memories
Further info - http://www.lukeoshea.com/
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 reprised it in Series #9.
Kacey and Becky sing for their supper on the train - cool home for passengers
during the hot 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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