DIARY - 22/7/08 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 8 - SERIES 10
WATSON AND GARTH BROOKS HEADLINE NU COUNTRY TV
Texan singer Dale Watson and the Oklahoma born superstar dubbed the anti-Hank
headline Nu Country TV this Saturday - July 26 - at 8.30 p m on C 31.
Watson, 45, performs satirical tune Hollywood Hillbilly from his
14th album From The Cradle To The Grave on a show hosted by Mid
Pacific Bob Olson.
And Garth Brooks, also 45, debuts his video for More Than A Memory
from triple platinum Ultimate Hits.
Texan singer LeAnn Rimes also returns to Nu Country with Nothing Better
To Do off her 10th album Family.
Canadian band Emerson Drive debuts with #1 hit Moments on a show,
repeated on Thursday at 9.30 am and Saturday at 4.30 am.
Popular rural reared Australian chanteuses Dianna Corcoran and Nicki Gillis
also perform their new videos.
WATSON NO HOLLYWOOD HILLBILLY
troubadour Dale Watson has won a passionate army of fans on his five
tours of Australia.
Controversial actor Johnny Knoxville, who played Gram Parsons tour
manager Phil Kaufman in cult movie Grand Theft Parsons, directed
Watson's video of Hollywood Hillbilly.
Kaufman, long time tour manager of Emmylou Harris, and little Aussie
mate Michael Martin stole Gram's body from Van Nuys airport and burned
it in the desert at Joshua Tree.
Parsons died at 26 from a booze and dope overdose on June 19, 1973.
The creative cut-rate cremation was a sequel to a death pact made
two months earlier by Parsons and Kaufman at the funeral of Byrds
guitarist Clarence White, killed by a drunk driver.
< photo by Linda Di Nola
Grand Theft Parsons featured at the Nashville film festival on
the same bill as the Nick Brenner directed docco on Nu Country FM.
Knoxville owns the cabin, once a retreat for Watson's mentor - the late
Johnny Cash - where Billy Joe Shaver also recorded his gospel album Everybody's
The Cash Cabin Studio - on 40 acres of woods near Hendersonville - was
also locale for Carlene Carter's recording demos for 10th album Stronger.
Watson is no stranger to movies.
He scored a cameo in the 1993 Bluebird Café film The Thing Called
Love starring the late River Phoenix and Sandra Bullock with cameos
by Kevin Welch, Pam Tillis and Brooks second wife - Trisha Yearwood.
Art imitated life for Dale when cast with David Carradine in the movie
Director Zalman King (9 1/2 Weeks and Red Shoe Diaries) decided Watson's
tragic life was worthy of a documentary and made it instead.
CLICK HERE for a Watson
feature from the Diary on February 21, 2007.
CLICK HERE for a review from our
concert reviews on February 28, 2007.
BROOKS MORE THAN A MEMORY
born superstar Garth Brooks - third husband of Georgian born star
Trisha Yearwood - has not been idle in retirement.
Brooks attained quintuple platinum status with his Ultimate Hits
disc that featured his song More Than A Memory and pushed career
sales beyond 128 million.
The singer performs the video of More Than A Memory on Nu Country
Working For A Living and honky-tonkin' Midnight Sun
are the other new songs on the Hits compilation
of three daughters, and singing spouse Trisha, 44, have bought a Malibu
beachfront mansion that was listed for sale at $5.45 million.
The house is behind gates and on half an acre with beach access and three
bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms.
The master bedroom has hardwood floors; flooring elsewhere is stone and
In 1997 Yearwood won Grammys for best female country vocal performance
for How Do I Live and best country vocal collaboration (with Brooks)
for In Another's Eyes.
Her latest album was Heaven, Heartache & the Power of Love
in 2007 for indie label Big Machine.
Universal also released a compilation from her 12 albums and 16 years
on that label.
Keith Urban sang backing vocals on Let the Wind Chase You from
the Big Machine disc by the singer who was wed to Mavericks bassist Robert
Reynolds for five years.
Brooks told Nashville singer-songwriter-radio star Gerry House in a recent
interview he's working on some screenplays for possible films.
"I haven't got anything green-lit yet," he said.
CLICK HERE for a Brooks-Yearwood
story from The Diary on August 31, 2005.
LEANN RIMES - NOTHING BETTER TO
child star LeAnn Rimes also recorded a version of Yearwood's Grammy
award wining hit How Do I Live from the Con-Air movie.
But this week she performs a video for Nothing Better To Do
from 10th album Family.
It was filmed at the historic, long closed Tennessee State Penitentiary
with input from Dean Sheremet - her actor husband of six years.
Dean Miller, son of the late country legend Roger, appeared in The
Last Castle movie with Robert Redford and James Gandolfino at the
Recently deceased Porter Wagoner filmed the video for his Johnny Cash
penned hit Committed To Parkview at the same locale.
this girl who grew up in Pelahachie, Mississippi, until I was 6 years
old," Rimes said in recent interview.
"I grew up across the street from the shop that sold bait, chips,
beer and ammunition.
What would have happened if I would've never left that small town, with
nothing better to do?"
The video features Rimes, all pin curls and finger waves, kicking and
preening in a women's prison, circa 1930.
The clip has Chicago-inspired dance sequences, choreographed by Sheremet.
It was a 22-hour shoot that culminated on death row at that infamous locale.
Rimes, now aged 25, has sold 26 million albums since having her #1 hit
Blue at 13.
Rimes co-wrote all of Family's 12 new tracks, including several
with husband Dean.
Longtime producer Dan Huff helmed the disc.
Two bonus duets, featured on recent albums by Reba McEntire and Jon Bon
Jovi, also are included.
Rimes appeared in the Coyote Ugly movie and wrote two illustrated
books about a jaguar named Jag; an animated TV series.
She was also in Good Intentions - a film that also stars Luke Perry
who played rodeo champ Lane Frost in the 1994 movie 8 Seconds.
Rimes reinvented herself on recent CDs - This Woman (2005) and
Family (2007) - after an ill-fated pop foray on Twisted Angel
Rimes had a public falling out with her father Wilbur - the key for her
The new disc features a song What I Cannot Change that may cover
"Yeah I don't know my father," she sings.
"Or my mother well enough/it seems like every time we talk/we can't
get passed the little stuff/the pain is self-inflicted/I know it's not
good for my health/but it's easier to please the world/than it is to please
So does the title track.
"We're best of friends and worst enemies/we're all to blame, we're
all the same," she sings.
"Make no apologies/This is my family."
CLICK HERE for a Rimes
story from the Diary on October 25, 2003.
band Emerson Drive debuts on Nu Country with Moments - a song inspired
by an episode of the Twilight Zone.
It had a #1 hit with the song from third album Countrified before
former bassist Patrick Bourque committed suicide last year at the age
Bourque resigned from Emerson Drive in August of 2007 and returned to
Canada to work.
He replaced Emerson Drive's original bass player, Jeff Loberg, in 2003.
Emerson Drive members learned of his death, on the eve of his 30th birthday,
while travelling to a concert at a casino in Valentine, Nebraska.
Lead singer Brad Mates said the band was reluctant to record the song
because of its topic - a war veteran contemplating suicide.
"I was a little scared of it in the beginning just because I hadn't
gone through anything like that in my life before where it was really
traumatic," Mates said.
"I wanted to make sure that if I was going to sing this song, it
was believable. It's obviously pretty ironic now that we have a song about
suicide go No. 1, and we lose one of our members Patrick to suicide in
the same year. It's crazy, and obviously meant for this band for a reason.
I'm just so excited to know it still carries on."
The song's writers Sam and Annie Tate and Dave Berg vividly recalled their
"I remembered I had seen an old episode of The Twilight Zone,
and it's about a guy who is very rich and is blind," Sam Tate revealed.
"And they've developed this new operation that would give him sight,
but he had to take someone else's eyes. And this little guy comes in and
someone tells him, You know you're going to be blind.' And he says, 'Look,
I've seen it all. I saw DiMaggio hit the home run in '54." And he's
going through these things that he said he had seen and it just kind of
clicked in my head and I said, "Like that plane ride coming home
from the war. Like that summer my son was born."
"And I said, "I've got it. A guy comes out of a cardboard box
on a bridge," and Dave and Annie just looked at me. And after we
finished the song, Annie looked at me and said, "That's the guy you
would have been if I hadn't married you." And I said, "The guy
in the box?"
Annie Tate said Sam Tate had a personal connection with the song.
"Sam really identifies with the song because he was in Vietnam. So
when he said, 'The plane ride coming home from the war, and the summer
my son was born. 'He has a son, and I realised, "Oh my gosh, Sam
is connecting to this song." That's when I knew it was going to be
Further info - http://emersondrive.musiccitynetworks.com/
Gillis returns to Nu Country with Honey I Don't Have Time from
second album Lucy's Daughter.
She grew up on a market garden at Wanneroo near Perth and played Red
Hill festival in January.
Former Bushwackers member Roger Corbett produced the disc at Valley
Nicki recently released the album's second single Remember Me
and calls the Blue Mountains home.
Gillis won a Gympie Muster talent quest in 1996 and previously released
Don Walker penned Flame Trees as a single.
Nicki recorded that song as a tribute to Australian troops in Iraq
where she toured in 2006 with Lee Harding and country artist Stacey
The singer also headlined the World Women's Hockey Championships in
2002 and performed via satellite to viewers in 16 countries.
joined Newcastle-based artist Brooke Leal in the duo Velvet Moon.
Info - www.nickigillis.com.au
born Dianna Corcoran performs the video clip of If You Hear Angels
from her second album Then There's Me.
Dianna won a best new talent Golden Guitar in Tamworth in 2003 for
I'll Fly Away - first single from her independent debut disc
Little Bit Crazy.
It was produced by Adelaide based Quentin Eyers and showcased her
sweet soprano and song writing.
Now the singer, on Compass Bros Records, followed fellow Golden
Guitar winner Kylie Sackley to Nashville to chance her vocals and
writing in the big league.
Corcoran won a $10,000 prize at the 2nd APRA Professional Development
Awards in March of 2004.
She also performed a duet with Karl Broadie on his song Count
Your Blessings from his third album One Millon Emeralds.
The duo met through a songwriting sojourn.
were asked to write with each other for Diana's latest album," Broadie
"We wrote a few songs. All Gone Blue made it onto her new
album Then There's Me. During those sessions I heard a side to
her voice - a real raw voice. My producer Matt Fell and I were floored
by her voice. Man she can sing. I didn't know about her yodelling until
much later. She's a wonderful singer and wonderful girl."
Further info - www.compassbros.com.au
JONES CDS AND TEE SHIRTS TOO
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
ADAM BRAND CD-DVD PRIZES
We have more
good tidings for viewers wanting to join Nu Country TV and keep us on
air in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and New Zealand.
Major independent label Compass Brothers has donated autographed copies
of Adam Brand's seventh disc Blame It On Eve for viewers who become
Nu Country members or renew their membership.
The CD has a bonus DVD of the making of the album and the video clip of
Get On Down The Road that we aired on our show.
Adam also did an exclusive interview with Nu Country TV that we have broken
up into two episodes during Series #10.
We have limited supplies of Adam's big selling CD-DVD so please email
us first at email@example.com
so we can allocate your reward.
Adam performs at Crown Casino in Melbourne on August 2 with Compass Brothers
stable-mates James Blundell and The Sunny Cowgirls.
CLICK HERE for the Adam Brand
interview from the Diary on March 3, 2008.
CATHERINE BRITT AND MELINDA SCHNEIDER DISCS
We also have
the latest CDS by Aussie stars Melinda Schneider and Catherine Britt as
a reward for new members and renewing members.
Melinda hosts an upcoming episode of Nu Country and has donated copies
of her fifth CD Be Yourself.
And Catherine and her record company ABC-Warner provided autographed copies
of her third CD Little Wildflower.
We have limited supplies of Melinda and Catherine's big selling CDs so
please email us first at firstname.lastname@example.org
so we can allocate your reward.
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 our prize treasure trove.
It's available for viewers wanting to become members or current members
wishing to renew membership.
Please email us at email@example.com
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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