DIARY - 9/2/09 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 10 - SERIES 11
J CALE DEBUTS ON NU COUNTRY TV
Legendary Oklahoma guitarist and songwriter J. J. Cale debuts on Nu Country
TV this Saturday - February 14 - with live footage of one of his famous
Cale, 69, and his band perform the song as the famed Cain's Ballroom in
the singer's hometown of Tulsa.
Unsung North Carolina singer-songwriter Eric Church also debuts with his
graphic death row video clip for Lightning.
And expatriate American and latter day Queenslander Kimber Sparks showcases
her tribute to superstars Alan Jackson and George Strait.
Soulful Georgian singer T Graham Brown performs a duet with David Frizzell
on one of his classics.
Former Grenfell rodeo rider Steve Forde and young Fawkner fraulein Jasmine
Rae perform their latest clips on the eve of their performance at the
CMC Rocks The Snowy festival on March 6 and 7 and Brooks & Dun return
tour in May with Dierks Bentley.
AND ABLE IN TULSA
laid back ambience of the historic Cain's Ballroom in former oil
town HQ Tulsa was a bigger magnet for J.J. Cale than the Melbourne
Masonic Lodge, once known as Dallas Brooks Hall.
Way back in Cale's drinking and drugging days he turned his back
on his audience at the East Melbourne goat-roping corral, our seventies
acoustic venue of choice.
Cale, now 69, beat Irish icon Van Morrison to the back turning two-step
popular with artists of the era.
But on the acclaimed DVD docco, To Tulsa & Back, released
here by AZTEC, Cale struts his stuff front and centre at the Okie
venue made famous by late Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys &
other western swing and country legends.
also details more of the history of the venue, established in 1924,
in anecdotes about the town he was raised in the fifties.
and his veteran band perform Cajun Moon - one of his best-known
hits in a five decade career that earned him massive royalties from other
artists' covers as well as his radio hits.
Cale musters a roster of fellow legends on stage - Tractors pianist Walt
Richmond in Tulsa - and protégée Eric Clapton at his annual
Crossroads Festival in Dallas, Texas.
Clapton was a big earner for Cale when he recorded his gems After Midnight,
Crazy Mama and Cocaine.
Cale was homeless until Clapton came to the rescue.
"I had a Les Paul guitar I hocked and sold to Marc Benno," Cale
"I was broke until Eric cut After Midnight."
That song was later used in a Millers Beer TV commercial.
But Cale's most popular song on Nu Country FM during its halcyon days
was Brother Phelps version of Any Way The Wind Blows - theme song
for sixties rocker and latter day country singer and DJ Bobby Bright.
CLICK HERE for a
Cale DVD docco feature from the Diary on August 24, 2008.
CHURCH EXCELS IN CELL TUNE
a prayer for North Carolina country singer Eric Church.
Church, 31, is an unsung singer-songwriter whose debut CD Sinners
Like Me was never released here.
But we have obtained the chilling video of the video for death row
ballad Lightning where the prisoner flies into the ether after
It's just a short posthumous cameo but it slams home the message.
Not exactly the same resurrection as the recently deceased character
in Tom Pacheco song The Other Side who has his pockets picked
by a priest after being murdered by cocaine dealers.
Pacheco organises his victim's resurrection by having him fly back
to earth through a hole in the ozone layer - killing more than a few
birds with the one stone.
Baptist by birth, leave his sinner's character's future open ended - just
like his career that finds him enjoying the belated release of his second
album Carolina in March.
Lightning is one of the many highlights of Church's 2006 debut
disc, produced by Jay Joyce who also ignited the career of Patty Griffin
who has toured Australia twice.
Church is right up front of the posse of roots' country artists whose
narratives are etched deep in the psyche from the first stanza.
And, like three time 2009 Grammy nominee Jamey Johnson, it's Eric's second
album that will become a salient signpost to his future.
In Lightning, Church sings of the meditations of a man who is about
to be electrocuted for killing a liquor store check out chap in a botched
robbery to buy food for his baby daughter.
It was the oldest song on Church's album.
"I wrote that song when I first came to town," Church revealed.
"I was on my first trip back to North Carolina to see my family,
and The Green Mile was on DVD or TV, I'm not sure which. I was
watching it one night, and there's a line in it where the lead actor said,
'You know, it's been eighty-some years since I let John Coffey ride the
lightning.' I just thought that was a very interesting way of looking
at the electric chair. It ended up probably being the song that got me
my publishing deal, and it's the song that got me my record deal."
CLICK HERE for a Church
feature from The Diary
GRAHAM BROWN IN LOUISIANA
When T Graham
Brown emerged in 1982 he was a soulful young oasis in the country pop
Now, three decades later, Brown is a heritage artist strutting his stuff
with peers on our video vault segment.
Brown, 54, and David Frizzell perform their cut of Alex Harvey-Stephen
Schuffert tune Got To Get To Louisiana with a star-studded band
on radio station KWKH.
Aptly their locale is the famed Louisiana Hayride where Hank Williams
started and then retreated after being evicted from the Grand Ole Opry.
The song is from the DVD-CD Frizzell & Friends - This Is Our Time
- recorded at the Hayride on KSLA-TV.
Brown, born in Arabi, Georgia, quickly found work as a session singer
in Nashville before signing to Capitol Records in the same era as Dean
His first single I Tell It Like It Used To Be became a hit and
was followed by Hell And High Water, Come As You Were, Darlene and
Wine Into Water.
Hell And High Water and Don't Go to Strangers from 1986,
and Darlene from 1988 - reached #1 and eight more reached #10.
Brown's memorable band, Rack Of Spam, hit the road to promote hits
including the title track of Brilliant Conversationalist with a
video that scored airplay on VH-1.
His version of Otis Redding's Dock Of The Bay became a hit in Germany
and Rock It, Billy was a success in England.
He was nominated for Country Music Association Awards in 1987, 1989 and
1990 and won in 1992 for the Vocal Event of the Year with George Jones
and others on I Don't Need Your Rocking Chair.
Brown has released 13 studio albums and charted more than 20 on Billboard
charts. Later chart entries included Never in a Million Tears, Memphis
Women & Chicken, and Middle Age Crazy.
His most recent albums included The Next Right Thing (2003), 2004's
Live at Billy Bob's Texas, The Present (2006) and Deja
Vu All Over Again/The Best of T. Graham Brown in 2007.
Brown's advertising jingles included McDonald's, Disneyland, Budweiser,
Coca-Cola, Ford Trucks, Harrah's Casinos and 7-Up.
He earned recognition in the Commercial Hall of fame in Chicago as the
face and voice of Taco Bell's Run For The Border campaign for four continuous
Further info -http://www.tgrahambrown.com/
CLICK HERE for a
David Frizzell feature from the Diary on December 30, 2008.
SPARKS FOR STRAIT AND JACKSON
American Kimber Sparks debuts on Nu Country with her video of Strait
& Jackson - her tribute to Murder On Music Row superstar singers
George Strait and Alan Jackson.
Bill Chambers produced her CD It's Her Turn that includes a
duet with stone country singer Vern Gosdin on Chiselled In Stone.
Kimber earned her stripes as a bull riding MC and barmaid at Great
Western Hotel in Rockhampton.
It was there former owner and Australian of the year Lee Kernaghan
The Bachelor in Business & Marketing graduate is now studying
for her MBA.
CLICK HERE for
a Kimber Sparks CD review from the Diary.
FORDE SINGS ABOUT HOMELESS
wheat-canola farmer Steve Forde returns to Nu Country with a video
clip for Life's Got Something Good For Me - his song about
It's from Forde's fifth album Guns & Guitars.
The former rodeo rider, who followed his dreams to Texas, Tennessee
and Canada, performs at the CMC Rocks The Snowy Festival at Thredbo
on March 6 and 7.
Forde wed a NSW south coast teacher he met while recovering from a
lost Nowra New Year's Eve as a young guitar slinger.
Forde, father of a son not so cryptically named Harrison, gives more
than a few clues to why he is not just another dude singing for his
There's the touring bus and truck company he has long run from the
farm - part of the 8,000 acres of local holdings in the Forde family.
there's a little offshore real estate - the house on Old Hickory Lake
where Bee Gee Barry Gibb is a distant neighbour in the former Johnny Cash
mansion near Nashville in the suburb of Hendersonville.
astute enough to pick it up, ah, for a song on the eve of recording his
new disc with hotshot Nashville producer Richard Landis.
So he was able to take wife Ali and son Harrison with him to their lakeside
retreat on his three-month songwriting and recording sojourn in Music
CLICK HERE for a Forde
feature from the Diary on October 20, 2008.
RAE LOOKS UP
femme fatale Jasmine Rae also performs the video for the title track
of her debut CD Look It Up.
Angaleena Presley, who has been writing for Hunter Valley singer
Kirsty Lee Akers,
penned the song with Robert Ellis Orral.
Presley writes for Ten-Ten Music - the publishing company operated
by expatriate Australasian Barry Coburn and former Hollywood starlet
and Armidale born country singer Jewel Blanch.
Former Saltbush pedal steel guitarist Mark Moffatt, lured to Nashville
by Coburn, produced Rae's CD in Nashville.
Jasmine quit as a Tullamarine music teacher after she won the prestige
Telstra Road To Tamworth quest.
The singer also tours nationally with Brooks & Dunn on their
second national tour in May with Arizona born chart topper Dierks
who began performing at six, finally has a guitar to suit her diminutive
stature - 130 cm.
guitars were too big for me," Rae confessed.
"But I got a new guitar yesterday - a mini-Maton - that is perfect
for me. It's a travel guitar. It weighs less and is the perfect size.
I'm really excited by that - it's my new child. I did most of writing
on piano but I wrote my first song on guitar last week - I was really
excited by that."
CLICK HERE for a Rae
feature from the Diary on September 20, 2008
NEW CDS BY BEING A NU COUNTRY MEMBER
TAYLOR SWIFT, JASMINE RAE & STEVE FORDE
TV celebrates its 11th series with a brace of prizes to celebrate the
CMC Rocks The Snowy festival and the national tours by superstars Brooks
& Dunn, Dierks Bentley and Taylor Swift.
We have the following CDS for viewers who email our web page and pledge
their $22 membership at firstname.lastname@example.org
Taylor Swift - huge selling second album Fearless.
Jasmine Rae - debut CD Look It Up by the Telstra Road To Tamworth
winner and touring partner of Brooks & Dunn and Bentley.
Steve Forde - fifth album Guns & Guitars by the tour mate of
Brooks & Dunn and chart topper Gary Allan.
JONES CD, DVD, POSTER AND TEE SHIRT PRIZES
renowned country comedienne, singer-songwriter and producer Kacey Jones
has given us a box of autographed merchandise for viewers and members
who renew their membership.
A highlight is her acclaimed tribute disc Kacey Jones Sings Mickey
Newbury that is scheduled for Australian release in July.
We have autographed collectors' copies of the CD for viewers who want
to become members of Nu Country TV.
She 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 EXCLUSIVE BOOK
We also celebrate
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.
MIKE BRADY MUSIC FOR YOUR MEMBERSHIP
acclaimed singer-songwriter Mike Brady volunteered to become a VIP guest
host of Nu Country TV during our eighth series.
Brady hosted an episode that also featured an exclusive interview about
recording the album in Nashville with expatriate Australian producer Mark
Mike has also donated autographed copies of his brand new CD Country
To Country to viewers who become members or current members who renew
The generous singer donated his autographed CDS to attract your membership
to ensure our survival.
So for your $22 membership including postage you can win Mike's CD Country
We have limited supplies so please email us first at email@example.com
so we can allocate your reward.
KERNAGHAN AUTOGRAPHED CDS
has offered autographed copies of her fourth album Higher Ground to
viewers who either become new members or renew their membership.
The album was produced in Santa Monica, Franklin, Nashville and the Gold
Coast with Daniel Kresco.
Tania recorded 11 songs written by younger sister Fiona and producer Kresco
on the acclaimed disc.
If you wish to be rewarded for your membership with Tania's new CD please
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also have other CDS in our library as rewards for your valued membership
- we rely on membership for our survival.
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