DIARY - 17/2/09 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 11 - SERIES 11
& CARTER ARISE FROM ASHES ON NU COUNTRY TV
Golden guitar winning family duo Carter & Carter had God on their
side when they survived the Kinglake bush fires.
Merelyn and David Carter, their extended family and pets escaped the flames
that ravaged the majestic hills where they filmed their video clips.
The duo perform at the Wandong Country Music bushfire benefit festival
on Sunday March 1 and also appear on Nu Country TV this Saturday at 8
p m on C 31.
Carter & Carter showcase the mountains, now a seared moonscape, in
the video for their tune Open Road.
We also reprise Adam Harvey's collaboration with Kev Bloody Wilson on
their video for Genie In The Bottle to preview his headlining role
on Sunday at the 20th Bunyip Country Music bushfire benefit festival.
Harvey, born at Leopold near Geelong, is one of many the high profile
artists raising funds for bushfire victims and survivors.
Superstar Taylor Swift and fellow teenage temptress Kaylah Anne add joy
to the TV show in these troubled times with their vibrant videos.
And recently resurrected NSW Mid-north coast Golden Guitar winning band
Grand Junction also debut on the show with a video of their new single.
The late Texas legend Lefty Frizzell and surviving bother David strut
their stuff in our live concert Video Vault segment.
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for details of Bunyip and Wandong bush fire benefit festivals.
AND MERELYN CARTER - BUSH ALTRUISM
David Carter are well qualified as country altruists - and it's not just
their support of the festival bush fire appeals.
They also lecture at the Camerata and Australian College of Country Music
and have taken younger artists on tour with them.
The Carters have also provided board and lodging for peers at their Kinglake
farm and former home at Lilydale.
It was their Lilydale digs that was the locale for fellow Golden Guitarist
Felicity's Nu Country TV hosting role and her interview with Darren Coggan.
The picturesque and rustic homestead was the perfect backdrop for latter
day ABC 2 and then Nu Country TV producer and videographer Sofie Bli's
But it was Duncan Tombs who filmed the graphic video for their single
Open Road on this week's show.
Tombs filmed the duo performing in a sports car against the backdrop of
high country in Kinglake and the Yarra Valley.
The song is one of five singles from Carter & Carter's fourth album
Leap Before You Look.
"I think Leap Before You Look really reflects on how we try
to live our lives," David Carter revealed.
"We follow our hearts, and sometimes that definitely requires some
Merelyn, mother of two daughters and co-writer of the 12 songs on the
album, agrees with her collaborator.
A lot of times you just have to take a jump into the unknown," Merelyn
"In 2006 it all seemed to come together; it was the creative year
we had been waiting for.
Leap Before You Look is the expression of that."
The singer, in her 40's, also celebrated the marriage of one of her daughters
before the release of Leap Before You Look.
"I am a little self conscious about having a child getting married,"
Carter said at the time.
"I still feel 21 myself! I was so very young myself when I had the
girls; definitely a child bride. Then, after the divorce, the girls and
I spent almost five years with just the three of us, and it was an amazing
time of bonding and forming a very special type of relationship."
Carter & Carter has released a concert DVD - Unchained - that
features their video clips, interviews and career highlights.
They date back well before their single Candle Light And Kisses
won a Gold Guitar in 2003.
Further info - www.carter-carter.com
SWIFT - TIM MCGRAW METAPHOR
sensation Taylor Swift returns with a video for one of her breakthrough
hits Tim McGraw.
The song, in which she uses the Louisiana born singing actor as a
metaphor for a romance with a pick-up truck-driving paramour, was
on her self-titled debut album.
Swift, just 19 in December, has now sold more than six million albums
in less than four years.
The singer, one of the headliners at the second CMC Rocks The Snowy
festival at Thredbo on March 6 and 7 with Deana Carter, Joe Nichols,
Old Crow Medicine Show and former Canadian rodeo rider Corb Lund.
She has added a second concert at the Billboard nightclub in the Melbourne
Taylor performs an under 18 concert on March 9 and another on March
has also been signed to appear in the Nine Network show CSI: Crime
Swift portrays Haley Jones, a teenaged girl whose family runs a seedy
motel in Las Vegas.
According to the plot synopsis, "Over the course of a year, Haley
goes through a series of changes that have tragic consequences."
Swift appeared as Little Orphan Annie in a Saturday Night Live sketch
that coincided with her musical performance on the comedy show, the CSI
episode marks her first major acting role.
Her CSI episode has not yet been shot, and an airdate has not been determined
Swift recently shot her Trey Fanjoy-directed video for new single White
Horse in the Nashville suburb of Germantown.
It features One Tree Hill's Stephen Colletti and adorned TV show Grey's
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follows Catherine Britt as an exciting young export from Newcastle.
The 2009 Toyota Star Maker grand finalist performs in her video for Why
Me this week.
It's the second single from debut EP recorded after she graduated from
the Australian College of Country Music.
The first single released, in July, 2008, was End Of The Ride.
Kaylah says she's excited about the clip directed by Duncan Toombs, also
director of Carter & Carter clips.
"He did such a great job," she said.
"We shot the clip on the Central Coast over one huge day, starting
at 4am and didn't finish til 5pm. I was on such a high the whole day and
could barely keep a smile off my face. We did some early morning shots
on the beach then headed to the set where the main scenes were filmed."
Kaylah recorded her EP after winning a songwriting competition a year
and a half ago at Nelson Bay.
"That's when I was first introduced to Rod McCormack. He is a fantastic
producer. I had a handful of songs that I wanted to record. We picked
our top four and they came out better than anything I ever hoped."
Kaylah has been promoting the EP with live performances as well as radio
interviews and festivals, while studying music business at TAFE.
Further info - www.kaylahanne.com.au
mid north coast band Grand Junction celebrate its reunion with a video
for comeback single Turnback Boys on this week's show.
The song is from its new album The Return, produced by renowned
guitarist-singer Doug Rowe.
Grand Junction was the first Star Maker winner in 1979 and scored a Golden
Guitar in 1981 for its version of Married Woman, featuring original
singer Peter Johnson.
The band recorded two albums Grand Junction and Most Wanted for RCA and
opened for Johnny Cash on his 1981 tour.
It was also a support act on the Amazing Rhythm Aces debut Australian
tour in 1980.
The quintet, formed in 1973, shared support billing with the Dead Livers
on one of the Aces gigs with Leon Russell and his Newgrass Revival at
the St Kilda Palais.
Expatriate Kiwi producer Rowe was also in famed 60s country rock band
The Flying Circus after being a cadet journalist on the Sydney Morning
He produced this album at his La Porte Rouge home studio in Bathurst,
bassist Dave Tyne's barn in Kempsey and pedal steel guitarist Lance Clarke's
Sydney home studio.
Grand Junction members wrote all 13 songs on their new album.
Bassist Tyne penned Lone Star Stomp details the exploits of country
scribes who did their time in the eighties Sydney beer, spirits and wine
mine - a two story Goulburn Street honky tonk of the same name.
Leading country artists and bands performed on the towering second story
stage that overlooked the audience below.
The occasional can missiles thrown from a mosh pit below necessitated
faux chicken wire cages to be erected above.
Slim Dusty and singing spouse Joy McKean attended a Dead Livers gig at
the Lone Star shortly after the band recorded I'd Love To Have A Joint
With Willie - a parody of Slim's Pat Alexander penned #1 hit Duncan.
The song detailed bizarre exploits of journalists at the Surry Hills hotel
The Evening Star.
Tyne's jaunty Lone Star Stomp expands those recreational rhythms
by name checking the late Papal biographer, Sydney Daily Mirror columnist-feature
writer and nocturnal horror movies TV host Jim Oram.
Oram, an expatriate Kiwi who once wrote for pioneer music magazine Everybodys,
won acclaim for a bizarre incident on a Sydney airport tarmac.
Oram handed his Papal biography to The Pope for autographs but the Pontiff
thought it was a gift and retained it.
Oram shocked His Holiness by snatching the book from his hands.
That tarmac tryst is not featured in the Lone Star Stomp - the
infectious tune eulogised the drinking, drugging and dancing frolics of
Oram and a fellow Daily Mirror feature writer and columnist who now produces
Nu Country TV.
Grand Junction returned to Tamworth for Star Trek - Star Maker's spectacular
30 year journey on Sunday, January 18 - with winners diverse as Lee Kernaghan,
Kirsty Lee Akers, Talia Wittmann, James Blundell, Gina Jeffreys, Beccy
Cole & Travis Collins.
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RIGHT AFTER ALL THESE YEARS
have exclusive live footage of late Texan legend Lefty Frizzell performing
one of his classics - debut 1950 #1 hit If You've Got The Money (I've
Got The Time.)
It's a bonus feature of the new Louisiana Hayride concert by Lefty's
younger brother David and Hank Williams' daughter Jett.
Born William Orville Frizzell, Lefty was the vocal template for Merle
Haggard and John Anderson and spiritual source for many more protégées.
He earned his stage name Lefty from a schoolyard fracas at 14 and
died from a stroke at 47 on July 19, 1975, at the peak of his career.
His songs have stood the test of time - 33 years after his death,
with a little help from younger brothers David and Allen.
Lefty shared his East Texas hometown Corsicana with outlaw Billy Joe
Shaver who last toured here with singing Texan crime novelist Kinky
Friedman in 2002.
to El Dorado, Arkansas, with has family until the early forties and won
a talent quest on local radio station KELD.
Lefty performed fairgrounds and honky tonks, developing a unique, soulful
He followed his father into the oilfields - at 19 he hosted a half-hour
show on a small Texas radio station, getting a big break when record producer,
Don Law signed him to Columbia.
In 1950, he played the Grand Ole Opry and later Louisiana Hayride radio
show from Shreveport, Louisiana - he and Cowboy Ralph Spicer then began
touring with Hank.
A prolific songwriter, Frizzell had four songs in the top ten at the same
time in 1951 - a feat that would not be repeated on any chart until The
Beatles scored with five songs in 1964.
In the early 1970s, Frizzell moved to Bakersfield, California, recorded
more hits and was first country singer to perform the Hollywood Bowl.
But, like Hank, he lost his battle with the bottle, suffered mood swings
and died of a massive stroke and was buried on Music Row at Forest Lawn
Memorial Gardens in Goodlettsville, Tennessee.
In October 1982, Lefty was posthumously inducted into the Country Hall
Brother David, 67, also performs another historic Lefty hit I Love
You In A Million Ways from their tribute concert to Lefty and Hank.
The younger Frizzell left home at 12 to perform and tour with Lefty.
He enjoyed his three-tiered career as rockabilly and country singer before
topping charts as a solo and duet artist and returning to honour the roots
of the genre.
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David Frizzell feature on December 30, 2008.
TAYLOR SWIFT BILLBOARD CONCERT TICKETS
We have great
news in the aftermath of the horrific Victorian bushfires.
The promoters of the Taylor Swift concert at Billboard on March 10 have
donated a pair of tickets to Nu Country TV.
We'll give these treasured tickets to the first viewer who takes out a
$50 Nu Country TV membership.
Please email us at email@example.com
with your pledge - we'll send the winner the tickets on receipt of a cheque
or money order for $50.
Important note - please email us first and don't send your membership
until you have been confirmed as the winner.
Swift, who has sold more than six million CDS in less than four years,
also performs an under 18 concert at Billboard in the Melbourne CBD on
Monday March 9.
Universal Music has donated copies of her huge selling second album Fearless
to Nu Country TV.
Congratulations to renewing Nu Country member HELEN POCILUJKO of Coburg
for winning our tickets for the CMC Rocks The Snowy Festival at Thredbo
on March 6 and 7.
Helen took out a Nu Country TV family membership.
Swift, Deana Carter, Joe Nichols, Old Crow Medicine Show and Canadian
Corb Lund head the international artists at the festival.
And The Waifs, Audreys, Sunny Cowgirls, Steve Forde, Jasmine Rae, Pete
Murray, Ash Grunwald, Jonah's Road, John Williamson, Morgan Evans, Ian
Moss and Jake Nickolai are among the national acts.
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
Kernaghan 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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