DIARY - 15/12/08 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 2 - SERIES 11
AVALANCHE ON NU COUNTRY
TV features four international superstars who topped U.S. rock charts
on debut with their latest discs.
That's all on Episode 2 of Series #11, hosted by Heather Rutherford, this
Saturday - December 20 - on C 31 at 8 pm.
Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Sugarland scored their success
as islands in the swirling mainstream of rap, hip-hop, rock, pop and other
The quartet, all with strong Australian connections, already featured
among winners in the recent CMA Awards and Grammy nominations.
Host Heather reveals amazing tales about the colourful lives of the stars
in her eagerly awaited return to the show.
She tells how Gippsland singer Victoria Baillie, pride of Moe, moved to
Hillbilly HQ on the NSW Central Coast.
But the teenager, discovered at famed Bunyip country music festival, returns
home to celebrate the 20th extravaganza on Sunday February 22 with outgoing
organiser-dairy farmer Joy Batchelor at the managerial helm.
Rutherford also introduces the video debut of Brad Cole who moved south
from Port Macquarie on the mid north coast of NSW to Bundeena south of
STILL A GUY - WITHOUT URBAN
guitarist Brad Paisley has boosted plans to tour Australia after recording
and performing with expatriate Australasian superstar Keith Urban.
The duo performs together on latest hit Start A Band from Paisley's
acclaimed fifth album Play.
Sadly, the record companies haven't yet serviced us with that video,
so we reach back to live footage of the West Virginian born star with
his fifth #1 hit I'm Still A Guy.
Brad and actress wife Kimberley have another hit on the way - a new
baby to join son Huckleberry
recently appeared on hilarious legal TV show Boston Legal with
William Shatner - who shares cameo roles in Paisley videos with octogenarian
actor and singer Andy Williams.
Brad enlisted a vast cast of famous guitarists to guest on Play
- a brave CD featuring 13 instrumentals and a duet with recently deceased
Californian legend Buck Owens.
The axe army includes James Burton, Red Volkaert, Albert Lee, Vince Gill,
Brent Mason, John Jorgensen, Steve Wariner and Urban.
Grand Ole Opry icon Little Jimmy Dickens, another octogenarian and regular
guest in Paisley videos, also has a speaking role on Play with a bonus
cameo by re-born rapper Mr Snoop Dogg.
The canine critter reportedly left a litter of puppies and fillies on
heat during a spring sprint to Australia that included attracting a bizarre
pied piper pack of grifters, urgers and touts at the famed Melbourne Cup.
It's unlikely Paisley, 35, will be dipping into the same kennel when he
heads south to display his licks.
for a Paisley CD review from the Diary.
CHESNEY CALYPSO CROONING
likely to land here before Urban's other high profile touring partner
Kenny Chesney who has a penchant for the Caribbean akin to one time Aussie
tourist Jimmy Buffett.
The Tennessee troubadour confessed he found solace in paradise after nihilist
nuptials with actress Renee Zellweger.
The couple wed on the beach in Cruz Bay, St. John, in the Virgin Islands
in May 2005 but the Cold Mountain maid gave him the chilled shoulder.
Kenny and Renee were divorced less than a year after the sand strewn ceremony
but Chesney sat out his next album without mining his ruptured romance
With annual touring that grosses more than $40 million the singer had
a cash cushion to cry on.
But the sorrow fountain gushed in several songs on Kenny's 12th album
Lucky Old Sun that featured #1 hit Everybody Wants To Go To
Heaven with late reggae king Bob Marley band The Wailers.
The second single enabled Chesney's duet partner Shotgun Willie Nelson
to return to sales charts.
Willie, whom Chesney co-produced with Buddy Cannon last year, guested
on the title track - Nelson's 121st chart hit.
The song dates back to 1949 when Frankie Laine reached #1.
Willie also cut it in 1976 but this is the Redheaded Stranger's first
hit in five years - a duet with Chesney on Christmas classic Pretty
Paper was his previous.
Meanwhile Chesney, 40, has boomeranged into the loving arms of beauty
queen Amy Colley, 24 - 16 years his junior.
Kenny reaches back to 11th album Just Who I Am: Poets and Pirates on
Nu Country this week for a video of 13th No 1 hit Don't Blink.
CLICK HERE for a
Feature and Review of Chesney's new album Lucky Old Sun in The Diary.
JACKSON ENJOYS GOOD TIMES
Alan Jackson headed north to Nashville from Georgia in 1987 he was
a star waiting to be lit.
The ignition came from expatriate Australasian promoter-publisher-manager
Barry Coburn who scored the long tall, laconic Georgian his first
Jackson, now 50, still has the same record company Arista but parted
company with his little Christchurch mate who also launched Keith
Urban's U.S. publishing.
The singer, who has sold more than 50 million albums, performs the
video for the title track of his 17th disc Good Time on Nu
born in Newnan - Georgia - same hometown as Steve Young who played Northcote
Social Club in 2006.
Alan, son of a motor mechanic, has not sponged the oil and grease from
"Even before I moved to Nashville, I probably owned four or five
hundred cars, boats and motorcycles," Jackson confessed recently
at his lakeside spread outside Nashville.
"I've had the Ferraris and Porsches, and I'm over that now. I drive
an old Ford truck. "I've kind of burned out on buying things."
Jackson can also afford to drive a hard bargain - demanding a fee commensurate
to his talent to venture on overseas tours.
The father of three daughters and husband of former airline hostess wife
Denise, who hit the top of the New York Times sales charts with the first
of her two books, is keen to visit Aussie fans.
Beaconsfield miner Todd Russell met Jackson, whose music helped him through
his marathon underground ordeal, on a whirlwind publicity trip to the
CLICK HERE for a Jackson
story from the Diary on May 25, 2008.
SUGARLAND WALTZES INTO #5 ON CHARTS
Georgian superstars Sugarland bit the bullet and played Northcote
Social Club on their debut Australian tour this year.
That was after blowing away rock acts in Fremantle, one time port
of call for Buffett, and the inaugural CMC Rocks The Snowy festival
The duo, once a trio, has sold more than six million albums in six
short years since emerging from Atlanta.
Jennifer Nettles, who scored a song on the Dawson's Creek soapie when
singing with punny Soulminer's Daughter, and multi-instrumentalist
Kristian Bush fronted their seven-piece band on their tour here.
The duo also featured in an exclusive Nu Country TV interview - they
spoke about writing with country legend Bill Anderson.
the video clip for All I Want To Do - first single from third huge
selling album Love On The Inside.
At the moment Sugarland is #5 on U.S. charts with a waltz Already Gone
that shares its title with a 1974 Eagles hit.
CLICK HERE for
a Sugarland CD review from the Diary.
CLICK HERE for a Sugarland
feature from the Diary on March 3, 2008.
CLICK HERE for a Sugarland concert
review from the Diary on March 18, 2008.
BAILLIE RETURNS TO VICTORIA
minstrel Victoria Baillie returns to her home state as a headliner
of the 20th Bunyip Country Music festival on Sunday February 22.
The singer earned her big break at the festival - also the swansong
for local dairy belle Joy Batchelor who celebrates her 20th year at
the helm and behind the scenes.
Victoria, a teenager talent quest entrant at Bunyip before graduating
to the main stage at four festivals with stars Adam Harvey, Beccy
Cole, The Wolverines and Michael Carr, recently moved to Wamberal
on the NSW Central Coast.
She debuts on Nu Country this week with the video for her debut single
Melt, penned by her sister Barbara.
Victoria honed her skills in 2005 at Tamworth Country Music College
- sibling of sorts of the famous South Plains College in Levelland,
an EP featuring the song Lord, Don't Take Me Yet and has been writing
with peers diverse as Felicity, Drew McAlister, Lianna Rose, Jay Collie
and Jasper Sommerville-Collie.
a brace of songs for her debut album, recorded at Matt Fell's Love Hertz
Studio in Sydney.
Victoria has been touring with former Mascot accountant and Golden Guitar
winner Amber Lawrence who also played Bunyip festival last year with Jayne
She opened for former Nu Country TV host and Australian Of The Year and
national star Lee Kernaghan in 2005.
That was three years after Victoria and Barbara performed the National
anthem at the Rod Laver arena for the Motor Cross Masters.
Further info - http://www.victoriabaillie.com/
BRAD COLE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
hails from Port Macquarie on the NSW coast but now calls the south of
Sydney town Bundeena home.
Cole debuts on Nu Country with the video for his song Struck By Lightning
off his album Icebreaker.
The singer waxes lyrical about another of his songs Brazilian -
a finalist in Ontario Independent Music Awards in Canada in 2007.
Cole was also voted best international independent artist in the 2008
That was after being nominated here in 2008 Golden Guitars for best new
Further info - www.bradcole.com.au
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.
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 broke
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.
CLICK HERE for the Adam
Brand interview from the Diary on March 3, 2008.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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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