DIARY - 21/1/09 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 7 - SERIES 11
GALS ADORN NU COUNTRY TV
McDill wrote the hit Good Old Boys Like Me for Texan Don Williams he name
checked other Williams boys - Hank and Tennessee.
Now two female members of Louisiana-Alabama reared Williams clans share
billing on Nu Country TV this week - Saturday January 24 - at 8 p m on
Lucinda, daughter of academic poet and author Miller Williams and making
her third Australian tour in April, returns to the show hosted by Heather
And Jett Williams performs a song by her late dad Hank, long known as
the Hillbilly Shakespeare, on the famed Louisiana Hayride.
Nashville superstars Brooks & Dunn return on the eve of their second
Australian tour. And former buskers Old Crow Medicine Show, among headliners
at the second CMC Rocks The Snowy festival, also reprise an embryonic
hit on Nu Country TV.
Perth princess Ronni Rae Rivers also returns the same week as Tamworth
family band Chasing Bailey - joint headliners at the lavish 2008 Vinnies'
Federation Square World Youth Day entrée concert.
WILLIAMS NO APRIL FOOL
Williams proves announcement of her April 1 concert at Hamer Hall
was no April fool's joke.
The earthy singer-songwriter has added second concerts in both Melbourne
and Sydney on a tour that also embraces the annual Byron Bay Blues
Williams, 56, is touring to promote her acclaimed ninth album Little
Honey - a latter career catalyst after a brace of morose discs.
Lucinda co-produced the album with her fiancee Tom Overby and features
a stunning duet with Elvis Costello.
The singer won loyal fans on previous tours including a concert at
the Dallas Brooks Masonic Hall with Mary Chapin Carpenter and Rosanne
Cash who returned for a rare gig at the Sydney Festival.
Williams performs a video for Are You Alright from previous
HERE for a feature and CD review on Little Honey.
Williams, daughter of the legendary Hank, debuts on Nu Country TV
with a live version of Hank hit Hey Good Lookin'.
Jett reveals her sire originally wrote the song for Grand Ole Opry
star Little Jimmy Dickens, now 88 and recovering from brain surgery,
but liked it so much he recorded it himself.
The singer makes the revelation in a concert on the famed Louisiana
Hayride with David Frizzell - brother of late legend Lefty.
Williams, now 55, was born in Montgomery, Alabama, five days after
her father died on his way to Canton, Ohio, where he was to perform
on New Year's Day, 1953.
Relinquished by her natural mother, Bobbie Jett of Nashville, the
infant was taken from the hospital where she was born into the home
of Hank's mother, Lillian, who adopted her.
started lengthy adoption processes within days of the funeral of
Hank, just 29.
She completed the adoption in December of 1954.
she was dead within two months and the family no longer wanted the infant,
whom Lillian had named Cathy Yvonne for the Yvonne in his hit Jambalaya.
The Williams made Jett a ward of the State of Alabama and she was relocated
to a foster home in Pine Level at the age of three.
Subsequently adopted by a family in Mobile, Jett was raised there and
attended the University of Alabama.
During her youth, Jett had no idea who her natural parents were - let
alone her dad was Hank Williams.
Jett Williams was declared by court order dated October 26, 1987, to be
the biological daughter of Hank Williams.
On June 5, 1989, the Supreme Court of the State of Alabama, reversing
a lower court ruling, found that Jett, since birth, had been a victim
of fraud and judicial error in that her identity was concealed from her
for financial gain.
The Supreme Court declared all prior orders in the Estate of Hank Williams
to be null and void, since procured by fraud on the court, and reopened
Hank's estate, making Jett Williams a legal heir, entitled to one-half
the estate proceeds.
Her autobiography, entitled Ain't Nothin' as Sweet as My Baby,
chronicles the saga of her struggle (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990).
Further info - http://www.jettwilliams.com/index.html
& DUNN HOUSE PROUD
superstar duo Brooks & Dunn return to Nu Country with a video
for their hit Proud Of The House That We Built.
Former Lord Mayor John So was featured in the concert backdrop video
for the song on their 2008 concert at Rod Laver Arena.
It's not clear if former Geelong and Scotch College refugee and current
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle will play a video Bogan on their return tour
Support act Adam Harvey, born in the Geelong suburb of Leopold, and
songwriting and video pal Kev Bloody Wilson have offered couturier
consultancy charms and ball boy services to His Worship Robert at
the tennis court.
Dunn are touring to promote big selling 10th album Cowboy Town
that has pushed career sales beyond 30 million in less than 20 years.
They also released their book The Adventures of Slim & Howdy
in May last year.
The duo has since made new video Cowgirls Don't Cry with Okalahoma
born singing actor and TV-Broadway star Reba McEntire who has also toured
They topped charts together with former rodeo barrel racer Reba more than
a decade ago with their hit If You See Him/If You See Her.
They debuted their cut of Cowgirls Don't Cry live at the 42nd Annual
CMA Awards in November.
"I had just spent time writing the song on Reba's Duets record, Does
the Wind Still Blow in Oklahoma, and when he sat down with Cowgirls
Don't Cry co-writer Terry McBride," Dunn said.
"I was thinking of Reba when I wrote it and how she grew up"
around cowboys and the rodeo lifestyle."
CLICK HERE for a
Brooks & Dunn live review from The Diary on March 5, 2008
CROW MEDICINE SHOW
band Old Crow Medicine Show return to Nu Country with a video of their
historic song Tell It To Me.
The band, making its debut Australian tour in March, is one of the headliners
at the CMC Rocks The Snowy festival at Thredbo on March 6 and 7.
Old Crow Medicine Show is touring to promote sixth album Tennessee
Pusher that was released on September 23 on Nettwerk Records.
Producer Don Was took the string quartet west to California to record
with cameos by veteran drummer Jim Keltner and organist Benmont Tench.
All songs on the album are originals with exception of Blind Alfred Reed's
Always Lift Him Up.
A digital EP, Caroline, was released on July 29 with two songs
from the full-length album and a bonus track, Back to New Orleans.
The band toured England and Scotland with two dates at the Ryman Auditorium
- original home of the Grand Ole Opry - in Nashville.
HERE for an Old Crow Medicine Show CD review.
quintet Chasing Bailey won fans nationally when it supported Kentucky
born singing actor Dwight Yoakam on his 2007 Australian tour.
The band, then known as The Baileys, also performed with ARIA award
winning star Troy Cassar-Daley at a lavish Vinnies World Youth Day
entrée concert at Federation Square in 2008.
perform the video clip for their debut single Little By Little
from their EMI album Long Story Short.
The song was featured on Ten Network comedy Mark Loves Sharon.
CLICK HERE for
a feature on Chasing Bailey from the Diary on June 24, 2008.
singer Ronni Rae Rivers returns to Nu Country with her single I
Would Want To from her third album Whole Heart To Give.
Rivers wrote five songs on the Shock Records disc and is also renowned
for her fiddle playing.
Her dad is a Texan, full of Irish & Cherokee blood. He met her
mum - an actress of Welsh and Scottish descent - in Sydney.
Ronni between Perth and Texas before she used her university degree in
Astrophysics to launch a music career.
CLICK HERE for
a Ronnie's CD review from the Diary on December 23, 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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