DIARY - 9/1/12 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 6 - SERIES 17
ACTORS DOMINATE NU COUNTRY TV
of singing actors headlines Nu Country TV this Wednesday January 11 at
10 pm on C 31.
Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Gwyneth Paltrow, Faith Hill and spouse Tim
McGraw have long blended their singing and acting careers to gain wider
Dolly, who toured here in December, shares a duet role on a recent video
by bluegrass belle Rhonda Vincent.
Paltrow and McGraw combine with a song from Country Strong movie
while Hill reaches back to her Mississippi roots.
Gippsland born and bred bluegrass band The Davidson Brothers return to
the show edited by Ashley Hall.
And Illawarra singer Jackie Dee also debuts on the program, repeated on
Friday at 1.30 am.
born Tim McGraw belatedly released 11th album Emotional Rescue
on the eve of his second Australian tour with singing spouse Faith Hill.
It's his final album with Curb Records who launched a brace of greatest
hits discs between recent albums.
McGraw, 44, won a court battle late last year to exit Curb.
The label launched three singles from the album that features a duet with
fellow singing actor Ne-Yo.
McGraw and the R & B singer previously collaborated as writers and
But it's a duet with Gwyneth Paltrow we feature this week.
McGraw plays husband-manager of Paltrow's character - a resurrected singer
- in the movie Country Strong.
They perform the video for Me And Tennessee from the film that
opened in Nashville in December but went straight to DVD in Australia.
The Tony Martin penned song is in the movie that has Paltrow, spouse of
Coldplay singer Chris Martin, doing three tunes - including the title
track - and fellow cast members Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meister.
The soundtrack also features Faith Hill, Ronnie Dunn, Trace Adkins, Lee
Ann Womack, Hank Williams Jr, Sara Evans, Patty Loveless and Chris Young.
Acclaimed singer-songwriter and guitarist Jim Lauderdale performs in the
house band in the final scene of the movie and video.
Jim joins McGraw, Hill, Eli Young, Dierks Bentley, Tracy Lawrence, Wynonna
Judd, Colt Ford, Craig Campbell and expat Australians Sherrie Austin,
O'Shea and Jedd Hughes on the second CMC Rocks The Hunter festival from
Tim, Faith and Eli Young Band also play Rod Laver Arena on March 20.
And Bentley and Aussie headliner Lee Kernaghan play St Kilda Palais on
McGraw has since made another new movie Dirty Girl but pulled out
of South African filmed Denzel Washington movie Safe House - because
of tour commitments.
CLICK HERE for a McGraw
interview from the Diary on May 23, 2010.
HILL - MISSISSIPPI GIRL
an actor Faith Hill's Stepford Wives movie role may be in the
shadows of co-star Nicole Kidman - spouse of expat Australasian superstar
But the Mississippi born singer has used her thespian skills in her
many video clips.
Hill, 43, reaches back to her southern roots to act out sentiments
of her autobiographical hit Mississippi Girl on this week's
Faith was born in Ridgeland, raised in Star and left home for Nashville
at 19 after being raised by her adoptive parents.
She sang demos for a publishing company before winning acclaim at
the famed Bluebird Café performing songs by former Pure Prairie
League singer Gary Burr.
The five-time Grammy winner wed music publisher Daniel Hill in 1988
but they divorced in 1994 before she met McGraw.
took a six-year break from recording while raising the couple's three
daughters, performed her new single Come Home on the 45th CMA Awards
Faith, who scored several hit duets with McGraw, has sold 40 million albums.
She hopes to have a new single from eighth album Illusion, released on
February 28, to promote on her tour.
Meanwhile her duet on A Showman's Life with Texan rancher George
Strait's 39th album Here For A Good Time is scoring airplay.
CLICK HERE for a Faith
Hill interview in the Diary on September 21, 2005.
REBA - SOMEBODY'S CHELSEA
singer, actor and TV host Reba McEntire scored widespread exposure on
her two Australian tours.
Reba utilised her acting skills in the video for her new single Somebody's
The song, an evocative slice of time travel is on her 30th album All
The Woman I Am.
McEntire, now 56, earned more than 55 million album sales and 63 Top 10
hits in her 35-year career.
Fellow Australian tourist - Texan singer Red Steagall - discovered her
at a rodeo in the seventies before his Victorian tour that included the
Cross Keys Hotel in Essendon.
Reba hosts her own TV show, aired on Australian TV from 2001-7, and starred
in 2001 Broadway hit show Annie Get Your Gun.
The singer is being sounded out for a revival of a show about a plucky
heroine, The Unsinkable Molly Brown.
She appeared in movies diverse as Tremors, The Gambler Returns, The
Man From Left Field, Secret Of Giving, One Night At McCool's and Buffalo
McEntire was also the voice of Betsy The Cow in 2006 animated movie Charlotte's
Web, starring Beau Bridges and Dakota Fanning, and filmed at diverse
locations in Bacchus Marsh, Greendale and Heidelberg West football oval
Click here for a Reba feature
in the Diary on December 9, 2003.
RHONDA VINCENT AND DOLLY
bluegrass queen Rhonda Vincent enlisted the vocal and video support
of singing actor Dolly Parton her video for Heartbreaker's Alibi.
This video highlights pairing of Rhonda and December tourist Dolly
on one of many highlights of Vincent's 12th album All American
The Missouri born banjo-playing mother of two has won a brace of major
bluegrass awards since her debut in her family band at the age of
Rhonda, 49 and co-producer of her albums, is a long time inspiration
for young peers Alison Krauss and Alecia Nugent.
harmonies on three songs on Georgian superstar Alan Jackson's 18th album
Freight Train including hit single It's Just That Way.
is one of three Top 5 hits co-written by expatriate Port Douglas singer-songwriter
and former Starmaker winner Kylie Sackley.
Vincent recently decamped from Rounder Records after releasing latest
album Destination Life.
Dolly returned from her third Australian tour in December for the U.S.
premiere of new movie Joyful Noise with Kris Kristofferson and
It's her first leading role since Straight Talk in 1992.
Dolly plays a wealthy widow of the former choir director played by Kristofferson
who is shocked to learn her husband's musical throne will be filled by
CLICK HERE for a Rhonda
Vincent feature from the Diary on April 20, 2004.
CLICK HERE for
a Vincent CD review on September 25, 2006.
Brothers return to Nu Country TV with the second single from their fourth
Hamish and Lachlan Davidson wrote Long Distance Love Affair about
trying to hold a relationship on while travelling on the road.
The duo is back on the local circuit with gigs at Whittlesea, Port Fairy
and CMC Rocks The Hunter Festivals.
And fiddling banjo ace Dr Hamish Davidson - a chiropractor - provides
running repairs for dancers and divas at his Bendigo clinic.
The good doctor and mandolinist brother Lachlan plunder similar wells
as octogenarian mentor Dr Ralph Stanley on trips to Kentucky, Virginia
They wrote 10 of 11 songs on their turbo charged fifth album Here To
Stay, produced in Nashville by Mark Thornton and Larry Marrs.
The brothers hail from Gippsland town Yinnar - population 531 - and the
Aboriginal word for Woman.
It was first settled in 1874.
for a Davidson Brothers feature from the Diary on August 23, 2011.
DEE - WOLLONGONG TIDE
singer-songwriter Jackie Dee debuts on Nu Country TV with her video
Jackie says the song was inspired by a book titled A New Earth
by Eckhart Tolle.
The theme is about being present in the moment of life and not living
in the past or the future.
Tide is the second single on her six track EP - A Few Wrong
Jackie, raised in the gateway to the Illawarra coalmining belt, sang
in her first band at 13.
In 2008 she entered an song competition, sponsored by Helensburgh
Singer-songwriter judge Colin Buchanan named Jackie's song A Few
Wrong Turns - first single from her EP - the winner.
her to enter 2008 Telstra Road To Tamworth where she was one of 14 heat
finalists for the Sydney region.
her CD with award winning producer Matt Fell a few years later.
More info - www.jackiedee.net
AND LAMBERT PRIZES
news for fans of Georgian born superstar Alan Jackson and quadruple CMA
Award winning Texan star Miranda Lambert.
We have their latest CDS as prizes for viewers who renew Nu Country TV
memberships or become members.
Sony-BMG promotions chief Emma Smith also gave us Miranda's new DVD -
Revolution: Live By Candlelight.
Alan's 34 Number Ones features his biggest hits including his duet
with Zac Brown Band - As She's Walking Away.
The bonus tracks also include his cut of the late June Carter Cash-Merle
Kilgore written Johnny Cash hit Ring Of Fire and rare track Look
Emma also donated Miranda's huge selling 4th CD Revolution.
And as a bonus there is Miranda's new DVD featuring rare acoustic cuts
of six songs White Liar, The House That Built Me, Love Song, Heart
Like Mine, Love Is Looking At You and Rolling Stones country classic
KEITH URBAN CDS
Australasian superstar Keith Urban is recovering from throat surgery.
To celebrate, Keith's record company EMI-Capitol has great news for Nu
Country TV viewers.
Promotions ace Bianca O'Neill donated autographed copies of his huge selling
ninth album Closer To You.
She also donated new compilation The Very Best Of Slim Dusty and
CMAA Winners - 2011.
All you have to do to win Jackson, Lambert, Urban and Dusty CDS or the
Lambert DVD is become a member of Nu Country or renew membership.
It costs just $20.
Please send a cheque or money order made out to Nu Country Music to us
at P O Box 625 - Northcote - 3070.
We also now have electronic banking for membership payment and renewal.
But email us first at firstname.lastname@example.org
as stocks are limited.
Other prizes on offer include -
Eric Church - Chief
Luke Bryan - Tailgates & Tanlines.
Taylor Swift - 2ND CD Fearless.
Tim McGraw Southern Voice Tour CD with 11-bonus video clips.
Felicity - Landing Lights
Air Supply singer Russell Hitchcock - Tennessee - The Nashville Sessions
CD and DVD
Slim Dusty Sittin' On 80 Boxed Set
The Very Best Of Slim Dusty
Catherine Britt - Little Wildflowers.
Various compilation CDS.
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