DIARY - 19/8/12 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 12 - SERIES 18
EMBROIDER NU COUNTRY TV
Texan icon Shotgun Willie Nelson joins Emmylou Harris in a historic video
clip on Nu Country TV this Wednesday August 22 at 10 p m on C 31.
making her fifth Australian tour in November, features late Texan troubadour
Townes Van Zandt in the clip for a song he wrote.
Novocastrian singer-songwriter Catherine Britt previews the trio in the
Behind Bars concert segment with her tribute to Alabama born Emmylou.
Mid Pacific Bob Olson hosts the show featuring Texan Hayes Carll who plays
on Saturday at Northcote Social Club - due north of Bob's digs in the
Beer Can Hill delta.
Check out the creative editing of Geelong supporter Ashley Hall as he
illustrates the Cats battles with Bob's beloved Hawks.
Expat Californian Bob alerts viewers to a new Zac Brown Band beanie and
huge selling sixth CD Uncaged on offer for members.
Swan Hill raised Springvale cameraman Laith Graham films Bob as he introduces
Hank Williams Jr who was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, but lost his famous
dad before Bocephus turned three.
Fellow Louisiana born singing actor Tim McGraw, who has toured here twice,
debuts his new video with Tennessee superstar Kenny Chesney.
Gippsland born singer-songwriter Tracy Killeen also returns to the show
that is repeated Thursday - 4.30 pm, Saturday 11.30 pm and Wednesday at
We have more good news.
The Nu Country TV show has been added to the C 31 streaming list.
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JOINS EMMYLOU AND TOWNES BEHIND BARS
Willie Nelson, now 79, spins a humorous yarn in our Behind Bars concert
segment about how he chose young Emmylou Harris, 65, for this live
version of Townes Van Zandt classic Pancho & Lefty.
Willie selected the country folk queen instead of the former Californian
convict and legendary singer-songwriter Merle Haggard who toured here
Historic footage of Townes singing his original is included in the
75, and Nelson originally cut the song on their chart topping duet album
Pancho & Lefty they produced in 1982 on Willie's famed Pedernales
golf course studio.
times wed star may have missed the duet but scored a pardon from then
California governor Ronald Reagan after spending his 21st birthday in
San Quentin after breaking into a Bakersfield tavern via the kitchen in
1957 when it was still open.
Their version of the song, also recorded by Emmylou Harris, is one of
many from the rich catalogue of Van Zandt who toured here in 1990.
subject of 2006 documentary Be Here to Love Me, died at 52 on New
Year's Day in 1997 - exactly 38 years after Hank Williams went to God
upstaged fellow Texans Guy Clark and Steve Earle, Georgians Steve
Young and Larry Jon Wilson, David Allan Coe and others in the 1976
documentary Heartworn Highway.
Emmylou makes her fifth Australian tour in November with long time
tour manager Phil Kaufman.
and his little Aussie mate Michael Martin stole and cremated the
body of Emmylou's singing partner Gram Parsons at Joshua Tree in
the Mojave Desert back in September, 1973.
was a death pact made just two months earlier at the funeral of
the Byrds guitarist Clarence White.
HERE for a Willie feature from the Diary on May 24.
for an Emmylou feature in the Diary on March 18, 2006.
CLICK HERE for Emmylou tour dates in Tonkgirl's
WILLIAMS JR - A COUNTRY BOY SURVIVED
Jr acts out the sentiments of his historic hit A Country Boy Can Survive
in his graphic video on this week's show.
Jr - four times wed and 63 years old - had his face rebuilt after
falling off Ajax Mountain, Montana, when he was just 26 in 1975.
A Country Boy Can Survive is a direct link to the legendary
son of late country music king's 52nd album Old School, New Rules.
It features a cameo from fellow Louisiana born singing actor Trace
Adkins on Cow Turd Blues.
Hank Jr and Brad Paisley duet on I'm Gonna Get Drunk And Play
Hank Williams and Merle Haggard joins Hank on The Hag classic The
Fighting Side Of Me.
tunes include We Don't Apologise for America, Takin' Back the
Country, Who's Gonna Take Care of Number One and The Change.
Stock Market Blues and 3 Day Trip showcase Hank humour.
He puts a
Waylon Jennings twist on his dad's song You Win Again and adds
a swampy, Tony Joe White-inspired feel to That Ain't Good.
In Old School he recollects his early encounters with Johnny Cash,
Jerry Lee Lewis and Dolly Parton and a special night when he jammed with
the Marshall Tucker Band.
"I remember a young Johnny Cash waiting in the wings/because he'd
hand me a cigarette when he'd go out and sing'. Buddy, that opening does
it," Williams says. "And I get to play my piano on there - my
Jerry Lee imitation. I don't write too many fantasies. Most of them happen."
At one stage of his career Hank Jr had seven albums in the Top 40 at the
HERE for a Hank Jr CD story in the Diary on February 16, 2010.
AND MCGRAW FEEL LIKE ROCK STARS
and Brothers Of The Sun touring partner Kenny Chesney topped the all genre
Top 200 charts on debut with their latest albums.
They also scored a #1 hit with the subject of their video Feel Like
A Rock Star.
The song is on Chesney's 15th album Welcome To The Fishbowl that
has already sold more than 400,000 copies.
Latest single Come Over also topped the charts for the singer,
now 44, who wed actress Renee Zellweger briefly in 2005.
Chesney, born in Luttrell - same Tennessee hometown as the late Chet Atkins
- has sold more than 30 million albums and has a retreat in the Virgin
Promoters have been trying to lure him to Australia since before McGraw
first toured here in 2010 - the duo recently broke a New York record with
56,285 fans at a stadium show.
Tim, 45, and singing spouse Faith Hill toured here again in March with
chart topping Texan Eli Young Band.
The couple has homes in Nashville and Hollywood where they live with their
three daughters while making movies.
McGraw recently released his 11th album Emotional Traffic for Curb
but after a protracted legal battle scored a hit Truck Yeah for
his new label - Big Machine.
His movie roles include Black Cloud, Four Christmases, The Kingdom,
Flicka, Friday Night Lights, The Blind Side, Country Strong and Dirty
It's a far cry from when McGraw and Chesney were busted for horseplay
in Buffalo in 2000 with a trooper's steed.
Chesney went for a short ride on a police horse and both were arrested
when McGraw tried to prevent Chesney being arrested - all charges were
CLICK HERE for
a McGraw interview in the Diary on May 23, 2010.
for a Chesney feature in the Diary on December 15, 2008.
Catherine Britt introduces her mentor with the video for Sweet Emmylou
from her fourth album.
Britt, now 27, has since released her fifth album Always Never Enough
that she recorded with Bill Chambers in Austin, Texas.
Catherine plays Regal Ballroom Theatre on Beer Can Hill in Northcote in
HERE for a new CD review in The Diary.
CARLL HIGH ON BEER CAN HILL
Hayes Carll and writing partner - former Canadian rodeo rider Corb Lund
- both perform at Gympie Muster this month.
But Carll will beat Lund down south when he performs on Beer Can Hill
- the inner northern suburb where we arose from the ashes of Nu Country
Hayes and Hunter Valley raised singer-songwriter Kirsty Lee Akers play
Northcote Social Club this Saturday - August 25.
The singer landed three songs in Tim McGraw-Gwyneth Paltrow movie Country
Strong and performs the video for Another Like You on our show.
The love song with military metaphor features grizzled comedian-actor
Brett Gelman known for HBO shows Funny Or Die Presents, The Life Of
Tim and Eagleheart.
TV host, lawyer, actor and former Bill Clinton political strategist James
Carville also appears in the clip with Republican power broker wife Mary
Aqua Teen Hunger Force co-creator Dave Willis directed it and co-writer
Darrell Scott, Will Kimbrough, Al Perkins and Dan Baird guest on Hayes
fourth album KMAG YOYO & Other American Stories.
Carll was inspiration for singer Beau Hutton played by Garrett Hedlund
- also in the 2004 McGraw film Friday Night Lights.
Hedlund also played Dean Moriarty in new Jack Kerouac movie On The
Road now screening at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
He performed two Carll songs - Hard Out Here and Hide Me Babe
- and Hayes sang Take Me Away after being head hunted by
Country Strong music director Randall Poster.
Carll now lives in Northwest Austin - the city where he once sold vacuum
cleaners - with his wife Jenna and Elijah, their 8-year-old son.
"Kiss My Ass Guys, You're On Your Own is a military acronym,"
"It's about a young soldier in Afghanistan who has a morphine-induced
hallucination about working for the CIA. He gets hit by an IED and stuff
goes through his head as he's hanging on.
" I wrote the music first and then needed something intense to match
it, so I thought of blasting through the desert on a Humvee and riding
a spaceship on LSD. I didn't set out to write a war or protest song but
it kind of came together that way."
CLICK HERE for
a Carll feature in the Diary on July 14.
KILLEEN - FROM THE FAR
returns to Nu Country with the video for Good Lies from her second
album Driver's Seat.
The song is an assertive tale of women seeing through the lies of beaus
who cheat and flatter.
It's the follow-up to the Gippsland born singer's video for her poignant
World War 11 song - 42 - Margaret & Vera.
Tracy and Sydney singer-songwriter Alan Caswell wrote the true story of
two nurses Margaret Anderson and Vera Torney.
That song explored their unbridled courage in times of war.
Margaret and Vera treated wounded soldiers on the deck of the Empire Star
ship in 1942.
Faced with uncertain death, the nurses put their lives on the line for
Both songs are on the 2010 Golden Saddler award winner's second album
Driver's Seat, released by WJO distribution.
The ravishing redhead won 1998 Gippsland Singer of Year and debuted with
Ophelia's Charm for ABC disc The Open Road - Undiscovered Country.
She was a 1999 Tamworth Starmaker finalist, graduating from Australian
College of Country Music where she met Kiwi singer Nicky Sweeney.
They teamed as Sweeney Killeen and scored airplay on Nu Country FM, ABC
and community radio for an EP and singles.
Sweeney returned to New Zealand in 2006 and Tracy cut her debut 2007 solo
album with former Bushwackers member Roger Corbett who also produced the
She appeared in Nashville on the 2008 Aussie showcase and TV shows diverse
as Landline, Escape With ET and Today.
Further info - www.tracykilleen.com
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