OKLAHOMA STARS BLAKE AND MIRANDA HEADLINE NU COUNTRY TV
Superstar couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert headline Nu Country TV this Saturday May 9 on Channel 31, Digital 44 with their latest videos.
Shelby Lynne and younger sister Allison Moorer continue the family theme with their salute to the Everly Brothers in Behind Bars in the show hosted by Mid Pacific Bob Olson and filmed and edited by Laith Graham.
Victorian singer-songwriters Jasmine Rae and Gretta Ziller also return to the program repeated Monday 5.30 am and 2.30 pm, Tuesday 4 pm, Wednesday 7.30 am and Thursday 2.30 am.
Nu Country TV is a highlight of C 31 streaming list on Digital 44.
Just follow this link on your computer or mobile phone - http://www.c31.org.au/program/view/program/nu-country-tv
MIRANDA LAMBERT RIDES LITTLE RED WAGON
Lambert shot the video three days before her Grammy Awards performance of Little Red Wagon - she fell in love with the song, co-written and recorded by Judy Garland's niece Audra Mae, at first listen.
“When I heard it, I thought, ‘Oh god. This girl is ridiculous.' So I stalked her down. We're the same age, and she's from Oklahoma ,” Lambert says.
“I asked her point blank: ‘What's your plan for Little Red Wagon ? Can I cut it? Can I even try to be a hair on the arse of how you did it?'”
Ironically the song co-writer Joe Ginsberg is a bartender at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel a few blocks away from the Grammy venue - the Staples Centre .
And, yes, Joe was tending the bar at a Grammy party while Lambert was onstage singing his words.
Miranda has long run a thriving merchandise shop with her former Dallas narcotics agent guitar slinging dad Rick and mother in her Texas hometown Lindale.
She also owns clothing store, the Pink Pistol , runs pet charity the Mutt-nation Foundation , and Ladysmith bed and breakfast in Tishomingo.
“I bought the building across the street from the Pink Pistol in Tishomingo , Oklahoma ,” she revealed.
“It was built in 1901, so it's been over a year of renovations. It is a bed and breakfast but it's also an events centre, so you can rent it for weddings and showers and private parties and all kinds of stuff. But it does have eight rooms.”
BLAKE SHELTON SIPS SANGRIA
On January 17, 2012, Shelton 's father, Dick, 71, died in Oklahoma and brother, Richie, died in 1990 in a car crash when Blake was just 14.
Blake and Lambert wrote about Richie in Miranda's tune Over You - CMA Song of the Year for 2012.
It was Single and Song of the Year at the 2013 Academy of Country Music awards.
SHELBY LYNNE AND ALLISON MOORER CELEBRATE THE EVERLY BROTHERS
Don Everly, now 78, and brother Phil who died on January 3, 2014 at 74, were elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
The sisters, backed by a stellar band featuring Albert Lee and Waddy Wachtel, perform the brothers' hits Maybe Tomorrow and Price of Love.
The price of love was what the shattered siblings paid when their musician father Vernon shot their mum Laura in a bizarre murder suicide in 1986 when Allison was 13 and Shelby was 17.
They were raised in Monroeville, just north of Mobile , and moved into their aunt and uncle's home after the tragedy.
Shelby enjoyed a successful career that began with traditional country before becoming more eclectic on some of her later 12 albums.
Lynne, now 46, also tried solace in a short-lived marriage at 18.
"I was a baby when I married," recalled Lynne who played a saloon singer with Shotgun Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson in 1991 movie Another Pair Of Aces .
"It was like a trip out of town."
Shelby also played Carrie Cash in famed Walk the Line movie and appeared in TV series Head Case and Army Wives.
She duetted with George Jones on If I Could Bottle This Up and landed a deal with Sony after appearing on the TNN Network.
"I think it's cool to make records when you're 18 years old with Billy Sherrill and George Jones," she recalled.
Allison, 42, toured here twice as Texan Steve Earle's seventh wife in 2005 and 2008 and released Like It Used to Be from her ninth album Down To Believing.
She's picking up the pieces after splitting with second husband Earle in March last year.
Moorer gave birth to the couple's first child, John Henry Earle, on April 5, 2010.
She performed with Earle on After the Fire is Gone from Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute To Loretta Lynn (2010.)
Allison followed Shelby to Nashville where she met Doyle "Butch" Primm - an Oklahoma-reared musician who became husband and frequent song-writing partner.
Her song A Soft Place to Fall adorned Robert Redford 1998 movie The Horse Whisperer movie in which she also appeared.
The ballad earned her an Academy Award nomination so she performed it on the 1999 Oscars ceremony.
JASMINE RAE KITSCH IN THE KITCHEN
HIGH COUNTRY COWGIRL GRETTA ZILLER ROPES HER MAN
Kiewa Valley born singer Gretta Ziller strutted her stuff in the Trinity College choir at Melbourne University during her academic era.
She upstages Jasmine in the kitchen in her video for Some Kind Of Habit from EP Hell's Half Acre, named after her trip to Alberta in Canada .
Gretta also roped her man wild-west style after dinner and doubled Miranda Lambert's canine quota.
She showcased her Celtic and German heritage in previous candle lit video for Hunt For Love , replete with her dog and horse.
Producer Matt Fell played on the disc with Glen Hannah (guitars), Sam Hawksley (pedal steel), Luke Moller (fiddle) and Josh Schuberth (drums).
She cut the WJO distributed CD in late 2013 that followed a self-titled EP in 2009.
Ziller also co-founded old time bluegrass band Orange Blossom but her biggest audience was with Johnny Farnham at the 2009 AFL Grand Final.
That was the year Geelong won its eighth flag despite Harry Taylor breaking his hand.
Gretta, a 2011 CMAA Academy Of Country Music graduate, grew up in Thologolong near Wodonga in the Upper Murray .
She dabbled in musical theatre after learning violin, cello, double bass and bagpipes and was Pipe Band Coordinator at the Scots School Albury where she studied from 2004-2010.
Ziller then headed south to Melbourne where she studied for a Bachelor Degree in Voice that landed her in the Trinity College Choir (2000-2002) and overseas tour opportunities.
Further info - http://grettaziller.com/
HOW TO KEEP NU COUNTRY ON AIR
We need your support as we celebrate the 26th series of Nu Country TV .
Australian record companies and artists have joined forces to ensure our survival.
We have new CDS by major artists you can win by becoming a Nu Country TV member or renewing your membership.
They include singing actors Willie Nelson and Tim McGraw, Voice judge Blake Shelton, Ashley Monroe, Brad Paisley, Gary Allan, Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Chris Young, Charley Pride, Slim Dusty, Rosanne Cash and more.
We also have DVDS by Lady Antebellum.