MELBOURNE MUSTER BANDS HEADLINE NU COUNTRY TV
Melbourne groups Mustered Courage and Deep Creek Road headline Nu Country TV this Saturday August 29 at 10.30 pm on Channel 31/Digital 44 on the eve of their Gympie Muster concerts.
Texan singer-songwriters Eric Paslay and Rae Lynn also perform on the show repeated Monday 5.30 am and 2.30 pm, Wednesday 7.30 am and Thursday 3.30 am.
And Alabama born Australian tourist Jason Isbell also returns Behind Bars on the program filmed and edited by Laith Graham.
Austin singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz debuts with her earthy treatment of a classic bluegrass ballad.
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MUSTERED COURAGE PROVE HONESTY WORKS
Melbourne bluegrass band Mustered Courage returns with its video for Honesty from third album White Lies And Melodies.
The 2015 Tamworth Golden Guitar winning band launched the 12 track disc at Northcote Social Club last week after returning from the famed Telluride bluegrass festival in Colorado .
The group play Gympie Muster this weekend and used a race track to showcase a banana and lonely door.
Unlike the old Geelong gaol doors that were locked in previous video Cruel Alibis, this door was wide open.
Mustered Courage join Novocastrian Catherine Britt, Shane Nicholson and the Adam Eckersley Band on the local tributary of Lost Highway Records.
“There was definitely a maturing that took place in the album's symbolism, its instrumentation and its production,” says expat Texan lead vocalist-multi-instrumentalist Nick Keeling who played with guitarist Julian Abrahams in a hip-hop band while studying jazz in Canberra
“We didn't feel constrained by any style or genre for this one.”
Forrester Savell produced the disc - first to feature a drummer.
“We didn't want this album to sound like a regular country/bluegrass album,” says bassist Josh Bridges.
“We generally approach our performances with a rock mentality, so Forrester being more of a rock producer let us approach recording with that same attitude. Now that we have drums, we aren't constrained to just your standard train feels. Now we can play hip hop beats on Draw Five , swampy rocking Americana on Burning Bridges or indie sounding stuff A Thousand Bullets”
Oklahoma-born singer Audra Mae (vocalist on Avici song Addicted To You ) guests on The Future .
She is the great-great-niece of Judy Garland and great granddaughter of Garland 's sister Jimmie.
After arriving in California in 2007 she signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell and sang Bob Dylan's Forever Young on TV series Sons of Anarchy .
Texan Miranda Lambert, former singing spouse of Oklahoma star Blake Shelton, covered Mae's Little Red Wagon as the third hit from her 2014 album, Platinum .
Further info - http://www.musteredcourage.com/
DEEP CREEK ROAD WILLING
Melbourne quintet the Deep Creek Road perform way out east midst green fields and trees near a rural road in their video for fourth single What If I Was Willing.
They recorded it in Nashville but chose a Yarra Valley rustic rural locale, replete with white fences and equestrian imagery, for their clip.
Group members hail from the eastern suburbs of Melbourne , play Gympie Muster this weekend and CMC Rocks Queensland at Ipswich in March.
Singer-songwriters Steve Simmons and Jaime Holland front the band that released debut CD Cowboy on the Run in May, 2013.
First single Here and Gone , written by Simmons, was accompanied by a video.
In July and August, 2013, the band enjoyed a Nashville song-writing sojourn.
They returned in May, 2014, for more song-writing and recorded at the Tracking Room Studio before playing Deni Ute Muster and releasing third single I Wanna See You Are Crazy , penned by Steve, Jaime and Clive Young.
In January they toured Van Diemen's Land, Tamworth and Newcastle and Live on the Lawn Festival with Kasey Chambers, Lee Kernaghan and Adam Brand.
Steve signed a contract with CMT as composer for instrumental music in its TV shows.
Further Info - http://deepcreekroad.com/
JASON ISBELL REMEMBERS AN ELEPHANT
Alabama born singer-songwriter Jason Isbell masters metaphors about elephants in his latest video.
Elephant is on his sixth album Southeastern.
When Jason toured here in April, 2014, he had two glamorous belles in his performing posse.
Texan born singer-songwriter Tift Merritt performed with Isbell on a dynamic double bill at Northcote Social Club in April, 2014.
And the former Drive By Truckers star also featured singing spouse and fiddler Amanda Shires in his own band.
The 36-year-old's new disc Something More Than Free will be available for his return tour.
Isbell was born into a musical family in the tiny northern Alabama town of Greenhill that's so small there's no post office.
He studied creative writing at University of Memphis before joining The Drive By Truckers in 2001 and leaving in 2007 for a solo career.
SARA JAROSZ EXHUMES ANNABELLE LEE
Austin bluegrass singer Sarah Jarosz dug deep for her live rendition of Edgar Allan Poe 1849 poem-ballad Annabelle Lee.
It's on the 24-year-old singer's second album Follow Me Down.
Her third album Build Me Up From Bones in 2013 fleshed out her career.
Jarosz was born in Austin and raised in Wimberley where she began learning mandolin at 10 and later guitar, claw-hammer banjo, and octave mandolin.
During her senior year of high school, Jarosz signed with Sugar Hill Records and released debut album Song Up in Her Head in June 2009.
It was produced by Jarosz and Gary Paczosa and featured guest musicians Chris Thile, Darrell Scott, Stuart Duncan and Jerry Douglas.
Jarosz enrolled in the New England Conservatory of Music in 2009, and graduated with honours in 2013 with a degree in Contemporary Improvisation.
Sarah has the best musicians on call in the Texas music capital.
This year she has toured extensively with Sara Watkins - a founder of Nickel Creek - and Aoife O'Donovan of Crooked Still .
She is also touring with Garrison Keillor on his 41 st anniversary The America the Beautiful Tour - A Prairie Home Companion.
Further info - http://www.sarahjarosz.com/
GOD MADE GIRLS LIKE RAE LYNN
Baytown belle Rae Lynn reveals why God Made Girls in her new video from her debut EP Me.
The 21 year-old blonde also guested on hits by Oklahoma star Blake Shelton after he selected her on The Voice in his alter ego as judge and mentor.
She was a contestant on season two but eliminated in the quarterfinals.
Rae Lynn, born Racheal Lynn Woodward in a musical family including her brother Jake of Grammy-nominated Christian band Leeland , sang at church.
At 11 she graduated to country music after hearing Me And Charlie Talking by Shelton 's former singing spouse and fellow Texan Miranda Lambert.
She topped her class in 2011 and aspired to be an actress and appeared in Disney show Mr Popper's Penguins .
The Musicians On Call volunteer in children's hospitals learned the healing power of music when hospitalised for three weeks at 12 with diabetic ketoacidosis.
“It's when your sugar stays up for so long that your organs start shutting down,” Rae Lyn revealed.
“It was bad. My mom didn't recognize anything different because I was getting a little taller and she thought I was losing weight because I was becoming a woman. But it wasn't that. It was my diabetes.”
Her Christian music singer cousin visited her in hospital and played his new songs.
“I'll never forget how that made me feel,” she says.
“It was so good to have family and friends sing to me. It made me feel like I was home.”
Rae Lynn is signed to Republic and working on an album set to be recorded after her radio tour.
She has written all the songs - including some with Natalie Hemby, Jon Randall, John Wiggins and fellow Voice contestants Nicolle Galyon and Hailey Steele.
Further info - https://www.raelynnofficial.com/
ERIC PASLAY ANOTHER SONG ABOUT A GIRL
Abilene born singer-songwriter Eric Paslay returns to the show with his video for Song About A Girl from his self-titled debut disc.
The 32 year-old star's 700 song catalogue has produced a brace of hits for many peers.
We previously featured his first #5 smash hit Friday Night - also cut by prolific Grammy winning Georgian March tourists Lady Antebellum.
Eric also wrote She Don't Love You (She's Just Lonely) - his third single - with Jennifer Wayne but originally intended for someone else.
“We initially were trying to write a song for George Strait , because he had just announced that he was doing the Cowboy Rides Away Tour,” Paslay revealed.
“And Jen Wayne's grandfather is John Wayne, so she knows a lot about cowboys. So we were trying to just write that song, and we didn't quite have it.
“And in the midst, like songwriters do, of writing a song, just cutting up and small talk and this and that, and I think I said, you know, ‘She don't love you,' or she said, ‘She don't love you,' and I said, ‘Yeah, she's just lonely.' Just kind of joking around or something. Forty-five minutes later, we had written She Don't Love You .”
Although Paslay co-wrote Eli Young's Even if It Breaks Your Heart , Jake Owen's Barefoot Blue Jean Night and Love and Theft's Angel Eyes he has plenty of spares.
He co-wrote all 11 tunes including Country Side Of Heaven featuring Little Big Town and forgiveness fired Less Than Whole with Big Kenny Alphin.
At 6 ft. 6 in the old currency he towers above peers on stage but shares propensity for hook heavy love songs like Pontiac driven entrée Keep On Fallin , the black dress belle in Never Really Wanted and seasonal romance in Here Comes Love.
Further info - http://www.ericpaslay.com/
HOW TO KEEP NU COUNTRY ON AIR
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