SINGING PILOT DIERKS BENTLEY HEADLINES NU COUNTRY TV
Arizona singer-songwriter-pilot Dierks Bentley headlines Nu Country TV this Wednesday July 6 at 9.30 pm on Channel 31/Digital 44.
Bentley shares billing with North Carolina star Eric Church and Kentuckian Wynonna Judd who return with a double shot of Biblical metaphors in the show repeated at apt Kris Kristofferson Sunday Morning Coming Down time of 4 am on the Sabbath.
Former rodeo riders - Portland raised Shea Fisher and Oscar winning New Mexico refugee Ryan Bingham - also return to the program filmed and edited by Laith Graham.
And Matt Cornell - member of Adam Brand's The Outlaws and son of a famous Sydney sixties rock band singer - debuts as a solo artist in a video filmed in Bingham's former home Austin, Texas.
Nu Country TV is a highlight of C 31 streaming list on Digital 44.
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DIERKS FROM PLANE TO PICK-UP
When Dierks Bentley flew into the St Kilda Palais in March, 2012, with Australian Of The Year Lee Kernaghan for his second Australian tour they attracted a trio of AFL stars.
Carlton duo Andrew Walker and David Ellingham both revealed their country music passion when they nominated Dierks and Lee among their favourite artists a few years before in newspaper interviewers.
Van Diemens Land export and St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt confessed to his penchant for the country genre after spending summers with his wife who hails from Waco - latter day hometown of Billy Joe Shaver.
Although Nick, 33, has endured plenty of pain in his colourful career he didn't lose three fingers in a teenage saw mill accident like Billy Joe, 76, who also attracted former Collingwood star Rick Barham and latter day Barwon Heads based Sydney Swans recruiter Ricky Barham to his 2002 Corner Hotel concert with singing Texan crime novelist Kinky Friedman.
Bentley, now 40, flies his own Cirrus SR 22 to some U.S. concerts after it was featured in his hilarious video for Drunk On A Plane .
This time Dierks returns to terra firma for his Pick Up video from 10th album Black - his highest charting album at #2 on Billboard with 101,000 units sold on debut.
Pick Up is the third in his four part series that kicked off I'll Be the Moon that pulled the curtain on a love triangle, revealing diverse tensions.
"Pick Up drops into the sequence as that point when you just have to be closer to your girl,” Bentley revealed.
“For the storyline and plot of these videos, director Wes Edwards definitely takes it there and puts a shocking spin on it. It never works out all nice and neat. It's a little more mysterious than that."
ERIC GOES TO CHURCH WITH JESUS
North Carolina star Eric Church begins our biblical double shot with his video for Like Jesus Does.
Church's video illustrates the song on Chief - third of the 39-year-old outlaw's six albums
Church topped charts with his recent album Mr Misunderstood.
He also honoured Texan singing actor Kris Kristofferson on March 16 in The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson tribute concert.
Church sang To Beat the Devil - a Kristofferson song he credits with saving his career.
“I had a rough time in Nashville, like a lot of people that get told ‘no' a lot,” Church revealed at the concert.
“I played that thing where, if I get told ‘no' one more time, I'm out of here; I'm packing up, and I'm going back to North Carolina.
“I went into this particular meeting knowing this was going to be the meeting where it all happens. I remember playing probably a half a song, and the guy started waving his hand, and he goes, ‘I don't know where you're from. I don't know much about you. But I'd go back there.' And that's one time I was going to.”
Dejected, Church prepared to make the drive back to his home state, ready to pursue another career, when Kristofferson's music gave him the inspiration he desperately needed.
“I went to my car in the parking lot of this publishing house, and I had just got The Austin Sessions on a CD, and the next song was To Beat the Devil ,” Church recalled.
“The song includes the lines “I was born a lonely singer, and I'm bound to die the same/but I've got to feed the hunger in my soul/and if I never have a nickel, I won't ever die ashamed/cause I don't believe that no one wants to know.”
“It talked about the very thing I was going through. I decided to stay one more day - after I got drunk. I got drunk first, then I stayed one more day, and the next day, I got a publishing deal.”
WYNONNA CELEBRATES JESUS AND A JUKE BOX
Trucks singing spouse Susan Tedeschi, who also toured here with him recently, features on Ain't No Thing and Eagles icon Timothy B Schmit is on I Can See Everything.
Wynonna and mother Naomi topped charts on more than 12 albums as The Judds in a 27 year career from 1983, while her sister Ashley found fame as a Hollywood actress.
RYAN BINGHAM - FEAR AND SATURDAY NIGHT
Former New Mexico rodeo rider Ryan Bingham returns to Nu Country in Behind Bars with his video for Fear And Saturday Night - title track of his seventh album.
Ryan proved his Oscar win in Jeff Bridges movie Crazy Heart with his song The Weary Kind was no fluke.
Bingham, now 35, also wrote The Bridge FX TV show theme Until I'm One With You.
The singer-songwriter won many fans on his Australian tours with gigs at the historic Meeniyan Town Hall, Northcote Social Club and the Out On The Weekend festival at Williamstown.
Bingham is well qualified to write and sing about life in the bad-lands north and south of the border.
He hit the rodeo circuit early in his teens after moving from town to town.
Bingham was born across the New Mexico border from Texas in the boom-and-bust oil town Hobbs.
His grandfather was a cattle rancher and once owned 72 square miles, stark as a Coen Brothers movie set, between Hobbs and Carlsbad.
SHEA FISHER RIDING THE RANGE FROM PORTLAND TO AUSTIN
Former Portland rodeo rider and barrel racer Shea Fisher has won major titles here and in the U.S. before and after she moved with her equestrian family to Maroochydore on the Queensland Sunshine Coast.
Shea's dad Eddy is a six-time Australian champion bull-rider and her mum Joanne is a champion barrel-racer.
The Fisher fraulein now lives in Texas with Tyson Durfey - an eight-time National Finals Rodeo finalist in the U.S.
In 2013 Shea married Tyson Durfey and divides her time between Queensland and her adoptive home in Texas. She performs on Nu Country in her video for Tough from her new ABC Music disc - her third album.
That's not her only domination of the small screen.
Her other TV roles embrace being a fashion model, health and fitness expert and jewellery and buckle designer
She also finds time to sing.
As a child Shea went on the rodeo road with her parents when they lived in Shipwreck Coast city Portland – latter day home of Dead Livers singer Marty Atchison.
The champion barrel racer was a huge fan of Reba McEntire and moved to the U.S. at 10 to follow her father's professional bull riding career.
Over the next 10 years, Fisher went from singing covers at rodeo events to touring Australia.
She previously appeared on Nu Country on June 20, 2009, with her video of Suitcase after signing with revered producer James Stroud's Nashville label Stroudavarious.
She performed the 2007 CMA Festival in Nashville with Fawkner singer-songwriter Jasmine Rae.
Further info - www.sheafisher.com.au
MATT CORNELL VISITS OUTLAW TEXAN CAPITAL AUSTIN
Sydney singer-songwriter Matt Cornell visited Austin, Texas, to film his new video for Feels Like Yesterday from his self-titled second album.
It was a fitting locale for a member of one time Colac and Wallington singer-songwriter Adam Brand's band The Outlaws.
Austin was the birthplace of the American outlaw country genre featuring Shotgun Willie Nelson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jerry Jeff Walker, Billy Joe Shaver, Guy Clark, Michael Martin Murphy, singing Texan crime novelist Kinky Friedman and the late Rusty Wier, Steve Fromholz and Townes Van Zandt.
There were all featured in the famed Jan Reid book The Improbable Rise Of Redneck Rock in the seventies.
That was after Matt's singing sire Wayne Cornell co-founded The Delltones in the sixties and before Matt was born.
Cornell showcased a collage of Texans and local icons in Austin - the city where Ryan Bingham once lived.
Matt previously appeared on Nu Country on December 18, 2014, with his video for Never Get Out Of This Town on his self-titled debut album.
Further info - http://www.mattcornellmusic.com.au/
HOW TO KEEP NU COUNTRY ON AIR
We need your support as we celebrate Nu Country TV's 30 th series with Australian record companies and artists teaming to ensure our survival.
Warner Brothers promo wizard Tony Midolo has given us Blake Shelton's CD If I'm Honest and Sony has donated the latest CD and DVD by Georgian star Jason Aldean.
We also have Angels And Alcohol - 20th album by fellow Georgian superstar Alan Jackson and Adam Harvey's 12th album Harvey's Bar - The Backyard Sessions .
Also new CDS by major artists you can win by becoming a Nu Country TV member or renewing membership.
They include singing actors Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw and Toby Keith, Ashley Monroe, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Charley Pride and more.