DIARY - 25/1/11 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 8 - SERIES 15
IN THE TIME OF FLOODS
of Mother Nature are seasonal staples for many Australian songwriters.
The late Slim Dusty wrote When The Rain Tumbles Down In July when
seasons were more predictable.
Lee Kernaghan also used a weather metaphor when he wrote Love In The
Time Of Drought - a video we feature this week - Saturday January
29 at 9.30 p m on C 31.
Clelia Adams, marooned by the northern NSW floods, debuts with a song
penned by Shipwreck Coast singer-songwriter Shane Howard.
West Virginian guitarist Brad Paisley, keen to tour here, and Oklahoma
star Toby Keith return with a pair of alcohol-fuelled parodies.
Latter day Texan Jewel, not to be mistaken with our New England reared
childhood Hollywood starlet-country singer Jewel Blanch, also debuts on
a show repeated on Tuesday at 4.30 p m.
Georgian singing actor Travis Tritt performs a classic hit from his vault
and Sydney band Simply Bushed preview their role at Bunyip country festival
on Sunday February 27.
KERNAGHAN TO RESCUE
It was no
surprise that former Australian of the year Lee Kernaghan, Troy Cassar-Daley
and Kasey Chambers were among the first artists out of the chute to donate
their talent to flood relief concerts.
born Kernaghan, 46 and father of two, was raised on bush tours with
his dad Ray and singing siblings Tania, Fiona and drummer brother
Grafton raised Cassar-Daley may have left his Clarence River roots
many moons ago but his family's Queensland farm was flooded this
and singing spouse - 4KQ breakfast DJ Laurel Edwards - lost a swag
of priceless photos and other treasures on the ground floor of their
home near the Wivenhoe Dam.
all but one of his Tamworth gigs as he and Laurel cleaned their home and
And Chambers, reared near Millicent, South Australia, and outback, sang
for her supper in regional cities and towns with her family's Dead Ringer
Band before her solo success.
With supreme irony we feature Lee's video this week for recent hit Love
In The Time Of Drought.
Kernaghan based the song - a highlight of his 9th album Planet Country
- on Love In The Time Of Cholera by author Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
The singer has since re-released Planet Country as a deluxe double
CD with bonus disc Bringing The Music Home.
And with sweet serendipity the final track on that disc is Shane Howard
song Talk Of The Town.
CLICK HERE for a
Lee Kernaghan feature in the Diary on November 10, 2009.
CLELIA ADAMS ALSO TALK OF THE TOWN
week we feature a different version of Howard's song by a flood victim
- also a journalist on pioneer Melbourne rock magazine Go Set.
Clelia Adams recorded Talk Of The Town in a porch picking session
at her home in Mullumbimby in 2008 for her album Wildflowers.
The same house, where the video was filmed for this week's show, was
under water on the eve of Adams pilgrimage to Tamworth - her home
in the seventies.
The Italian born singer formed a trio Skarlett with Kate McCarthy
and Jacqui Glynn before her country rock band New England Rangers.
Adams stayed in the Peel River city, occasionally flooded during the
festival, for 25 years and raised two children before her Mullumbimby
move in 2000.
Adams did share the pages of Go Set with latter day TV icon Molly
Meldrum when the magazine was based in Charnwood Crescent, St Kilda, in
The office was also HQ of seminal rock band The Wild Cherries fronted
by latter day country singer Danny Robinson of Hit & Run fame.
Adams decamped from Go Set and worked in product and marketing
for WEA Records before following her dreams to London and Canada in the
Johnny Farnham also recorded Talk Of The Town and helped pay for
Howard's studio The Shed at Killarney west of Warrnambool on the belatedly
flooded Shipwreck Coast.
Further info - www.cleliaadams.com
TOBY KEITH TRAILER TRASH TRIP
singing actor Toby Keith returns this week with his humorous video
for recent hit Trailerhood from his 16th album Bullets In
The singer, who also has his own record label and a string of restaurants,
employs a vast cast in his white trash pastiche.
It depicts how southern saddletramps deal with tornadoes and cyclones
in trailer camps - suck on a six-pack while the storm disrobes snuff
Keith's video depicts havoc for Texas Hold Em players, pink flamingoes,
beauty queens and other good old gals.
One of those is Playboy model and Cyber Girl Nikki Ryann who bared
almost all in the two-day video shoot at a trailer park in Nashville.
out a brace of white blouses and red and black lace bras in her car wash
"When you walked into the wardrobe mobile home, there were just so
many blouses and so many bras," Ryann revealed.
She provided her own jean shorts so every time they'd get wet during the
tornado scene she had to put them back in the dryer.
But being topless during that last scene was only unnerving because all
the trailer park's residents were glued to the action.
"I was more self-conscious about that than I was about Toby or anyone
else watching my scenes," she said.
Keith Toby hired Shotgun Willie Nelson, not topless, for latest movie
Beer For My Horses - the duo had a #1 hit with the title track.
Keith's 2003 album Shock'n Y'all featured Weed With Willie
- successor of sorts to Dead Livers 1981 hit I'd Love To Have A Joint
That album also featured social comment tunes American Soldier and
The Taliban Song.
Keith produced this album and previous disc Big Dog Daddy - successor
to Lari White produced 2006 classic White Trash With Money.
He played singer Bo Price in his first movie Broken Bridges with
Kelly Preston, Lindsey Haun, Willie, Burt Reynolds, Tess Harper and Anna
CLICK HERE for a Toby
Keith feature in the Diary.
TRITT COUNTRY CLUB
singer Travis Tritt carried on the fine tradition of outlaws like Hank
Williams Jr and the late Waylon Jennings when he hit the scene in 1989.
former gospel choir boy quit his job as an air conditioner and heating
repair man to play the honky tonks and broke with barn burners Put
Some Drive In Your Country and Country Club.
Tritt, now 48, emulated Keith, Gretchen Wilson and Texan Clint Black
by setting up his own indie label last year.
First release on the label with the working title of Post Oak Publishing
is his follow-up to 2007 CD The Storm that he produced with
American Idol judge Randy Jackson.
has filed a $10 million lawsuit against his label, Category 5 that
also featured Sammy Kershaw - one of Lorrie Morgan's six husbands
- and George Jones among clients.
an accidental actor because of success in the music industry," says
Tritt who debuted with Kenny Rogers in Rio Diablo after his video Anymore
ignited widespread exposure.
in Dill Scallion, Gremlins 2, Outlaw Justice, Sgt Bilko, Fire Down
Below, Blues Brothers and The Cowboy Way with his voice in
Disney's animated bluegrass musical, My Peoples.
His latest role is in 2001 Maniacs?
"I get to play a gas station attendant who is a foreteller of doom,"
Tritt revealed. "In most horror films there is at least one character
who says: "Don't go down to Crystal Lake"
We resurrect his video for his Catesby Jones-Dennis Lord breakthrough
hit Country Club in our vintage vault section this week.
for an historic Tritt CD review in the Diary.
PAISLEY - ALCOHOL HUMOUR
Virginia born guitarist and singer-songwriter Brad Paisley returns
with a concert video for Alcohol - his humorous take on evils
It's product placement akin to the biggest budget Hollyweird movies
with a vast array of tequila, whiskey, vodka and beer brands.
A surprise video guest is ex-Hootie & The Blowfish singer Darius
Rucker at Lake Travis in Austin, Texas, at the Aquapalooza festival.
Paisley's version of Alcohol is from Hits Alive -
a double album with studio versions of his hits on one side and
live recordings on the other.
Brad was rushed to a Charleston, South Carolina hospital after falling
from the stage on March 6 last year while closing a concert with
hard," Paisley, 38, said, "and I mean freaking hard."
When Paisley decided on a water theme for his 2010 tour he had new special
effects on stage, outdoor water park for fans, and a fundraising campaign
for safe drinking water.
Ironically just three weeks before his H2O World Tour started he lost
priceless guitars and touring equipment in the Nashville floods in May.
That tour is being reprised in 2011 as the H2O Frozen Over Tour - he plans
to make Australia part of that trek.
But it won't be with expatriate Australasian superstar Keith Urban with
whom he had the hit Start A Band.
Urban's local touring partners are label mates Lady Antebellum.
Brad song Water was his 13th consecutive #1 hit - making him second
country artist with most consecutive number one hit songs after Sonny
Paisley received help from actress wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley when
he writing Water.
Brad also wrote a book, The Diary of a Player, about musical heroes
His collaborator is Rolling Stone contributing editor David Wild - it's
set for May release.
for a Paisley CD review in the Diary on December 15, 2008.
Texan Jewel performs pugilistic hit Ten off aptly titled
12th album Sweet And Wild.
The singer, real name Jewel Kilcher, has boomeranged after an incident
charged couple of years.
A knife-wielding bandit was charged with stalking her on September
21, 2009 at the 2,200-acre Stephenville ranch she shares with retired
rodeo champion husband Ty Murray.
Michael Kozelka, 50, was found at the ranch on September 14 and
warned not to return.
The next day he was discovered at the main ranch house with a knife
and charged with felony stalking.
born Jewel, now 36, also quit Dancing With The Stars because of
her debilitating knee injuries - fractured tibia in both legs.
A bus carrying
Jewel's band crashed into a ditch after a show in Virginia Beach Sunday
August 31, 2008, when the driver passed out.
Jewel was on tour with Paisley, Chuck Wicks and fellow Dancing With The
Stars diva Julianne Hough.
Her career began as a struggling, homeless coffeehouse performer before
she landed a major label deal in 1994.
Debut 1995 album Pieces of You, propelled by radio smashes Who
Will Save Your Soul and You Were Meant For Me became one of
the biggest debuts of all time, selling 12 million copies.
But after meeting John Rich of Big & Rich she branched out into country
with the album Perfectly Clear.
The singer, now pregnant, cast husband Ty in the video for her song I
Further info - http://www.jeweljk.com/
BUSHED FOUND AGAIN
Simply Bushed provide a snippet of their video for Great Australian
Love Song on the eve of their appearance at the Bunyip country festival
on Sunday February 27.
They perform on the oval where former Geelong ruckman and latter day Sydney
Swans star Shane Mumford strutted his stuff as a teenager.
Simply Bushed share billing with Hunter Valley vamp Kirsty Lee Akers and
2010 Starmaker winner Luke Austen who replaced The Robertson Brothers
at the 11th hour.
Burly bon vivant-lead guitarist Paul Grierson fronts the band and shares
vocals with Chris Rieger (acoustic rhythm guitar and banjo), and Steve
Stuut on drums.
Simply Bushed, celebrating 20 years in the saddle, launched new album
Look At The Time at Tamworth in January this year.
Ted Mulry Gang refugee and long time studio ace Herm Kovac produced the
disc featuring 12 new original songs written by Chris and Paul.
The first single is equally humorous Surly Shirley.
Further info - www.simplybushed.com.au
AND LAMBERT PRIZES FOR TOURS
news for fans of Georgian born superstar Alan Jackson and quadruple CMA
Award winning Texan star Miranda Lambert.
We have the March tourists latest CDS as prizes for viewers who renew
Nu Country TV memberships or become members.
Sony-BMG promotions chief Emma Smith has also given 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 version of the late June Carter Cash-Merle
Kilgore written Johnny Cash hit Ring Of Fire and the rare track
Look At Me.
Emma also donated Miranda's huge selling 4th CD Revolution.
And as a bonus there is Miranda's brand new DVD featuring rare acoustic
performances 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 Dead Flowers.
Jackson and Lambert perform their hits at Rod Laver Arena on Friday March
4 before headlining CMC Rocks The Hunter on March 5 and 6.
KEITH URBAN CDS ALSO
Australasian superstar Keith Urban returns for a triumphant tour with
chart-topping mates Lady Antebellum in April.
And Keith's long time record company EMI-Capitol has great news for Nu
Country TV viewers.
Promotions ace Bianca O'Neill has donated autographed copies of his huge
selling ninth album Get Closer to You.
All you have to do to win the Jackson, Lambert and Urban CDS of the Lambert
DVD is become a member of Nu Country TV or renew your 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.
on offer include -
Taylor Swift - 2ND CD Fearless.
Tim McGraw Southern Voice Tour CD with 11-bonus video clips.
Dierks Bentley - Feel The Fire.
Felicity - Landing Lights
Slim Dusty Sittin' On 80 Boxed Set
The Very Best Of Slim Dusty
Steve Forde - Guns & Guitars
Catherine Britt - Little Wildflowers.
Mike Brady - Country To Country.
CMAA Winners 2011 and other compilation CDS.
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