DIARY - 1/2/11 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 9 - SERIES 15
PACIFIC BOB RESCUES KOREAN AND TATHRA OYSTERS
star Loretta Lynn headlines this week's Nu Country TV - Saturday February
5 - at 9.30 p m on C 31.
Sheryl Crow - former fiancé of Texan cycling champ Lance Armstrong
- and Miranda Lambert help Lynn revive her epic Coal Miner's Daughter.
It will be a timely sales tool for quadruple CMA Award winner Texan Lambert
who tours here in March with Georgian superstar Alan Jackson - and maybe
her Oklahoma singer fiancé Blake Shelton.
Oklahoma oriole Carrie Underwood and Merle Haggard, who made the dust
bowl state famous long after his folks decamped for California, are also
on the show hosted by expat Californian Mid Pacific Bob Olson.
Mid Pacific Bob upstaged guests by rescuing a speechless Korean surfer
from a king-tide at the Bega River mouth on the NSW Sapphire Coast after
filming his piscatorial platter - Tathra Oysters.
Olson and fellow former Northcote High School lecturer - Nu Country editor
Peter Staubli - showcased their entrée recipe at Staubli's Tura
Beach retreat before Bob selected his mains.
"It got pretty hairy the last few days in Tathra with storms and
king tides," Olson reported on his triumphant return to the Beer
Can Hill Delta in Northcote.
"Thursday evening a snorkler had to be pulled from the normally placid
Kianney Bay by some surfers, and Friday I had to pull a Korean from the
surf. He'd been sucked out by the king-tide at the mouth of the Bega River.
Fortunately a nurse with a boogie board, who had just managed to get out
herself out of trouble (thought I was going to have to pull her out, while
the Korean went to Tassie) and I managed to get him in a dead spot and
pull him in.
He was blue. Hopefully he survived to swim another day. But the ambulance
took 45 minutes to get him away, alive, but still not speaking English."
The show, repeated on Monday at 3.30 a m and Tuesday at 4.30 p m, also
features Georgian Zac Brown adding to the culinary flavour, performing
the video for his breakthrough hit Chicken Fried.
And Northern Territory-born Markus Meier, guitarist for prolific Golden
Guitarist Lee Kernaghan, debuts on Nu Country with the video for second
album title track A Different Land.
MIRANDA AND SHERYL
born Loretta Lynn, now 78, is living proof real talent endures fads, fashion
peers honour the merry widow of 14 years on Coal Miner's Daughter
- A Tribute To Loretta Lynn.
A half-century ago Loretta drove across the south with husband Mooney
Doolittle Lynn, handing records to DJS and hoping for airplay.
The mother of six, who wed at 13, scored airplay, record, book and
movie deals, Grammy Awards and Country Music Hall of Fame membership.
In her 50th anniversary year - 2010 - tributes flowed with Grammy
Salute at the Ryman, re-release of her autobiography and new multi-artist
Texans Lee Ann Womack, Miranda Lambert and Steve Earle, Gretchen Wilson,
Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Lucinda Williams, Carrie
Underwood, Allison Moorer, The White Stripes, Paramore and Kid Rock
are featured on the disc.
In 1976 she
released best-selling memoir, Coal Miner's Daughter that led to
the 1980 film version.
Sissy Spacek's Oscar-winning lead role performance expanded Loretta's
Six years ago, Lynn recorded the critically acclaimed CD Van Lear Rose
with rocker Jack White of the White Stripes.
We feature the video this week with Loretta, Lambert and Crow sharing
vocals to the backdrop of Lynn's journey from Butcher Holler to her dude
ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
That's where I caught her live in 1978 at a boy scouts concert with the
late Johnny Russell and singing spouse Beverly Heckel, Kenny Starr and
various members of the Lynn-Webb clan.
As chauffeur for Russell, who wrote Buck Owens-Beatles-Ringo Starr hit
Act Naturally I enjoyed a midnight roast chicken and steak BBQ
hosted by Loretta and Doolittle who died at 69 in 1996.
CLICK HERE for a Loretta
Lynn feature from the Diary.
MERLE HAGGARD - MAMA TRIED
country star Merle Haggard returns to the show with a live cut of his
classic hit Mama Tried.
73 and survivor of recent lung surgery, spent his 21st birthday in
The Hag was busted in Bakersfield in the fifties for breaking into
a Beer Can Hill nightclub via the restaurant back door while chef
was serving desserts.
Haggard, five times wed and long pardoned, was one of the recipients
of the 2010 Kennedy Centre Honours on December 5.
Merle mingled with heads of state, legendary singers, composers and
TV and film celebrities including Paul McCartney and recent Tennessee
born Aussie tourist Oprah.
It was a three-day gala for the Hag, beginning with a State Department
Dinner, hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then a meeting
with President Obama and the First Lady in the White House the night
before the event, and the star-studded gala performance in Washington.
dined with old buddies Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson.
As they chewed the fat they discussed their new trio album.
"We got to eat a little something together - we didn't know what
the hell this food was, but we thought it was funny," Merle revealed.
"We talked about doing that together, but with the presence of Kris,
we talked about the three of us doing it. I'm sure if we're healthy and
live to do it, we'll do it. We thought about the title: the Musketeers.
You know, because there's the three of us. We'll come up with some little
way of describing ourselves I guess, and put it together into a show."
Haggard has recovered from his lung surgery but maybe not enough to reprise
his 1996 Australian tour with The Strangers.
"It took a long time to get over that surgery," Haggard said.
"It took the best part of two years and I'm just now feeling like
I might be able to reach over and pick up a garbage can with the right
arm. They removed an upper lobe of my right lung, and had to go in underneath
my arm. It's quite painful and irritating to have that. You know how tender
that is underneath your arm. To have that heal up, it takes a couple of
good years. I think I'm all right now. I went down and had a checkup just
prior to going back for this little gig and I was clear. I didn't have
anything, and that's an awful good sign. For the two years following the
surgery for lung cancer you get infections from the hospital. They call
them staph infections - I guess because the staff gets 'em first. I had
an ongoing infection that lasted for the best part of two years after
that. It was touch and go because I only have this one part of my lung
and I had an infection in it. We're going to try touring another year.""
CLICK HERE for
a Haggard CD review in the Diary on June 14, 2010.
born chanteuse Carrie Underwood honours her mother Carole in a video for
recent hit Mama's Song on this week's show.
Both Carole and Carrie's sporting spouse - Ottawa Sentinels hockey star
husband Mike Fisher - have cameos in the video.
The song is the latest hit from Carrie's huge selling third album Play
Carrie has co-written and recorded There's A Place for Us for new
movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
She wrote the song with David Hodges and Hillary Lindsey.
Based on a C.S. Lewis book, the fantasy film was released on December
"I'm a big fan of the Narnia books and films, so I was really excited
about seeing this new movie and writing and performing a song for it,"
"I was blown away by the film, and I think people are going to be
really excited when they see it."
Carrie also plays a church youth leader in inspirational film, Soul
The film is based on Bethany Hamilton - a champion surfer who lost her
arm in a shark attack when she was 13.
She also released Carrie Underwood: Biography ghosted by veteran
writer Vernell Hackett who researched old stories at the Tulsa World offices
It documents Underwood's rise to fame from hometown Checotah, a successful
stint on American Idol and her country music career.
Carrie also inspired a new character on Sesame Street named Carrie Underworm
- she also recorded a short song The Worm Anthem.
CLICK HERE for
a Carrie feature in the Diary on January 29, 2007.
BROWN STILL CHICKEN FRIED
star Zac Brown survived New Year's Eve to provide host Mid Pacific
Bob Olson with an accompanying song for his recipe of the week.
Bob resurrected Zac's breakthrough video for Chicken Fried
- his first #1 hit after years in the honky tonks and Dixie bars.
Brown plans to follow his benefactor - fellow Georgian superstar Alan
Jackson on an Australian tour this year.
Jackson, 51, gave Brown a 1966 Cadillac at a concert in Nashville
on December 29.
Alan gave his burly barroom buddy the Caddie as a reward for their
duet on their #1 hit As She's Walking Away.
Jackson earlier passed on recording Chicken Fried a few moons
ago and gave Brown his first #1 hit.
he noticed the Caddie before the gig and thought, "That's Alan's
car. It's gotta be. That's bad-ass. Then Alan said, 'That's your car.'
Man, that's unbelievable - it's unreal."
Zac adds, "I will pay it forward. What an amazing night, amazing
friend, amazing car and if I want to pull a Hank Sr, I now have the ride
to do it in."
Luckily the 58th anniversary of Hank's death at 29 on New Year's Day in
the back of his Caddie has passed and Zac hasn't.
CLICK HERE for
a Zac Brown review in the Diary on August 9, 2010.
MEIER TILLS A DIFFERENT LAND
Territory singer-songwriter-guitarist Markus Meier performs the video
for the title track of his second album A Different Land.
joined Lee Kernaghan's band after the Black Saturday bushfires.
also pays homage to his wife and two children on his album produced
by Garth Porter.
"It's been an interesting few years. I got married, we've had
two children, we've taken over the management of my career after
a pretty tough time, I've signed to a new agent, and I've had to
find a way to earn a living and still build my music career,"
says Markus who was raised at Halls Creek in the Kimberleys.
in the end, it's all been really positive - I've got an amazing, wonderful
wife who's really supportive, two gorgeous kids, and my career is going
better than it ever has before. I couldn't be happier."
Meier, who performs at CMC Rocks The Hunter on March 5 and 6, says his
album reaches deep.
"This is a pretty personal album, but I figure the truthfulness of
the songs is what makes them connect with people," he says.
"I'm glad I can put my experiences into music and turn them into
something more universal," Markus said.
The title track is a good example.
"You look at all those images of Australia being the lucky country,
living off the sheep's back," he explained.
"But life's not like that for a lot of people these days, and all
they can do is their best - and sometimes even than can be really tough."
Markus also digs deep on My Patch Of Dirt.
Markus takes a different approach to that subject on My Patch Of Dirt.
"I think this is a really important song. It's about being proud
of what you have, even though it might not seem much to someone else,"
The autobiographical One Of These Days was inspired by his life
and dreams after decamping to the Queensland hometown of prolific Golden
Guitar winner Graeme Connors.
"I live in Mackay, and there are a lot of people in this town who
will relate to this song. I wanted to tell their story, as well as my
own," he said.
"I spend the part of my life when I'm not on stage underneath the
big trucks they use at the mines - with two kids, I have a really good
reason to be earning a living."
Further Info - www.markusmeier.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 email@example.com
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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