DIARY - 9/8/2011 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 10 - SERIES 16
DUETS FUEL NU COUNTRY TV
country music king Lee Kernaghan and Arkansas born tourist Dierks Bentley
headline Nu Country TV this Saturday - August 13 - at 10.30 p m on C 31.
Fellow Arkansas born tourist Joe Nichols returns with his Fawkner duet
partner Jasmine Rae.
Mid Pacific Bob Olson hosts the episode from our former editor Peter Staubli's
Sapphire Coast retreat at Tura Beach.
The Jane Dear Girls, Wolverines, McAlister Kemp and Peter McWhirter also
perform on the show edited by Ashley Hall and repeated Friday at 2.30
AND LEE SHARE SCARS
scored a bonus when Dierks Bentley toured here with Brooks & Dunn
He lured Dierks into the studio to record a duet on Scars from
his ninth album Planet Country.
The duo also strutted their stuff in the video filmed in the big smoke
and featured this week on our show.
Corryong born Kernaghan wrote the song with Matt Scullion and Lawrie Minson
but Bentley says it also describes his knee injuries from falls off motorbikes.
"Most people can relate to those physical scars and emotional scars
- we all carry them," says Kernaghan, 47 and father of two sons.
"Dierks reckons he has a massive scar on his knee. He didn't stack
his bike - he wrecked it."
The song was written well before Bentley, whose bluegrass album Up
On The Ridge is Top 5 on the U.S. charts, toured here.
"We had been writing songs for this album for a couple of years but
the turning point was when Matt Scullion came up to Queensland,"
"He had been working on a song called Scars with Lawrie Minson in
Tamworth and said 'we're not sure if we've got it right' and he came up.
The idea brought back memories for me of Hank Jr, David Allan Coe and
Waylon. We starred rewriting it, doing it with a southern rock influence.
After about five hours I said to Matt why don't we stop now and revisit
it later. He said 'no, let's finish it now.' So we pushed on and finished
it - that opened a lot of doors for what we could do on this record. He
also co-wrote Girl's Gone Wild, Something Right, Planet Country
and People Like Us.
He brought a different perspective to the writing."
Kernaghan since released new album Bringing The Music Home, now
on sale with Planet Country in a special Deluxe Double CD Edition.
It includes a duet with father Ray on the Hank Williams Jr classic Family
Tradition and singing spouse Robbie McKelvie on Bruce Springsteen
CLICK HERE for a
Lee Kernaghan feature from the Diary on November 10, 2009.
CLICK HERE for a Dierks
Bentley feature in the Diary on April 26, 2009.
NICHOLS - JASMINE RAE
Nichols and Jasmine Rae were contrasts in height when they shared
stages on the Arkansas born singer's three Australian tours.
But they met in the middle to record a duet for Jasmine's second album
Nicholls also joined her in the concert video for their collaboration
I'll Try Anything.
"I supported Joe here in 2009, I have always loved his music,"
Rae, 23, revealed.
"I got on really well and asked him. He agreed to come into the
studio and did some vocals. He loved the song - he was really cool."
So was it hard to lure Nichols into the studio?
I asked my manager Rob Potts and he organised it with Joe's manager,"
Rae, daughter of a mechanic in northern Melbourne suburb Fawkner, said.
Joe played CMC Rocks The Hunter in March and returned in May for an east
coast tour including a concert with Jasmine at the historic Forum in Melbourne
Nichols, now 34, was only 20 when he landed his first indie deal in 1996
- he is now recording a follow-up to eighth album Old Things New.
Joe, son of truckie bassist Mike, was born in Arkansas and decamped Nashville
to live in Texas with second wife Heather Singleton after they wed in
Savannah, Georgia, on September 9, 2007.
CLICK HERE for
a Jasmine interview in the Diary on March 5, 2011.
CLICK HERE for a Nichols
interview from the Diary on November 18, 2009.
CLICK HERE for a Nichols concert
review on May 7, 2011.
DEAR GIRLS - SHOTGUN GIRL
Jane Dear Girls perform in a colourful narrative video for recent
hit Shotgun Girl.
It had all the good oil - pick-up trucks, a boxcar, sports cars, a
diner and even a sturdy wheat silo.
It's on the Jane Dear Girls self-titled disc, produced by John Rich
of Big & Rich.
Susie Brown and Danelle Leverett play banjo, fiddle & guitar in
the video - among the eight instruments in their vast repertoire.
The girls are prolific writers.
"Literally on our first day we wrote a song together our co-writer
noticed that we were a duo," Amarillo born Danelle revealed.
said 'You play alike, sing alike and talk alike.' I know that sounds weird,
but really the first day that we even hung out we both knew this was what
we were going to end up doing."
"From there we started knocking on publishers doors and five-and-a-half
years later we're sitting here" says Alpine born Susie raised in
her family bluegrass band.
"I started violin when I was 4 then I switched over to fiddling when
I was 8. I played with my family band for about 10 years or so."
Further info - www.thejanedeargirls.com
PETER MCWHIRTER - DEVIL'S DAUGHTER
High school singer Peter McWhirter shared expat Australian producer Mark
Moffatt with Jasmine Rae.
McWhirter recorded his debut album Lucky As A Se7en in Nashville
with the pedal steel guitarist for pioneer Melbourne outlaw band Saltbush.
This week the Harrington Park singer performs his video for the late Dennis
Linde's song The Devil's Daughter.
McWhirter, some time touring partner of Jasmine, proved bales of hay are
safer than silage sandwiches with a vampire.
Moral of his song - don't be tempted by a roll in the hay unless you know
the lay of the land.
The singer's character paid the price of falling for the charms of a satanic
sweetheart of the rodeo.
Peter's secondary school, replete with campus recording studio, was the
launch pad for Starmaker winner Travis Collins and Christie Lamb.
McWhirter has become a big fan of recently deceased icon Dennis Linde
- also writer of Burning Love and Goodbye Earl.
"I first heard The Devil's Daughter in Nashville," the
"Mark said 'what do you think of that?' I liked it when I first heard
it - it was his demo (not the recorded version by Fiddlin' Frenchie Burke.)
It's one of my favourite songs on the album."
CLICK HERE for
a McWhirter feature from the Diary on September 26, 2010.
KEMP HARD WORK
winning NSW duo McAlister Kemp returns to Nu Country with a video for
latest single Hard Work.
Drew McAlister and Troy Kemp share spoils of their toils with a young
The song, penned by Drew and Michael Carr, recalls a struggle of pulling
beers to save money to buy a new truck.
It's on McAlister Kemp's debut album All Kinds Of Tough.
McAlister, son of a farmer turned meat worker, was born in Narrabri and
raised in Moree, Casino and Dubbo before moving to Sydney.
Kemp, whose dad is a physiotherapist, hails from Slim Dusty hometown Kempsey
and met McAlister in the Australian stage production of 2008 Johnny Cash
musical Walk The Line.
But it was fellow singer-songwriter-musician Carr who co-wrote two songs
on their debut disc and suggested they write and perform as a duo.
That was after they performed in Johnny Cash stage musical Walk The
They overcame the tyranny of distance by writing some songs on skype.
The duo wrote 11 originals on a 13-track disc that enjoyed production
of Matt Fell.
CLICK HERE for a McAlister
Kemp feature from the Diary on May 9, 2011.
- GOOD OLD BOYS
depict good old boys with brand new toys in their video for new single
Good Times And Good Old Boys.
They trio, recently resurrected from premature retirement also serenade
the girls on the boat - the Holy Cow.
Good Times And Good Old Boys is on the trio's seventh album Good
Old Boys and ABC compilation CD-DVD The Very Best Of The Wolverines.
The Wolverines, who also released a concert DVD, retired briefly after
headlining a recent Wandong Country Music Festival.
The Golden Guitar winning trio previously appeared on Nu Country with
a video of Up & Done Died from fourth album Good Times
on ACMEC Records.
Expatriate Kiwi singer-songwriter and guitarist Darcy LeYear, pianist
Chris Doyle and drummer John Clinton are best known for their country
But the band, formed in 1994, broke on TV, radio and print media with
evocative Lee J Collier cystic fibrosis awareness song 65 Roses.
The band is touring nationally before the Rhapsody of The Seas Cruise
from November 4-11.
CLICK HERE for a Wolverines
feature from the Diary on June 19, 2003.
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 duo's latest CDS as prizes for viewers who renew Nu Country
TV memberships or become members.
Sony-BMG promotions chief Emma Smith also gave 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 cut of the late June Carter Cash-Merle
Kilgore written Johnny Cash hit Ring Of Fire and rare track Look
Emma also donated the newly wed Miranda's huge selling 4th CD Revolution.
And as a bonus there is Miranda's 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
Jackson played 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 returned 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 donated autographed copies of his huge selling
ninth album Get Closer.
She has also donated new compilation The Very Best Of Slim Dusty
and CMAA Winners - 2011.
All you have to do to win Jackson, Lambert, Urban and Dusty CDS or the
Lambert DVD is become a member of Nu Country or renew 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.
Other prizes 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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