DIARY - 16/8/11 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 11 - SERIES 16
TRIO REIGN ON NU COUNTRY
tonker Dale Watson and Kentucky born fellow singing actor Dwight Yoakam
headline Nu Country TV this Saturday - August 20 - on C 31 at 10.30 p.m.
Fellow Texans Miranda Lambert and Lee Ann Womack also return to the show
to strut their stuff.
Jim Lauderdale, who had a cameo in recent Country Strong movie,
takes a starring role in the show edited by Ashley Hall.
And Old Crow Medicine Show, who have toured here twice, return to the
program repeated Friday at 5.30 a.m.
WATSON TAKES TIGER BY THE TAIL
Texan Dale Watson turned trauma into gold after his sixth Australian tour
emulated late hero Buck Owens and took a tiger by the tail.
The singer wrote and recorded a new song, replete with a popular
video, after Tiger Airways lost a box of his CDs and also charged
him excess cargo fees.
Watson, angered by Tiger tardiness repaying him, posted his song
Tiger Airways - We Don't Careways, on Youtube.
It was an immediate Internet hit.
The loss was a big winner for Watson, 47, as he won exposure peers
would kill for.
Dale scored massive international publicity and boomeranged when
he was interviewed and performed his song on the Nine Network Sunday
the song had a happy ending.
Airlines-backed carrier never found Watson's discs but belatedly repaid
him $2000 wholesale cost of the 120 CDs and the $500 excess baggage charge
for the lost cargo.
Its delay of several cheques was blamed on ash clouds and the airlines
Sadly we don't have that video so we reprise Hollywood Hillbilly
from his 13th album From The Cradle To The Grave.
Video director Johnny Knoxville was cast as body snatcher Phil Kaufman
in Gram Parsons movie Grand Theft Parsons.
CLICK HERE for a Watson
feature from the Diary on February 21, 2007.
DRIVES JAYNE MANSFIELD CAR
Yoakam returns to Nu Country with his video for classic Close Up
The Honky Tonks.
It was on his 2007 Buck Owens tribute disc Dwight Sings Buck.
Dwight, an in demand actor with 28 roles in his CV, is making new
Billy Bob Thornton movie Jayne Mansfield's Car in Georgia.
They were also in 1996 movie Sling Blade that won Billy Bob
an Oscar for best screenplay.
"Billy wrote a new screenplay titled Jayne Mansfield's Car,"
Dwight, 54, revealed recently.
"It stars myself, Billy Bob, and Dennis Quaid as three brothers
in 1969, who are ex World War II vets wrestling with their own families
and lives on a large cattle ranch in western Alabama."
in the new movie by octogenarian Oscar winner Robert Duvall, has long
combined movies with music and is cast in the remake of The Lone Ranger.
"I'm hoping to record this summer or fall for something that's out
next year," he reports.
"I'm writing a lot."
Dwight worked with Billy Bob in front of cameras and behind console on
They sang backing vocals on Warren Zevon's final album, The Wind,
in 2003, before the singer-songwriter died from cancer.
"Warren did a lot of recording at Billy Bob Thornton's home studio,"
Dwight recalls. "We were there one night and Billy said, 'You've
got to listen to this.' It was after everybody had left, and he pulled
up Knockin' on Heaven's Door. It was Warren doing it, and Billy
Bob said, 'That tears you up.'"
Dwight appeared in The Newton Boys and Provinces Of Night -
an indie movie about a twisted family shot in North Carolina.
It also features Kris Kristofferson, Val Kilmer and Hillary Duff.
Yoakam and Kristofferson recently appeared in The Last Rites of Ransom
Pride - written by outlaw Texan country singer Ray Wylie Hubbard.
Yoakam was also cast with fellow singing actor Tim McGraw in Four Holidays
and Dirty Girl.
He is also in Favourite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities with Billy
Ray and Miley Cyrus, and Naomi and Ashley Judd.
CLICK HERE for a Dwight
interview in the Diary on July 26, 2005.
JIM LAUDERDALE MEETS JESUS IN A BAR
Grammy Award winner Jim Lauderdale - son of a Presbyterian minister
- returns with the video for his song I Met Jesus In A Bar.
The prolific artist has a cameo as a band member in new Tim McGraw-Gwyneth
Paltrow movie Country Strong.
He wrote the Jesus song with Leslie Satcher, born in Paris, Texas,
after the death of his dad - in 2004.
It was from Country Super Hits Vol 1 - one of two albums
he released in 2006.
Texans George Strait, Lee Ann Womack, Kelly Willis, Dixie Chicks,
Jon Randall, Mark Chesnut and Bruce Robison have all cut his songs.
So have artists diverse as Kentuckian Patty Loveless, Joy Lynn White,
Gary Allan, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Australians Melinda Schneider
The singer released 18th album Honey Songs in 2008 and landed
two songs, including the title track on Strait's huge selling 38th
has also written with such disparate talents as the late Harlan
Howard, Robert Hunter, Frank Dycus and Melba Montgomery.
Jim wrote King of Broken Hearts in 1991 about the impact
of George Jones and Gram Parsons.
"King of Broken Hearts just popped up for me," Lauderdale
reading a Gram Parsons biography by Syd Griffin. In the book, Pamela Des
Barres was talking about how Gram had a party and he put on George Jones
for people who hadn't heard of him. When I read it, I got goose bumps
and this melody came. I was living in California and went out to Cap Rock
where Gram used to hang out and was cremated. And the song came to me.
A lot of times, a melody will come at the spur of the moment. I'll think
of a phrase and the melody will come right then."
performed at the inaugural CMC Rocks The Snowy festival at Thredbo
He made his Australian debut tour in 2002 with Kim Richey, Canadians Fred
Eaglesmith and Jason McCoy and expat Tasmanian Audrey Auld.
CLICK HERE for an
interview in the Diary on December 14, 2006, with Lauderdale about how
he wrote I Met Jesus In A Bar.
LEE ANN WOMACK - TWO HUSBANDS AGO
singing actress Lee Ann Womack - one of Jim's song clients - returns
with the video for her song 20 Years And Two Husbands Ago.
Fellow Texan Waylon Payne plays a waiter in the video for the twice-wed
Waylon - son of late singer Sammy Smith & Jody Payne - played
Jerry Lee Lewis in Cash movie Walk The Line.
Lee Ann's song is from her seventh album There's More Where That
Payne also wrote Solitary Thinking on her eighth album Call
Me Crazy, released in 2009.
Lee Ann recently played a sheriff - Chief Deputy Claire Wades in a
small East Texas town in the movie Noble Things.
born singer, 45 and mother of two, is the former singing spouse of singer-songwriter
She is wed to producer Frank Liddell and cut duets with fellow Texan George
Strait on Everything But Quits and 2005 CMA award-winning tune
Good News Bad News.
Womack, daughter of a small town Texan DJ, won a Grammy with Willie Nelson
for their 2002 duet, Mendocino County Line.
She also cut a duet with Alan Jackson on Vern Gosdin tribute Til The
End on his 18th album Freight Train.
CLICK HERE for a feature
on Lee Ann from the Diary on March 28, 2005.
CROW MEDICINE SHOW
band Old Crow Medicine Show return to Nu Country with a video of their
historic song Wagon Wheel.
The band indulges in a little carnival knowledge in the video.
Old Crow Medicine Show, formed in 1998, has toured here twice.
It debuted at the 2009 CMC Rocks The Snowy festival at Thredbo
to promote sixth album Tennessee Pusher on Nettwerk Records.
Producer Don Was took the string quartet west to California to record
with cameos by veteran drummer Jim Keltner and organist Benmont Tench.
The band, suffering illness, cancelled September shows at Austin City
Limits festival and historic Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Billy
Bob's in Fort Worth.
HERE for Old Crow Medicine Show CD review from The Diary on January 21,
CLICK HERE for Anne
Sydenham's Forum concert review on March 13, 2009.
LAMBERT - NO WHITE LIAR
imitate life for Texan star Miranda Lambert when she wed Oklahoma star
Blake Shelton in May.
Well, not like in the video clip for the marital mayhem of her song White
Liar that we reprise on Nu Country this week.
The cheating spouse is sprung at the ceremony and hell breaks loose -
it's one of five #1 hits from Lambert's fourth album Revolution.
Lambert cancelled her 2011 Australian tour with Georgian superstar Alan
Jackson because of respiratory problems.
Miranda, 27, releases fifth solo album Four The Record on November
1 - she debuted a new single this month and has been performing Baggage
Claim in concert.
Four The Record is being touted as Lambert's fourth album but she
also released an indie disc before being signed by Sony.
The daughter of a former Dallas undercover narcotics cop-private eye,
recently toured the U.S. with The Pistol Annies - featuring fellow
singer-songwriters Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe.
In May the trio released the title track of debut album Hell On Heels
- out on August 23.
East Tennessee born Monroe - a prolific writer with tunes written with
and recorded by Catherine Britt - is a descendant of the Carter Family.
Kentuckian Presley - who writes for the publishing company of expats Barry
and Jewel Coburn - has had songs recorded by Australian artists Jasmine
Rae and Kirsty Lee Akers.
Click Here for a Miranda
Lambert feature in the Diary on May 5, 2007
for a Miranda Lambert CD review in the Diary on January 11, 2010.
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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