DIARY - 28 JUNE 2011 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 4 - SERIES 16
REIGN ON NU COUNTRY TV
a posse of legends on Nu Country TV this Saturday - July 2 at 10.30 p
Hank Williams Jr heads the cast who explore the past and future of the
genre, moonshining, movies and the economy.
Texan fireball Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow help icon Loretta Lynn
celebrate her rise from rags to riches in a show edited by Ashley Hall
and repeated on Friday at 2.30 am.
Former Trick Pony singer Heidi Newfield eulogises late legends Johnny
Cash and wife June Carter Cash.
And Texan singing actress Leann Rimes revives a song made famous by Florida
born stone country star John Anderson.
Georgian father of four Zac Brown performs an evocative tale about the
rigors of the road on a marriage.
And Shipwreck Coast born Damian Howard performs his latest video on the
banks of Little Yarra River at Gladysdale in the Yarra Valley.
HANK JR - POPCORN MOONSHINE LIQUOR
White & Pink Slip Blues - Hank Williams Jr Global Financial
Crisis song is equally relevant today.
Bocephus wrote it four years ago for 51st studio album 127 Rose
Avenue - named after his childhood home in Georgiana, Alabama.
But now, with the U.S. economy still hurting and massive unemployment,
we have revived Hank's video for our TV show.
Four times wed Hank Jr is doing his bit to revive the U.S. economy
with moonshine liquor - his Popcorn and White Whiskey distillery.
Popcorn Sutton manufactured the finest moonshine in Cocke County in
East Tennessee in the 1970s.
bothered anybody with his business enterprise but his business just happened
to be against the law.
arrested him and planned to put him away.
Following a trial, he was sentenced to 18 months in a federal penitentiary
and fined $5,000.
The five grand was for not paying taxes on his illegal whiskey.
Grosser and Popcorn were friends.
After the trial, Grosser visited him to continue his legacy of making
Tennessee white whiskey.
When he asked for the recipe, Popcorn told him, "Corn, sugar,
water and yeast. And here's the recipe, but you have to promise to
go on a mission and find Hank Williams Jr.
because a country boy can survive. He'll know what to do."
Popcorn gave him the recipe with a promise Grosser would find Hank
to share the legacy.
But before Popcorn, 62 and suffering cancer, could find Hank he chose
his own exit strategy - suicide.
He didn't have five grand and had no intention of being locked up
inside four walls away from sunshine and trees and all that goes with
loving the outdoor life.
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He was determined
he was not going to be locked away in prison.
Grosser found Hank, also 62, and told him the story.
The more Hank thought about Popcorn's legacy, the more he knew he had
to legally manufacture the old man's liquor.
Partnering with Grosser and using Popcorn's recipe, they're now running
one of the first Federally approved white whiskey distilleries in America.
And it's being made in Nashville.
To announce his latest venture, Hank hosted a party and invited some of
his rowdy friends over to make them aware Popcorn Sutton's Tennessee White
Whiskey is now on the market.
The party attracted Jamey Johnson, Kid Rock, Josh Thompson, Travis Tritt,
Colt Ford, Martina McBride, Rodney Atkins, Randy Houser, Zac Brown, Tanya
Tucker, Little Texas, Dave Gibson, Lee Brice, Little Big Town, Eddie Montgomery,
Kentucky Headhunters, Two-Foot Fred, the Roys, Heidi Newfield, Jaron Lowenstein
with live music by Grascals.
Plans are being made to turn the Popcorn Sutton saga into a new movie
with Hank Jr & Grascals - Dolly Parton's bluegrass band - in major
Before he died, Popcorn penned his autobiography - Me and My Likker:
The True Story of a Mountain Moonshiner.
is based on Popcorn's autobiography.
Hank Jr.'s son, Hank III, mentions Popcorn in his song Moonshiner's
Life on his Rebel Within CD.
Bocephus went on the road at the age of eight singing songs by famed father
He was just 17 when he starred in his first movie - A Time To Sing.
Richard Thomas of The Waltons fame played Hank Jr in The Living Proof
movie and George Hamilton played Hank Sr in 1964 film Your Cheating
Hank Jr was also in Roadie with Meatloaf, Roy Orbison, Alice Cooper, Joe
Ely, Asleep At The Wheel and many more.
Bocephus and sister Jett recently approved another new movie on their
dad who died at 29 in 1953.
This album also features All the Roads - a Hank Jr. composition
with the Grascals.
Williams, now 60 and father of recording artists Hank 111 and daughters
Holly and Hilary, wrote All The Roads to be performed and recorded
as a bluegrass song.
Hank Jr pays homage in Last Driftin' Cowboy to Don Helms - celebrated
steel guitarist and longest surviving member of his father's band.
Helms died at 81 on August 11, 2008, from a heart attack and diabetes.
CLICK HERE for
a Don Helms obituary from the Diary on September 8, 2008.
HERE for a Hank Jr CD Review in the Diary.
MIRANDA & SHERYL MINING HISTORY
born Loretta Lynn, now 78, is living proof real talent endures fads, fashion
Loretta returns to the show with Sheryl Crow - former fiancé of
Texan cycling champ Lance Armstrong - and Miranda Lambert to revive her
epic Coal Miner's Daughter.
Diverse 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 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 album.
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
It also helped Sissy's singing and acting career that found her back with
octogenarian Robert Duvall and Bill Murray in 2011 movie Get Low.
Seven years ago Lynn recorded critically acclaimed CD Van Lear Rose
with rocker Jack White of White Stripes.
We feature the video with Loretta, newly wed Lambert, 27, and Crow sharing
vocals to 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 on February 1, 2011.
NEWFIELD CASHES IN
Pony singer Heidi Newfield performs in the video for her tribute to the
late Johnny and June Carter Cash.
Johnny and June is a highlight of her solo CD What Am I Waiting
Buddy and Julie Miller also eulogised Johnny and June in their song June,
penned on May 15, 2003 - the night she died.
It's on their album Written In Chalk.
Fellow Highwaymen recorded Good Morning John, for friend-mentor
Johnny Cash, about his struggles with addiction early in life.
It's on the new Kristofferson disc Closer To The Bone - his second
on New West Records.
Heidi, 40, grew up on a horse farm in northern California and named her
first band after a trick pony.
They split after a decade in 2006.
Newfield and Hunter Valley singer Kirsty Lee Akers both recorded the Angaleena
Presley song Knocked Up on their most recent albums.
for a Heidi review in the Diary on August 10, 2009
Leann Rimes reached out to Floridian stone country singer John Anderson
to source Swingin'.
Anderson had a major hit in 1983 with the song, reprised on Rimes
14th album Lady And Gentleman.
Former Pure Prairie League singer and superstar Vince Gill produced
the disc with Nashville A-team session players.
Rimes, 29, partnered with noted choreographer and dance partner
Benji Schwimmer and director David McClister for the nine-hour shoot
at the Moose Lodge in Burbank, California.
The riveting video features a dance until you drop contest under
the gaze of two huge stuffed moose heads on the wall.
reaches back to an era when western swing was still the king for
her entree by pioneer dance callers.
into a modern scenario with Rimes wearing four-and-a-half inch heels.
Rimes also features legendary Time Jumpers for a super-retro remake her
own 1996 career-starter, Blue, on the disc.
She also revamped the late Texan outlaw Waylon Jennings' Only Daddy
That'll Walk the Line as Only Mama and is the first-person
narrator of his Good Hearted Woman.
Rimes, who appeared in Coyote Ugly movie, lives in Los Angeles
with second husband - actor Eddie Cibrian and his two children.
The couple began their romance shooting the Northern Lights movie
in Calgary, Alberta.
In 2009 she split with husband of seven years, dancer Dean Sheremet, to
be with Cibrian who was also married.
Expatriate Queensland Star Maker winner Kylie Sackley penned Rimes top
#5 hit Nothing 'Bout Love Makes Sense.
She penned it with another former Pure Prairie League singer Gary Burr
and Joel Feeney for Rimes 12th album This Time, that sold 100,000
copies in its first week.
CLICK HERE for a Rimes
feature in the Diary on October 25, 2003.
BROWN ON HIGHWAY 20
chart-toppers the Zac Brown Band return to Nu Country with an evocative
video for a song about paternal regret.
Highway 20 is a powerful story of a father on the road and missing
Brown, a father for the fourth time, is well qualified to sing about rigors
of the road.
But, unlike the character in the song, Brown lives with his wife Shelly
and four daughters.
The song is from the band's fourth album The Foundation.
Fellow Georgian Alan Jackson and Floridian Jimmy Buffett - partners on
#1 hit It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere - join the band on fifth album
You Get What You Give.
Jackson performs a duet on As She's Walking Away and Brown's mentor
Buffett joins the band for Knee Deep on the Atlantic Records album.
Zac spent a week in Mexico, filming the video for Knee Deep featuring
The video was shot around the Costa Careyes resort from May 17-20 and
includes scenes on a private beach, pool area and under a coconut tree.
Zac has since launched record label Southern Ground with artists diverse
as The Wood Brothers, Sonia Leigh, Blackberry Smoke, Nic Cowan and Levi
CLICK HERE for
a Zac Brown Band CD review in the Diary on August 9, 2010.
DAMIAN HOWARD - YARRA VALLEY
Coast singer Damian Howard headed for the Yarra Valley to illustrate
his video clip for One Step Forward from second album Out
Of My Hands.
It was filmed at The Ploughboys managerial property that houses a
rustic home and rotunda with ornate chandelier featured in another
video for the album title track.
They used the rotunda on the banks of Little Yarra River at Gladysdale
to illustrate the song's message.
The house - facade and veranda - were the locale for Ned Kelly party
held a few years ago and the rotunda is a stage for an annual festival.
Damian and elder siblings Eric, Shane and Marcia sang for their supper
in the shade of the Nestles factory on a different river - the Merri
- as kids.
It was where
the family sowed the seeds for Goanna and subsequent solo careers.
Eldest brother Eric overcame being a Warrnambool under 18's football finals
winner with this diarist to become a successful administrator.
Damian featured Warrnambool pianist Richard Tankard, guitarist Jason King
and Yackandandah fiddler Pete Denahy on the album.
The 2011 Tamworth Starmaker finalist has been frequent flyer to Europe
during a 16-year career as a solo artist and Ploughboys singer.
Other guests on his discs include guitarist Lee Morgan, drummer Jon Emry,
Lost In Suburbia pedal steel guitarist Murray McDowell, Anthony O'Neill
on mandolin and fiddler Dan Burke.
Further info - www.damianhoward.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 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 email@example.com
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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