DIARY - 20 JULY 2011 - PREVIEW EPISODE 7 - SERIES 16
TURNS THE TABLES ON NU COUNTRY TV
tonker Sunny Sweeney returns to Nu Country TV this Saturday - July 23
- at 10.30 pm with her latest video clip.
Singing actor Gwyneth Paltrow also showcases the video for the title track
of her movie Country Strong.
Her co-star Tim McGraw debuts the video for his recent single on a show
edited by Ashley Hall.
Frequent Australian tourist - New York born Kieran Kane - reprises a video
filmed on the mean streets of Brunswick.
And fellow native New Yorker Randy Montana makes his debut on Nu Country
on a show that is repeated on Friday at 2.30 a.m.
Ezra Lee, who played Jerry Lee Lewis in the Australian stage show The
Ultimate Rock 'N Roll Jam Session, also debuts.
SWEENEY - FROM A TABLE AWAY
Sweeney harvests hay from heartbreak of divorce on her second album
The Longview born singer reprised songs from her recent EP for the
album, produced by Brett Beavers whose clients include Dierks Bentley
and Catherine Britt.
Sweeney, 34, performs in the video for her first Top 10 single From
A Table Away - that captures the eternal triangle from the eyes
of the other woman.
It's not her former husband who scored her dog Merle in the divorce
- Sweeney lost Merle but kept her other dogs Dolly and Nash.
She has since released another single Staying's Worse Than Leaving.
Sunny also performed a duet with Waylon Jennings widow Jessi Colter
on Good Hearted Woman on the third tribute disc to the late Texan
recorded expatriate Van Diemen's Land diva Audrey Auld tune The
Next Big Nothing on her 2007 debut album Heartbreakers Hall
HERE for a Sunny interview in the Diary on March 27, 2011.
KANE ABLE ON BRUNSWICK TABLE
and some Aussie mates helped make his video for his song Anybody's
Game a true international effort on his 10th tour down under.
They filmed the video in Brunswick with help from son Lucas and other
touring partners Kevin Welch and Fats Kaplin.
Anybody's Game is from Kane's seventh solo album Somewhere Beyond
Kane, 61, also released four albums with Jamie O'Hara as The O'Kanes and
others - including a live disc - with Welch, Kaplin and the Dead Reckoners.
Kane, Lucas and David Francey returned here earlier this year for gigs
and sold paintings, photos and CDS at a local art gallery.
They are now touring the U.S. as a trio - Go Jane Go.
CLICK HERE for a Kieran
Kane feature interview from the Diary on July 25, 2006.
MCGRAW - AT WAR
born singing actor Tim McGraw has been performing concerts in the
U.S. with a broken foot after a stage accident.
McGraw, 44, is also locked in a protracted legal battle with record
label Curb over the release of his 11th studio album Emotional
McGraw says Emotional Traffic is his "absolute last album"
with Curb and while it has been finished for 12 months a release date
has yet to be issued.
"All the songs have been done for a long time, and the label
has had it," McGraw said.
"It's the last album that they have of mine, so they're trying
to hold on to it as long as they can."
Instead Curb released seven greatest hits album by McGraw - husband
of singing actress Mississippi born singing actress Faith Hill.
in the video this week for Felt Good On My Lips - it was set to
be on Emotional Traffic but was added to his latest greatest hits
McGraw, father of three daughters, has also made eight movies including
Country Strong with Gwyneth Paltrow - wife of Coldplay singer Chris
He has since made another new movie Dirty Girl but pulled out of
South African filmed Denzel Washington movie Safe House - because
of tour commitments.
CLICK HERE for our exclusive
Tim McGraw interview in the Diary on May 25, 2010
changed genres when she played the singing spouse of Tim McGraw in Country
She performs in the title track of the movie in which McGraw played her
The movie opened in the U.S. in December but you don't have to visit a
theatre to see it here.
It's already in local video stores.
Gwyneth and Tim also performs a duet Me And Tennessee in the movie
that features acclaimed singer-songwriter and guitarist Jim Lauderdale
in the house band in the final scene.
Jennifer Hanson, Tony Martin and Mark Nesler penned the title track and
Martin was the sole writer on Me & Tennessee - two of three
songs that Paltrow performs in the movie.
Fellow cast members Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meister also feature
on the soundtrack.
Other artists included are Faith Hill, Ronnie Dunn, Trace Adkins, Lee
Ann Womack, Hank Williams Jr, Sara Evans, Patty Loveless and Chris Young.
Further info - www.gwyneth-paltrow.org
Montana - son of hit writer Billy Montana - debuts on Nu Country with
the video for his song Love Has A Thousand Faces.
The singer performed in the video filmed in heavy traffic at a busy
It's on his self-titled debut album that features harmonies by Emmylou
Harris on his song Last Horse.
Randy, 25, wrote most of the songs - he penned Love Has A Thousand
Faces with Tim McGraw hit writer Tom Douglas.
Montgomery Gentry, performing at the Gympie Muster in August, also
recorded Randy's song Can't Feel the Pain.
Billy wrote Garth Brooks' hit More Than a Memory, Sara Evans' Suds
in the Bucket and Grammy-nominated Jo Dee Messina hit Bring on
Randy was born in Albany, New York, and moved with his family to Nashville
in 1988 when Billy signed a record deal with Warner Bros.
"I always grew up around music, watching him do it," Randy says.
"He was always playing gigs or writers' nights. I kind of grew up
next to a stage. Anytime the family got together, the guitars came out.
We grew up listening to Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
and Jackson Browne for road trips. I grew up around that stuff, listening
to that, and I think that's a pretty good place to start."
He started playing guitar at age 10, writing songs at age 16 and performed
his first song publicly at one of his father's writers' nights at age
Randy was a high school quarterback and goalkeeper in soccer, landed a
football scholarship but instead opted to play college soccer.
After a year at Nashville's Trevecca Nazarene University he transferred
to Middle Tennessee State University but left after two years for music.
He worked roofing houses, waiting tables and bartending while writing
songs until he landed a Sony publishing deal in 2008.
Randy's inspirations included Steve Earle, Chris Knight, Hank Williams,
Jr., Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Wallflowers and Counting Crows.
Further info - www.randymontana.com
LEE - PIANIST - NOT SUB MARINER
pianist Ezra Lee played Jerry Lee Lewis in stage show The Ultimate
Rock 'N Roll Jam Session.
it's fitting he debuts with his live footage of Rock' N Roll Piano
Fellow cast members included James Blundell, Dave Larkin, Dave Folley
and Nick Barker.
Ezra, 23, cut his debut solo album in 2009 at Graham Thomas's Preston
studio in the North-western Melbourne suburb Pascoe Vale.
Lee went on the road at 15 and performed with Johnny Green's Blues
Cowboys for six years.
He also guested on albums by The Re-Mains and Neil Murray.
The pianist shares stage name with an American soldier who commanded
the Turtle submarine on September 6, 1876, when it launched a strike
on British Admiral Richard Howe's flagship HMS Eagle in New York Harbour.
Although Sgt Ezra Lee didn't sink the Eagle his commander - George
Washington - rewarded him with a long career in the Secret Service
until he died on October 29, 1821, and was buried in Duck River cemetery
in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
born Ezra Lee has not emulated the historic submariner but his publicity
photos were taken at Childers Cove near Port Campbell on the Victorian
Ezra is the son of Ed Matzenik - pedal steel guitarist in a Sydney version
of outlaw country band Hit & Run that featured Wild Cherries and Virgil
Brothers singer Dan Robinson, born in 1947 due west of Childers Cove at
Rod Coe - bassist and producer for late Slim Dusty and daughter Anne Kirkpatrick
- and expat Scot guitarist Mick Liber of Python Lee Jackson also played
in Hit & Run.
Further info - www.myspace.com/theezraleeshow
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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