DIARY - 13/2/13 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 10 - SERIES 19
HEADLINE NU COUNTRY TV
stars Rascal Flatts headlines Nu Country TV this Saturday - February 16
- on C 31 on the eve of its debut at St Kilda Palais on Friday March 15.
The band performs on the show hosted by Mid Pacific Bob Olson on C 31
at 10.30 pm.
Another Melbourne March tourist Zac Brown guests with Joey & Rory
on the program repeated on Monday at 2.30 pm and midnight.
Olson dons his chef's hat in his Beer Can Hill delta home for a brand
new recipe filmed by Elias Allanby in the deepest heat.
Bob also adds a chilling weather report by U.S. band Big House on a program
edited by Blaize Warden.
Mornington Peninsula singer Lachlan Bryan returns to the show with his
latest video and Camden chanteuse Stephanie Jansen performs her eulogy
to her favourite footwear.
FLATTS CLEAR BANJO
trio Rascal Flatts displays a sharp sense of humour and justice in its
video for recent hit Banjo from eighth album Changed.
The band clears the humble instrument in courts and lecture halls and
the court of public opinion in a vivid video.
Unlike the myopic suppression choked Australian court system all names
were released as the video characters travelled in buses to the bench
for the verdict.
It's a welcome sense of humour and justice for the band who broke the
mould on 2006 album Me And My Gang.
They included Marcel-Tony Mullins song Backwards that parodied
the cliché of what happens when country songs are played backwards.
The band appeared with Miley Cyrus in the Hannah Montana movie
on Backwards and Bless This Broken Road.
They also appeared on top rating TV series CSI - set in the Nevada
The plot for the episode Unshockable on March 4, 2010, involved
a band member injured onstage and other members as suspects.
Fellow country star Taylor Swift's acting debut was also on CSI
- as a murdered teen.
Rascal Flatts moved to Big Machine Records - also home of Swift - after
Disney closed its previous label, Lyric Street Records.
Rascal Flatts partners Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney were
with the label for more than a decade.
Oklahoma born Rooney is husband of 2005 Playmate of Year Tiffany Fallon
whom he wed in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in April of 2006.
Florida born Fallon - Miss Georgia of 2001 - played a femme fatale in
Oklahoma star Toby Keith's video Who's Your Daddy?
Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry perform St Kilda Palais on Friday March
15 on the eve of headlining roles at CMC Rocks The Hunter at the Hope
Estate from March 16-18.
Further info - http://www.rascalflatts.com
BROWN DINES OUT WITH JOEY & RORY
Joey & Rory perform in the video for their social comment tune This
Song's For You.
The song praises the workers - not the fat cat bosses - and features a
live concert cameo by Zac Brown who plays Melbourne Myer Music Bowl on
Monday March 25.
Joey & Rory recruited vast variety of trades and professional wage
slaves to shoot home their message in the Darren Doane dissected clip.
They also parodied commercial radio for ignoring roots country music on
the song from 2010 Album Number Two - predecessor of their third
album His & Hers.
Joey & Rory help run Marcy Joe's Café near Pottsville south
of Nashville when not on the road.
Former Marine Rory Lee Feek and Joey Martin scored a deal after finishing
third in 2008 TV show Can You Duet?
Rory, a prolific writer, is son of a country singing railroad man from
Feek, 48, has written hits for Blake Shelton, Collin Raye, Clay Walker,
Kenny Chesney, Randy Travis, Reba McEntire, Terri Clark, Lorrie Morgan,
Jimmy Wayne and the late Waylon Jennings and Buck Owen.
Rory and Novocastrian Catherine Britt both recorded their co-write Sweet
Joey, third of five children of a guitar slinging Vietnam veteran Jack
and gospel singing farm girl June, grew up in Alexandria, Indiana, cut
an ill-fated solo CD for Sony in 2001.
In 2005 she cut a solo CD Strong Enough To Cry, released in 2008
on Rory's Giantslayer label.
Their debut duets album The Life Of A Song featured satiric tune
Play The Song and Cheater, Cheater.
They have won two Academy Of Country Music Awards for new vocal duo in
2010 and best duo in 2011.
Zac Brown and his band, who also play the inaugural Deni Blues & Roots
Festival on its down under debut, also have eat & greets before their
They do their own catering for fans.
CLICK HERE for
a Joey & Rory feature in the Diary on August 30, 2009.
for a Zac Brown Band feature in the Diary on November 2, 2011.
HOUSE COLD OUTSIDE IN BEER CAN HILL DELTA
Bob Olson and cameraman Elias Allanby worked under extreme conditions
at the Olson Beer Can Hill delta home in Northcote to film their summer
The temperature was 37 degrees and a house renovation crew also toiled
next door in the blazing heat.
So, with typical dry humour expat Californian athlete and academic Bob
chose ribs slow roasted in the wood fired oven and grilled over the BBQ
as his delicious dish.
And, to illustrate the Behind Bars and Barbecues segment, he picked
Californian band Big House's video for Cold Outside as his musical
The Bakersfield band, formed in 1995, is a perfect foil.
It comprised Byrom brothers - vocalist-guitarist Monty and drummer Tanner
- guitarists David Neauhauser and Chuck Seaton, harmonica player Sonny
California and bassist Ron Mitchell.
The sextet released two albums - Big House (1997) and Travellin'
Kind (1998) - before losing all members except Monty Byrom and Neauhauser
who recruited new drummer Benny Rappa and bassist Steve Vines.
They released their third album Woodstock Nation in 2000 for Dead Reckoning
Records - owned by frequent Australian tourists Kevin Welch and Kieran
The band split but reunited for concerts at the late Buck Owens famed
Bakersfield bar Crystal Palace - fourth album Never Ending Train was
released in 2008.
HERE for Big House CD reviews in the Diary.
singer Lachlan Bryan returns to the show with the video for his song Lily
from his debut solo CD Shadow Of The Gun.
The black lilies lead Bryan's character to his doom in his darkened bedroom
in the music clip.
Bryan was raised on the Mornington Peninsula - south of the big smoke
Rod McCormack produced Bryan's album at his Music Cellar studio on the
NSW Central Coast.
It features a duet with Kasey Chambers, lap steel by her dad - Poppa Bill
- and Novocastrian Catherine Britt and Kaylah Anne on backing vocals.
HERE for a Bryan CD review in the Diary on February 19, 2012.
singer Stephanie Jansen debuts on the show with the Rusty Gates Films
video for her song Shoes.
The singer graduated in philosophy from Wollongong University and
wrote Shoes with prolific Sydney singer-songwriter Allan Caswell.
The 2012 Star Maker finalist took her favourite pair of shoes from
her home in Camden last year and travelled to Bundaberg on a radio
promo tour before the floods.
Stephanie, 22 and former trombonist in her school band, also wrote
The Life You Made with Caswell.
It appears on the 2012 Southern Stars finalist's debut EP Risky.
The new clip
was shot on Camden Airport's runway at sunset.
Stephanie also spent four weeks in Nashville in spring.
She co-wrote 17 tracks - some will appear on her debut album produced
by Grammy-nominated former Saltbush pedal steel guitarist - Nashville-based
Aussie Mark Moffatt who worked with expat Australasian superstar Keith
Urban, Deana Carter and O'Shea.
The songstress plans to return to Nashville in March to record the album
due for release later in 2013.
On her first trip to Music City she wrote with fellow Australian Rick
Price and Heather Field - co-writers of Rick's 1992 hit Heaven Knows.
She also worked with acclaimed singer-songwriter Jerry Salley and performed
at famed Bluebird Café.
"I'm so humbled by the talented people I've been lucky enough to
work with," Jansen said.
"I've written 17 new songs and probably put on as many kilos, played
at the Bluebird Cafe, made some beautiful new friends and been truly inspired."
Further info - www.stephaniejansen.com.au
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