DIARY - 4/12/12 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 1 - SERIES 19
ANNIES AND KASEY & SHANE ON PREMIERE
trio Pistol Annies and Aussie stars Kasey Chambers and singing spouse
Shane Nicholson headline our premiere of Series #19 on Saturday December
15 at 10.30 pm
on C 31.
We also feature Geelong born Red Hill Country music festival headliner
Adam Harvey on our show repeated Mondays at 2.30 p m and midnight.
Texan Charlie Robison - former husband of Dixie Chick banjo and dobro
ace Emily Erwin - also makes his debut on the premiere edited by Blaize
And veteran western swing band Asleep At The Wheel, singing actor Lyle
Lovett and Suzy Bogguss feature in our popular Behind Bars segment.
Annies return to Nu Country TV with their satirical video for Taking
Pills from debut CD Hell On Heels.
video - replete with Lost Highway humour - helped shoot the album
to No. 1 on the Billboard chart in 2011.
The trio's huge success enabled Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley
to expand their solo recording careers.
Ashley, just 26 and a prolific songwriter, cut two EP CDS before
debut solo album Like A Rose produced by Vince Gill and Justin
The Knoxville born singer wrote all songs including the duet with
fellow Pistol Annies singer Miranda Lambert's husband Blake Shelton
on You Ain't Dolly (And You Ain't Porter.)
has another duet with Ronnie Dunn on I Don't Want To.
include Texans Guy Clark and Jon Randall Stewart and Shane McAnally.
Coalminer's daughter Presley hails from Beauty, Kentucky, and released
a 2011 self titled solo album produced by Mike Wrucke.
She signed to expatriate Australians Barry and Jewel Coburn's Ten-Ten
publishing company and has written a brace of hits for major American
Angaleena, now 33, has also penned songs for Australian artists including
Kirsty Akers, Jasmine Rae and Talia Wittman.
Lambert, 29, and Shelton are frequent CMA, ACM and American Music Awards
This year they won CMA song of the year for Over You - they wrote
it on Shelton's brother being killed in a car accident when Blake was
Miranda won best female vocalist for the third consecutive year.
She also appeared in TV show Law And Order - Special Victims Unit
and hosted The View.
Pistol Annies song Run Daddy Run also appears on the Hunger
Games movie soundtrack.
HERE for a Miranda Lambert CD review in the Diary on January 11, 2010.
for a Miranda feature in the Diary on May 7, 2007.
winning couple Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson returns with Adam
& Eve - first video from their second duets album Wreck &
Adam & Eve dug up more than a few skeletons in the Garden of
Eden in their amusing video.
Wreck & Ruin is a five-time finalist in the 41st Tamworth country
music awards in January.
The NSW Central Coast duo performed the prestige Americana festival in
Nashville before returning home for an east coast tour.
They will also perform a free concert in Tamworth on January 23.
The duo launched its album at Rutherglen House - the six-story bluestone
Melbourne mansion of famed socialite Peter Janson in Highlander Lane in
the CBD of Melbourne.
HERE for a Kasey and Shane CD launch feature from the Diary on September
HARVEY - GEELONG TO RED HILL
born singer-songwriter Adam Harvey is a fellow NSW Central coast resident
with the Chambers-Nicholson clan.
The long tall troubadour headlines Red Hill Country Music Festival
on Sunday January 13.
Harvey tries to uncap a genie in a Jim Bean bottle with help from
little mate Kev Bloody Wilson in their humorous, historic video this
Adam, who turns 38 on New Year's Eve, wrote Genie In The Bottle
with Kev on one of their tours of Ireland.
The duo was on the road to Tipperary and it adorned Adam's seventh
album I'm Doing Alright in 2007.
of two, shares the Red Hill bill with Paul Costa, Kristy Cox, Adam Toms
and many more.
The prolific Golden Guitarist is touring to promote 10TH album Falling
HERE for a Harvey feature from the Diary on November 5, 2009.
ROBISON - BLINDED BY BARLIGHTS
Charlie Robison continues the drinking theme in the video for his
embryonic hit Barlight off his 1995 album Bandera.
The laconic singer acts out the honky tonk nursery rhyme theme of
the song in his amusing clip.
Charlie, 48, is the elder brother of likely 2013 tourist Bruce Robison
who first toured here in 2000 with singing spouse Kelly Willis.
The duo performed live in the Nu Country FM studio at Beer Can Hill
in Northcote before a gig at Continental Café in Prahran.
Both Bruce and Charlie are fathers of twins.
Charlie visited Australia with former wife Emily on one of the two
Dixie Chicks tours.
was wed to the trio's multi-instrumentalist for nine years from 1999.
They have three children and shared the same divorce lawyer in a friendly
Robison sourced much of seventh album Beautiful Day from that divorce.
Robison said writing about pain helped him relieve it.
"Basically, it was cheaper therapy," Robison says. "Once
I got it down on paper and started looking at it kind of as an outside
person, I was able to gain perspective on a lot of things."
Robison admits he wrote the songs as though Emily was looking over his
"I definitely envisioned her listening to them," he said.
"I kind of felt that if the shoe were on the other foot, she'd be
writing about the same thing. The record's not a vindictive one or anything
like that. It's written more about me than it is her."
Emily and sister Martie cancelled a 2010 tour of Australia after releasing
their Court Yard Hounds album.
Another early Robison hit El Cerrito Place recently became a smash
for Tennessee superstar Kenny Chesney, 44.
That was long after Chesney's divorce from actress Renee Zellweger - who
was in the Cold Mountain movie with fellow star Keith Urban's wife
The couple wed on May, 9, 2005, but split four months later - September
El Cerrito Place - written about a street in Los Angeles - is on
Chesney's huge selling 13th studio album Welcome To The Fishbowl.
Fellow Texan Keith Gattis wrote the song and Charlie cut it for his 2004
album Good Times.
Gattis also cut it on his 2005 album Big City Blues.
Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines sang on Robison's hit and Grace Potter
harmonises on Chesney's version.
Charlie released a live DVD-CD recorded at Fort Worth cowboy bar Billy
Bob's - the largest in the world.
HERE for a Robison feature and CD reviews in the Diary.
AT THE WHEEL
Texan band Asleep At The Wheel and some mates celebrate western swing
pioneer Bob Wills in Behind Bars.
Asleep At The Wheel had a cosmic flashback on a bus strip to Bob Wills
& The Texas Playboys.
Illinois born Suzy Boggus, now 55, joined with the band to perform Old
Then singing Texan actor Lyle Lovett joked about how he always looked
up to fellow Texan and Wheel singer Ray Benson in Blues For Dixie.
Singing Texan crime novelist Kinky Friedman refers to Benson as the tallest
Jew in Texas.
Both songs were on the Wheel 1993 album Tribute To The Music of Bob
Wills, born in Limestone Country, Texas, died in Fort Worth at the age
of 70 on May 13, 1975.
Other artists on the disc include Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, George
Strait, Chet Atkins, Riders In The Sky, Johnny Rodriguez, Vince Gill,
Dolly Parton, Mary Stuart, Brooks & Dunn, Garth Brook, Johnny Gimble
and Leon Rausch .
Band expat co-founder Lucky Oceans - latter day host of ABC Radio &
TV show The Planet - also guests.
In 1999 Asleep At The Wheel released Ride With Bob - another all-star
cast tribute to Bob Wills And The Texas Playboys.
Then in 2005 Benson and Texas-born screenwriter Anne Rapp wrote A Ride
With Bob: The Bob Wills Musical - a quasi-fictional account of Wills'
life that features 15 of his songs performed by Asleep at the Wheel.
Benson plays Ray Benson - a burned-out, road-weary Western Swing musician
who rediscovers his mojo after encountering a tour-bus driver who just
happens to be the ghost of Bob Wills.
for a Willie Nelson and Asleep At The Wheel feature in the Diary on July
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