DIARY - 27/12/12 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 3 - SERIES 19
WILLIE BEHIND BARS
Shotgun Willie Nelson and Austin western swing band Asleep At The Wheel
headline Nu Country TV this Saturday - December 29 - at 10.30 pm on C
The Texan trailblazers appear in our popular Behind Bars live concert
and historic videos segment in a show edited by Blaize Warden.
Novocastrian Catherine Britt also returns to the show with her Golden
Guitar nominated video from her acclaimed fifth album Always Never
Mt Barker raised Kristy Cox debuts on the show, repeated Monday 2.30 pm
and midnight and Thursday at midnight, on the eve of her Red Hill country
Southern NSW tablelands cattle farmer Roo Arcus also debuts with the video
for the title track of his second album This Here Cowboy.
And prolific singer-songwriter Matraca Berg returns with some high profile
pals on an historic hit from our radio era in the nineties.
& THE WHEEL ROLL ON
turns 80 in April but shows no signs of slowing with a new book and batch
We feature Willie & Asleep At The Wheel performing in the behind the
scenes video for Hesitation Blues from their 2009 his album Willie
& The Wheel.
The song is a traditional tune re-arranged by Wheel leader Ray Benson
- the album is on his Bismeaux Records in Austin.
The performers took viewers on their Lost Highway from the Lone Star state
to San Francisco.
Asleep At The Wheel has long kept alive the spirit of late Texan western
swing king Bob Wills.
They performed in their video for the historic Wills hit Cherokee Maiden.
It was on Ride With Bob - the 1999 Wheel tribute disc to Wills.
Wills, born in Limestone Country, Texas, died in Fort Worth at the age
of 70 on May 13, 1975.
Ray, Willie, Merle Haggard, Lyle Lovett, Dixie Chicks, Reba McEntire,
Vince Gill, Mark Chesnutt, Clint Black, Steve Wariner, Johnny Gimble,
Tracy Byrd, Lee Ann Womack, Clay Walker and recent tourist Dwight Yoakam
were all in the video and on the album.
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 and Asleep At The Wheel feature in the Diary on July 4, 2009.
BRITT ON CHILDHOOD ROAD
Britt, a seven-time finalist in the 41st Australian Country Music Golden
Guitar Awards in January returns to the show with a trip down memory lane.
Britt, now 27, returns to Charleston Road - the suburban Newcastle
street where she grew up with her siblings.
That was before she spent five years working and recording across the
sea in Nashville.
She produced her fifth album Always Never Enough with South Australia
raised mentor Bill Chambers.
Bill also produced her debut CD Dusty Smiles & Heartbreak Cures
and co-produced one of her Nashville albums with Keith Stegall.
Stegall, a prolific songwriter, produced huge selling albums with stone
country singers Alan Jackson and John Anderson and Grammy winning Georgian
Zac Brown Band.
HERE for a Britt feature from the Diary on August 19, 2012.
COX - RED HILL BOUND
Cox grew up at Mt Barker near Adelaide - closer to Beccy Cole's
roots than the Chambers clan Southend coastal town.
But the singer, like Britt, travelled to Nashville where she cut
her third album Miles & Timezones.
Cox performed showcases in Music City in an eight-week visit before
an Australian tour with Aleyce Simmonds.
She wrote the title track - illustrated by her new video clip -
with Bendigo bluegrass ace Lachie Davidson.
and brother Hamish, born at Yinnar in Gippsland, are frequent Nashville
visitors when not on the local road or delivering chiropractic treatment
in their adoptive home city.
is dual finalist in best new talent and alternative country album Golden
Guitars at the 41st Australian Country Music Awards in Tamworth in January.
her journeys to recording and performing in Nashville with prolific producer-writer
Salley - a frequent Tamworth visitor and co-writer with Australian artists
- also produced Cox debut CD Breaking New Ground.
Expat Quorn born South Australian Kym Warner of Greencards fame plays
on Cox's new CD.
Salley also hired Music City bluegrass session serfs diverse as Bryan
Sutton, Randy Kohrs, Andy Leftwich, Alecia Nugent, Cody Colby and Scott
Vestal for her albums.
Catch her at Red Hill Country fest Sunday January 13 with Adam Harvey,
Paul Costa and many more.
Further info - www.kristycox.com
- NO ROO IN THE STEW
cattle farmer Roo Arcus performs in the video for the title track of his
second album This Here Cowboy.
Roo, now 40, had two Golden Guitar nominations in 2001 for debut album
But he took a 10-year break when his mum died of leukemia and drought
decimated their family farm near Goulburn.
He wrote five songs for his new album produced by Rod McCormack.
Roo inhabits the traditional country sound of South Texas rancher George
HERE for a Roo feature from the Diary on September 23, 2012.
BERG - BACK IN THE SADDLE
Matraca Berg has been riding high in the saddle since writing her first
hit at 18.
Love - penned with Bobby Braddock - charted for T.G Sheppard
and Karen Brooks.
We feature Matraca and chart topping peers in the comedic video
for nineties hit Back In The Saddle Again.
The prolific writer penned You And Tequila - a #1 hit for
Tennessee superstar Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter - with fellow
singer Deana Carter.
Matraca also wrote Strawberry Wine for recent divorcee Carter,
now 46, who played the 2010 CMC Rocks The Snowys festival at Thredbo.
credits include Dixie Chicks' hit If I Fall You're Going Down
With Me, Faith Hill You're Still Here, Patty Loveless
You Can Feel Bad, Martina McBride Wild Angels, Reba
McEntire The Last One to Know, Randy Travis Mining for
Coal, Keith Urban Nobody Drinks Alone and Trisha Yearwood
XXX's and OOO's. An American Girl and Wrong Side
of Memphis and Suzy Bogguss Hey Cinderella.
Matraca is also the daughter of late session singer Icie Berg & wife
of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band co-founder Jeff Hanna.
for a feature on Matraca in the Diary.
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