DIARY - 6/2/13 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 9 - SERIES 19
HEADLINE NU COUNTRY TV
The Band Perry and Billy Ray Cyrus headline Nu Country TV this Saturday
February 9 at 10.30 p m on Channel 31.
The Band Perry plays St Kilda Palais on Friday March 15 with Rascal Flatts
before joining the super group, Cyrus any many more at CMC Rocks The Hunter.
Retro Texan artists The Derailers and Geezinslaw Brothers perform in our
Behind Bars segment edited by Blaize Warden and repeated Monday
at 2.30 pm and midnight.
The Victorian Brook Chivell Band and Queensland singer-songwriter Luke
Austen also perform car songs on the show.
Perry performs the video for Postcards From Paris from its self-titled
debut CD that earned platinum sale status.
Vivid snapshots of the trio in exotic Parisian locales adorn it.
Alabama born singer Kimberley Perry and brothers Neil and Reid formed
the trio after moving from Mobile to Greeneville, East Tennessee.
Neil and Reid were roadies for Kimberley when she fronted her first band
They later formed their own group - The Mobile Music Machine.
But success came after they moved with their mother and father - a paediatric
oncologist - to the tiny town in the East Tennessee Mountains.
The trio write most of their own songs.
Collaborators including an American Idol judge Kara Dioguardi and a family
trio from Champagne, Illinois.
"We wrote Postcard From Paris with Kara Dioguardi," Kimberly
"Kara was in Nashville writing with several country songwriters and
artists. That was really wonderful - she only had a couple of hours to
write. Our A&R lady was a friend of Kara. She called. Kara had a free
afternoon if we would care to write. She was our career matchmaker. That's
funny thing about writing relationships is you don't really know how it's
going to turn out. You could write song or you could end up going to get
a coffee together.
Luckily, it worked and we wrote Postcard From Paris. Kara has been
so great. She's almost taken on big sister role for us. She's really given
us a lot of advice and helped us out. We sat around and wrote the song.
Everybody was bouncing lyrics off each other - the song was finished in
hour and a half. We got a bowl of tomato soup and later got to hang out
with her in her house in L.A."
The trio is set to release its second album on April 2 - lead single
Better Dig Two has already hit #1 on Billboard charts.
The trio's chart-topping single If I Die Young also went quadruple
platinum and scored CMA Awards in 2011 for Single and Song of the Year.
It also earned 2011 Academy Of Country Music trophies for Top New Vocal
The Band Perry plays St Kilda Palais on Friday March 15 with Rascal Flatts
on the eve of gigs at CMC Rocks The Hunter at Hope Estate.
HERE for a Kimberley Perry interview in the Diary on October 31, 2010.
RAY CYRUS RETURNS
Kentuckian born actor Billy Ray Cyrus returns to Nu Country on the
eve of his second Australian tour with the video for his latest
single Change My Mind.
Cyrus's character changes his mind in his Good Samaritan role in
The Sands no-tell motel sent the singer home to his beloved.
Change My Mind is the title of his 13th album on Cadillac
Billy Ray, now 51, is no stranger to acting - he had lead roles
on hit television shows Doc and Hannah Montana - the
latter with daughter Miley Cyrus.
Billy Ray appeared in Mulholland Drive and recently played
Billy Flynn in the Broadway version of Chicago.
not clear if the grandson of a former Kentucky senator will follow
daughter Miley to Phillip Island - locale of the family of her actor
beau Liam Hemsworth.
But he is finishing his memoir, Hillbilly Heart, released
He has plenty
of roughage including a support letter from the late Johnny Cash that
opens the memoir.
Cyrus says. "On the next page, I put a verse from Psalms, 'The truth
will be your shield and your buckler.' That's what this book is, is just
the solid truth about my life starting on Aug. 25, 1961, to now."
It includes how he met Harold Shedd - renowned producer and record company
executive who signed him to his first record deal in 1990.
The singer visited Nashville for a decade in search of a music career
- a period of "ten years of being told no."
"The decade of the '80s, you would not believe how many times I came
down from Kentucky and coming down Interstate 65 and there's Nashville
in your front windshield," Cyrus recalled.
"Back then, I had a brown bag, and inside of that bag was my dream,
my new song, my new demo, my new hope. I'm carrying it, and I'm looking
through the windshield driving that Chevy Beretta down through here going,
'this is the time, this is the time something is going to happen.' "
Shedd signed Cyrus to Mercury for first album, Some Gave All.
While Cyrus was recording he slept in his car in front of The Music Mill,
now home to Nashville Songwriters Association International.
Mercury devised a plan to launch a line dance in promotion of the album
lead single, Achy Breaky Heart combined with the video capturing
the scene at Cyrus' live shows.
It was enough to make the two-chord song a five-week No. 1 international
Some Gave All topped Billboard Top 200 all-genre album chart for
17 weeks and sold more than 9 million copies.
"I came down and cut that album in the summer of '91, and the persistence
paid off," Cyrus says.
"Now, it's hard to believe it's 20 years later than that."
Cyrus married second wife Leticia, started a family and moved to a sprawling
farm in Thompson's Station, Tennessee, with their six children.
for a Billy Ray Cyrus feature in The Diary on June 16, 2009.
Austin comedy duo The Geezinslaw Brothers debuts with its video
for Help I'm White And I Can't Get Down.
It's from 1992 album Feelin' Good, Gittin Up, Gittin Down on
Step One Records.
The duo - Sammy Allred and Dewayne "Son" Smith - provide
invaluable rhythm method dance hints for TV viewers.
have frequently been in the news in their 50 year career that included
opening for the late Elvis Presley and touring with Perry Como,
Roger Miller and Willie Nelson.
on Louisiana Hayride, Ed Sullivan and Jackie Gleason shows and Ralph Emery's
Pop Goes The Country and Nashville Now.
Allred, now 74 and a character in singing Texan crime novelist Kinky Friedman
books, was also a breakfast DJ on the Sammy And Bob show on KVET-AM for
Sammy was fired in 2007 for allegedly using a profanity on the air.
But as part of Sammy and Bob, Allred won CMA Awards as a radio personality
in 1999 and 2006.
In 1988 this writer appeared as a guest on their KVET-AM show as part
of an Austin-Australia cultural exchange organised by Willie's merchandising
manager Bo Franks.
Sammy now appears on another station KDRP in Dripping Springs - locale
of the first Willie July 4 picnic.
The Geezinslaw Brothers tour bus crashed into famed Austin country music
venue The Broken Spoke on Sunday October 2, 2005.
Their driver lost control and drove through a wall of the dance hall,
hitting two parked cars but avoiding any personal injuries.
The Geezinslaws, regular guests at Willie Nelson July 4 festivals, cut
If You Think I'm Crazy Now on Willie's Lone Star Record label in 1978.
Their debut disc was the Kooky World Of The Geezinslaw Brothers in
1963 - their 12th album The Eclectic Horsemen was released in 2005
with cameos by Willie, Kelly Willis and Kinky.
Further Info - www.geezinslaws.com
BUCK THE GRASS
band The Derailers perform with a cast of frogs and femme fatales in their
video for Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass?
It's on their eighth disc Under The Influence - one of three tribute
albums for the Texan born Bakersfield legend released last decade.
The band met their hero in 1995, performing at a Buck Owen's birthday
celebration in Austin.
Owens was visibly touched by the extent to which The Derailers honored
him with their faithful adherence to the sound he created.
He invited the band to come and play his Crystal Palace club in Bakersfield,
California - and began their musical relationship.
Buck personally asked The Derailers to be house band for his 70th Birthday
Bash in 1999.
He stood up and cheered for them in front of his friends and family, as
well as business and musical associates - including a reunion of classic
"Over the years, we talked to him extensively about music, what he
had done and what we were trying to accomplish," says Derailers leader
"He offered insight and sympathy for what we had ahead of us, and
encouragement. He put his money where his mouth was and continued to book
us in his club and get together with us whenever we came through Bakersfield.
It was an honour to be recognized and boosted by a man who was our musical
hero and the times we had to spend with Buck are cherished memories."
After signing to Palo Duro Records and touring behind critically acclaimed
2006 release, Soldiers of Love, Hofeldt survived a run-in with
a drunk driver and theft of his beloved vintage guitar.
The Derailers retro sound dates back to 1994, when Hofeldt and longtime
friend Tony Villanueva formed it.
They were from Oregon but aspired to the Bakersfield Sound with Beatles
influences and found musical success in Austin.
Villanueva, who took most of the lead vocals, left the band in 2003 to
pursue a higher calling as a minister.
The band released its ninth album Guaranteed To Satisfy in 2008.
HERE for a Derailers CD review in The Diary.
Austen performs the video for his new single Drive from his
second album Truth Is Simple.
The dual Golden Guitar, now 31, winner hails from Mackay in Queensland.
After leaving school he went on the outback road with Brian Young.
The son of a coalminer and truckie also spent six years in Troy Cassar-Daley's
band before winning the 2010 Star Maker quest.
These days if the Austen Chevy breaks down he can always call Gosford
Towing - that's what his character did in his video.
The new Austen
album includes 10 of his songs co-written with collaborators such as Shane
Nicholson, Troy Cassar-Daley and Jerry Salley.
HERE for a Luke Austen CD review in the Diary on November 25, 2010.
Chivell band performs in their video for Drive On from debut album
Thrills And Spills.
They co-produced it with producer-engineer Adrian Hannan who also worked
with Taxi Ride and Carter & Carter.
Melbourne model Tina Evans is the femme fatale featured in the car scene
in the video by Monster & Bear Productions.
Band leader Brook spent five weeks in Nashville in April and May last
year and went on tour with Randy Houser.
The band formed in 2009.
Chivell recruited drummer Ray Deegan, bassist Daniel Meiners, guitarist
Paul Gales and backing vocalist and writing collaborator Anthony Emery.
Elise Beattie also sang on the album and guested with the band at the
Deni Ute Muster.
Further info - www.brookchivell.com
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