DIARY - 23/8/13 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 12 - SERIES 20
TROUBADOUR BLOWS SMOKE
Kacey Musgraves shares top billing with former boxing champ Paul Thorn
on the Series #20 finale of Nu Country TV this Saturday August 31 at 9.30
pm on Channel 31.
The duo perform videos for their latest singles on the show filmed by
Laith Graham and edited by Blaize Warden.
Oklahoma stone country singer Joe Diffie debuts on the program with a
hick hop star in our Behind Bars segment that also hosts the return of
And Novocastrian Morgan Evans, touring nationally with Sara Evans - no
relation - and Georgian superstar Alan Jackson, also returns with his
We also feature sneak previews of our 21st series in summer with cameos
by Melbourne bands Mustered Courage and Wilful Damage and expat North
Queenslander 8 Ball Aitken.
Here to watch Nu Country on Catch-Up TV on the Channel 31 web page.
MUSGRAVES AND GOOD OLD GALS
found some gorgeous gal pals to join her in the vibrant video for her
new single Blowin' Smoke from her chart topping album Same Trailer
The girls, clad as waitresses on a meal break, were a perfect for the
24 year old Texan now blazing a trail in Nashville.
Although Kacey hasn't been a waitress like the one she plays in the video
she knows a thing or two about exhaustion after shooting the piece.
Besides taking all day to film, Kacey took a side trip to tape an appearance
on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that day.
"I got to set at 6 a.m. and shot until about noon," she confessed.
"Then I went over to Ellen, sang Blowin' Smoke on Ellen. I
actually went to Ellen in my waitress uniform. And then I left after that
and came right back to the video set and shot until about 9 at night.
It was such a long day, I was so worn out I couldn't even think straight.
I'm so happy with how it turned out!"
The folk-rock track samples John Prine and early Loretta Lynn and tells
the tale of the blue collar elite trapped in their dead-end jobs.
Set in a Nashville diner Musgraves plays the part of the wise narrator
"Well, we all say that we'll quit someday. When our ship comes in,
we'll just sail away," she sings on the chorus.
for a Kacey Musgraves feature in the Diary on July 9.
THORN BOXES ON
boxing champion Paul Thorn returns with the video for the title track
of his seventh album What The Hell Is Going On from 2012.
Thorn, 49, wowed crowds on Beer Can Hill in Northcote and the Hallam Hotel
in June and wants to return here for a sequel tour in 2014.
Thorn first made international TV when he fought world middleweight boxing
champion Roberto Duran at Atlantic City casino in New Jersey in 1988.
But the singer harvested hay from Duran's hay makers when he recorded
his 1997 album title track Hammer & Nail about the bout.
It preceded the Tom Russell tune The Eyes Of Robert Duran - also
recorded by the late Chris Gaffney - and a favourite on Nu Country FM.
Thorn, father of two daughters, re-released his 2010 album Pimps &
Preachers on his Australian tour.
"Well, the album title isn't just a title, it has meaning for me,"
says Thorn who shares his Tupelo roots with both the late Elvis Presley
and Tammy Wynette.
"My dad was a Pentecostal minister with a congregation but my uncle
was a real pimp, and I don't mean someone who dresses flashy, I mean a
man who had a stable of women that he dropped off on the corner in the
morning, picked them up in the evening, and they gave him money. He's
not proud of that and that's not something he looks back on and is proud
of doing, but as a child he and my daddy were my mentors so I was literally
schooled by Pimps and Preachers so I understand about the dark and the
light of life because of that."
HERE for our exclusive interview with Thorn in the Diary on June 10.
DIFFIE AND A D THRASH HICK HOP
Tulsa country and bluegrass maestro Joe Diffie chose a different vehicle
for his latest video Riding Shotgun in our popular Behind Bars
Thrice wed Diffie, now 54, hooked with Georgian hick hopper D Thrash -
a Jawga Boy - for a trip in trucks, tractors and four wheel bikes in Greensburg
in old Kentucky.
It was a reply song to mainstream star Jason Aldean's Diffie tribute hit
The song, written by Diffie, Phil O'Donnell and Derek Thrasher of The
Jawga Boyz, is an up-tempo song released for the U.S. summer.
The performance features D. Thrash (Derek Thrasher) of The Jawga Boyz
complementing Diffie's signature vocals.
Directed by Blake Judd and produced by Judd and Cory B. Clay, it features
Joe driving a sporty orange convertible with his wife and daughters, along
for the ride.
"We had a good time writing and recording this song and now making
this video. I've been writing with a lot of new artists and I never thought
that collaboration with one of them would lead to this, but I'm really
glad that it has. It's a different sound for me and I'm having so much
fun with," says Diffie.
Diffie smash hit John Deere Green preceded Aldean's Big Green
Joe was signed by Epic after working as a demo singer for three years
in Nashville - since then he had 35 Billboard chart singles - 17 Top 10
hits including five #1 smashes.
His chart toppers were debut release Home, If the Devil Danced (In
Empty Pockets), Third Rock from the Sun, Pickup Man - his longest-lasting
#1 at four weeks - and Bigger Than the Beatles.
He released nine studio albums and wrote songs that were hits for Tim
McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, Holly Dunn, Mary Chapin Carpenter, George Jones
and Marty Stuart.
His 1993 album Honky Tonk Attitude and Third Rock from the Sun
in 1994 were certified platinum, 1992's Regular Joe and 1996's
Life's So Funny are both certified gold.
In December, 2009, Diffie released his first live recording, called Joe
Diffie: Live At Billy Bob's Texas - and cut a bluegrass album for
Further info - www.joediffie.com
SNIDER SPOOFS NASHVILLE
Todd Snider returns with a humorous homily about recording in Music City.
Americana guitarist Buddy Miller, who toured here with Steve Earle and
Emmylou Harris, helped Todd out on his live cut of Nashville.
Snider, 46 and a 16 album veteran, shot the video in Guitar Town - he
was discovered by fellow singer-songwriter Kent Finlay at the famed Cheatham
St Warehouse in San Marcos.
Floridian singing sailor and frequent Australian tourist Jimmy Buffett
signed Snider to his Margaritaville Records label after a Keith Sykes
concert in Memphis.
Todd broke here with Seattle Grunge Rock Blues, now lives in East
Nashville, and wants to tour here with Will Hoge or frequent Texan tourist
Ingram, father of three and wed to wife Amy for 13 years, wrote his hit
Barbie Dolls with Snider.
It was a subliminal sister of Kent Finlay's Blow Up Plastic Girl
that flew over radio for Mel McDaniel.
The late Oklahoma singer McDaniel scored widespread exposure for the song
in Queensland when it scored airplay on 4KQ - then a country station.
Music director Rod Stone, a former Nu Country FM DJ, was involved in a
humorous on air fracas with morals maverick Vilma Ward when he played
the song from Mel's 1978 album Gentle To Your Senses.
Snider updated They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore on tribute
disc Why The Hell Not - the Songs Of Kinky Friedman on Texas indie
Snider refers to The Kinkster's 2006 Gubernatorial campaign - featured
in Australian magazine Men's Style.
HERE for a Snider interview in The Diary on July 23.
EVANS CARRIES ON
singer Morgan Evans performs his new video Carry On as a preview
for his national spring tour with Georgian superstar Alan Jackson and
Missouri born minstrel Sara Evans.
While We're Young on August 24 - follow up EP to his debut EP Live
Each Day on Warner.
Adelaide guitarist-singer-songwriter Jedd Hughes produced While
We're Young in Nashville - Evans wrote all five tracks.
co-wrote the title track with Jedd & Sarah Buxton, who also
co-wrote Keith Urban hit Put You In A Song.
Sarah's writing credits include another Urban smash, Stupid Boy
and Big & Rich's single That's Why I Pray.
"I played Jedd and Sarah this chorus that I'd written a few
months earlier and we all had a great vibe about it. We all related
to it, so the verses came really naturally," says Morgan.
about letting go, living in the moment and making memories now that
we can look back on with a smile, have a laugh and reminisce. You
know? The kind of memories that make us who we are. We got so excited
about the songs, that soon Jedd had pulled together some of my favourite
musicians in the world and we were recording. Their talent and unique
approach inspired me to work even harder to get the best out of
my voice and my guitar playing. Working with those guys really was
a dream come true."
The EP features
road song Sweet Home to You, heartbreaker Learn to Lose You,
swamp-rock laced Made For Loving You and the balladic finale Carry
We also preview
Series #21 in summer with snippets of Melbourne bands Mustered Courage's
Cruel Alibis, Wilful Damage's Crossroads Again and expat
Queenslander 8 Ball Aitken's The Other Side.
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