DIARY - 5 JUNE 2013 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 1 - SERIES 20
ANNIES DUO HEADLINE NU COUNTRY TV SERIES #20 PREMIERE
Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe headline the Series #20 premiere of
Nu Country TV with their latest solo video clips this Saturday June 8
at 9.30 pm on Channel 31.
The duo also returns later in the series with Angaleena Presley in the
Pistol Annies video for latest hit Hush-Hush.
Premiere host - expatriate Californian Mid-Pacific Bob Olson - also returns
from his two month homeland hiatus with a hot new recipe for his marinated
Tri Tip, filmed by our editor Blaize Warden at Bob's Beer Can Hill delta
Olson introduces Texan outlaw Ray Wylie Hubbard in our new Behind Bars
& BBQs segment with his video for a song he wrote with fellow Texan
Hayes Carll who debuted last year at the top of Beer Can Hill at Northcote
Social Club with Hunter Valley singer Kirsty Akers.
Akers' fellow rural raised NSW peer Jayne Denham and former Sunraysia
singer-songwriter Paul Costa also return to the show repeated Monday at
3 pm and midnight and Thursday at 1 am.
LAMBERT - MAMA'S BROKEN HEART
Lambert returns with her hot new video hit for Mama's Broken Heart
- a song she wrote with fellow Texan troubadour Kacey Musgraves.
The latter day Oklahoman takes viewers on a tour of her boudoir and
dining table on her mansion on the hill.
Miranda and singing spouse and Voice host Blake Shelton have
adjoining ranches in Tishomingo county in Oklahoma.
The song is her fourth hit from her fifth album 4 The Record
- it beat the Pistol Annies latest hit Hush-Hush onto chart
Lambert and singing spouse Blake Shelton recently headlined the first
Healing In The Heartland Relief concert in Oklahoma City that raised
$6 million for victims in Moore - hometown of fellow star Toby Keith
and Kelley Coffey - just 90 miles north of the Shelton-Lambert ranches.
born stars Reba McEntire and Vince Gill - Monroe's producer - also performed
on the concert with recent Aussie tourists Rascal Flatts and fellow stars
Darius Rucker and Luke Bryan.
Lambert's Mutt Nation charity also donated a large amount of help for
families and pets separated in the tornadoes shortly before she suffered
a major loss.
Animal lover and barrel racer Miranda also lost one of her best friends
- her horse.
The country star/animal activist hit Twitter to mourn her loss:
"Had to put our great old horse down today. Animal love is so strong
and it can really break your heart. Hope he is the one Jesus comes back
HERE for a review of Miranda's fourth album Revolution in the Diary on
January 11, 2010.
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Revolution and her DVD Revolution - Live By Candlelight.
ROSES IN BLOOM FOR ASHLEY MONROE
girl Ashley Monroe returns to Nu Country TV with the video for the
title track of her second solo CD Like A Rose.
Monroe has plenty of major strings to her bow - and they don't just
include writing with expat Novocastrian Catherine Britt when Britt
was living on the edge for five years in Nashville.
National ABC radio host Britt recently interviewed Monroe on Saturday
Night Country as fans drove home on Highway 1 and the Hamilton Highway
from Geelong after the first AFL night game at Kardinia Park.
And, like Britt, her first Nashville produced disc withered on the
vine and failed to burst from the chute when it was due.
But the Tennessean
hung in, joined the Pistol Annies, and is now blooming - like a rose.
She and Britt, with whom she wrote Call You Back Town and Down
for Britt's self-titled fourth album, shared dreams and wrote with roots
country tunesmiths in Music City.
Now, with her debut hit Like A Rose penned with Texans Guy Clark
and Jon Randall - third of six times wed Lorrie Morgan's four ex-singing
spouses - she's front and centre in the cred country posse.
Monroe expands on her long stemmed floral fantasy with Give Me Weed
Instead Of Roses - a satiric stab at trad romantic stimulants.
The singer also duets with Lambert's singing spouse Shelton on You
Ain't Dolly And You Ain't Porter - a song she wrote with her producer
Vince Gill, second husband of Christian singer Amy Grant.
Monroe was born in tiny Corryton, east of Knoxville, on the street where
most her family members lived.
She's a cousin to country legend Carl Smith - first ex-husband of June
Carter Cash and father of Carlene Carter.
Her first album was a digital disc only - released after she walked the
plank at Sony.
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a Monroe feature in the Diary on May 27.
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WYLIE HUBBARD BEHIND BARS AND BARBECUES
fitting that TV show host Mid Pacific Bob Olson introduces veteran
Oklahoma born, latter day Texan outlaw Ray Wylie Hubbard in his
Behind Bars & Barbecues segment this week.
Bob and editor Blaize Warden filmed their exotic Tri Tip recipe
at Bob's outdoor kitchen in his Beer Can Hill delta home in Northcote.
Hubbard, 66, and drummer Rick Richards perform in the video for
Drunken Poet's Dream - a song he wrote with Texan Hayes Carll
who made his Victorian debut last year at Northcote Social Club
atop Beer Can Hill with Hunter Valley singer Kirsty Akers.
The song appeared on Hubbard's 15th album A. Enlightenment B.
Endarkenment (Hint: There is No C).
features the 2010 album title track (inspired by his favorite Edgar
Allan Poe poem) as well as Drunken Poet's Dream - also first
song on Hayes third album Trouble In Mind in 2007.
changed some lyrics for his version that rhymes Mescalene and gasoline.
Carll have been regular co-writers - part of the singer's cross pollination
with younger artists.
So how did the duo meet?
"We tell people we found him on our doorstep in a little basket,
that's how we met him," says Hubbard's long time wife Judy - also
the inspiration for many songs.
Hubbard, who wrote another album title track Snake Farm under the
name Wylie Lama, tells a different story.
"I played the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival a few years ago
and I was out in San Francisco," Ray Wylie recalled.
"So after I did my set this young guy came up and he said, "Mr.
Hubbard, can I talk to you for a minute?" And I said, "Sure."
And he said, "Well, can I tell you how inspiring you are?" And
I said, "Yeah, go ahead." And he said, "I play mandolin
and bluegrass and I just really enjoy watching and listening to your lyrics
and what you're doing, I just really respect your commitment that you
have to what you're doing. Please don't take this wrong but you're an
older guy, you're still writing these songs and taking that guitar and
that case and flying and traveling and performing them and making records.
I just really admire your commitment. I hope to have that commitment someday."
And I said, "Well, just never learn to do anything else."
Hubbard, whose son Lucas has played in his road band since he was 12,
hosts his show Roots & Branches on Americana radio station
KNBT in New Braunfels - locale of Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in
Hubbard promoted 16th album The Grifter's Hymnal on David Letterman's
TV Show by performing two songs - a rarity - with encore Screw You,
We're From Texas.
The singer co-wrote the screen play and was music supervisor for 2010
outlaw movie The Last Rites Of Ransom Pride that starred Dwight
Yoakam and Kris Kristofferson.
for Ray Wylie Hubbard interviews in the Diary on July 7, 2012.
CLICK HERE for
a Hayes Carll feature in the Diary on July 14, 2012
DENHAM - ADDICTED TO THE DIESEL
Londonderry singer Jayne Denham graduates from Mescalene and gasoline
to different fuels in her video for Addicted To The Diesel
from her third album Renegade on ABC Music.
That song cements her sponsorship by Wickham Freight Lines who provide
her with her two touring trucks.
"I wrote that with Matt Scullion, whom I hadn't written with
before, and Garth Porter at his studio in Botany," Denham told
"We had been talking about writing together for years and Matt
had the title in his head and the riff, he's a riff master."
Denham deepened her rural roots by moving to the bush and writing
about her genetic love of trucks, cowgirls and bone crunching sports
- rodeo and roller derby.
of her songs Shelter is a tribute to husband-writing partner
Paul with whom she moved to a 10 acre farm-let at Hartley west of
the Blue Mountains over a year ago.
Shelter with Tamara Stewart and we gelled straight away and did
really well together," Jayne added.
Denham also duets with bush bred country rocker Shannon Noll on Beyond
These City Lights - a Noll tune extolling yearning for his agrarian
"I met him Shannon a few years ago when I was touring with the Noll
Brothers," says Jayne now touring nationally in July and August to
promote her album.
HERE for a Denham feature in The Diary.
- PAUL NOT FRANK - LAMPOONS BIG END OF TOWN
born singer-songwriter Paul Costa injects some strident social comment
into his song Big End Of Town - one of the highlights of
his fourth album Wheels & Steel.
Costa's video illustrates the widening social, economic and political
gap in the unlucky radio country.
The singer, in his forties, is well qualified to comment on city
power brokers inflicting broken promises and shattered dreams on
the sons and daughters of the soil.
Paul and his brothers bought back their family orchard at Robinvale
near Mildura on the banks of the mighty Murray River.
Costa wrote the song with Tamara Stewart who was born at Mooroopna
in the Goulburn Valley - another citrus belt being decimated by
big city power brokers closing down fruit processing companies.
first explored big banks foreclosing on family farms on third album
In This Life.
brother Noel - one of the four Costa singing siblings - wrote Survivor
1932 about the historic depression that wreaked havoc in the bush
long-time producer Rod McCormack to daub their riveting post Great Depression
parable with the triumph of racing icons diverse as Phar Lap, Peter Pan
and Gundagai Dog on The Tuckerbox over poverty.
Now, on Wheels & Steel, he also updates history on his evocative
version of Drew McAlister-Allan Caswell song - Buying Back The Farm.
HERE for a Costa feature in The Diary on July 29, 2012.
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