DIARY - 10 JUNE 2013 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 2 - SERIES 20
BOXING CHAMP HEADLINES NU COUNTRY TV
boxing champion Paul Thorn and singing actor Tim McGraw headline Nu Country
TV this Saturday June 22 at 9.30 pm on C 31.
Thorn, making his debut Australian visit next week, shares billing with
Tim - son of late baseball star Tug McGraw - who has toured here twice.
Pistol Annies singer Ashley Monroe returns to the show, repeated Monday
3 p m and midnight and Thursday at 1 am, with San Francisco band Train.
Prolific Tennessean singer-songwriter Will Hoge debuts in Behind Bars
- edited by Blaize Warden.
And expatriate Texan Doug Bruce, now living in Bendigo, and Sydney bluegrass
band The Pigs return to the show you can also see on Catch-Up TV on the
Channel 31 web page.
THORN PRIMES PIMPS & PREACHERS
Thorn first made international TV when he fought world middleweight
boxing champion Roberto Duran at Atlantic City casino in New Jersey
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
But this time we feature the video for the title track of Thorn's
sixth album Pimps & Preachers on our TV show on the eve
of Thorn's Melbourne debut at Northcote Social Club - near our old
studios on Beer Can Hill.
Thorn, 48 and father of two children, will perform his song live in
Northcote on June 23 and Hallam Hotel on June 25.
"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.
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.
MCGRAW ENJOYS ONE OF THOSE NIGHTS
actor Tim McGraw performs the video for his 33RD #1 hit One Of
Those Nights from his 12th album Two Lanes Of Freedom on
this week's show.
McGraw has already scored his 34th chart-topper with Highway
Don't Care featuring Taylor Swift and expat Australasian superstar
Keith Urban - a guest in our Beer Can Hill studios before the great
fire of June 26, 2010.
Tim, 46, and Mississippi born singing spouse Faith Hill, 45, have
toured here twice since he played one of the lead male roles opposite
Sandra Bullock in the gridiron movie The Blind Side.
whose dad Tug was a baseball star, also played the male lead opposite
Gwyneth Paltrow in recent movie Country Strong.
of two daughters, punctuates albums and tours with other movies Dirty
Girl with fellow singing actor Dwight Yoakam, Four Holidays
with Yoakam and Robert Duvall who had a cameo in Crazy Heart, Friday
Night Lights and Black Cloud.
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Tim's new album Two Lanes Of Freedom and previous disc Emotional Traffic.
HERE for a review of Two Lanes Of Freedom in the Diary on March 12, 2013.
MONROE HITCHES RIDE ON TRAIN
Monroe was not idle between her two solo albums and matching pair
with Miranda Lambert and The Pistol Annies.
She climbed on board for a riveting video and vocal performance
with Californian roots band Train.
We feature their video for Bruises from sixth album California
37 in this week's Behind Bars.
Train consists of core trio Pat Monahan (vocals), Jimmy Stafford
(guitar) and Scott Underwood (drums).
The original lineup - Monahan, Stafford, Underwood, Rob Hotchkiss
and Charlie Colin mainstream success with debut album, Train released
in 1998 with hit Meet Virginia.
Their 2001 album, Drops of Jupiter contained lead single
Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me) that won two Grammy Awards in
was certified double platinum in the United States and Canada -
third album, My Private Nation (2003) was platinum in the
United States with the hit Calling All Angels.
released fourth album, For Me, It's You in 2006, with new members
Brandon Bush (keyboards) and Johnny Colt (bass) and then went on a three-year
In late 2009, Train released Save Me, San Francisco with three
singles - six time platinum hit Hey, Soul Sister, If It's Love
and Marry Me reached #3, 34 and 34 on Billboard.
The album was certified gold and sold 954,000 units.
Since 2008 Jerry Becker (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals) and Hector
Maldonado (bass, guitar, percussion, backing vocals) have been touring
and recording with the group around the world.
In 2012 Train released California 37 - first single Drive By
reached #10 on Billboard and was Top 10 in the UK - first Top 20 single
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an Ashley Monroe feature in the Diary on May 27.
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her CD Like A Rose.
HOGE - A SONG YOU CAN SEE AND HEAR
Tennessee troubadour Will Hoge wrote Another Song Nobody Will Hear
he hadn't countered on being discovered here in Australia.
We feature his video for the song in Behind Bars.
Will, 41, has released eight albums and several live discs and EPS
but is best known for writing hits for others.
He hails from Civil War town Franklin and attended Western Kentucky
University to study history planning to become a high school history
teacher and basketball coach.
Hoge left university after realizing he wanted to write songs and
be a career musician.
died in a scooter accident in 2008 while recording his album, not so cryptically
titled The Wreckage.
He was admitted to Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in critical condition
- he had surgery immediately upon arrival for numerous broken bones (ribs,
sternum, shattered femur, knee cap, shoulder blades) and lacerations to
his face, arms, and torso requiring over 200 stitches.
Hoge recovered to write hits for Lady Antebellum and the Texan Eli Young
Band who toured here with singing actor Tim McGraw and singing spouse
Will co-wrote Eli Young Band #1 hit Even if It Breaks Your Heart
before releasing 2012 EP Modern American Protest Music.
The seven-song project includes Jesus Came To Tennessee and ends
with topical tune The Ballad Of Trayvon Martin - and touches on
religious and political issues.
"I have a feeling that Modern American Protest Music will instantly
cause a reaction because these are hot button issues for a lot of folks,"
"I don't want to fool people into thinking this is another Will Hoge
country/rock record about girls, this is something very different. I'm
not looking for people to agree or disagree, it's a personal expression
from me as a songwriter."
Hoge also recorded the opening theme song You Make Me Happy for
CBS sitcom Still Standing and appeared at the 2013 Grammy block
party in Nashville with Kip Moore.
Further info - http://willhoge.com/wired
PIGS ON MENU
band The Pigs bring home the bacon with their video for Kanye West song
Gold Digger - the tune they performed on Australia's Got Talent.
The band, one of the big hits at the 37th Port Fairy folk fest in March,
are joined in their limo by some sultry sweethearts of the rodeo.
They show how chappies in Sin City deal with dames dating back to the
Rum Rebellion in the song from 2012 album The Great Bluegrass Swindle.
You can catch The Pigs at the inaugural three day Broadbeach Country Music
Festival from June 21-23.
The Pigs share their name with a Bristol punk rock band formed in 1977
and have appeared on ABC TV shows Rage and Spicks' N Specks.
Further info - www.thepigs.com.au
Texan Doug Bruce found true love with a Bendigo belle before he
fled the Lone Star state and headed south to the Victorian gold
This week Doug and his band The Tailgaters perform the video for
latest single Thank God I'm A Cowboy from third album Made
Doug landed here three decades after his dad Dale toured here as
bassist with Red Steagall & The Coleman County Cowboys.
Luckily, Dale and Texan rodeo legend Red played the Cross Keys Hotel
in Essendon many moons before an underworld double murder at an
Auskick clinic near the pub.
In the audience for Dale and Red were Van Diemen's Land exports
The Singing Kettles and revered rock writer and retailer Dr Pepper,
aka David Pepperell.
can catch Doug next weekend at the inaugural Broadbeach country
music festival on the Gold Coast.
HERE for Tonkgirl's Gig Guide for full details.
HOW TO KEEP NU COUNTRY ON AIR
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support to return to air in December on Channel 31 to celebrate our 21st
series of Nu Country TV.
Australian record companies and artists have joined forces to help our
We have new CDS by major artists you can win by becoming a Nu Country
TV member or renewing your membership.
They include singing actors Willie Nelson and Tim McGraw, Voice judge
Blake Shelton and singing spouse Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe, Brad
Paisley, Gary Allan, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church,
Carrie Underwood, Slim Dusty, Felicity and many more.
We also have the latest John Fogerty and John Denver all-stat tribute
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