DIARY - 2 JULY 2013 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 4 - SERIES 20
KEITH HEADLINES NU COUNTRY TV
born star Toby Keith headlines Nu Country TV this Saturday July 6 - less
than two months after his hometown Moore was devastated by killer tornadoes.
The singer shares billing with Texas band Reckless Kelly who took their
name from Australian bushranger Ned - at 9.30 p m on Channel 31.
Mid-Pacific Bob Olson hosts the show, edited and filmed by Blaize Warden
at Bob's Beer Can Hill delta home in Northcote, with Oklahoma band Cross
Canadian Ragweed debuting in Behind Bars.
Also debuting in Behind Bars is Georgian comedian and Presbyterian minister's
son Tim Wilson with a humorous family ode.
Gold Coast band The Bostocks, fresh from the 37th Port Fairy Folk Festival,
return to Nu Country.
And Thornbury singer-songwriter Jordie Lane, who toured with Texan Ruthie
Foster after she played Port Fairy, debuts on the show you can see on
Catch-Up TV on Channel 31.
TOBY KEITH - HOPE ON THE ROCKS
star Toby Keith returns to Nu Country with the video for the title track
of his 18th album Hope On The Rocks.
Keith, 51 and father of singer Krystal Keith, played a bartender and soaked
up tears in one of his many I Love This Bar and Grill restaurant chain
Toby shed tears on national TV when he returned to hometown Moore after
May tornadoes caused major damage to his sister's home and narrowly missed
his mother's residence.
Keith's sister's belongings survived but the house is not livable.
He hosts the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert this Saturday at the University
of Oklahoma's Memorial Stadium in Norman - with Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson,
Trisha Yearwood, Carrie Underwood, John Anderson, Mel Tillis and Ronnie
"I grew up in Moore," said Keith about the deadly twister. "I
live in Norman, and I've got lots of family and friends who were directly
affected. I know these folks, and they're resilient, but we're going to
keep helping them any way we can. I'm proud to get together with some
others from around here who are just as committed as I am to supporting
Fellow Oklahoma star Garth Brooks and singing spouse Trisha Yearwood have
good reason to perform.
"Once we got the news that the tornado had hit Toby's hometown, Miss
Yearwood and I told Toby we were at his service for whatever he chose
to do," Brooks said.
"I am amazed at the human spirit the tornado victims have shown.
I am humbled by the giving of the volunteers. It is an honor to get to
be a part of this healing process.
Keith released new single Drinks After Work on June 11 from his
new album for release in our spring and headlines Hammer Down tour with
fellow artists Kip Moore and Drake White.
Toby landed on the cover of the July issue of Forbes Magazine after he
earned $65 million in the last year - far more than celebrities Jay-Z,
Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez.
The singer-songwriter has written a No. 1 hit every year for the last
20 years and also owns a piece of the enormous success of Taylor Swift,
through his Show Dog label's partnership with her label, Big Machine.
He also has his own Wild Shot mezcal line, a chain of I Love This Bar
& Grill restaurants, a multi-million-dollar endorsement deal with
Ford, merchandising, concerts and is a prominent horse breeder.
Forbes estimates Keith's total career earnings at $500 million - his label
Show Dog features Louisiana kindred spirit Trace Adkins as his major client.
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HERE to read a review of the album in the Diary.
to read a previous Toby feature in the Diary on January 25, 2011.
Reckless Kelly debut on Nu Country with the video for Ragged As The
Road from their 2008 album Bullet Proof.
They took their name from the 1993 movie about our infamous headless bushranger
Since then they have released seven studio albums and two live discs -
the most recent was Good Luck And True Love in 2011 on their own
label No Big Deal.
Brothers Willy (vocals/guitar) and Cody Braun (vocals/fiddle/mandolin/harmonica)
formed in Bend, Oregon, before relocating to Austin, Texas, in October,
The Brauns previously toured with their father in Muzzie Braun & the
Boys - a Western swing band - and were joined in their own group by lead
guitarist Casey Pollock, bassist Chris Schelske, and drummer Jay Nazz.
The band played locally on historic Sixth Street in Austin and turned
a small bar & restaurant called Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar, into a
popular music venue.
From November 1996 to May 1998, they packed the place out with their infamous
Monday night show.
Soon other music venues in Austin invited them to play, including the
Continental club, the Saxon pub, Stubbs barbecue, and Antone's home of
In 2010 Reckless Kelly released Somewhere In Time - an album of
songs by one of their musical heroes Pinto Bennett & the Famous Motel
HERE for a CD review in the Diary.
Ragweed debuts on Behind Bars with the video for teen anthem 17
from it self-titled 2002 album.
The band, formed in Yukon, Oklahoma, was leader of the Red Dirt country
movement and recorded seven studio albums and three live discs in its
20 year career.
It took its name from founding members Grady Cross, Cody Canada, Randy
Ragsdale and Matt Wiedemann.
They moved to college town Stillwater, Oklahoma, where Mike McClure's
The Great Divide and singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave established enough
of a local scene to earn Stillwater the nickname North Austin.
In May 2010 the band announced a hiatus from touring.
Ragsdale said "Right now, I need to be at home for my family, particularly
my son JC, who has autism. He's 10 years old now and still struggling
in his development. I feel the only way I can help him is to be more hands
on and close to home."
In September 2010 Canada officially announced the band was calling it
quits by announcing their Last Call Show in October, 2010 at Joe's Bar
In a March 2012 interview, Canada said the band's breakup was based on
more than Ragsdale's need to be with his family, implying that tension
with Cross was also a factor.
"We just wanted to protect the name of the band", he said.
"There was one person who wasn't happy from an artistic or business
Canada and Plato formed The Departed with fellow Yukon-native Dave Bowen
(drums), Seth James (guitar), and Steve Littleton (keyboards), releasing
their debut album in June, 2011.
Ragsdale and Cross both returned to Yukon and Ragsdale toured with Stoney
Larue from December 2011.
Cross purchased and operates the bar that was the very first venue Cross
Canadian Ragweed performed in 1994.
Their song Boys from Oklahoma plays as the credits roll in the
movie Leaves of Grass starring Edward Norton and Susan Sarandon.
WILSON - PRESBYTERIAN PAIR
comedian Tim Wilson, 51, adds some dry humour to Behind Bars with his
video for his hilarious portrayal of a close relative.
My Brother-In-Law is on Wilson's album Certified Aluminum.
The father of two also wrote I Should Have Married My Father-In
Law - title track of his ninth album in 2001.
Wilson was born in Columbus where his parents were school teachers
and attended Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina as
an English major.
Tim is the source of the theme song of Wimmera born Presbyterian
David Heard's long running popular show Acid Country on PBS-FM in
Easey Street, Collingwood.
Columbus Ledger sports writer's 15 albums have fitting titles ranging
from Church League Softball Fight in 2005 to 15th album Caffeine
Wired, Nervous & Pale.
a self-described libertarian and co-writer of Jeff Foxworthy's 1996 single
Redneck 12 Days of Christmas and several parodies for 1980s comedy
duo Pinkard & Bowden.
Tim and frequent co-writer Danny Simpson were credited as co-writers on
Toby Keith's 2007 single High Maintenance Woman although Keith
wrote the song by himself.
He began his recording career in Atlanta, Georgia on Southern Tracks label
with music publisher Bill Lowery and members of Atlanta Rhythm Section
played on many of his early recordings with band keyboardist Dean Daughtry
Wilson later recorded with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section at their famed
He co-produced Allnight Allstars with Muscle Shoals engineer Steve Melton
with rock luminaries Levon Helm, Greg Allman, Jimmy Hall, Bobby Whitlock,
and members of Atlanta Rhythm Section and Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.
In 2009, Wilson and Roger Keiss wrote a detective book entitled Happy
New Year -ted, about serial killer Ted Bundy.
Further info - http://www.timwilsonamerica.com/
BOSTOCKS - FROM GOLD COAST TO SHIPWRECK COAST
Coast band The Bostocks made a big splash when they returned to the
37th Port Fairy Folk festival on the Shipwreck Coast in March.
They family quartet struts its stuff in the joyous video for Another
The Bostocks began more than 15 years ago and borrowed a guitar from
local musician and multi-media minstrel Russ Goodear at Port Fairy.
The group, nominated for two Golden Guitar Awards and instrumental
of the year winners at the Queensland Country Music Awards, join The
Mavericks and Kevin Welch on the 2013 Gympie Muster bill.
directed the video in which sisters - violinist Rachel and bassist Sara
vocalise with guitarist brother Brendan and drummer Robert.
The family group began touring at the ages of 9, 12, 13 and 15 with help
from Phil Emanuel and on their first Port Fairy Folk Festival gig won
a Maton Young Talent Award.
Their support roles included rock artists diverse as Jimmy Barnes, INXS
and Steve Wright after releasing debut album In The Neighbourhood.
The Bostocks previously appeared on Nu Country with a video of the title
track of its second album Not By A Long Shot.
Further info - http://www.thebostocksband.com/main.html
singer-songwriter Jordie Lane returned from an overseas sojourn
to tour with Texan Ruthie Foster after she was one of the headliners
at Port Fairy.
Lane performs on Nu Country in the video for his song Feet Tall
from his second album Blood Thinner.
Raised by a comedian and a clown, he spent his early years travelling
in the community circus his parents performed in.
He started on ukulele at 4-years old and moved to 6-string electric
guitar at 9.
The singer starred in the Gram Parsons tribute show, Return Of
The Grievous Angel, at the Athenaeum Theatre in Collins St shortly
before Vikka Bull graced the same stage in her Etta James show
Jordie wrote and recorded some of his album in Room 8 at the Joshua
Tree motel where Parsons went to God of a morphine and booze overdose
at 26 on September, 19, 1973.
later Jordie bought a guitar, borrowed a Tascam 4-track, scavenged
for extra instruments and recorded every sound on Blood Thinner.
was nominated for an Australian Independent Music Award for Best Blues
& Roots Album.
Gram's tour manager Phil Kaufman and expat Adelaide roadie stole Parsons'
body and gave him a cut-rate cremation at Cap Rock near Joshua Tree.
The duo escaped from police who pulled up their hearse and returned to
Kaufman's home where Arthur Penn was directing his 2005 release movie
Night Moves featuring Gene Hackman.
Their feats were graphically captured in Kaufman's book Road Mangler
Deluxe and 2003 movie Grand Theft Parsons starring Johnny Knoxville
and Christina Applegate.
Lane returned to Los Angeles this year to record his third studio album
- sequel to Live at The Wheaty.
He also tours Canada in July with Winnipeg and Calgary folk festivals
on his radar.
Further info - jordielane.com
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