DIARY - 23 JULY 2013 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 7 - SERIES 20
TOURIST HEADLINES NU COUNTRY TV
superstar Alan Jackson headlines Nu Country TV this Saturday - July 27
- on the eve of his second Australian tour in September.
The singer showcases his love of cars in an historic video at 9.30 pm
on Channel 31.
Shotgun Willie Nelson also returns with fellow Texan Lee Ann Womack on
the show edited by Blaize Warden and repeated Monday at 3 pm and midnight
and Thursday at 1 am.
We also feature alt-country singer Todd Snider, discovered in Texas, and
now living in the East Nashville musicians' enclave.
Texan troubadour Aaron Watson and Lone Star State satirist Rodney Carrington
debut on Behind Bars.
And Benalla singer-songwriter Adam Toms, a popular act on the local country
festival circuit, struts his stuff on the show you can also watch on Catch-Up
TV on the Channel 31 web page.
JACKSON SINGS THE MERCURY BLUES
Jackson will have no shortage of new material to showcase on his
second Australian tour that brings him to the 15th Deni Ute Muster
and Melbourne on October 4.
Jackson, touring with Missouri minstrel Sara Evans and Novocastrian
Morgan Evans, will have new gospel and bluegrass albums out for
The singer, 54 and father of three daughters, recorded Precious
Memories Volume 2, for his mother and mother-in-law.
We feature his video for Mercury Blues - as a tribute to
his late mechanic father Eugene with whom he shared a love of classic
Jackson has up to 20 automobiles stored in garages on his lakeside
properties near Nashville.
new bluegrass album, available on September 24, features eight Jackson
originals and some covers including John Anderson's Wild And
Blue and The Dillards' There is A Time.
the album with his nephew Adam Wright who wrote a song with Fawkner filly
Jasmine Rae for her third album If I Want To, released here on
Rae, 26, and McAlister Kemp supported Jackson on his first Australian
tour in 2011.
We first interviewed Jackson at a Vern Gosdin concert at a car dealership
in the Tennessee civil war town Franklin on October 15, 1988.
HERE for another exclusive Alan Jackson interview in the Diary on October
CLICK HERE for our Jackson
concert review on March 5, 2011.
SNIDER - AN ALRIGHT GUY
Todd Snider debuts with the video for one of his breakthrough hits Alright
Snider, 46 and a 16 album veteran, shot the video in East Nashville with
a support cast including a chook, two goats and more wildlife.
Todd wasn't kidding when fellow singer-songwriter Kent Finlay discovered
him 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 Jack Ingram.
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.
Stone broke the record on air but Ward told the DJ she believed it was
a Slim Dusty disc that hit the floor.
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.
CARRINGTON - A TEXAN DANCING WITH A MAN
Rodney Carrington showcases his bizarre humour with his video about two-stepping
in the dark with a tall dark stranger.
His song Dancing With a Man appeared on 1998 debut album Hangin'
With Rodney that reached No 73 on charts.
It also included Letter To My Penis that did not score wide exposure.
Rodney, 44 and father of three sons, hails from Longview and now lives
in Bixby - a suburb of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Carrington co-wrote and appeared with Toby Keith and Willie Nelson in
the 2008 movie Beer For My Horses.
He scored wide TV exposure in The Bob And Tom TV show before appearing
in 2004 TV sitcom Rodney - based largely on his life which aired
on the U.S. ABC network for two seasons.
Carrington released his second album Morning Wood in 2000 - his
first Top 20 album featuring More of a Man that reached No. 71
His album Live: C'mon Laugh You Bastards did not chart.
Carrington's fourth album Nut Sack in 2003 included Don't Look
Now that reached 60 and prompted a Greatest Hits in 2004.
He released King of the Mountains in 2007 featuring his second
serious song Angel Friend - a tribute to his best friend Barry
Martin, who died suddenly in 2003.
El Niño Loco, his sixth Capitol album, was released in 2009.
Carrington later released Make It Christmas - his single Camouflage
and Christmas Lights became his first Top 40 country hit in December
Further info - www.rodneycarrington.com
Christian University graduate Aaron Watson debuts on Behind Bars with
his live video for Lonely Lubbock Nights.
song about the hometown of Buddy Holly, Butch Hancock and The Maines
Watson recalls famed Broken Spoke cowboy bar in Austin and a Baptist
Preacher's daughter in the song from a live CD/DVD Deep In The
Heart Of Texas recorded at Hog Creek Ice House in Waco on June
27, 2009. Asleep At The Wheel icon Ray Benson produced Watson's 2004
album The Honky Tonk Kid featuring guest cameo by Shotgun Willie
junior college baseball in New Mexico and performed around Texas before
releasing debut album, A Texas Café.
Aaron, now living in Abilene, and his band Orphans of the Brazos appear
on his 2005 album, Live at the Texas Hall of Fame.
In 2006 his San Angelo release hit No. 60 on Billboard country
Later that year Watson, 36 and father of four, released a collection of
gospel songs - Barbed Wire Halo - including readings by Billy Joe
On April 1, 2008, Watson's eighth album Angels & Outlaws peaked
at 28 and hit the Billboard Top 200 all genre chart.
He has since released The Road And The Rodeo in 2010 and 12th album
Real Good Time in 2012.
Watson wrote recent message song Raise Your Bottle for his dad
who was disabled in the Vietnam War.
He has used it to raise money and awareness for the Boot Campaign - a
foundation that supports American troops upon their return home.
Further info - www.aaronwatson.com
AND LEE ANN WOMACK
Willie Nelson has long sung the praises of fellow Texan Lee Ann Womack
- this week he sings with her in the video for Mendocino County
The graphic song was written by Matt Serletic and Bernie Taupin and
released in January 2002 as first for Willie's 2002 album, The
It peaked on U.S. country charts at 22 - his first Top 40 hit since
Ain't Necessarily So in 1990.
Willie was more successful with the duet than his audition for The
We have run
a collage of those famous auditions.
Willie, 80, has also scored collateral publicity this month by sharing
the cover of Rolling Stone with one of the Boston Bombers.
The feature is on Willie's bus - also the subject of a Kinky Friedman
crime novel Road Kill.
HERE for a Willie feature in the Diary on April 29, 2013.
CLICK HERE to win Willie's new album Let's
Face The Music And Dance on our Membership Page.
for a Lee Ann Womack feature in the Diary on March 28, 2005.
TOMS - BENALLA RICH MAN
singer Adam Tom debuts on Nu Country with the video for his title
track of third album Rich Man.
Adam performed this year at the Red Hill, Whittlesea & Kilmore
Country Music festivals in Victoria.
His 12 track album was produced by Matt Fell and features Glen Hannah,
Mitch Farmer, Josh Schubert and Michael Carpenter.
original tunes and collaborations with Felicity Urquhart, Troy Kemp and
Drew McAlister and vocals by Chris E Thomas, Sally-Anne Whitten and Briana
also includes a DVD documentary, Are We There Yet - On The Road With
Adam Toms that depicts nine months on the road with his wife Jo and
two young sons Mitchel and Riley.
The DVD also includes his six video clips.
His single Rowdy Together released last August was written with
Troy Kemp and is on three ABC Music compilation albums. Hell Yeah -
Ultimate Country Drinking Songs, Hit Country 2013 and Songs That
Make Us Country.
Shine On Me also on the album, has been released as a digital download
with all profits going to Aussie Helpers to assist Australians effected
by recent fires & floods.
HERE for a Toms CD review in the Diary.
TO KEEP NU COUNTRY ON AIR
We need your
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 ensure 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 more.
We also have the latest John Fogerty and John Denver all-star tribute
albums and DVDS by Miranda and fellow chart topper Lady Antebellum.
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