DIARY - 6/8/2013 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 9 - SERIES 20
TOURISTS HEADLINE NU COUNTRY TV
superstar Alan Jackson and Missouri born touring partner Sara Evans headline
Nu Country TV this Saturday - August 10 at 9.30 pm on C 31.
The duo, who play Rod Laver Arena on Friday October 4 and 15th Deni Ute
Muster, revive video clips from rich catalogues on a show repeated Monday
at 3 pm and midnight and Thursday at 1 am.
Former Hootie & The Blowfish singer Darius Rucker returns to the show,
edited by Blaize Warden, with a song that began life as a Bob Dylan poem
before being finished and recorded by Old Crow Medicine Show.
Singing actor Shooter Jennings, Bucky Covington and Texan troubadour Radney
Foster return to our Behind Bars segment by popular demand.
And Far North Queensland refugee 8 Ball Aitken, now living in Nashville
when not touring Texas and Canada, also returns to the show you can see
on Catch-Up TV on the Channel 31 web page.
JACKSON SINGS THE REPAIR SHOP BLUES
Alan Jackson is well qualified to act ornery in the video for The Talking
Song Repair Blues.
54 and father of three daughters, spend much of his childhood watching
his late mechanic dad Eugene toiling in grease and oil on cantankerous
cars in a vast array garages.
Here he takes a slightly more humorous tack - from the motorist's
Jackson, who courted wife Denise in one of his many Cadillacs, has
up to 20 automobiles stored in garages on their lakeside properties
Alan, touring here with Missouri minstrel Sara Evans and Novocastrian
Morgan Evans, will have new gospel and bluegrass albums out for his
His new bluegrass album, available on September 24, features eight
Jackson originals and 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
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.
THANK EVANS FOR SARA
Evans has good reason to perform the video for My Heart Can't Tell
You from her sixth solo album Stronger on the eve of her
debut Australian tour.
Sara, 42, and mother of three, was stronger after she split with a
Republican politician and wed former Alabama University quarter back
Jay Barker - now a radio talkback host.
The couple live with their seven children in Mountain Brook - a suburb
of Birmingham, Alabama.
Evans landed Stronger in the Country Strong movie starring
Tim McGraw, Gwyneth Paltrow and Garrett Hedlund who was also in 2004
McGraw film Friday Night Lights.
Sara is proud to bring bassist elder brother Matt to Australia.
Matt has been co-writer on most of her albums since she broke in 1997
with Pete Anderson produced debut disc Three Chords And The Truth.
The seven Evans siblings - of Welsh, English, Irish and Native American
descent - were raised on farm near New Franklin in Missouri.
born in Boonville because rural Boonesboro wasn't big enough to merit
All siblings played in their family bluegrass bands as toddlers and Sara's
sisters Ashley and Lesley and sister in law Melody have sung on her albums
and road tours.
Sara and Matt wrote redemptive What That Drink Cost Me on her sixth
album Stronger that was followed by one of her four Greatest
They include autobiographical classics New Hometown, Rockin' Horse,
These Four Walls, Wildfire and Anywhere.
But the singer doesn't just spread her songwriting royalties to the family.
Matt's wife Kaelin also tours Australia with Evans who debuts at CMC Rocks
North Queensland in Townsville before playing Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne
on Friday October 4.
CLICK HERE for
an exclusive Evans interview in the Diary.
AND BUCKY BEHIND BARS
imitates art when Shooter Jennings and Bucky Covington perform on
Behind Bars in the video for Drinking Side of Country.
The hard riding hombres decamp from a bar in a speeding car after
a fracas erupts when they dance with the sister of one of the patrons.
They head south to Louisiana after they use a female as a decoy to
escape a sheriff in a scene befitting Dukes Of Hazard that featured
Shooter's late dad Waylon's Good Old Boys TV theme song.
Shooter is set to co-produce a film based on the life of his father.
going to be one of the coolest biopics ever made," says Shooter,
34, whose partner Drea De Matteo also starred in The Sopranos, Joey
and Sons Of Anarchy.
the one aspect of my dad's whole deal that I'm like, 'This is my territory,
I want to be in charge of this,'" he says.
"I'm a big film fan, and I just want it to be done right."
Shooter is also promoting his latest album and companion film The Other
The film portion - which Jennings co-wrote and produced - recently won
best short film at the Horror Hound Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio.
"The film is very dark, and I think that there will probably be some
people that are like, 'What the hell's going on?' And that's fine, but
that's not my core fan," Jennings says.
"The more projects like this, the visual side and all that, I'm really
cultivating my fan base more and more."
"At first we were going to call it The Outsider, but once we got
into the film we thought, 'Well, it's like a mirror, a dark mirror of
what Family Man was.' The record deals with the darker side, while
Family Man was pretty positive. Not that The Other Side
is negative, but it's a more realistic representation of the other side
of me. I'm 33, figuring life out, and there is a lot of light and dark
going back and forth. This record encapsulates that, accepting oneself
and the helter-skelter of life."
HERE for a Shooter Jennings interview in The Diary on April 28, 2012.
FOSTER BASIN STREET BOUND
Foster heads south to Basin St, New Orleans in the video for Louisiana
Blue from his 2012 album Del Rio Texas, Revisited: Unplugged and
Dixie Chicks and latter day Court Yard Hounds singer Martie Maguire plays
fiddle and Jon Randall is on mandolin in the picturesque paean to life
in the deepest south.
Jon, former member of Emmylou Harris's Nash Ramblers is also of Tennessee
star Lorrie Morgan's four former singing spouses.
Foster, now 54, cut three wondrous discs with Bill Lloyd as Foster &
Lloyd from 1987 and has penned enough chart toppers to keep him from diluting
his soulful albums that began with Del Rio, Texas, 1959, in 1992.
Godspeed, inspired by his former wife of 12 years decamping to
France in 1994 with their son Julien, now 21, was one of three to grace
huge selling Dixie Chicks albums.
His hits include expatriate Australasian superstar Keith Urban's Raining
On Sunday, and smashes for Darius Rucker, Kenny Chesney and Brooks
He also wrote A Real Fine Place To Start - an historic hit for
HERE for a Radney Foster CD review from the Diary on July 17, 2013.
RUCKER - SECOND SPIN OF A WAGON WHEEL
Rucker borrowed from Foster when he called his 2010 album Charleston,
SC 1966, named for his birthplace and year and tribute to longtime
favorite country album, Radney Foster's Del Rio TX 1959.
Foster recently performed at the Darius Rucker & Friends concert
at Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville.
This time Darius, 47, is indebted to Old Crow Medicine Show for latest
hit single Wagon Wheel from fourth solo album True Believers
released on May 21.
Rucker performs the video clip for the double platinum single that
he also showcased recently on the Grand Ole Opry.
Old Crow Medicine Show also charted with the song that band leader
Ketch Secor finished after revamping a Bob Dylan poem.
The band showcased it on its 2009 Australian tour that included CMC
Rocks The Snowys at Thredbo.
Dylan is making healthy royalties from Rucker's version of Wagon
Wheel but it's not the first time the folk legend has scored a
paycheck from the singer.
In the early
'90s he sued Hootie and the Blowfish because of lyrics used in their hit
song Only Wanna Be With You.
Rucker admits it's doubtful Dylan knew anything about the lawsuit.
During an interview he said Dylan's management was aware of their use
of lyrics from Idiot Wind and had no problem with it.
Once the song became a hit they objected, and Hootie was forced to pay
The lyrics in question: "Said I shot a man named Gray/ took his wife
to Italy/ she inherited a million bucks/ and when she died it came to
me/ I can't help it if I'm lucky."
Only Wanna Be With You is a Dylan tribute, especially that verse.
Later in the song the band drops Tangled Up in Blue - title of
another Dylan hit.
for a Darius Rucker feature in The Diary.
AITKEN HOWLS AT A YELLOW MOON
North Queensland singer-songwriter 8-Ball Aitken returns to Nu Country
with his animated video for Yellow Moon.
The colourful character, who appeared on a Texas TV show hosted by
singing crime novelist Kinky Friedman during a tour of the Lone Star
State, has also made two Canadian tours.
Last month 8-Ball, now 31, began recording his eighth album in Nashville
where he now lives.
That's where he shot another video for Cowboy Movie - a mini-movie
with a sting in the tail.
The song told a sardonic story about a far North Queenslander trying
to score a record deal for his Blue Heeler bird dog and a cockatoo.
Music City moguls slammed doors in the face of the trio as they tried
to seek an audience - from major record and publishing companies and
Grand Ole Opry to the Lower Broadway cowboy bars.
the canine and cockatoo top the Billboard charts the same surly gatekeeper
is forced to eat humble pie - serving cocktails to 8 Ball and a blonde
beauty in his mansion pool.
The moral of the Biblical parable is one the Atherton Tablelands born
and latter day Tamworth troubadour lives out each day.
Chase your dreams all over the world and treat each swinging door as an
entrée - not an exit.
"I wanted to make a video that was like a mini-movie," 8 Ball
told Nu Country TV.
"I treat every video like that. It's three minutes to do something
and say something different and exciting. So many people go to Nashville
and make it. I thought how about trying to get a dog and a bird a record
deal in Music City - Nashville."
for an 8-Ball Aitken interview in the Diary on April 15, 2012.
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