DIARY - 30/3/14 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 5 - SERIES 22
SHOW JUDGES HEADLINE NU COUNTRY TV
Australasian superstar Keith Urban and fellow TV talent show judge-mentor
Blake Shelton headline Nu Country TV Thursday April 3 at 10.30 pm on Channel
Alabama outlaw Jamey Johnson also performs a homage to late Texan country
king George Jones at a special 80th birthday celebration in Behind Bars.
Singing actor Dean Miller returns to the show, filmed and edited by Laith
Graham, and repeated Monday at 5.30 am and 2.30 pm.
And former Sydney school teacher Luke O'Shea returns with a special tribute
to unsung daughters of the soil with a little help from Henry Lawson.
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URBAN DRIVES COP CAR METAPHOR
Urban returns with a video about stalled wheels on Cop Car
- third single from his ninth album Fuse.
Urban enlisted director John Urbano, who worked with Justin Timberlake,
One Direction and Simon Cowell.
"How visual is that song?" Urban 46 and father of two daughters,
said of the video replete with police car sirens stimulating young
"You don't need a video. It will be heartbreaking to have to
do one because it is so visual."
Urban revealed details about the song source.
"I was amazed that there's always a new way to say something,"
"I so know that guy and that psycho-crazy chick, and I can see
that image so clearly. I laughed my ass off, and I loved that song.
It's such a great melody and such a damn cool song. I'm so happy we
got that song."
Urban also performed Cop Car at the Grammy Awards with Gary
But the song's
co-writer Sam Hunt made a startling allegation on social media.
The story is based on facts from Hunt's own life, but he refuses to go
into too many details.
"I sort of tweaked a few parts," Hunt admitted, "but the
basis is the same. I won't go into it too much, short of inspired by some
events that happened to me a few years ago in Alabama."
Hunt released his version of Cop Car on his Between the Pines
His songwriting credits include Kenny Chesney song Come Over and
Billy Currington's We Are Tonight.
Keith plays Rod Laver Arena on June 25.
HERE for an Urban interview in The Diary on December 13, 2010.
SHELTON TRIGGERS PISTOL ANNIES
star Blake Shelton enlisted singing spouse Miranda Lambert and her Pistol
Annies to fire up his video for Boys Round Here.
The Annies, also featuring Ashley Monroe & Angaleena Presley, added
vocals and glamour to the song from Shelton's eighth album Based On
a True Story.
Shelton's videogenic treatment features some brothers in high wheels and
gals in high heels.
Blake, now 37, has also made a Valentine's Day video for Doing What
She Likes featuring him talking on the phone to second wife Miranda,
30, offering to make her dinner.
HERE for a Shelton CD Review in The Diary on May 5, 2013.
HERE for a Shelton interview in The Diary on February 21, 2011.
CLICK HERE to win Shelton's new CD on our
JOHNSON TRAPS POSSUM BEHIND BARS
is a prolific singer-songwriter but also holds the torch for late heroes.
First Jamey, 39, joined Hank Williams Jr and Shooter Jennings for a tribute
to Shooter's late dad Waylon.
Then he released tribute disc Living For A Song to the late Mississippi
born songwriter Hank Cochran who died at 74 on July 15, 2010.
Now, he features in a video homage to the late Texan legend George Jones
at his 80th birthday show at the Grand Ole Opry.
George and fourth wife Nancy were in the audience when Johnson sang Tennessee
Whiskey and Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes?
Jones died on April 26 last year at 81.
He outlived former singing spouse Tammy Wynette who died at 55 in 1998.
They divorced in 1975 and The Possum spent his final 21 years with Nancy.
But Georgette Jones - singing daughter of George and Tammy - recently
won a belated battle to have her mum's name Virginia Wynette Pugh added
to her tombstone, replacing widower's name Richardson.
for a Jamey Johnson feature in the Diary on December 13, 2011.
HERE for Jamey's Hank Cochran CD review in the Diary on November 4, 2012.
DEAN MILLER'S TALE
- son of the late legend Roger - recruited Texan icon Kris Kristofferson
to join him in his comeback video.
was inspired by former Golden Gloves boxer and Rhodes Scholar Kris
to write Till You Stop Getting Up - title track of Dean's fourth
They used an historic poster of another 70s boxing champ Jack Kelly.
Miller was born in Los Angeles and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico,
by mum Leah - second of Roger's three wives.
Dean, now 48, is one of seven children of Roger who died at 58 in
acting before writing hits for others.
Dean appeared with Robert Redford and the late James Gandolfino in The
Miller visited Australia on songwriting sojourns and was once engaged
to Altona Meadows singer and writing partner Renee Stewart.
Kristofferson, suffering amnesia, plays St Kilda Palais on April 8 during
a tour that also covers Geelong, Shepparton and Albury.
for a Miller interview in the Diary on November 4, 2005.
for a Kristofferson interview in The Diary on May 19, 2006.
O'SHEA HONOURS DROVER'S WIFE
Luke O'Shea performs in a tribute song and video to unsung heroes in our
Drover's Wife - adapted from a Henry Lawson poem - is on Luke's fifth
album Sing You Up that he launched at the seventh CMC Rocks The
The video was shot by Duncan Toombs and features Lauren Fleming and Brayden
It's dedicated to many rural women left behind with the tough job - raising
kids while their husbands work away for long periods.
Another O'Shea song Lady of the Land won him two 2014 Golden Guitars
for APRA and Heritage songs.
Luke, raised in Sutherland Shire, debuted on Nu Country in 2003 at long
defunct Buck N Bull in Tottenham and Armadale Hotel in our first series.
O'Shea, discovered on ABC TV show Live At The Basement, appeared during
a Victorian tour to build on national TV and community radio exposure.
We later captured him live at Gympie Muster.
HERE for an O'Shea CD review in the Diary on March 3, 2010.
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