LUKE O'SHEA HONORS JOY MCKEAN ON NU COUNTRY TV SERIES #23 PREMIERE
Singing Sydney school teacher Luke O'Shea headlines the Series #23 premiere of Nu Country TV this Thursday June 5 at 10.30 pm on Channel 31 with his tribute to fellow songwriter Joy McKean - widow of the late Slim Dusty.
Texan singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves performs a live version of her Trailer Song on the Digital 44 show repeated Monday at 5.30 am and 2.30 pm and Thursday 2.30 am.
Fellow award winning bluegrass duo Dailey Vincent join Musgraves, 25, in our popular Behind Bars segment.
Texan Kevin Fowler returns with another tune that eulogises life in the Lone Star state.
And Florida Voice reality TV show winner Cassadee Pope and Cadillac Three also make their program debut.
Nu Country TV has been added to the C 31 streaming list on Digital 44.
Just follow this link on your computer or mobile phone - http://www.c31.org.au/program/view/program/nu-country-tv
LUKE EXPLORES LADY OF THE LAND
Luke O'Shea didn't have to look far to eulogise the pioneering work of Joy McKean, sister Heather and Joy's late husband Slim Dusty.
He reached back to an era before TV for his video for Lady of The Land when our troubadours headed bush at the drop of a hat with their families.
O'Shea honoured the work of sons and daughters of the soil who supported the work of our bush balladeers on the outback agricultural show and rodeo circuit.
They tilled the landscape for fertile minstrel material before the mobile phone and Facebook faddists desensitised the history of our land way beyond the concrete corrals and neon.
O'Shea first performed on Nu Country TV in our embryonic days when our TV show creator and acclaimed actor-voiceover king Peter Hosking trudged from the Buck N Bull way out west at Tottenham to the Armadale Hotel wealth belt to catch Luke & his Medicine Wheel spinning live in the saddle.
That was then and this is now.
The Armadale Hotel is now a fine food and wine HQ and Hosking is living in exile in Prague between tours of Texas and way beyond in his acting and singing soirees.
Lady Of The Land is on Luke's fifth album Sing You Up and won O'Shea two more Golden Guitars this year.
KACEY MUSGRAVES TOWS TRAILER IN SONG
Her sexual liberation anthem Follow Your Arrow has boosted her popularity way beyond the country genre.
"The record was basically done - I was getting a lot of pressure because there were already lot of great songs in the batch," Musgraves said.
"But co-writers Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and I had these ideas - they just really encapsulated where my head was at. I knew exactly what I wanted to do sonically. I said, 'This isn't a complete record without them.'"
Musgraves will also join pop star Katy Perry on the Perry Prismatic World Tour in August.
A POPE WITH NO PARISH
At 25 Florida born belle Cassadee Pope is the same age as Kacey and was the first female winner of The Voice reality TV talent show in the U.S. when she won Series #3
Cassadee bids adios to a former lover on a swing or two in the video for Wasting All These Tears for her debut solo debut CD Frame By Frame, released on October 8, 2013.
The album debuted at #9 on Billboard 200 and #1 on Country Albums charts.
And, like other recent Voice winners, she was mentored by Oklahoma star Blake Shelton.
In the third live round, Pope performed Over You , co-written by Shelton about his older brother who had died in a car accident when Blake was 14.
Pope dedicated the song to her great grandfather who died when she was young.
She was the lead vocalist of the pop rock band Hey Monday , on hiatus from 2011.
Pope released the album Hold on Tight and three EPs with the band.
In early 2012 she played her first acoustic solo tour before releasing her debut solo EP in May later that year.
Further info - http://www.cassadeepope.com/home
CADILLAC 3 CRUISE THROUGH THE SOUTH
On January 15, 2014, the group, originally Cadillac Black , played its song on an episode of popular TV series Nashville and followed with third single I'm Southern.
The trio were once in the band American Bang .
Guitarist Daren Johnston wrote You Gonna Fly for touring expatriate Australasian superstar Keith Urban and Southern Girl for Louisiana born singing actor Tim McGraw.
Further info - http://www.thecadillacthree.com/
KEVIN FOWLER CHIPPING AWAY
Chesnutt also cut The Lord Loves A Drinking Man .
Fowler, father of three daughters, could feel jinxed - his last three labels closed shortly after releasing his albums.
In 2010 when Kevin signed with Disney subsidiary Lyric Street Records he was on a roll but eight weeks after release of his single Pound Sign they folded.
Fowler broke the streak after signing to Colt Ford's label, Average Joe's Entertainment .
He and Colt collaborated on Ford hit Hip Hop In A Honky Tonk for 2010 Ford album Chicken & Biscuits .
Fowler also wrote Long Line Of Losers for Montgomery Gentry and earned some serious "mailbox money."
He also recorded a duet with The Possum - Me and the Boys - on a previous album.
Fowler sources songs driving his pickup at his ranch near Junction - he calls these songs "presents from the song gods."
"Those seem to be the best ones," he said of songs including Cheaper To Keep Her .
He also penned Ain't Dead Yet and Now You're Talkin' with frequent Aussie tourist David Lee Murphy.
Others include I Pulled a Hank Last Night - a strong drinking-man's anthem - and Honky Tonk Junkie is a clever tribute to genre icons.
"I'm almost a heavy-metal fan," said Fowler, who joined hard rocking Dangerous Toys in the early 1990s before founding Southern rockers Thunderfoot and returning to country in the late 1990s.
Further info - www.kevinfowler.com
DAILEY VINCENT NEVER STOP DREAMING
Jamie Daley and Darren Vincent formed the sextet in 2007 and recorded When I Stop Dreaming for their sixth album Brothers Of The Highway.
Darrin is the younger brother of bluegrass queen Rhonda Vincent with whom he debuted in the Vincent family band - the Sally Mountain Show.
Dailey Vincent comprise Jamie (guitar, bass, vocals), Darrin (mandolin, guitar, bass, vocals), Christian Davis (guitar, vocals), Jeff Parker (mandolin, guitar, vocals), B.J. Cherryholmes (fiddle) and Jessie Baker (banjo, guitar).
Banjo players Joe Dean left in March 2012 and joined Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.
Former fiddler Jesse Stockman left in early August 2011 with a wrist injury and Cherryholmes, who had been filling in, joined in August 2011.
Dailey was formerly lead vocalist and guitarist for Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver from 1999-2008.
Vincent also played with Ricky Skaggs' legendary band Kentucky Thunder.
They have also won 13 awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association and 23 awards from The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America.
In 2011 they received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Performance by Duo or Group with Vocal, and won the 2011 Dove Award for Best Bluegrass Album with Singing From The Heart .
In 2013 Dailey & Vincent received their second Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album for their album - The Gospel Side Of Dailey & Vincent.
Further info - http://daileyandvincent.bombplates.com
HOW TO KEEP NU COUNTRY ON AIRWe need your support as we celebrate our 22nd series of Nu Country TV.
Australian record companies and artists have joined forces to ensure our survival.
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, Ashley Monroe, Brad Paisley, Gary Allan, Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, Chris Young, Charley Pride, Slim Dusty, Eli Young Band, Rosanne Cash and more.
We also have the latest John Denver all-star tribute album and DVDS by Lady Antebellum.