DAVE'S DIARY - 8/2/2015 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 11 - SERIES 25

TRIO OF SINGING ACTORS HEADLINE NU COUNTRY

Singing actors Tim McGraw and wife Faith Hill headline Nu Country TV Thursday February 12 at 10.30 pm on Channel 31/ Digital 44.

Fellow singing actor Laura Bell Bundy also returns to the show repeated Monday 5.30 am and 2.30 pm, Thursday at 2.30 am and Saturday at 11.30 pm.

Bluegrass artists The SteelDrivers and Hardin Burns perform in Behind Bars on a program filmed and edited by Laith Graham.

Texan Jackson Taylor & The Sinners and Sydney duo Kaylens Rain return on the eve of their Geelong Motor City Festival debut on Sunday March 8.

Nu Country TV is a highlight of 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

TIM FINDS FAITH AT MAMA'S PLACE

Louisiana born Tim McGraw and singing spouse Faith Hill, both 47, have no trouble treading the boards in their video for #2 hit Meanwhile Back At Mama's from Tim's 13th album Sunset Heaven Town .

They are joined on the farm they bought when they wed in 1996 by their horses and dogs as they roll in the dough.

The couple, who have toured Australia twice, enjoy a healthy earner in more than a dozen movies and 20 albums in their 20 plus year careers.

But the parents of two daughters also have a lucrative real estate portfolio near Nashville and a pad in L.A. for Tim and his Mississippi born belle when making movies.

They sold 131 acres of farmland in the Leiper's Fork area to a Houston family for approximately $3 million in January.

The land is part of more than 750 acres of land they listed for sale more than a year ago.

The remaining 621 acres are available as a whole or two parcels available for $18.5 million.

Meanwhile Back At Mama's is follow-up to hook heavy Lookin' For That Girl, directed by Sophie Muller and featuring kaleidoscope effects, a sports car, and alternating, colourful landscapes as McGraw sang about finding the perfect woman.

McGraw, son of late baseball star Tug McGraw, experimented with more pop-centric and electronic sounds but the single bombed.

CLICK HERE for an exclusive McGraw interview in The Diary on May 23, 2010.

CLICK HERE for a recent McGraw feature in the Diary on March 12, 2013.

CLICK HERE to win McGraw CDS on our Membership Page.

CLICK HERE for our Faith Hill interview in The Diary on September 21, 2005.

LAURA BELL BUNDY KENTUCKY DIRTY

Kentuckian Laura Bell Bundy eulogised her home state in her video for Kentucky Dirty - a nice play on words for the famed bluegrass horse derby.

The singing actress strutted her stuff on horseback with stunning cast of energetic dancers, cheer leaders and bluegrass sextet.

Bundy revelled in mud, pastures, music, Kentucky whiskey, other spirits and ale.

Laura's song is on the Kentucky Wildcat Basketball documentary The 6th Man and her fifth album Another Piece Of Me .

Bundy, 33, is a prolific movie and TV actor and Broadway performer with 13 films in her slipstream.

She plays a doctor in TV show Anger Management with Charlie Sheen and has recurring roles in Hart Of Dixie .

The Hairspray and Wicked stage star was nominated for a Tony award for her lead role of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde .

Her movie roles began in The Adventures of Huck Finn in 1993 and include Life with Mikey Courtney, Strangers with Candy: Retardation, 2003 All Grown Up, Dirtbags, Surf School, Dreamgirls Sweetheart, The Drum Beats Twice, Hound Dogs, To the Mat, Watercolour Postcards and Dear Dumb Diary .

She also appears in recent movie Home Is Where The Heart Is starring Bailee Madison, Conrad Goode, Jonathan Banks and John C. McGinley.

CLICK HERE for a CD review in The Diary on August 16, 2010.

FORMER DINGO DOWN A DEEP WELL

Americana duo, Hardin Burns , featuring guitarist Andrew Hardin from legendary Melbourne band The Dingoes debuts on Behind Bars with Down The Deep Well - title track of its second CD.

Guitarist-singer Andrew joined The Dingoes in the U.S. in 1978 before they released third album Orphans of The Storm.

He also toured here with latter day El Paso singer-songwriter Tom Russell, with whom he has worked for more than 20 years, in 1993

Andrew and partner Jeannie Burns recorded 10 tracks in Austin , Texas as follow-up to 2012 recording Lounge.

Down The Deep Well was co-produced by Gabe Rhodes, and features legendary drummer Dony Wynn and upright bassist David Carroll.

Topics range from emotional distress of the title track to domestic bliss of Back Porch, celebration of love and life in Blooming and fear of death in The Call .

Andrew has toured and recorded all over North America and Europe and lived in Brooklyn , New York , but relocated to Texas in 2000.

He played with Jimmy LaFave, Eliza Gilkyson, Joel Guzman and John Fullbright, and cut instrumental guitar albums Coney Island Moon, Blue Acoustic and Lost Pines.

Andrew is known for distinctive acoustic lead guitar style and plays virtually all guitar and lead and harmony vocals.

Jeannie was in the Burns Sisters since the 1980s, with two major label releases and many albums on Rounder and self-releases.

They toured extensively as back-up singers for Arlo Guthrie with their vocals on records by Jimmy LaFave, Kevin Welch and others.

Jeannie released solo album Coming Up Close in 2000 that included songs by Fred Eaglesmith, Ray Bonneville and Steve Earle and is primary lead singer on this album.

Co-producer Gabe Rhodes, an acoustic and electric guitarist, is also proficient on piano, accordion, and dobro.

He produced and recorded Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, Waylon Jennings, Kimmie Rhodes and many others.

Hardin Burns chose Gabe for their project after hearing Susan Gibson album Tightrope that impressed Andrew with its sparse and tasteful production.

The recording studio was hand-built by Gabe, and features stained glass windows and fresh-brewed coffee.

Further info - http://www.hardinburns.com/

STEELDRIVERS BURN HOLE IN HONKY TONK FLOOR

Nashville bluesgrass band SteelDrivers drill bluegrass holes in a honky tonk floor in their live video from famed Nashville venue The Station Inn .

The song is from their third album Hammer Down since soaring into the bluegrass fast lane in 2005.

Members include fiddler Tammy Rogers, bassist Mike Fleming, guitarist Gary Nichols and banjoist Richard Bailey.

They recorded two albums on Rounder and one independent live album at The Station Inn .

After playing bluegrass festivals they released their self-titled debut in 2008, featuring new lead singer Chris Stapleton.

It peaked at #57 on Billboard .

Since release of The SteelDrivers (2008) and Reckless (2010), SteelDrivers have been nominated for three Grammys, four IBMA awards and Americana Music Association's New Artist.

They won International Bluegrass Music Association Emerging Artist in 2009, same year they spent a week in Georgia as part of the cast in movie Get Low .

It starred Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray and featured a soundtrack with four Drivers tunes.

In 2011 English pop star Adele began performing SteelDriver song If It Hadn't Been For Love live.

The group was nominated for a 2009 Grammy award for Best Country Performance by Duo or Group with Vocals for Blue Side of the Mountain .

In 2010 the group received two nominations for second album, Reckless, for Best Bluegrass Album and Best Country Performance by Duo or Group with Vocal for Where Rainbows Never Die.

Stapleton left the band in April, 2010 to focus on raising family and was replaced by Mercury artist Gary Nichols on lead vocals and guitar.

In December 2011 founder Mike Henderson left "to do something different" and was replaced by Nashville musician-record producer Brent Truitt.

Further info - http://thesteeldrivers.com/

KAYLENS RAIN WAITING ON A BUS

North-west Sydney duo Kaylens Rain perform live at 2013 CMC Rocks The Hunter festival and own house party in Waiting On A bus on their debut CD Found.

The duo return to Nu Country on the eve of their performance at Geelong Motor City Music Festival on Sunday March 6.

Also on the bill are James Blundell, Amber Lawrence, expat Texan Doug Bruce, McAlister Kemp, Travis Collins and Christie Lamb.

Glen Harrison and sister Kaylee have been nominated for two 2015 Golden Guitar Awards - New Talent and Best Group or Duo.

They graduated from busking and talent quests in Tamworth to CMC Rocks The Hunter, Gympie Muster , Golden Guitar Awards, Commercial Radio Awards 2013 and iconic Nashville venues.

Kaylens Rain represented Australia at the Global Artist Showcase during CMA Fest Nashville 2014.

Collaborating with producer Andrew Cochrane, the pair released debut single Is That All There Is in 2011, second single Outta Here in July, 2012 and album Found in October 2012.

Don't Even Go There and Waiting On A Bus followed.

We have a free pair of tickets to Geelong Motor City Festival on Sunday March 8 for a Nu Country TV member or renewing member.

Email us at saddle@alphalink.com.au

Further info - http://www.kaylensrain.com/main.html

JACKSON TAYLOR & THE SINNERS CHASE OUTLAW WOMEN

Texan Jackson Taylor and his Sinners entertained outlaw women in a honky tonk in his raunchy video for Outlaw Women .

Jackson is one of 11 children born in a labour camp in Moody, Texas .

His lost highway took him from the Lone Star state to Las Vegas back to Texas where he now hangs his hat.

Jackson 's passion for roots country was passed down by his dad who took him to see and hear country greats Waylon, Willie, and Billy Joe Shaver perform.

His adolescence was spent bouncing from one migrant labour town to another, finally settling in a small farming town in Washington State.

After graduating high school, he moved back to Texas but left to try to make it in Nashville.

There, Jackson found work as a songwriter but after a couple of tough frustrating years he discovered Nashville was not home.

From New York City to Los Angeles , Jackson found his rightful home, ironically right back where his life began - in Texas.

Billy Joe Shaver says Jackson 's songs are so real and honest, you know straight off he's been there and done that. He writes and sings like he lives, great songs that I believe will live forever."

Further info - http://www.jacksontaylorband.com

HOW TO KEEP NU COUNTRY ON AIR

We need your support as we celebrate the 25th 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, Chris Young, Charley Pride, Slim Dusty, Kacey Jones, Rosanne Cash and more.

We also have DVDS by Lady Antebellum.

CLICK HERE for our Membership Page for full details.

top / back to diary