Bluegrass icon Alison Krauss reaches backs 54 years to revamp a rockabilly hit as she headlines Nu Country TV at 9 pm on Saturday April 8 on Channel 31/Digital 44.

Virginian quintet Old Dominion also revisits the past when it debuts on the show filmed and edited by Laith Graham.

Nashville singer-songwriter Aubrie Sellers and Georgian Brantley Gilbert return to the program repeated Sunday at 1 am and Monday at 8 am.

Expat Canadian Lindi Ortega and Sydney chanteuse Christie Lamb explore flames and ashes of love in their new video clips.

Nu Country TV is a highlight of C 31 streaming list on Digital 44.

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Viewers can access new and previous Nu Country TV shows at the same link.


Alison Krauss revamps a 1963 hit this week for rockabilly legend Brenda Lee who is still performing live at 72.

Losing You - recorded by Brenda for her vinyl disc Let Me Sing - is on Alison's 17th album Windy City , released in February

Krauss, now 45, has won 27 Grammys in a recording career that started at 14 and included Down From The Mountain movie .

Lee, born Brenda Mae Tarpley in Atlanta, Georgia, made her live TV debut at 10 on the Ozark Jubilee and released first single Jambalaya (On The Bayou ) in 1956 at the age of 11.

Brenda, known as Little Miss Dynamite , has released more than 30 albums that featured fifties and sixties hits diverse as her signature song I'm Sorry, Dynamite, Sweet Nothin's, Rocking Around The Christmas Tree and As Usual .

She expanded into country in the seventies with Top 10 hits including Tell Me What It's Like, The Cowgirl and the Dandy and Broken Trust with the Oak Ridge Boys .

The 1982 album, The Winning Hand , featuring Lee, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson, hit Top 10.

Her last big hit was Hallelujah, I Love Her So - a 1985 duet with George Jones.

Unlike Krauss, Brenda, didn't win Grammys but was inducted into the Rockabilly, Rock 'n Roll and Country Music Halls Of Fame .

Krauss's Windy City was released six years after previous album, Paper Airplane , a decade after Raising Sand with Robert Plant and 17 years beyond last solo disc Forget About It.


Krauss produced Windy City - a collection of 50s and 60s country and bluegrass - by Willie Nelson, Mac Wiseman, Lee, Glen Campbell, the late Roger Miller, Bill Monroe and Eddy Arnold, with Willie's producer Buddy Cannon.

She also included Dream Of Me that she heard at a bluegrass festival in her youth, not realising Cannon wrote it.

Krauss last appeared on Nu Country with Jamey Johnson in December on their live tribute to Shotgun Willie Nelson at the Gershwin Awards on November 18, 2015.

They honoured Willie with a spirited version of Seven Spanish Angels - a 1984 hit for Willie and Ray Charles.

CLICK HERE for an Alison Krauss CD review in The Diary on August 29, 2007.


Virginian quintet Old Dominion reached back to an era of record players, juke boxes and 8 track tapes in Song From Another Time.

The quintet, formed in Nashville in 2007 after writing hits for diverse other artists, perform and record as Old Dominion - the nickname of its home state Virginia

Song From Another Time is on the band's debut album Meat & Candy, produced by Shane McAnally.

Lead singer Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen on guitar and keyboard, drummer Whit Sellers, bassist Geoff Sprung and guitarist Brad Tursi had writing credits on many songs recorded by other artists.

Ramsey co-wrote Chainsaw for The Band Perry , Trevor Rosen co-wrote Chris Young's Neon and The Band Perry's Better Dig Two.

Tursi wrote Tyler Farr's A Guy Walks Into a Bar, songs for Kenny Chesney and Randy Rogers Band, and ABC musical drama, Nashville.

Two songs written for the band by Ramsey and Rosen - Wake Up Lovin' You and Say You Do - were hits for Craig Morgan and Dierks Bentley.

Old Dominion has since released No Such Thing as a Broken Heart that will appear on its second album this year.

Ramsey, Rosen and Tursi wrote it with Jesse Frasure.

"No matter who you are, where you live or your current status, people both old and young face more challenges than ever," said Ramsey.

"It's in the face of those challenges and standing at the edge of fear that we have to remain positive. Focus on the light that comes from positivity instead of being swallowed up. Work hard at doing what you feel is right. Don't be scared. Live life like there's no such thing as a broken heart."

Further info - https://olddominionband.com/


Aubrie Sellers performs a live version of Light Of Day from her debut album New City Blues in Behind Bars.

Aubrie, just 26, is daughter of Texan singer Lee Ann Womack and former singing spouse Jason Sellers

She was featured on Dr. Ralph's 2015 album, Ralph Stanley and Friends: A Man of Constant Sorrow , where she sang White Dove with her mother, Lee Ann.

Many of the songs on New City Blues were co-written with Adam Wright - nephew of Georgian born superstar Alan Jackson.

After honing her craft on-stage for several years, Sellers began working with veteran producer and stepfather Frank Liddell on songs that featured her voice midst electric guitars and attitude.

Strong early singles Light of Day and Loveless Rolling Stone late 2015 preceded her 2016 debut album on Thirty Tigers label.

“I prefer to create friction,” Aubrie revealed.

“Because if you're not pushing buttons, you're just making something pleasant, it's probably been done before and it's not making anyone feel anything.

“I'd rather my music be polarising than everyone like it, because they rarely do. I think passion is a lot deeper than that. I want to go deeper, and be honest that life isn't just some party and going out. I mean, don't people feel anything?”

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


Georgian singer-songwriter Brantley Gilbert recovers in song in the ruins after a wild house party in his video for Stone Cold Sober.

The moral of the story - don't take a boat, chain saw or valuables to whiskey soaked pool parties.

Gilbert, now 32, included Stone Cold Sober on his third album Just As I Am .

Last week we featured Gilbert's video for The Weekend from his fourth album The Devil Don't Sleep .

Brantley also boomeranged in real life after splitting with fellow singer Jana Kramer.

He debuted on Nu Country in June, 2015, with his video for More Than Miles that was inspired by second wife - Georgian school teacher Amber Cochran.

Gilbert married Amber after splitting with fellow singer Jana Kramer.

He was originally signed to Colt Ford's label, Average Joe's Entertainment and released Modern Day Prodigal Son and Halfway to Heaven before joining Big Machine label .

Gilbert wrote Jason Aldean hits My Kinda Party and Dirt Road Anthem and released Just As I Am in 2015.

His six chart entries include four #1 hits Country Must Be Country Wide, You Don't Know Her Like I Do, Bottoms Up and One Hell Of An Amen.

Further info - http://www.bring-it-on.org/


Expatriate Canadian Lindi Ortega spied a gymnastic guru outside her window in Savannah, Georgia, as she burned memories of a missing lover in her video for Ashes from her 10th album Faded Gloryville.

Lindi, now 36, played Meeniyan Hall, Northcote Social Club and Seaworks, Williamstown, on her fourth Australian tour last year.

The singer was born in Toronto , moved to Nashville for five years and recently returned to Canada.

She also recorded a four-song EP called Till The Goin' Gets Gone , released on March 17.

Ortega recorded her EP in a converted East Nashville manor where therapy horses linger outside.

She recorded it with longtime guitarist James Robertson and co-produced with Jay Tooke and Jason "Rowdy" Cope.

“I thought I was done. Having done music since I was 16, it got to the point I couldn't pay the rent,” Lindi revealed.

“When you make a carton of eggs last a week, it's time for a realisation that maybe I'm done. I left my former label, management, and just sat. I wasn't commercial. I'm not making money. But over a bottle of wine I sat at the piano and decided I'd write one more song. That's where the song Final Bow came from. I never thought it would see the light of day. But I woke up and realized there is something here.”

Lindi thought Final Bow might be her final song but it became the first for the EP.

The album also includes What A Girl's Gotta Do and cover of the late Townes Van Zandt's Waiting ‘Round To Die along with the title track.

“I went into this project with the freedom to pretty much do what we want and if nothing else it motivated me to do something special,” Lindi confessed.

“We recorded this in an old mansion and there was a vocal booth. We set up mikes in different formations but just didn't like it. So we went out for tacos. When we got back, still nothing. We had to use the restroom. Started singing in there and loved the acoustics. So we set up mikes in there and yep I sat on the toilet and did all the vocals there. I just loved the natural reverb and the fact that nobody said we couldn't do it that way. There are many things I loved about this project, the fact we made the music the way we wanted too.”

Ortega was inspired by singing actor Jeff Bridges character Bad Blake in the Crazy Heart movie for Faded Gloryville , released in August, 2015.

CLICK HERE for a Faded Gloryville CD feature in The Diary on September 14, 2015.


Golden Guitarist Christie Lamb, who hails from Kirkham south of Sydney in Macarthur sheep country, extends our fire theme.

The singer, just 24, burned memories of a former lover with Flamethrower from her second album, released in February.

Lamb graduated from Campbelltown high school before studying music at western Sydney University.

Christie emulated fellow Sydney singer Melinda Schneider when she flew to the biggest song-writing mecca in the music world - Nashville .

She hooked up the progeny of a moonshiner to write for her debut album All She Wrote.

Lamb joined North Carolina moonshiner's son Skip Black in a famed fermented finishing school.

It was a decade after latter day Doris Day celebrant Schneider wrote memorable songs with Florida moonshiner's daughter and Aussie 2013 tourist Elizabeth Cook.

Christie played singing sailor and April tourist Jimmy Buffett's famed Margaritaville bar on Lower Broadway with Geelong born Adam Harvey and expatriate Australian duo O'Shea.

CLICK HERE for a previous Christie Lamb CD review in The Diary on June 9, 2014.


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