DAVE'S DIARY - 20/3/2017 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 8 - SERIES 32
MIRANDA LAMBERT AND BLAKE SHELTON HEADLINE NU COUNTRY TV
Texan Miranda Lambert and former Oklahoma singing spouse Blake Shelton headline Nu Country TV at 9 pm on Saturday March 25 on Channel 31/Digital 44.
Fellow Texan Rodney Crowell and his ex-wife Rosanne Cash also reunite on a song from Crowell's 18th album Close Ties.
The Dixie Chicks return to the show filmed and edited by Laith Graham on the eve of their third Australian tour in April.
South Australian born Kasey Chambers reprises the first single from her 11 th album Dragonfly on the show repeated Mondays at 8 am.
We also feature the debut of Matt Ward who left Kasey's home state to film his latest video in Texas ghost town Terlingua.
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MIRANDA LAMBERT GETS CLOSER TO GOD
Lambert credits musician-songwriter father Rick - a former undercover Dallas narcotics cop and private detective - for her album title.
That was a line Rick said to her at a show and stuck until she found a place for it.
“It just felt really big and some ways heavy and some ways light. It sort of makes you think about a lot of things, just that one sentence,” Lambert revealed of her dad's remark.
“We tried to write the song a few times and nothing really came of it, and going through this record process felt like it would tie everything together.
“I needed a title that would sort of round out the edges I guess, and The Weight of These Wings felt right.”
But the song is not about her divorce from former singing spouse Blake Shelton.
Lambert, 33, and Shelton , now 40, were engaged in May 2010, wed on May 14, 2011 at Don Strange Ranch in Boerne , Texas , and announced their divorce after four years of marriage on July 20, 2015.
“I'm never gonna have an album that's quote-unquote a heartbreak album,” revealed Lambert who is now dating fellow singer Anderson East.
“Because everybody has bad moments, and then you come out of it, and you have a great moment, and then you have some sombre times. I want an emotional journey, because that's what life is, and I want to document that.”
Miranda, dad Rick and East performed gospel song Woke Up This Morning With My Mind Stayed On Freedom with her band at a Chicago concert on her Highway Vagabond Tour.
Lambert and her Pistol Annies pals Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley recorded Tulsa Time for Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams out on May 26.
She also runs pet charity the Mutt-nation Foundation and Pink Pistol shopping boutique in Texas hometown Lindale.
BLAKE SHELTON'S BOOMERANG NECKLACE
Miranda's former singing spouse Blake Shelton returns with a song that reminds him of her.
Shelton finds a necklace on the floor in his new video for Every Time I Hear That Song from his 12 th album If I'm Honest .
The necklace is lost and found before it boomerangs to him - unlike Blake's blonde belle.
But in real life twice wed Blake boomeranged into the arms of an older woman - singer Gwen Stefani, 46 - one of his protégés in his role as judge and mentor on The Voice .
Blake and Gwen performed a duet on their joint composition Go Ahead And Break My Heart on Billboard Music Awards on May 22 and The Voice.
Every Time I Hear That Song was filmed in an industrial warehouse.
Throughout the clip, Shelton is searching for and following a woman around.
She's wearing a necklace that, at the beginning of the clip, the singer drops on the floor - she took it off and gave back to him after a fight.
Every Time I Hear That Song was written by Aimee Mayo, Chris Lindsey and the Warren Brothers - Brad and Brett.
Blake joined Ryman Hospitality Properties - owners of Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium - to open two entertainment venues, both named Ole Red , in Nashville and Tishomingo , Oklahoma .
The 26,000-square-foot Nashville club on Lower Broadway features 6,000-square-foot outdoor roof bar, live performance space for band showcases and small concerts, restaurant, dance floor, VIP booths and other amenities.
Shelton plans to open it in April, 2018.
The Tishomingo Ole Red location is on Main Street in a former dentist's office and building that once housed Miranda's Pink Pistol boutique.
RODNEY CROWELL AND ROSANNE CASH REUNION IN SONG
The song is on the 66-year old singer-songwriter's eighth album Close Ties, out March 31.
Close Ties is his first album in over three years and follows The Travelling Kind - his collection of duets with longtime collaborator Emmylou Harris.
Co-produced by Jordan Lehning and Kim Buie it features a duet with Sheryl Crow on haunting I'm Tied To Ya.
Cash's 1985 album Rhythm and Romance preceded Crowell's mainstream breakthrough of five consecutive Number One hits from 1988's Diamonds & Dirt and subsequent collapse of the couple's marriage.
Close Ties is a loose concept record that ranges from songs about Crowell's Texas childhood in East Houston Blues to songs about arriving in Nashville as a young songwriter Nashville 1972 to songs about friends - the anguished Life Without Susanna - and lovers lost Forgive Me, Annabelle .
His songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, George Strait , Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, blues icon Etta James and rock legends Van Morrison and Bob Seger.
Crowell is a Grammy award winner, member of Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame , recipient of 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting from the Americana Music Association and author of his autobiography Chinaberry Sidewalks.
KASEY CHAMBERS AIN'T NO LITTLE GIRL
Dragonfly received four 2017 Golden Guitar Award nominations and won vocal collaboration of the Year with Catherine Britt, Beccy Cole, Lyn Bowtell, Josh Pyke, Wes Carr and Wendy Matthews for the song F U Cancer.
Kasey has 11 ARIA Awards, 23 Golden Guitars, two Americana Music Awards nominations and 10 APRA Awards.
MATT J WARD VISITS TEXAS GHOST TOWN TERLINGUA
Adelaide singer-songwriter Matt J Ward took a magical mystery tour from his day job with South Australia 's national park and wildlife management.
He visited West Texas ghost town Terlingua and discovered rattlesnakes, tortoises and the historic gaol.
The mercury mining ghost town inspired Jerry Jeff Walker's 1973 live album Viva Terlingua.
Matt eulogised it in his video for his song Terlingua on his self-titled debut 5 track EP with his Rising Sons band.
Ward divides his time between his music and day job in national park and wildlife management.
His work and music have taken him across Australia and more recently desert regions of West Texas .
Terlingua was inspired by the West Texan ghost town that once supported a mercury mine.
It has since been abandoned and is home to many musicians looking for inspiration from its landscape and characters.
Matt wrote Terlingua after he visited in 2015 and played shows at famed Starlight Theatre where Texan country musicians including George Goss and Butch Hancock play regularly.
Ward's Australian concerts include Dive Bars and Bar Flies with artists diverse as Fanny Lumsden, Aaron Thomas, Nick Payne & Peasant Moon.
Dive Bars and Bar Flies were created by Ward and fellow country artist Paul Heggart of The Heggarties to provide exposure for local and national country artists in smaller bars across his home state.
Matt fronts two other bands Where There's Smoke and the Battle of Flowers with Yvette Booth.
Further info - http://www.mattjwardmusic.com/
DIXIE CHICKS NOT READY TO MAKE NICE
Texan tourists The Dixie Chicks recharge their social comment heritage when they perform their video for Not Ready To Make Nice from seventh album Taking The Long Way.
The trio plays Rod Laver Arena on April 1 and 2 after headlining CMC Rocks Queensland in Ipswich with Little Big Town, Kip Moore and other major artists.
Their last studio album was Taking The Long Way in 2006.
Singer Natalie Maines, 42, released 2013 solo rock album Mother during the band's decade long hiatus.
Natalie and actor husband - former Heroes star Adrian Pasdar - have two children.
Fellow Dixie Chicks - sisters Emily Robison, 44, and Martie Maguire, 47 - released a self-titled 2010 album as the Court Yard Hounds and 2013 album Amelita .
The Dixie Chicks made headlines when they teamed with Beyonce at the 50th CMA Awards in Nashville , for a live rendition of Beyonce track Daddy Lessons , interlaced with Dixie Chicks' Long Time Gone .
The band began as Bluegrass Express with upright bassist Laura Lynch, guitarist Robin Lynn Macy, and Massachusetts born multi-instrumentalist sisters Martie and Emily Erwin in 1989.
Since Natalie joined in 1995 they have sold 30 million albums, won six Billboard Music and four American Music Awards and countless Country Music Association Awards.
They have released seven studio albums, three live albums and a string of live DVDs.
HOW TO KEEP NU COUNTRY ON AIR
We need your support as we celebrate Nu Country TV's 32 nd series with Australian record companies and artists teaming to ensure our survival.
We have Kasey Chambers 11th CD Dragonfly and Blake Shelton's 12th CD If I'm Honest from Karen Black and Tony Midolo at Warner Music.
We also have other CDS by major artists you can win by becoming a Nu Country TV member or renewing membership.
They include singing actors Tim McGraw and Toby Keith, Ashley Monroe, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church and more.