DAVE'S DIARY - 28 MAY 2018 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 25 - SERIES 34

TENNESSEANS CHRIS YOUNG AND ASHLEY MONROE HEADLINE NU COUNTRY TV

Tennessean troubadours Chris Young and Ashley Monroe warm up the first week of winter by headlining Nu Country TV on Saturday June 2 at 9 pm on Channel 31/ Digital 44.

Oklahoma oriole Krystal Keith debuts with Arkansas singer Lance Carpenter on the show repeated Sundays at 11.30 pm and Monday at 3 pm and filmed and edited by Laith Graham.

Fawkner singer-songwriter Jasmine Rae returns to the program that features Mornington Peninsula born Lachlan Bryan, his band The Wildes , and another Tennessean James Carothers live in our Behind Bars segment.

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

Further info - https://www.c31.org.au/

YOUNG HEADS SOUTH TO THE BEACH

Tennessean Chris Young won fans when he last toured here twice with Big & Rich for our late TV show benefactor Rob Potts and fellow Tasmanian born promoter Michael Chugg.

This week he flies south to Florida to film his new video at the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach.

Hangin' On is the second single from Young's sixth album Losing Sleep.

Young, 32, previously appeared on Nu Country with his Losing Sleep video filmed at the Omni Hotel , Nashville.

He wrote the title track of his chart topping seventh album with Josh Hoge and Chris DeStefano.

Young co-wrote all 10 songs and was co-producer with Corey Crowder.

Vince Gill hosted Young's surprise induction to the Grand Ole Opry on October 17, 2017.

I did not see my grandad, which would've been the one thing that tipped me off that something was up, Young confessed.

I did not see him or my grandmother and they hid them very well. My sister was here, which also should have tipped me off, because she doesn't come to shows a lot, but that's easy to say in retrospect.

Young and Gill performed Sober Saturday Night - a heartbreak ballad he wrote with Brad and Brett Warren - for previous album I'm Coming Over .

The singer also donated $100,000 to victims of Hurricane Harvey .

"I have family and friends there and I'm fairly positive my house down there may have to be torn down as it was in one of the hardest hit areas by wind and flooding," Young revealed.

"But that's the least of my concern. I'm worried about the people there. Like I said, my friends, family, neighbours and I want to help."

CLICK HERE for a Chris Young CD feature in The Diary on June 11, 2016.

ASHLEY NOW A SPARROW

Pistol Annies co-founder Ashley Monroe tried a different use for her hands than her husband in her new video.

Ashley, now 31, wrote Hands on You with Texan Jon Randall for her fifth solo album Sparrow released in April.

The Knoxville girl wed former Chicago White Sox pitcher John Danks on October 24, 2013, after they met through a mutual friend after one of her shows in 2011.

They were married at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee.

I married my best friend, the singer says of her husband.

Blake Shelton was wedding MC and his former singing spouse Miranda Lambert was the maid of honor.

Ashley previously appeared on Nu Country with Onto Something Good from her second solo CD The Blade that debuted at #2 on Billboard Charts in July, 2015.

She also cut two Pistol Annies albums with Miranda, now 34, and Angaleena Presley.

They had recent reunion gigs in Knoxville and Cleveland, Ohio, on Miranda's Living Like Hippies tour before Lambert broke Brooks & Dunn's record for the most Academy of Country Music Awards.

Her 31st award was also her ninth female vocalist gong in succession.

Miranda also won best song for Tin Man - a tune she wrote with Texans Randall and Jack Ingram.

She has since released Keeper Of The Flame - penned with Natalie Hemby and Liz Rose - as the latest single from her seventh album The Weight Of These Wings .

CLICK HERE for Ashley Monroe CD feature on The Blade in The Diary on August 24, 2015.

KRYSTAL FINDS A CARPENTER

Krystal Keith made her TV debut singing Mockingbird with her famous sire Toby as a teenager after she began writing songs at the age of nine.

Krystal, now 32, performs her latest video, directed by Michael Tyler, for Anyone Else with Arkansas singer Lance Carpenter on her debut solo album Whiskey & Lace.

She graduated with a Communications degree from the University of Oklahoma and moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music full time.

She has worked with some of the industry's top songwriters Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins, Craig Wiseman and Bob Pinson and also partnered with acclaimed producer Mark Wright.

Whiskey & Lace showcases her wide range as an artist.

She teamed with Carpenter - a songwriter and performer from Ozark, Arkansas.

Lance has numerous song-writing credits to his name including Kelsea Ballerini #1 hit, Love Me Like You Mean It.

Lance has performed with numerous country stars including Georgian Luke Bryan, fellow Arkansas singer Justin Moore and the Texan Randy Rogers Band.

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

JASMINE RAE FLIES AWAY FROM FAWKNER

Jasmine Rae returns to our show with her passionate heartbreak freedom anthem Fly Away from her fourth album Heartbeat.

Jasmine, 30, hosts her own TV show in Sydney.

She has also recorded duets with Joe Nichols, Kellie Pickler and Adam Brand.

Another Jasmine song When I Found You sparked a law suit.

Her Australian co-writers claimed Ed Sheeran lifted it for The Rest Of Our Life - title track of singing actor Tim McGraw's 15 TH album The Rest Of Our Life - his first duet disc with singing spouse Faith Hill.

CLICK HERE for a Jasmine Rae feature in the Diary on August 31, 2015.

LACHLAN BRYAN LIVE IN TAMWORTH WITH HIS BELLES OF THE BALL

Lachlan Bryan and his long time band The Wildes return to Nu Country for a live show in Tamworth in our Behind Bars segment.

The Victorians perform with Imogen Clark and a vast cast including Tasmanian troubadour Ange Boxall and Jen Mize and more in cameos.

Careless Hearts is one of four songs with Imogen on their fourth album with the droll title Some Girls Quite Like Country Music.

Bryan's previous duet partners included Kasey Chambers - on Whistle And Waltz with and Poppa Bill on lap steel - on his 2102 album Shadow Of The Gun .

Bryan also teamed with Novocastrian Catherine Britt on Fly By Night from the same album.

CLICK HERE for a Lachlan Bryan CD review in The Diary on February 19, 2012.

JAMES CAROTHERS LIVE IN THE POSSUM'S AVIARY

Tennessean James Carothers descends from roof-top singing to street busking in his latest live show at the late Texan George Jones roof top bar on 2 nd Avenue in downtown Nashville.

Carothers also tried his hand at busking down below on the Music City's mean streets as he performs the title track of his debut album Relapse .

Carothers previously appeared live from the bar operated by George's widow Nancy in his inspired version of Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes - also from Relapse .

Earlier James married, started a family and paid the bills as a technician at Los Alamos National Laboratory - same place the atomic bomb was created.

Ironically, he recorded Relapse at Nashville Bomb Shelter Studio three years after his eight track debut EP Honky Tonk Land .

Carothers debuted on Nu Country with Back To Hank - his live homage to Hank Williams - at Jones birthday bash in Nashville.

He wrote all songs on Relapse between gigs at the bar.

James was born in Selmer, Tennessee, and grew up leading singing every Sunday in the Church of Christ.

Carothers father recorded two albums in Nashville before moving to New Mexico during James teenage years.

"My whole life, I've always loved those legendary artists, James revealed.

"I've really learned how to sound like them, too. My Willie Nelson sounds like Willie Nelson. My Johnny Cash sounds like Johnny Cash. When I do the Highwaymen , it sounds like all of them. People really do want to hear all these old classic songs and I guess singing them is kind of what has made things happen for me here in Nashville. I see a lot of folks doing double takes when they first walk by - the impressions definitely get their attention. Then they stop and hang out with us for a show or two, buy a CD, and a lot of them keep coming back. It may sound cliché, but Jerry Lee and I really have made a bunch of lifelong friends just "sittin' on a bar stool actin' like a darn fool."

Further info - https://jamescarothers.com/

HOW TO KEEP NU COUNTRY ON AIR

We need your support as we celebrate Nu Country TV's 34th series with Australian record companies and artists teaming to ensure our survival.

You can win Kip Moore's third album Slowheart , thanks to EMI promotions chief Dave Parker, 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 Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church and late larrikin legend A.P. Johnson.

CLICK HERE for our Membership Page for full details.

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