MORGAN EVANS AND KELSEA BALLERINI HEADLINE NU COUNTRY TV
Novocastrian Morgan Evans and Knoxville singing spouse Kelsea Ballerini headline our Nu Country TV Series #37 premiere on Saturday September 1 at 9 pm on Channel 31/Digital 44.
Mississippi minstrel Randy Houser and former Marine Tony Jackson perform a drinking double shot in Behind Bars on the show hosted by Mid Pacific Bob Olson and repeated Sunday at 11.30 pm and Monday 3 pm
Another Novocastrian Kristy James and North Carolina nouveau outlaw Luke Combs also return to the program filmed and edited by Laith Graham.
Nu Country TV is a highlight of C 31 streaming list on Digital 44.
Further info - https://www.c31.org.au/
EVANS DUO SPRING AUSTRALIAN TOUR
"I've never been the drinking song guy, but this song came from a real place and is really more about spending a day with your person than it is about just going getting drunk," Evans revealed.
"There's a reason why I love it so much and feel like I can sing it."
Morgan is touring to promote his second album that features singles Kiss Somebody and I Do.
Evans wrote Kiss Somebody with Josh Osborne and Chris DeStefano.
“The day we wrote it, Josh came into Chris' house with the title,” Evans recalled.
“I had my Maton guitar, and I started playing the chords. And I told them a story about my friend who was still broken-hearted over a girl a year after they broke up. I'd told him, ‘Dude, you've got to kiss somebody.' It's a way you can get over someone.”
The new single is the apt I Do.
"Wrote it about my girlfriend,” said Evans as he traced the song time line.
“Recorded it about my fiance. Releasing it about my wife."
"In the lead-up to a wedding, you ask a lot of your married friends - especially people that are in similar situations or similar age - 'does anything change or is it just the same but a little more awesome?' Everyone keeps telling us, 'ah, it gets better. And so whatever that means, I'm looking forward to that, and it's gonna be fun."
It's a far cry from when Evans toured Australia in 2013 with Georgian superstar Alan Jackson and Missouri minstrel Sara Evans after releasing second EP While We're Young that was produced by expat Adelaide guitarist-singer-songwriter Jedd Hughes in Nashville.
Further info - http://www.morganevansmusic.com/
KELSEA HATES LOVE SONGS
The video concludes with Ballerini being handed an incoming call from "M" on her cellphone - an obvious reference to Morgan Evans
She wrote it with Trevor Rosen of Old Dominion and Shane McAnally.
"I will never forget introducing I Hate Love Songs at the Grand Ole Opry before my record was even out, and just the overwhelming feeling of magic. I'd never experienced anything like that before with a song," Ballerini said.
"It's sweet and sassy, and I hope you love it as much as I do."
Further info - http://kelseaballerini.com/
RANDY HOUSER BLAMES IT ON THE WHISKEY
Randy's parents divorced when he was 7 and he spent summers with his dad - a professional singer and musician.
He was playing Mississippi clubs at 15 and after his father died he moved to Nashville as a demo singer.
Houser landed a publishing deal at Windswept Music and joined Jamey Johnson and Davidson as co-writers of Honky Tonk Badonkadonk - a big hit for singing actor Trace Adkins.
He cut an unreleased album with famed MCA producer James Stroud before his discs Anything Goes 2008, They Call Me Cadillac 2010, How Country Feels 2013 and Fired Up in 2016.
Further info - www.randyhouser.com
TONY JACKSON DRINK BY DRINK
Former marine and latter day Virginian bank executive Tony Jackson debuts with Drink By Drink in our drinking double shot in Behind Bars.
Jackson was a marine for four years before becoming a Virginian Fortune 500 bank executive.
The Richmond bank hired him for its Information Technology division, initially assigning him the lowly chore of re-setting passwords.
“I was way overqualified,” Jackson revealed.
“So I got promoted fast. I was a senior vice president by my early 30s.”
Jackson wrote Drink By Drink, Old Porch Swing and She's Taking Me Home for his self-titled solo CD that features guests Vince Gill and Steve Cropper.
It includes Bill Anderson tune I Didn't Wake Up This Morning and homages to Hank Williams Jr, Willie Nelson and late Merle Haggard in They Lived It Up, penned by Bill and Bobby Tomberlin.
His initial album videos scored over 45 million Facebook views and 1 million shares.
It was worth changing career at 40 to singing long after his birth in Portsmouth.
He spent his childhood as a self-described Navy brat, living on bases all over the world with his dad Tony Jackson Sr.
“I heard Earth, Wind and Fire , classic Motown , George Benson. But I first got exposed to country through Armed Forces Radio ,” he says.
When he was a pre-teen, there was also a lucky encounter with a country superstar.
“My dad was stationed in Rota, Spain, and we kids kind of had the run of the base. One day this guy comes up to us and starts asking us questions about what it's like to live on a military base in Spain. Real nice guy, and of course we started eating it up, this man talking to us and asking us questions like it was important.”
The stranger was North Carolina born Randy Travis, who was performing on the base that night.
“I didn't realise it until I saw him on the stage. It turned me on to his music.”
Jackson also sang in Richmond band Jackson Ward that released 2107 debut CD Goodbye Trouble.
Further info - https://www.tonyjacksonmusic.com/
COMBS JOURNEY IN SONG
They also played the 11 th CMC Rocks Queensland festival with Georgian Luke Bryan, Dustin Lynch, Ballerini, Houser, Old Dominion , Dan + Shay, Dean Brody, Brett Young, Brothers Osborne , Gord Bamford and other major local artists.
The festival and the Rucker-Combs tour are among memorable projects organised by our late benefactor Rob Potts and fellow Tasmanian born Michael Chugg.
Luke, now 28, last appeared on the show with Houston, We Got a Problem - another bonus track.
KRISTY JAMES FINDS SIN IN CINDERELLA
Novocastrian Kristy James follows in the slipstream of fellow home town heroes Morgan Evans and Catherine Britt on her Nu Country TV return.
She wrote Cinderella after taking her children to that movie.
Kristy's character never fulfilled those dreams but her children asked her to write a song about it.
She opted for a horse named Rainbow with male lead Guy Anderson who was featured in The Bachelorette TV show.
“I'd never ridden a horse before and it was incredibly difficult to act the love scenes, I was way out of my comfort zone!” Kristy explained.
“It was freezing and all I wanted was pizza!”
“This video clip was about as real as it can get for me. I put my heart and soul into telling the story that I had in my head at the time I wrote the track,” Kristy explains.
Cinderella is on her new Social Family Records EP Raw.
Further info - https://www.kristyjames.com/
HOW TO KEEP NU COUNTRY ON AIR
We need your support as we celebrate Nu Country TV's 37th 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.