TEMPLETON THOMPSON AND MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY HEADLINE NU COUNTRY TV
Texan equestrian Templeton Thompson and Wildfire creator Michael Martin Murphy headline Nu Country TV on Saturday September 15 at 9 pm on Channel 31/Digital 44.
Oregonian Jessie G also pays tribute to families of servicemen and women sent overseas on the show hosted by Mid Pacific Bob Olson and repeated Sunday at 11.30 pm and Monday 3 pm.
Indiana outlaw Alex Williams and North Carolina chart topper Luke Combs perform live in our Behind Bars segment of the program filmed and edited by Laith Graham.
Expat Georgian and latter day Sunshine Coast singer-songwriter Jen Mize returns with ARIA winning duet partner Mark Sholtez.
And Albury born Hayley Jensen makes her debut just two years after losing her dad to cancer.
Nu Country TV is a highlight of C 31 streaming list on Digital 44.
Further info - https://www.c31.org.au/
TEMPLETON THOMPSON RIDES LIKE THE WIND
Texan troubadour Templeton Thompson enlisted some help from veteran cosmic cowboy Michael Martin Murphey on her Nu Country debut.
Thompson was raised on a 100 acre horse stud at Glen Rose and learned to play guitar left handed at 16 after almost losing two fingers trying to hitch a horse.
It followed eight operations on her left hand.
She said her mother rode horses while pregnant and "I came into this world horse crazy."
Templeton has written hits for Reba McEntire, Jo Dee Messina, Little Texas and expatriate Aussie singer-songwriter Sherrie Austin.
Ride a Wide Circle is on Hippie Chic Cowgirl - the eighth album by Thompson.
The certified Equine-assisted therapist also has YouTube channel Life on Planet Cowgirl.
Thompson wed fellow musician-songwriting partner Sam Gay and in 2014 recorded one of their songs Bring it on Home, Chrome in honor of race horse California Chrome.
A portion of profits went to the Thoroughbred retirement facility Old Friends Equine.
Her horse Jane was immortalized as a Breyer Model Horse .
Murphey, 73, has recorded 36 albums covering outlaw country, bluegrass and western music since breaking with equine classic Wildfire.
He appeared in 1981 Hard Country movie with Jan-Michael Vincent and Kim Basinger and scored the soundtrack.
Michael releases new album Austinology: Alleys of Austin on October 5.
It includes his 70s hits Alleys of Austin, Geronimo's Cadillac & Cosmic Cowboy and the late Guy Clark's LA Freeway , Townes Van Zandt's Quicksilver Daydreams of Maria and Steven Fromholz's Texas Trilogy .
Guest artists include Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, Kelly Willis, Bruce Robison and Randy Rogers and Amy Grant joins Michael on his historic hit Wildfire .
Further info - www.templetonthompson.com/home/
Further info - https://www.michaelmartinmurphey.com/
JEN AND MARK HEAD DOWN PIONEER COWBOY LANE
Expatriate Georgian Jen Mize and APRA winner Mark Sholtez expand our equine theme and take us back to the golden past of western music singing actors.
Jen and Mark enjoy time travel in Riding Down The Canyon on their 13 track disc Twilight on the Trail , released on April 1.
They perform songs from the era of singing western actors Tex Ritter, Roy Roger, Gene Autry and Dale Evans.
"The music, the people that I respect, they listen to this music and you can hear it time-lined down from Roy and Gene to Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt,” Mize explained.
“I can hear that all happening, my heroes, these guys were their heroes."
Riding Down The Canyon is a 1942 song by Roy Rogers & The Sons Of The Pioneers .
"The thing I really love about this record is that it feels both unexpected and nostalgic, yet we have created something really fresh,” Scholtez added.
Mize hails from a long line of moonshiners in the Carolinas and Georgia mountains but lives inside the law on Queensland's Sunshine Coast with her husband.
She met him when she was singing on a cruise ship in New Zealand in 2004 singing on a cruise ship and they moved here in 2006.
Jen was raised on a ranch on the outskirts of Las Vegas where both parents worked at the Sahara Casino.
“I moved to Australia to find myself - that age-old tale,” revealed Mize.
“And, for the first time, who I am as a person started to dictate who I am as an artist.”
Jen wrote 10 originals for debut album Fear, Pride & A Few Stubborn Angels and debuted on Nu Country with social comment tune Deepwater .
Shane Nicholson produced her second album Warnings And Wisdom.
Mize's journey included casino singing and hypnotist's assistant at MGM, New York, Venetian, Luxor, Mandalay Bay and Las Vegas Academy performing arts high school.
Her choir sang at the White House and she performed as soloist in a Christmas program for Hillary Clinton before winning a scholarship to Boston Conservatory's Musical Theatre.
“I was truly able to see the world. I visited and performed in more than fifty countries on every continent but Antarctica,” Jen revealed.
“I quad biked across ninety-foot sand dunes in Namibia, rode horses in Iceland, held a sloth in the Amazon, and even drove a dog sled team on a glacier in Alaska.”
Singer-songwriter Sholtez has released two CDS recorded in New York and Los Angeles.
Further info - http://www.marksholtez.com/
JESSIE G RAISES FLAG FOR WAR VICTIMS
Oregonian Jessie G explores the trauma of partners of troops sent into overseas wars in her video for Army Ranger.
Famed Redneck Woman Gretchen Wilson discovered Jessie G at a 2013 Battle Of The Bands where she won the opening slot for Gretchen.
Jessie G is now touring with Grammy winner Gretchen to promote Army Ranger that came out in May on Gretchen's Redneck Records label.
Jessie G hails from small coastal town Brookings, Oregon, and her heritage spans four generations of commercial fishermen.
She earned a scholarship to attend Linfield College in Oregon where she graduated with a Bachelor Degree in both Political Science and The Fine Arts.
“I'm a music lover, my musical background is diverse but I was drawn to the country music format early on,” Jessie G revealed.
“I fell in love with the depth of the story lines and music composition. There's truth behind the lyrics and the format is representative of the morals, integrity and character that I was raised on.”
Further info - http://jessiegmusic.com/
HAYLEY JENSEN SATURDAY NIGHT
Albury born Hayley Jensen celebrates time she treasures in Saturday Night - penned with Daniel Skeed for her second album Turning Up The Dial , released on May 11.
Hayley boomeranged after losing her dad two years ago to cancer and honoured him with You're With Me that she wrote with expat Australian Phil Barton.
“The heartache that comes with losing someone you love, particularly a parent, is absolutely debilitating,” Hayley, now 35, revealed.
“He was one of my biggest supporters and sources of encouragement in life, particularly in music. He was so proud of me. I wanted to succeed, just to make him happy. Some days I'll look in the mirror and almost see him in my reflection, well the expressions, and smile that he passed on to me anyway. And sometimes when I laugh or am having a conversation with someone, I can almost hear his voice or his joke instead of my own. I miss our curious conversations and his strong yet warm and loving embrace. My favourite line in this song is ‘even though I can't wrap my arms around you, you're with me'. And even though he is no longer here on this earth, I really do feel that he is still with me, proud as punch, clearing the path before me and helping to light my way.”
She recorded Turn Up The Dial in the U.S. with Grammy and Emmy award-winning producer, Jamie Tate.
It features co-writes with award-winning songwriters, including Barton, Jerry Salley, Alex Seier and label mate Kirsty Lee Akers.
Hayley launched her Social Family Records album in Canberra before gigs in Albury, Melbourne, Sydney and UK Buckle & Boots Festival .
“This album is an eclectic mix of feelings and emotions, but regardless of the feel, all songs have a really special meaning to me,” Hayley explained.
“From falling in love to losing a loved one, having a fun night out with your friends, to chasing dreams whilst battling the grind of the 9-5 - they're about real life stories, my stories and I think you'll be able to relate.”
She also wrote Forever Won't Be Long Enough for her husband with acclaimed songwriter, Jerry Salley, in Nashville.
“I knew I wanted to write a song for our wedding that captured the way I felt about him, and I knew Jerry, who is very well known and for writing award-winning, extraordinary love ballads, would be the perfect person to write this special song with. The idea behind this song is that all of my days on this earth won't be nearly enough to express how I feel about him, or to experience all that we dream of doing together. We danced to this song on our wedding day and it was the most romantic moment ever! I hope other couples will love this song too and use it for their first dance, experiencing the same rush that we felt on that special day.”
Further info - https://www.hayleyjensen.net/
ALEX WILLIAMS TATTOO
Soulful Indiana singer Alex Williams makes an indelible impression on his live return to Behind Bars.
Williams, 28, has long honoured his mentors Shotgun Willie Nelson and Hank Williams Jr and late Texans Guy Clark, Waylon Jennings and Townes Van Zandt.
This week he performs Tattoo from his debut solo album Better Than Myself that he released after a 2012 indie disc with Williams & Co - fellow students at Belmont University, Nashville
The Pendleton born singer previously performed on Nu Country with Little Too Stoned and Pay No Mind and honoured Townes with his live version of Steve Earle penned Fort Worth Blues .
Further info - http://alexwilliamsofficial.com/
LUKE COMBS BEHIND BARS
Chart topping North Carolina nouveau outlaw Luke Combs returns live to Behind Bars with Must Have Never Met You.
It's one of five bonus tracks on his debut deluxe CD This One's For You Two.
Luke, 28, played Melbourne Forum on March 19 with South Carolina star Darius Rucker and the 11 th CMC Rocks Queensland festival at Ipswich in March.
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.