HONKY TONK HERO BILLY JOE SHAVER HEADLINES NU COUNTRY TV
Texan outlaw Billy Joe Shaver is joined by late son Eddie as he headlines Nu Country TV Saturday May 18 at 9.30 pm on Channel 31/44.
Fellow Texans Aaron Watson and Robert Ray also appear live on the show hosted by Mid Pacific Bob Olson.
Former Alice Springs journalist Dani Young debuts on the program repeated Monday 7.30 am and Thursday 12 am.
Mississippi minstrel Jason Eady and New Mexico born, latter day Texan Bri Bagwell also return to the show 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/
SHAVER LIVE BEHIND BARS ON RETURN
Septuagenarian Billy Joe Shaver reveals the history of one of his biggest hits in his return to Behind Bars.
He performs Honky Tonk Heroes - the title track of late fellow Texan Waylon Jennings 1973 album that featured 10 Shaver songs.
Honky Tonk Heroes is also on several of 79-year-old Billy Joe's 27 discs.
This time the Waco warrior was live on Music City Roots at the Factory in Nashville with his late guitarist son Fast Eddie as a guest.
Shaver last toured here in 2002 with singing Texan crime novelist Kinky Friedman.
Thrice wed Billy Joe was also in three movies with octogenarian actor-director Robert Duvall and two with Kentucky born singing actor Billy Ray Cyrus.
Shaver was also the subject of the 2004 documentary A Portrait of Billy Joe directed by Oscar winner Duvall's wife Luciana Pedrazzi.
Billy Joe and The Kinkster also appeared in Nu Country - the Nick Brenner directed ABC TV documentary about the radio station that gave birth to Nu Country TV.
ROBERT RAY FROM ALICE TO DALLAS , TEXAS
Lone Star State young gun Robert Ray drives off with his dream lover in his Nu Country debut.
Ray, just 23, hails from Alice - a town deep in the heart of south Texas.
He performs Run Away With You - his self-penned fifth single from his two albums.
It tells the forbidden love story of two lovers wanting to leave their lives behind and run away with each other.
Further info - https://www.robertraycountry.com/
YOUNG DANI FROM ALICE SPRINGS TO HUNTER VALLEY
Her mum and dad joined her in her video for Stepping Stones - her debut single.
I co-directed the film clip and loved every minute of it, using my experience as a video journalist, Dani said.
It has just had its American debut on Ditty TV and the single had reviews in the US and UK . I never expected my first solo single to have such a far reach. It's scary branching out on your own and wasn't sure if anyone outside my friends and family were going to hear it so it's amazing to have it embraced across borders.
Dani is recording an EP with producers Damien Leith and Jeremy Edwards to follow her 2016 album Desert Water with Warren H Williams.
Further info - https://www.facebook.com/DaniYoungMusic/
JASON EADY LIVE IN BEHIND BARS IN MEMPHIS
Mississippi born singer-songwriter Jason Eady's move to Texas after an Air Force career was fruitful
He is now wed to fellow singer Courtney Patton
Jason, now 44, recorded three discs in Texas with Kevin Welch before Welch moved to Australia where he lives at Nowra with his Australian wife
Eady performs a live version of I Travel On - title track of his eighth album.
Jason and his Wayward Apostles appeared live in 2014 with God Fearing Blues from 2009 disc When The Money's All Gone.
They also showcased videos for Judgement Day and Wishful Drinking from fifth album AM Heaven - one of three produced by Welch.
Eady performed local bars at 14, singing, playing guitar and writing songs but the live music culture in the Magnolia State was geared to hits and classics.
He moved to Nashville to seek a record deal but became disillusioned and headed back to Mississippi , joining the Air Force on the way home.
"Becoming a translator in the Air Force helped me be a better songwriter," Eady says.
"I got a much broader view of the world and other cultures that helped me see things from a better perspective."
After the military Eady worked in a Fort Worth bank's IT department and attended open mic nights.
"I was surprised to learn Texas was exactly opposite of Mississippi ," he says.
"If you played too many cover songs the audience would get restless. They wanted original music."
That encouraged him to step up song-writing and leave his day job.
Further info - www.jasoneady.com
TEXAN AARON WATSON LIVE AT HOUSTON RODEO
Abilene born Aaron Watson gives his career history live on stage at the famed Houston rodeo.
Aaron, now aged 41, first recorded his song Fence Post on his 2015 album The Underdog.
It's an entrée to his 14th album Red Bandana out in June.
Watson previously celebrated our horses' birthdays as in his video for Run Wild Horses on his 13th album Vaquero.
Watson was raised in Amarillo and has a Buffalo Gap ranch near Abilene .
Aaron also kicked love into top gear at the Houston Rodeo as he sang of staying power of love in another previous video Outta Style - also on Vaquero.
He was also on our show with an evocative tribute video to late rodeo champion Lane Frost who died after being bucked from being high in the saddle on July 30, 1989, in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Aaron honoured Frost, just 25, who died in rain, mud and blood at the rodeo after being thrown from the Brahma bull - Taking Care Of Business.
He appeared with July in Cheyenne on 11th album Real Good Time and Raise The Bottle - a tribute to unsung war heroes including his late grandfather who returned from World War 2 in a wheel chair and walked with a cane.
Asleep At The Wheel icon Ray Benson produced Watson 2004 album The Honky Tonk Kid with a cameo by Shotgun Willie Nelson.
Watson also released 2006 gospel songs album Barbed Wire Halo - including readings by fellow Texan Billy Joe Shaver.
Watson's eighth album Angels & Outlaws peaked at #28 on Billboard in 2008 on the Top 200 all genre chart before he released The Road And The Rodeo in 2010 and Real Good Time in 2012.
Further info - www.aaronwatson.com/
BRI BAGWELL SPORTS REPORTER, TV HOST, WEATHER GIRL
New Mexico born Bri Bagwell returns as a TV host, weather girl and sports reporter.
She also sang and danced in her video for I Can't Be Lonely Now that follows third CD In My Defence.
Bri, now aged 31, left New Mexico at 18 for Austin , Texas , and fronted a group Banned From Santa Fe.
Bagwell recalled her days in New Mexico in previous videos for Beer Pressure and Las Cruces from her second album When A Heart Breaks .
She found a wind mill in the desert and mountains near home town Las Cruces - the city of the crosses on the famed Rio Grande River.
Las Cruces also inspired her debut 2011 album Banned From Santa Fe.
The four-time Texas Female Vocalist of the Year spent six years with The Banned.
Bagwell began performing with her two brothers as a teenager before moving to Austin at 18 and graduating with a University of Texas marketing degree.
She was a top 10 finalist on CMT's Next Superstar reality TV show before she released an EP of demos recorded as a songwriter at Sony ATV in Nashville .
Further info - http://www.coloredlion.com/BB/
HOW TO KEEP NU COUNTRY ON AIR
We need your support as we celebrate Nu Country TV's 39th 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.