KELSEA BALLERINI HEADLINES NU COUNTRY TV
Tennessee belle Kelsea Ballerini, who tours here this month with singing actor Tim McGraw, headlines Nu Country TV Saturday September 14 at 9.30 pm on Channel 31/ Digital 44.
Geelong singer-songwriter-DJ Nathan Seeckts returns to the show, hosted by Mid-Pacific Bob Olson, and repeated Monday at 7.30 am.
Queensland trio Jade Holland, Tammy Moxon and Jack Viljoen also appear on the program filmed and edited by Laith Graham.
Sydney band Copperline debuts this week.
Nu Country TV is a highlight of C 31 streaming list on Digital 44.
Further info - https://www.c31.org.au/
KNOXVILLE GIRL KELSEA GLOVES UP
I felt like I was fighting for myself and so, I always had the vision for this video as a dark, intense, fight scene to reflect that. I can't wait for everyone to see a new perspective of this song.
Kelsea and Morgan, 34, chose their Hawaiian holiday locale for previous video Day Drunk with swimming, water slides, waterfalls, riding ATVs and Jeeps and flying a helicopter.
Ballerini also appeared with her tongue-in-cheek tune I Hate Love Songs .
Further info - http://kelseaballerini.com/
NATHAN ESCAPES GHOSTS IN THE FOG
Geelong community radio DJ and singer-songwriter Nathan Seeckts sprinted across a highway near railway tracks in his Nu Country TV return.
Seeckts didn't move with the same grace as namesake AFL premiership player Nathan Ablett but sped from ghosts in the fog like veteran Cats speedster brother Gary, now 35.
Nathan's indie single Ghost In The Fog beat his debut CD The Heart Of The City onto radio.
Seeckts debuted on Nu Country on June 29 with his band on a popular walking path in Herne Hill - not heartbreak hill - on his recent video for Old Blood .
He explored the plight of rural childhood friends who drift apart in Three Soldiers and love of the Stax soul era's heartbreak anthems in his song Thunder And Rain on his album.
The singer uses nightmares to illustrate Beast Beneath My Bed and cold reality of domestic violence in Sirens featuring Kiewa Valley born singer Gretta Ziller.
Equally credible is Moonlight Creek - tale of a local missing girl - inspired by a Gippsland trip.
Further info - http://www.nathanseeckts.com/
JADE HOLLAND FLOOD FLASHBACK
Townsville raised Jade Holland returns to Nu Country TV with her video for a song she recorded for flood victims in her former hometown.
It was a powerful appeal to help old friends and other victims.
Jade, 31, wrote Lives On The Lawn with fellow Queenslanders Tammy Moxon and Dean Gilboy.
Jade was born in Kuranda and raised in Townsville before moving to Newcastle.
She won battles of the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen with her beau in her previous video for It's You on her second album Dream Wild recorded in Nashville with expat co-writer Phil Barton and Brad Winters.
We wrote this song in Nashville after I had come up with a chorus when I was upset and running up Castle Hill in Townsville after a breakup with the guy I had been seeing for over a year, Jade revealed.
TAMMY MOXON SANITY DRIVE DEBUT
Townsville troubadour Tammy Moxon, co-writer of Lives On The Lawn with Jade Holland, debuts with her video for Drives Me Sane - title track of her second album produced by Shane Nicolson.
Tammy played local gigs as a teenager with Jade after debuting on stage at the age of five with her dad at Charters Towers country festival.
Moxon returned at 23 and won the Charters crown in 2014.
Tammy teamed with music legend Bill Chambers to launch Drive Me Sane at Townsville's Bohle Barn in May this year.
She met Bill on a country music cruise en route way to New Caledonia and he offered to be her opening act at her launch.
I was singing Wagon Wheel . He came down and said I like your voice are you interested in doing gigs, Moxon, now 28, explained.
I gave him one of my CDs and let him listen to my music on my phone. He got my number. That's how it all started.
Moxon said her new album was edgier than her last.
I'm more mature, the songs were written in the last 10 years of my life, the others were when I was 16, Tammy confessed.
I went through a turbulent four years. I've been at rock bottom and highest I've ever been. Drive Me Sane is a backhanded thank you to my friends and family for keeping me sane, but also driving me crazy.
Further info - http://www.tammymoxon.com/
GLADSTONE GAUCHO JACK BACK IN BLACK
Gladstone singer-songwriter Jack Viljoen honoured heroes who toured here as The Highwaymen on his return to our show.
Jack performs his As Cool As Johnny Cash video from his second album, released later this year.
He walked Boyne Valley railway line, where sleepers were chopped by hand, like the late man in black.
South African born Jack visited Grand hotel in Manypeaks near Ubobo general store and hall where his band played.
Highwaymen co-founders Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings toured here several times before decamping for honky-tonk heaven but Willie Nelson still performs live at 86.
Kris Kristofferson plays St Kilda Palais on Thursday September 19, before gigs in Shepparton on Friday, Bendigo on Sunday, Ballarat on Monday September 23 and Morwell on Tuesday September 24.
Jack grew up near Kruger National Park in a region of mines and power stations - part of the Transvaal.
He drew on his youthful memories to create a series of poetic Afrikaans on five original songs on his EP, released on August 5, 2018.
"My dad's family had nine brothers and sisters and they'd all play instruments and sing and carry on," Viljoen said.
"They'd get together and make a lot of music. It would sound really good at the beginning of the night but as the whiskey flowed, it would start to get really bad. We all just had a ball."
COPPERLINE HONOUR A BUSH BARD
Sydney band Copperline performs an evocative video with vivid memories of an old timer they met at Hill End in NSW.
The quartet illustrated the sad saga in King Of This Country - second single on their debut album Rusty Fords and Weatherboards.
I did a show in a town called Hill End, in the Central West of NSW, where I shared the stage with an old country singer, singer Brad Christmas revealed.
He'd won a Golden Guitar as a kid with his family band but life hadn't treated him so well since. He told me more and more of his story during the night and I realised I had to write a song about it.'
ARIA Award Winner Shane Nicholson produced the album at Sound Hole Studios.
Jess Gosling directed the video in Portland outside Lithgow in New South Wales.
It's a town we've played in a lot over the years, Christmas explained, and we thought it was exactly the kind of place this song evokes, a town that's seen better days but is still hanging in there.
The overcast day on which they filmed added to the song's emotion and highlighted the amazing artwork on the silos.
It kind of reflects a community that's down but not out, and still takes pride in the way it presents itself to the world.
Further info - https://www.facebook.com/CopperlineMusic/
HOW TO KEEP NU COUNTRY ON AIR
We need your support in Nu Country TV's 41st series with Australian record companies and artists teaming to ensure our survival.
You can join Watling & Bates as members and win their 13 track CD Small Town Tales.
Also 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.