DAVE'S DIARY - 16/12/2019 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 4 - SERIES 42

MORGAN WALLEN HEADLINES NU COUNTRY TV

Tennessean preacher's son Morgan Wallen headlines Nu Country TV's Christmas celebration on Saturday December 21 at 9.30 pm on Channel 31/ Digital 44.

Ferny Creek singer-songwriter Brendan McMahon and former child star and actor Marty Rhone also appear on the program filmed and edited by Laith Graham.

Bluegrass belles Sister Sadie and Rhonda Vincent perform a live bluegrass double shot in Behind Bars and former West Virginian marine Gethen Jenkins returns.

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

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

MORGAN CHASES CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

Morgan Wallen invokes Christmas spirit in his show return with a festive frolic.

Morgan, 26, yearned for his missing brunette in the back seat of his car and way beyond on country roads in his Chasing You video from his debut 2018 album If I Know Me.

He wrote it with Jamie Moore and Craig Wiseman and toured here in March with Georgian Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line.

I went to Nashville three years ago and this song is about a girl I used to know who is now in my rear view, Wallen revealed on stage during his concert before he sang I was chasing you like a shot of whiskey.

His album also featured first #1 hit Up Down with Florida Georgia Line.

That was penned by recent Nu Country TV guest Hardy and beat his recent hit Whiskey Glasses to chart tops.

Morgan's father was pastor at Faith Baptist Church in White Pine, Tennessee.

As a child Wallen took piano and violin lessons and was offered a scholarship to play baseball in college.

But after an injury he chose music on 2014 reality TV show The Voice.

Sadly Wallen's album doesn't appear to have been released here.

Further info - https://morganwallen.com/

BRENDAN MCMAHON ONLY HIGH IN FERNY CREEK

Ferny Creek singer-songwriter Brendan McMahon debuts on Nu Country with a song and video inspired by his daughter.

Only Highs is on the 56-year old's fourth album - In The Moment.

The stock and station agent's son, born in Kapunda near the Barossa Valley in South Australia , also sourced songs in Cuba Tahiti, Rowville and Nashville.

It was in Rowville - not Nashville - Brendan honoured a local steer named Morris and an echidna in his songs.

CLICK HERE for our interview with Brendan in The Diary on December 9.

MARTY RHONE HANGING ROCK PICNIC

Former child star actor and prolific singer-songwriter Marty Rhone takes viewers to famed Hanging Rock in his latest video.

Unlike those girls in the movie Marty, now 72, lived to tell the tale of lost love in his 60-year career.

Rhone released Jealous Of The Sky after appearing on Nu Country on June 29 with We Had A Good Thing Going from his first Nashville album.

He wrote his new song with prolific Golden Guitarist husband and wife team Rod McCormack and Gina Jeffreys.

Marty debuted on Tarax TV show at just 13 and released his 50th anniversary CD in 2016 to showcase love of country music.

He also released Graceland on the Line - penned by Johnny Young and John St Peeters - as a tribute to the late Elvis Presley.

"This is certainly a change in tempo from my music history, which has been largely rock, pop music and musical theatre, revealed Marty who was born in Surabaya , Indonesia.

I'm absolutely loving it though, I'm so grateful to be working with incredible producers and songwriters, and we're really just getting started!"

Rhone shot his Graceland video in Blackwood, Daylesford and Melbourne.

His latest acting roles include fugitive assassin Henry in short film Snowmen and Master Long in award winning Marble by Chinese director Realm Choong.

From late 1987 to August 1990 he was business manager of Australian boxing champions - Dean (heavyweight), Guy (light heavyweight) and Troy Waters (junior middleweight).

Marty married Rosa Merola in 1976 and they have two sons.

Further info - http://martyrhone.com.au/

GETHEN JENKINS DEAD MARINES OF A WHISKEY KIND

West Virginian marine and Iraq tour of duty survivor Gethen Jenkins swapped tanks for whiskey and women in his Nu Country TV return.

His eight years as a marine ignited plenty of song fodder as he proves in Whiskey Bound - a fate much better than being hell bound with wild animals, rattlesnakes and trespassers near waterfalls and fast flowing rivers.

It's on his second album Western Gold, released in July.

As a teen he played guitar in the Indian village Galena on the Yukon deep in the Alaskan tundra.

Jenkins debuted on Nu Country on October 7, 2017, with a road song Where The Honky Tonk Belongs and returned with Basket Case on November 23.

Gethen formed the Freight Shakers quintet whose music embraced bluegrass, whiskey soaked honky-tonk and roots country.

He has played over 1,000 live shows with artists diverse as Billy Joe Shaver, David Allan Coe, Shooter Jennings, Wanda Jackson, Dale Watson, Junior Brown, Whitey Morgan, Asleep At The Wheel and Marshall Tucker Band .

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

SISTER SADIE BLUEGRASS BLUES

Award winning bluegrass quintet Sister Sadie return to Behind Bars in our live double shot with a song of sorrow.

The band performs Losing You Blues from its second album Sister Sadie 11 on Pinecastle Records.

They're fronted by 5-time IBMA Female Vocalist of year - Dale Anne Bradley

Dale, daughter of a Kentucky coal-miner and Baptist minister, has released 10 solo albums and others with the New Coon Creek Girls.

Sister Sadie features mandolinist Tina Adair, fiddler Deanie Richardson , North Carolina banjo player Gena Britt and acoustic bassist Beth Lawrence.

The quintet appeared on Nu Country on February 9 with No Smoky Mountains.

Sister Sadie took its name from Tony Rice song Little Sadie and has played with artists diverse as Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Bob Seger and The Chieftains .

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

RHONDA VINCENT AND CHRISTIAN DAVIS

Prolific Missouri minstrel Rhonda Vincent and Christian Davis honour the late Bill Monroe in their Behind Bars return.

They perform a seasonal singalong in Rosine, I Cry from Davis 's debut solo disc The Big Picture.

Monroe was born in Rosine , Kentucky , and died at 84 on September 9, 1996 in Springfield, Tennessee.

Davis spent five years as bass singer and guitarist with Dailey & Vincent before going solo.

Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent also recorded with Darrin's sister Rhonda in her 40 year career.

Rhonda, 58, won her first Grammy in 2018 after releasing 18 albums.

She joined late Georgian singer-songwriter Daryle Singletary in a live Daryle double shot in Behind Bars on May 12, 2018.

Rhonda and Daryle performed Above And Beyond at The Factory in Nashville in July, 2017, just six months before Singletary died at 46 on February 12, 2018.

Above and Beyond was on Singletary's eighth and final album Grandstand .

Daryle also performed sardonic 1995 hit Living Up To Her Low Expectations from his self-titled debut album.

Further info - http://christiandavisonline.com/

CLICK HERE for a Rhonda Vincent feature from the Diary on April 20, 2004.

CLICK HERE for a Vincent CD review on September 25, 2006.

HOW TO KEEP NU COUNTRY ON AIR

We need your support in Nu Country TV's 42nd 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.

We also have other CDS by major artists you can win by becoming a Nu Country TV member or renewing your 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 details.

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