DAVE'S DIARY - 8/6/2020 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 3 - SERIES 44

RAY WYLIE HUBBARD HEADLINES NU COUNTRY TV

Veteran Texan outlaw Ray Wylie Hubbard headlines Nu Country TV on Saturday June 13 at 9.30 pm on Channel 31/ Digital 44.

Fellow Texans Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers and Tracy Lawrence also return to the show repeated Tuesday 4.30 am, Wednesday 10.30 pm and Friday 1 am.

Hunter Valley singer-songwriter Kirsty Lee Akers, Louisiana singer-actor Trace Adkins and Dierks Bentley and his Hot Country Knights also boomerang 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/

BEATLES DRUMMER RINGO STARR JOINS OUTLAW

Texan hill country hombre Ray Wylie Hubbard recruited high profile special guests for his return.

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, Don Was and Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes also join his band for Bad Trick from his 18th album Co-Starring, released on July 10 on Big Machine Records.

It also features Arkansas born Ashley McBryde on Outlaw Blood , bluegrass/folk legend Peter Rowan on Hummingbird , Paula Nelson and Elizabeth Cook on Drink Till I See Double and Aaron Lee Tasjan on Rock Gods.

I have believed in the rule that one should not sing their own praises, but with my new record on Big Machine Records , well I'm going to have to break that rule, Hubbard, now 73, revealed.

Co-Starring has got grit, groove, tone and taste and is so righteously cool that small demons will drool, and little angels will want to line dance.

Cadillac Three , Pam Tillis, Ronnie Dunn, Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown and Larkin Poe also guest on the album.

Hubbard was born in Hugo , Oklahoma , and moved to Austin , Texas , and now lives in the hill country at Wimberley - former home of Kevin Welch who now lives on the NSW south coast with his Australian wife.

CLICK HERE for a Ray Wylie Hubbard feature in The Diary on July 7, 2012.

WADE BOWEN AND RANDY ROGERS FIND RODEO CLOWN

Texans Wade Bowen and Randy Rogers lose their lover to a rodeo clown in their latest video.

Darrel in a barrel - a humorous high-wire wrangler - joins them in their vaudeville romp.

We had a blast shooting it, Rogers , 40, revealed of the video.

But the things I remember most from that day are the spiders that were in that barrel I was rolled around in all afternoon. I think it's a great take on a really funny song and it's the perfect complement to the track itself, because the video is hilarious in its own right. Lord knows we all need a good laugh right about now. And that's what this new project Hold My Beer, Vol. 2 is all about - just two friends having fun.

Bowen was equally effusive about the video.

I love music videos because when done right, they make you enjoy certain songs even more than you already did, Bowen, 43, explained.

The first time I saw this video, I immediately felt like it fell into that category. Rodeo Clown is already a funny song as is, but the video makes it that much better.

Chris DuBois and David Lee wrote the song for the video directed by Tim Duggan.

The new album features Ode To Ben Dorcy (Lovey's Song ) about the King of the Roadies.

The song was written by the late Waylon Jennings about Dorcy who died at 92 on September 16, 2017.

He was the first person inducted into the Roadies Hall of Fame in Nashville in 2009.

From 1960-1963 he was a delivery driver for Nudie Cohn and later roadie for Hank Thompson, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson.

His work with Nelson was highlighted in the documentary King of the Roadies.

Ben Dorcy Day is celebrated on February 22 - the day Ben met Willie.

Waco born Wade and Randy mix romance and wild west tales in their 30 albums.

Texas Tech University graduate Bowen appeared on Nu Country with Death, Dying & Devilled Eggs, Day Of The Dead , Who I Am , Say Anything, When I Woke Up Today and duet with Rogers for Standards on their joint album Hold My Beer, Volume 1.

Rogers also appeared with Crazy People and I'll Never Get Over You ,

Randy hails from Cleburne , Texas , and keeps traditional country alive at his Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos .

He bought the venue that staged live country since 1974, including one of Randy's albums in 2000, from the family of late singer-songwriter Kent Finlay in 2015

Cheatham Street Warehouse has hosted songwriters open mic night every Wednesday for more than 40 years.

Guest artists include Randy, Hal Ketchum, James McMurtry, Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, Billy Joe Shaver, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Ernest Tubb, Townes Van Zandt, Todd Snider, Terri Hendrix, Bruce Robison, Tish Hinojosa, Adam Carroll, Walt Wilkins, Will and Charlie Sexton.

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

Further info - http://wadebowen.com

KIRSTY LEE AKERS ROMANTIC ROMP

Hunter Valley singer-songwriter Kirsty Lee Akers shows brides how to do a bunk from Bunkerville with much humour in her return.

Kirsty's sardonic psalm is based on folk tales from near Kurri Kurri in the eighties.

The clip revolves around a family wedding where Akers plays the bridesmaid.

My mother tries setting me up with the nerdy groomsman and I end up stealing the wedding car and taking off, Akers revealed.

I had so much fun bringing this song to life! I've always loved everything about the 80's and have always wanted to do a music video with that theme, incorporating the big hair, big makeup and bright colours.

The whole day filming was good fun it really felt like we were at an 80's themed wedding!

The song is a vast contrast to her reality romances - Kirsty, 31, wed her video director Jesse Anderson.

I wrote this with Trey Bruce and it all started from a line I had written in my phone, 'Shelly's twenty six, about to pop with her third kid', Akers explained.

One day I was scrolling through Facebook and seeing all the people I went to school with posting about their kids/families etc and I was thinking to myself, at age 29, how the conventional get married, have kids, work a 9-5 job life just wasn't something I could ever imagine for my life obviously there is nothing wrong with that, but it just isn't for me.

That Ring Don't Fit My Hand is on her fifth album Under My Skin.

CLICK HERE for a Kirsty feature in The Diary on August 6, 2018.

TRACY LAWRENCE WILD WEST HOMAGE

Texan Tracey Lawrence has some words of wisdom in his return - our world will woe the departure of wild west heroes.

Tracy , 52, praises his inspirations that have illustrated his long career.

I'm really proud of this song. It has such a powerful message," Lawrence revealed of When The Cowboy's Gone from his 18 th album Made In America.

"We all know the strength and character the cowboy represents. When we lose that character in society, our country is lost. I think this song is a perfect message for the time and place we're in right now.

I am extremely proud of my new album. It is possibly the most personal album I have ever released. I co-wrote eight out of the 12 songs, pouring my heart and soul into each of the songs. I feel it will resonate with my fans and country music lovers across this nation.

Lawrence and songwriter Flip Anderson wrote lyrics and music for Storming Heaven: The Musical - based on Denise Giardina's award-winning novel about labor strife in the coalfields of southern West Virginia during 1920-21.

Lawrence appeared in the movie L.A. Dirt filmed around Mobile , Alabama , and plays Uncle Charlie to nephew, Ty Hargrove, portrayed by Michael Roark.

He also performed his song Dirt Track Demon on the soundtrack.

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

TRACE GRANNY TRIBUTE

Louisiana born singer-actor Trace Adkins praises a woman who lived to 92 after raising four children in a long war in his return.

Tough People Do is on his 14th album, out now on Verge Records.

Adkins re-recorded his 2012 song with new lyrics to reflect the current coronavirus pandemic and quarantine.

"I'm just really proud of the song, and to me, the song just says - sometimes we need to be reminded of who we are, where we come from and what our history is, Adkins revealed.

We've made it through tougher times than this. I wish that we could perform it. I think people need to hear it," Adkins added that the song reminded him of his grandmother.

"My grandma was the toughest old woman that I ever saw in my life. She'd still work in the garden with an old push-plough until she was in her late 70s. Just the toughest old woman that I ever knew and, at the same time, the godliest creature that I ever knew. That's the point of this song. That's what we have in our DNA. That's what we come from. That's who we are. That's what this country needs to be reminded of. We still have the wherewithal, still have the muscle to straighten out this incredibly twisted frame that we're driving on."

Trace, now 58 and dad of five daughters, has appeared in 24 movies and telemovies and released 12 studio albums and other compilation discs.

His movies include The Lincoln Lawyer, Hickock, Traded or Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story, Trailer Park Of Terror , An American Carol, Bennett's War and The Virginian.

On October 12, 2019, Adkins married is fourth wife - Canadian actress Victoria Pratt - in New Orleans.

CLICK HERE for a Trace CD feature in The Diary on July 6, 2009.

HOT COUNTRY KNIGHTS BURN UP THE ASPHALT

Arizona born Dierks Bentley and his Hot Country Knights burn up the asphalt on a road that goes on forever in their latest video.

Dierks, aka Douglas Doug Douglason, is head knight in a band that also features singing Georgian actor Travis Tritt.

Asphalt is among humorous highlights of their new album The K Is Silent that also features a cameo by Canadian Terri Clark.

The Knights are Bentley, bassist Trevor Travis, guitarist Marty Ray Rayro Roburn, fiddler Terotej Terry Dvoraczekynski, steel guitarist Barry Van Ricky and percussionist Monte Montgomery.

Bentley, 41, broadened his career by fronting his Bolo Boys bluegrass band as his opening act at some concerts.

Dierks toured here in 2012 with Lee Kernaghan and attracted former St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt and Carlton stars Andrew Walker and David Ellard to his St Kilda Palais concert.

The K Is Silent follows Dierks 12th album The Mountain.

CLICK HERE for a Dierks CD feature in The Diary on July 25, 2016.

HOW TO KEEP NU COUNTRY ON AIR

We need your support in Nu Country TV's 44th series with Australian record companies and major artists teaming to ensure our survival.

Singing Texan crime novelist Kinky Friedman has donated his 18th album Resurrection that features Willie Nelson.

You can join Watling & Bates as members and win their 13 track CD Small Town Tales and Kip Moore's third album Slowheart.

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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