ZAC BROWN HEADLINES NU COUNTRY TV
Georgian singer-songwriter Zac Brown and his band headline Nu Country TV on Saturday January 8 at 9.30 pm.
Oklahoma born latter day Texan Jon Wolfe returns to the show repeated Wednesday at 11.30 pm.
Preachers' children Jim Lauderdale and Dale Ann Bradley boomerang to Behind Bars in our program filmed and edited by our multi-talented lockdown producer Laith Graham.
New South Wales south coast trio New Graces and expat Brisbane singer-songwriter Paul Seils Jr also appear this week.
Nu Country TV is a highlight of C 31 streaming list on Digital 44.
Further info - https://www.c31.org.au/
ZAC BROWN BOAT TRIP
Treble Grammy winning Georgians - the Zac Brown Band - spread joy and good will in their return.
Zac, 43 and father of five, and his band explore boat metaphors in their joyous journey.
They revisit past and present lives of less fortunate denizens and illustrate their rescue with water fuelled imagery.
Band members perform live in the shallows in their video to drive home their equality message.
Same Boat is on their 10th album Comeback released after their pre-pandemic Australian tours.
Brown had good reason to celebrate - he survived a personal bout with COVID-19 in September that halted their U.S. tour.
“The Comeback celebrates our collective resilience as a community,” Brown revealed.
“This music is about standing together and rediscovering our roots and what makes us human.”
JON WOLFE TEQUILA SUNDOWN
Texan Jon Wolfe takes viewers on a sea trip to Cabo San Lucas on his return in his Tequila Sundown video.
The Tulsa born Okie lives in Texas and wed his wife Amber - a former Miss Austin there.
“I've been taking trips down to Cabo San Lucas for about the past 11 years,” Jon, now 66, revealed.
“It's a place that has become a home away from home for me. A constant in my life, but also an escape from my day to day. I just love everything about the Baja from the mountains of Sierra de La Leguna to the desert terrain of Cerritos Beach to the crystal blue waters of the Sea of Cortez . Cabo is truly magical. When it comes to a shot of tequila and a cold cerveza, I like to sit in my favorite bar Usual Suspects and chat with my good friend and bar owner, Tomas. I watch the fishing boats come in, listen to the crazy tourists, watch the sunset, and forget about the cares of the world. Welcome to my favorite bar in an old Baja beach town.”
Wolfe swapped his British Petroleum Chicago commodities trader career for music in 2003 after sharing a house with Texan singer-songwriter Hayes Carll in Houston.
“I was rooming with Hayes Carll for a while and I definitely had the bug to sing and try to write songs," Wolfe revealed.
Tequila Sundown is on Jon's seventh album Dos Corazones - the title means two hearts.
Further info - www.jonwolfecountry.com/
JIM LAUDERDALE LIVE IN A DINER
Frequent Aussie tourist and Presbyterian minister's son Jim Lauderdale fuels our Biblical bluegrass Behind Bars double shot.
Jim, now 64, performed live at Larry's Diner in Nashville.
The dual Grammy winner was the headliner at the sixth Out On The Weekend festival at Williamstown in 2019.
Talk To Your Heart is on one of his 35 albums.
DALE ANN BRADLEY AIRPORT RETURN
Grammy winning preacher's daughter Dale Ann Bradley visits a famous airport in her return.
The Kentucky born singer-songwriter led a cool band as she revived a classic at the Spinning Jenny bar in Greer, South Carolina .
L.A. International Airport is on her 12th solo album Things She Couldn't Get Over.
Dale, daughter of a Kentucky coal-miner and Baptist minister, is a 6-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the year.
She also released albums with the New Coon Creek Girls and appeared in Behind Bars with her quintet Sister Sadie when they performed Losing You Blues and No Smoky Mountains from second album Sister Sadie 11 on Pinecastle Records.
Sister Sadie features mandolinist Tina Adair, fiddler Deanie Richardson , North Carolina banjo player Gena Britt and acoustic bassist Beth Lawrence.
Further info - https://www.daleannbradley.com/
THE NEW GRACES SMALL TOWN MEMORIES
First NSW south coast trio The New Graces depict life in the bush in their live return in the studio.
Robyn Martin, Kate Burke and Melanie Horsnell hail from Candelo on the NSW south coast.
Robyn wrote Small Town about her South Australian childhood and draws on landscape and imagery of remote coastal town Ceduna where she grew up.
It depicts the struggle to find one's identity in a place where everybody knows you and facing expectations people have.
New Graces earned four nominations at 2022 Golden Guitar Awards in Tamworth.
They followed debut album Seasons with a trilogy of new songs Open Heart Sessions , recorded and mixed by songwriter-producer Shane Nicholson at his Sound Hole studio on the NSW central coast.
Further info - https://thenewgraces.com/
PAUL SEILS JR FINDS LOVE IN A CIRCLE
Expat Brisbane born singer Paul Seils Jr debuts with a joyous song of hope from his new home in Nashville.
He is joined by Kimberley T in his Love In A Circle video that celebrates keeping a mate's memory alive while raising money for the cause.
Paul recorded Love In A Circle with producers Michael and Caleb Flanders in memory of close friend Brenton Washuntara Roberts who wrote the song with Karren Pell.
Brenton was a founder of Circle of Men that operates in Australia and across the world as an informal support group for men offering fellowship and friendship.
The song has a deeper meaning after Brenton's death last year as it encourages people to share their stories and love to lift others up.
Paul wants to spread messages of positivity and love with his music during our current climate.
“With the stress and anxiety that we're dealing with at the moment in the world, sometimes love gets forgotten because everything else seems more important,” Paul explained.
It follows his single Hold The Line to promote freedom marches including Brisbane.
That song was recorded in Nashville with video filmed on Bonneville Salt Flats.
Paul began performing in 2016 and has collaborated with Graeme Connors, Jared Porter and Michael Flanders.
Further info - https://jnrofficialmusic.com/
WIN WAYLON, GEORGE JONES AND MERLE HAGGARD
Stay tuned and help us celebrate being Nu Country TV members and win albums by the late Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, George Jones and Highwaymen by becoming a Nu Country member or renewing your membership.
George, Waylon, Merle and Willie Nelson were among country historian Barbara Dowling's favourite Texans.
The Waylon, Highwaymen , Merle and George discs were donated by Barbara who died at 77 in December, 2020.
She co-hosted Long In The Saddle in our Nu Country FM era and was pioneer Australian and Victorian country music awards judge.
Barbara was admired for rising above losing her sight as a young woman and her country passion with annual trips to Waylon's birthplace in Littlefield, West Texas.
Waylon died at 64 on February 13, 2002, and is survived by singing spouse Jessi, now 78, and son Shooter, 42.
WIN KEITH URBAN CDS ALSO
We have expatriate Australasian superstar Keith Urban's chart topping 12th album The Speed Of Now - Part 1.
Also BR5-49 CD Big Backyard Beat Show and Billy Ray Cyrus's historic 1992 album Some Gave All that features Achy Breaky Heart.
Join Watling & Bates as members and win their 13 track CD Small Town Tales.
We 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, Eric Church, Kip Moore and late larrikin legend A.P. Johnson.