MIRANDA LAMBERT HEADLINES NU COUNTRY TV
Texan singer-songwriters Miranda Lambert and Charley Crockett headline Nu Country TV on Saturday April 1 at 7 pm.
Tennessean Daryl Mosley and Missouri minstrel Chris Janson return to the show filmed by our multi-talented lockdown host-producer-editor Laith Graham.
Expat South Australian bluegrass belle Kristy Cox and Oklahoma born Vince Gill boomerang to the program repeated Wednesday at 1 am.
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MIRANDA COWGIRL DREAMS
Prolific chart topper Miranda Lambert rides high in the saddle on horses and her pick-up truck on her return.
Miranda, 39, doesn't just ride - she rescues dogs and horses and has her fragrance Idyllwind Eau De Perfume on the market.
Lambert's western video If I Was A Cowboy follows Settling Down from her Grammy-winning ninth album Wildcard that produced No.1 hit Bluebird.
“I wrote this song with my new friend Jesse Frasure. We met doing the remix of Tequila Does and he and I just got together one afternoon for a write and this is what came out of it,” Lambert revealed.
“It's funny, he's a Detroit boy and I'm an East Texan, but somehow we wrote a song about the Wild West together.”
If I Was A Cowboy is on her 10 TH album Palomino that follows Wildcard trio disc Marfa Tapes with fellow Texans Jon Randall and Jack Ingram and four Pistol Annies albums.
Lambert married second husband Brendan McLoughlin - a New York city cop - on January 26, 2019, in Davidson County, Tennessee.
It was Lambert's second wedding after four-year marriage to Oklahoma star Blake Shelton from 2011-2015.
Miranda cancelled her 2019 Australian tour with Brothers Osborne at Rod Laver Arena and 13th CMC Rocks Queensland festival in Ipswich.
Lambert's perfume blends favourite scents Georgia sweet peach blossoms and musky golden sandalwood reminiscent of East Texas piney woods.
CHARLEY CROCKETT ON BROADWAY
Fellow Texan Charley Crockett, also aged 39, proved he could succeed in Nashville on his return.
He played famed Ernest Tubb record store on Broadway and alley behind Ryman auditorium with a hilarious cameo from fellow Texan Bruce Robison in his Music City U.S.A. video.
It's title track of his 10th album and documentary on his Son Of Davy record label released on September 17, 2021.
Charley opens with explanation of his extraordinary life and career depicting a decade of itinerant life on the street, jail and life-saving open-heart surgery four years ago.
It features interviews with Crockett, members of his Blue Drifters band, Mark Neill, Jay Moeller and Billy Horton, writer-historian Joe Nick Patoski, partner Taylor Grace and fans.
Charley and two siblings were raised in a Texas trailer park by their mum and fronted Nu Country with his Lessons In Depression, Fool Somebody Else and Run Horse Run videos and toured here in March .
CHRIS JANSON MATERNAL PAEAN
Missouri minstrel Chris Janson returns with evocative pandemic video Bye Mom about a friend who couldn't attend his mother's funeral in Texas.
Janson's friend Brandon, his wife and children illustrated their healing video.
“This shoot gave him a weird way of healing after loss” Janson, 37 on April 2, revealed.
“Brandon and his family did all of the acting. His wife plays his mom, and his kids play the younger versions of himself. It was really special to see.”
Janson dug deep in his personal video.
“A lot of details in Bye Mom are pulled directly from his life, like the Bryan Street Baptist Church ,” Chris explained.
“We wanted to do the same for the video. That old truck, for example, wasn't just a prop. It was Brandon 's real truck, the one we sing about, from down in Texas . Even though a lot of the elements are specific to Brandon , the video really paints a visual of the times we all have spent with our moms. I think everyone will be able to recognize their own story.”
Bye Mom is on Chris's fourth album All In that follows Real Friends with title track duet with Oklahoma singing actor-TV host Blake Shelton.
Chris and singing spouse Kelly have four children and took their two sons fishing and joined extended family in a trip back in time in recent video Good Vibes.
DARYL MOSLEY TRANSIST0R RADIO
Tennessean Daryl Mosley revisits childhood memories in his Nu Country return.
Mosley, 58, had fond memories of an historic radio in his video filmed in an old warehouse and home in South Carolina .
It features seven-year-old Axel Dean as young Daryl and acoustic live footage of Mosley.
Finding an old radio in the family garage leads character to a world filled with music and guitar of his own.
“The clip is a mix of new music video and homemade movies that really captures the nostalgia of the song in a Wonder Years kind of way,” Daryl explained.
“Grammy-nominated songwriter Rick Lang was my co-writer on the track. He came to me with the idea because a transistor radio is how he first heard popular music I grew up lying awake at night with a portable radio listening to baseball games from St. Louis , and music from Memphis and Nashville , so I related to it immediately. Rick and I often pitch songs to other artists but as soon as we finished writing this one, I knew that I had to record it. I was just so connected to the song.”
Transistor Radio is on his second solo album Small Town Dreamer that features 12 original songs including The Waverly Train Disaster which recalls a tragic 1978 tank car explosion in his hometown.
He debuted at Loretta Lynn's Dude ranch in Hurricane Mills, south of Nashville , when he was 15.
Daryl featured churches and town squares in Waverly, diverse cities and villages to illustrate previous In A Country Town video - one of 11 songs he wrote for another album The Secret Of Life .
Mosley arose from The Farm Hands, New Tradition and Osborne Brothers to his solo career.
Further info - https://darylmosley.com/
KRISTY COX HEALTH WORKERS HOMAGE
Expat Mt Barker born bluegrass belle Kristy Cox pays homage to unsung health heroes on the front line in her return.
Person Of The Year is on Kristy's eighth solo album Shades of Blue on Billy Blue Records.
“I am so excited for my first single release on Billy Blue Records ,” Cox says.
“Person of the Year is such a special song that pays tribute to nurses and doctors who work tirelessly to save others. The last 18 months have been especially hard on them.”
Kristy and fellow expat singing spouse Travis List from nearby One Tree Hill in the Adelaide Hills appeared on our show with a duet video for I've Got One Of Those, Too filmed in a Nashville bar for Travis's fourth solo album This Corner.
Cox, 37, won the inaugural 2015 bluegrass Golden Guitar for One Heartbreak Away from her album Living For The Moment on North Carolina bluegrass label Pisgah Ridge at 43rd Australian Country Music Awards in 2015.
She and Travis have lived in Nashville for a decade.
“Travis and I have known each other since I was eleven years old,” Kristy revealed in 2016.
“We grew up in the same South Australian country music community. He went to Nashville nine years ago and I moved over a couple of years ago.”
Travis has performed on stage since the age of seven, first with the family band and later with his sister for five years.
Kristy became a US citizen in October, 2021.
She and Travis have two young children whose names honour original and new hometowns - son Ryman and daughter Adelaide .
When Kristy is not writing, recording and performing she is Nashville 's favourite barista with her mobile Australian coffee van.
Kristy and Travis share South Australian roots with fellow expats Jedd Hughes and Kym Warner of Greencards , Kasey, Bill and Nash Chambers, Beccy Cole and Matt Ward.
Further info - www.kristycox.com
VINCE GILL HONOURS MERLE HAGGARD
Oklahoma born star Vince Gill returns with his ode to fellow Oklahoma raised legend Merle Haggard who died on April 6, 2016 - his 79th birthday.
Vince, who turns 65 on April 12, and pedal steel guitarist Paul Franklin had a captive audience in their live duet in Nashville.
Lost In A World Without Merle Haggard is on Vince's 15th studio album Okie.
Vince first toured Australia in the eighties - he was a sideman for Byron Berline in Sundance.
On his second tour he was duet partner of hotshot English guitarist Albert Lee.
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WIN WAYLON, GEORGE JONES AND MERLE HAGGARD
George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson were among country historian Barbara Dowling's favourite Texans.
You can win Waylon, Highwaymen , Merle and George discs donated by Barbara who died at 77 in December by becoming a Nu Country TV member or renewing your membership.
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.
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