TOMMY EMMANUEL AND MOLLY TUTTLE HEADLINE NU COUNTRY TV
Treble ARIA Award winner Tommy Emmanuel and bluegrass belle Molly Tuttle headline N u Country TV at 6.30 pm on Saturday August 12.
Alabama country gospel singer Tim Duggar and Georgian country rappers The Lacs perform a drinking double shot in Behind Bars after West Virginian Chase Mitchell showcases his favourite liquor in the show repeated Thursday at 1 am.
NSW sheep and cattle farmer Josie Laver and Canadian Robby Johnson appear on the program filmed and edited by our multi-talented lockdown producer-host Laith Graham.
Nu Country TV is a highlight of C 31 streaming list on Digital 44.
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MOLLY AND TOMMY RIDE WHITE FREIGHT LINER BLUES
Bluegrass belle Molly Tuttle and Muswellbrook born gregarious guitar slinger Tommy Emmanuel OAM return to our show with their tribute to late Texan Townes Van Zandt.
Tommy, 64, and guitarist brother Phil, drummer Chris and Virginia on slide guitar toured from age of four in their late father's family bands based in Muswellbrook, latter day home Gunnedah and way beyond in the fifties and sixties.
The Emmanuel Quartet, Midget Safaris and Trailblazers performed with artists diverse as Slim Dusty and Tex Morton.
Tommy also released albums with Phil and legendary guitarist-record label boss Chet Atkins.
He previously fronted Nu Country with Jason Isbell on Doc Watson's classic Deep River Blues from Tommy's Accomplice One album that featured Mark Knopfler, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Douglas, Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Suzy Bogguss and Isbell's wife Amanda Shires.
I wanted to record an album of duets that could showcase my love of many styles, the challenge of rearranging some classic songs, and share the fun of total improvisation with players who do it on a level that we all marvel at, Tommy revealed.
I also wanted the chance to sing with some of my favorite voices too.
Californian Molly, 30, had a similar musical birth - she played guitar in her dad's bands when she was just eight and released an album with him at 13.
She formed her Tuttles band in San Francisco before moving to Nashville where she released four albums and won two 2017 Americana Awards for best guitarist and instrumentalist.
Molly previously fronted our show with San Francisco Blues, Good Enough and Take The Journey and duet with Old Crow Medicine Show on Neil Young classic Helpless.
Molly and Tommy perform White Freight Liner Blues penned by late Texan troubadour Townes Van Zandt who toured here in 1990 and died at 52 on January 1. 1997.
Townes is one of several Texans who survived being chauffeured on Australian tours by Nu Country TV producer and veteran journalist David Dawson.
Dawson, 76, confessed he arranged pre-concert heart starters and stage refreshment for Townes when he played fellow singer Paul Madigan's Druids Lodge in Brunswick - the same suburb the Dawson family farmed from 1842.
White Freight Liner Blues is on Tommy's 35th album Accomplice 2.
Click Here for an Emmanuel interview in the Diary on September 4, 2004.
Further info - https://www.mollytuttlemusic.com/
THE LACS GREAT MINDS DRINK ALIKE
Georgian rural rappers The Lacs return to Behind Bars with fellow artist Craig Campbell as they showcase drinking and dancing with birds of all feathers.
The Lacs feature Clay Sharpe, Brian King and Murphy Elmore.
Their wry liquid lava video for Great Minds Drink Alike follows 14 albums on their indie label Dirt Rock Empire.
They previously fronted our show with their Hellraisers In Heaven video that followed Dirt Road Dollars with Nate Kenyon and 2010 single Kicking Up Mud.
The Lacs recorded six albums for Backroad Records subsidiary of Average Joes Entertainment - an independent label co-owned by fellow country rap artist Colt Ford.
Four albums hit Billboard 200: Keep it Redneck (2013), Outlaw in Me and American Rebelution (2017).
The Lacs headlined 10th annual LACFEST 3-day music festival in Blackshear , Georgia from June 9-11 at Moccasin Creek Offroad Park with Struggle Jennings, Craig Campbell, Jesse Keith Whitley, Chris Taylor, Dustin Spears and more.
Further info - https://thelacs.net/
TIM DUGGER BUYS A BAR
Alabama gospel country ace and Nascar fan Tim Dugger returns to Nu Country - he shows why he wants to buy a bar where he can drink and sleep and forget his ex-lover.
Tim showcases droll humour in his Buy A Bar video.
James Stratakis of Running Bear Films directed the video of the song penned by Josh Thompson and Brandon Kinney.
Dugger began his career as a church singer and hosts his own 2012 TV show Highway To Fame.
Tim promoted his music with shows on the Nascar circuit and recorded his debut 2015 EP Beer on A Boat for Curb records with producer Jim Ed Norman.
Dugger regularly played live and released his second EP, Brandon Hood-produced Signs of a Good Time , early in 2020.
Further info - https://www.timdugger.com/
CHASE MITCHELL SIPS STRAWBERRY DAIQUIRIS
West Virginian singer-songwriter Chase Mitchell returns with his entrée to our drinking double shot in Behind Bars.
Chase, 32, gave a taste of his music and fruit drinks after signing his first record deal aged just nine and opening shows for Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, OutKast, Destiny's Child and others.
He debuted on our show with his Back Road video where he found true love with his wife on a country lane.
Chase wrote and produced Back Road for his debut album Chase Your Purpose with prolific guitarist-producer Danny Rader.
It was a tribute to a smalltown first love.
My hope for the single is that it inspires others to find love and close relationships again, new or old, Chase revealed of Back Road .
At the end of the day, we as humans all long for that special type of connection in life, and by all means, if you're going to fall in love, whether for your first time or your 100th time, do it on a Back Road .
This time his liquid chaser was Strawberry Daiquiris .
Further info - https://chasemusik.com/
JOSIE LAVER DANDELIONS IN HER CROPS
NSW sheep and cattle farmer Josie Laver takes time off from herding her sheep and cattle on her family farm in southern NSW high plains near Boorowa to sing and write songs.
She plays guitar and writes songs of love and heartbreak.
Josie boomerangs to our show after appearing with writing and recording partner - expat Kiwi Matt Joe Gow.
Laver and Gow teamed at a famed local venue in their previous Little Blonde Devil video.
She also appeared on our show in July last year with Tangled - a song she wrote with Matt Joe - and her video for Mustang - a tale about escaping on a shadow black mustang on the dangerous roads she calls home.
This time she struts her stuff on Dandelion White from her new album Ride This Lullabye.
Further info - https://www.facebook.com/laverjosephine
CANADIAN ROBBY JOHNSON JUNE AND JULY
Canadian singer-songwriter Robby Johnson returns to our show with his summer love saga.
Quebec born Johnson details how a young couple met by chance and fell in love but when summer ended so did their relationship when June headed back to school.
Robby wrote June In July with his producer Danny Rader.
It follows his second album Alive Right Now.
Robby sewed seeds when his parents split by studying U.S. TV and music and teaching himself to speak English with American accents.
After high school he took factory jobs to pay bills and spent days practicing his vocals.
Robby later quit as sales representative after his wife's 2012 Christmas present - she joined his family in financing his studio time to record demo tapes.
Johnson went into the studio and recorded his self-penned country-rock song I'll Be There Rockin' and Rollin'.
It landed him a recording deal in Nashville where they moved in 2013 and hit with South of Me and 2016 debut album Don't Look Back .
In 2018 he launched his Trouble EP that included single Big Time .
He debuted on our show in 2022 with his Trying To Get Over You video.
Further info - https://www.robby-johnson.com/
WIN WAYLON, GEORGE JONES AND MERLE HAGGARD
Help us celebrate being Nu Country TV members and win albums by 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 79, and son Shooter, 43.
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 featuring Achy Breaky Heart.
We have other CDS by major artists you can win by becoming a Nu Country TV member or renewing memberships.
They include Brad Paisley, Eric Church, Kip Moore, Carrie Underwood and late larrikin legend A.P. Johnson.