DAVE'S DIARY - 13 JUNE 2023 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 3 - SERIES 56

LEE BRICE HEADLINES NU COUNTRY TV

South Carolina singer-songwriter, Covid survivor and Australian tourist Lee Brice headlines N u Country TV at 6.30 pm on Saturday June 17.

Mid-West Farmer's daughter and fellow tourist Margo Price also appears on the show repeated Thursday at 1 am.

Texan Flint Thompson and Tennessean Emily Ann Roberts debut in Behind Bars on the program filmed and edited by our multi-talented lockdown producer-host Laith Graham.

Fellow Texan Ariel Hutchins and Melbourne publican and veteran singer-songwriter Michael Thomas boomerang to the show.

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

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

BRICE DESERT COFFIN GIFTS

Lee Brice was struck by mortality fears with Covid on eve of a tour and 54 th CMA Awards in November of 2020 in Nashville.

Brice, 43, and father of three, cancelled his role with Kentuckian chanteuse Carly Pearce who appeared on Nu Country with Lee on I Hope You Are Happy Now on her second album released on Valentines' Day, 2020.

So it's no surprise the father of three who toured here with Georgian Kip Moore in 2018 makes a passionate plea for funeral mourners to save their roses, his guitars and other precious gifts at a desert funeral in his new video.

Save The Roses is on Brice's fifth album Hey World that also featured his More Beer video title track single.

Brice exposed his soul in church and a wedding when he headlined Nu Country last August with his Soul video - also on Hey World.

Brice and Georgian Kip Moore toured Australia together in 2018 before Moore returned with Mississippi minstrel Randy Houser in March this year.

CLICK HERE for a Lee Brice interview in The Diary on May 30, 2010.

MARGO PRICE CHANGE OF HEART

Mid-West Farmer's Daughter Margo Price mounts her horse Moonstone to ride home her message in her Nu Country TV return.

Margo, who turned 40 on April 15, nailed her Change Of Heart video with twin equine imagery.

The Illinois born mother of two, toured here with guitarist husband Jeremy Ivey in 2018 and plans to return this year.

Change of Heart is on her sixth solo album Strays after discs with her previous bands The Price Tags and Buffalo Clover.

Price recently released her book Maybe We'll Make It.

Margo fronted our show with her Been To The Mountain and Letting Me Down videos from third album That's How Rumours Get Started she produced with Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson while pregnant with daughter Ramona.

She also appeared on Nu Country with Leftovers, A Little Pain, Desperate & Depressed, Weakness, Hurting on the Bottle, Hands Of Time and It's Not Drink Driving If You Are Riding a Horse and Twinkle-Twinkle inspired by a backstage conversation with Marty Stuart about tough truths of touring and illusory nature of success.

CLICK HERE for our exclusive interview with Margo in the Diary on September 17, 2018.

FLINT THOMPSON DEBUTS BEHIND BARS CHURCH DOUBLE SHOT

Texan troubadour Flint Thompson stops his truck to watch a middle of the road wedding proposal in his Behind Bars debut.

Flint traced a joyous journey of lifelong love in his We've Got To Keep On Meeting Like This video from his third album Pictures Of You.

Flint's career began at 14 as a Texan camp singer and recorded his first song My Time With You in a modest single wide mobile home and took it to a local country radio station, KYKS 105.1.

Within eight months he released his first album and in 2012 his second album, That Does It.

Flint opened for artists Joe Diffie, Mark Chestnut, Clay Walker, Leanne Rimes, Jeff Carson, Radney Foster, Django Walker, Bellamy Brothers, Jack Ingram, Joe Nichols, Blake Shelton, Pat Green, Kevin Fowler, Bart Crow, and Cory Morrow.

We've Got To Keep On Meeting Like This was written by Paul Overstreet and Archie Jordan.

Further info - https://www.flintthompson.com/

EMILY ANN ROBERTS RETURNS TO CHURCH

Tennessean Emily Ann Roberts debuts with her gospel memories in her The Building video.

She returns to the Knoxville church where her great grandfather preached more than 80 years ago.

It was where her mum and dad met and she made her singing debut in that same old tabernacle.

Emily, now 24, later gravitated to another church - the famed Ryman in Nashville.

The Building traces the Roberts family lineage from when her great-grandfather began preaching at her home church in East Tennessee more than 80 years ago.

Emily sings about what this building did for her relationship with God, the building can also be any place that feels like home- a place to celebrate weddings, birthdays, birth of a baby or the passing of a loved one.

The video was directed by Jeff Johnson on a single camera and the grandiose sweeping shots.

I grew up in East Tennessee and every Sunday and Wednesday night of my life I was at church, Emily revealed.

My great-grandfather was the pastor of the church and every Sunday felt like a family reunion. My grandmother was the church secretary and my mom and dad met there at vacation bible school when they were kids. It was the first place I ever sang publicly. Even more than the home I grew up in, that little church raised me up. It taught me right from wrong and laid a foundation for my life. It's the place where I met Jesus and everything changed. No matter where this life takes me, that place will always bring me home."

Emily debuted on TV in 2015 as runner-up on Blake Shelton's team on The Voice and played the Grand Ole Opry 16 times since.

The Building is on her new album that follows debut 2019 EP Someday Dream.

It also includes new single Infinity she wrote with Stephanie Chapman about her high school sweetheart and husband Chris.

Further info - https://www.emilyannroberts.com/

ARIEL HUTCHINS STUCK IN TEXAS

West Texan singer-songwriter Ariel Hutchins also began singing in church after getting her first guitar at 11 in foster care.

The Abilene singer debuted on our show with son Weston, aged eight, in their video The Cowboy He Will Be on her first EP.

"It's about my son who rodeos," Ariel explained.

Ariel has toured with Kevin Fowler, Stoney LaRue and William Clark Green, Eli Young Band, Aaron Watson, and Clay Walker.

She opened for Professional Bull Riding organization and Texas Rangers games singing the National Anthem and is an on-stage advocate for foster children.

At fourteen Ariel found a loving family with her custodial guardians Billy and Rebecca and moved to her new home in Cross Plains , Texas .

She often sang the National Anthem at high school sports events and performed acoustically in local venues.

This week she performs her video for Stuck - penned by Dean Dillon, Casey Beathard, and Bonnie Pine - from her EP that also features The Wine Won't Work .

Further info - https://www.arielhutchinsmusic.com/

MICK THOMAS RETURNS

Melbourne publican and singer-songwriter Mick Thomas and his Roving Commission return this week with duet partner Brooke Taylor.

The Weddings, Parties Anything co-founder had trips through time when his band took the Western Highway to Ararat and played live.

They performed their Back In The Day video - title track of their new EP and on their album Where Only Memory Can Find You.

Thomas and Roving Commission also fronted our show with their Captain Collingwood video.

The Gippsland born latter day Merri Creek Tavern host filmed his second lockdown album City 's Calling Me he described as "a guided tour through 'the city of the heart".

City's Calling Me featured Brian Nankervis in cameos including previous video Keeping The Cannons Clean filmed live on the mean streets of Beer Can Hill - locale of our burnt-out Nu Country FM studio that went to God on June 26, 2000.

The album features The Suburbs In Between poem by late octogenarian Melbourne Grammar icon Barry Humphries AC and read by Nankervis with musical backing from Mick and band.

Multi-media SBS RocKwiz show co-host Brian shared hosting duties on ABC radio show Friday Revue with Jacinta Parsons.

CLICK HERE for a Thomas feature in the Diary on June 3, 2012

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.

CLICK HERE for our Membership Page for details.

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