DAVE'S DIARY - 25/11/2019 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 1 - SERIES 42
GEORGIAN KIP MOORE HEADS NU COUNTRY TV SERIES #42 PREMIERE
Georgian singer-songwriter Kip Moore headlines Nu Country TV Series #42 premiere on Saturday November 30 at 9.30 pm on Channel 31/ Digital 44.
Delaware singer Jimmie Allen, joins Moore at the 13 th CMC Rocks Queensland festival in March, and debuts on the show, repeated Monday at 7.30 am.
Texan Abby Anderson - guest in another Allen video - appears in Behind Bars on the program filmed and edited by Laith Graham.
Victorian dairy farmer's son Michael Waugh also returns to the show featuring Berwick singer Andrew Swift, Kiewa Valley export Gretta Ziller and Albury born Hayley Jensen.
Nu Country TV is a highlight of C 31 streaming list on Digital 44.
Further info - https://www.c31.org.au/
MOORE MELLOW MUSHROOMS TO IPSWICH
In his documentary Kip gave a personal tour of places that impacted his life and songs.
Viewers meet his family in hometown Tifton, a surfer and cancer patient Pete in Costa Rica, Moore's friend, Jeremy, as they venture through Iceland and lifelong hero - his sister, Jennifer.
“The journey it took to get to the place of recording these songs and writing these songs it was all a gradual, organic process,” Moore said of Slowheart.
“I think about the power of places like Iceland and Costa Rica - these places that have had such an impact on the way I see the world and the way I see myself, the way I feel about music.”
Moore reveals his definition of success has been redefined.
“My goals are different now,” Moore said.
“I'm not basing my success off accolades. I'm doing it the way I want to do it. I get to wake up every day and do what I love. And that is success to me.”
JIMMIE ALLEN FROM GRANDMA TO GRAND OLE OPRY
Delaware singer-songwriter Jimmie Allen was raised on church music in hometown Milton by his grandmother.
But when he first moved to Nashville he lived in his car while chasing childhood dreams.
Allen credits his humility, despite recent success, to family.
“Probably my grandma. I grew up in church and just overall some of my favorite people ever were servants, and servants in the word of putting other peoples' needs above themselves” Allen recalled.
He also explained sources of new video Make Me Want To that debuts this week from his first album Mercury Lane that features songs about his grandmother and mother.
Allen is open about mental and physical health issues - like his grandfather and father he suffered a heart attack in his early 20s.
His father Big Jim, who died at 65 in September this year, had several bypass surgeries.
"He's the redneck of the family," Allen joked before his death.
"He's a small-town boy, country guy. Military, played sports, listened to nothing but country music. I'm talking like nothing - you change the dial on his radio and you'll get punched in the forehead."
Allen explained his multi-instrumental prowess that began on guitar.
“I got tired of paying somebody $50 to play it,” Jimmie explained.
“My first instrument, I grew up playing the drums, I was a drummer. I played trumpet in band. I played harmonica, I played piano. And I got to Nashville and I would play these writers rounds and I would have to pay someone $50 to play, and I'm like, “Yeah I'm over that.” So I went and bought a guitar and figured out how to play my songs.”
Debut #1 Best Shot made history with two consecutive weeks top U.S. Country charts.
Further info - https://www.jimmieallenmusic.com/
DALLAS DAMSEL ABBY ANDERSON BEHIND BARS
It's poetic justice that Texan singer-songwriter Abby Anderson joins fellow Lone Star state export Miranda Lambert, Kip Moore and Jimmie Allen at CMC Rocks Queensland in March at Ipswich.
Abby began on piano aged five and joined Jimmie in his previous video Shallow.
This time she is star of Make You Wait, directed by Chris Hickey, on her debut album that follows two indie EPS.
Abby is second eldest of five sisters and brother and wrote Make You Wait with Josh Kerr and Tom Douglas.
It was inspired by dating advice from her parents.
On September 7, 2018, Abby released five song debut EP I'm Good - one song Dance Away My Broken Heart was written by peers Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett and Rhett Akins.
She debuted at Grand Ole Opry on September 8, 2018, and toured with Chase Rice, Russell Dickerson and Brett Eldredge and played Dierks Bentley's Seven Peaks Festival in August 2018.
Abby and Jimmie Allen released a cover of Lady Gaga-Bradley Cooper Grammy - Oscar Academy Award-winner Shallow from A Star Is Born in February 2019.
Further info - https://abbyandersonmusic.com/
ZILLER AND SWIFT RETURN BEHIND BARS
Kiewa Valley export Gretta Ziller and Berwick singer-songwriter return Behind Bars with a video promoted on their Caravan Park touring circuit.
She wrote Second Hand after arriving in the big smoke from the chilly mountains.
Gretta froze and bought an $8 denim jacket at Savers to keep her warm.
“ Second Hand was written not long after I had moved to Melbourne and made the rookie mistake of not taking winter wear in summer to a gig,” Gretta revealed.
“Thankfully I discovered Savers that day and came away with a denim jacket for $8 and the idea to write Second Hand.
“Second Hand is about needing to buy second-hand things with a little self-deprecating joke about winning the lotto or finding a rich partner to take away financial stresses. We have all had the frivolous one day laugh to ourselves! Really, though, it's about the upside of buying second-hand things.”
Gretta released the video in September and performs with dual 2019 Golden Guitarist Swift who keeps warm in his Seaford day job at Jayco Page-Bros RV caravan park.
She released six singles from debut album Queen Of Boomtown that followed EP Hell's Half Acre.
Further info - http://grettaziller.com/
MICHAEL WAUGH IN BIG THINGS DOUBLE SHOT
Award winning Gippsland dairy farmer's son and Scotch College secondary teacher-singer songwriter Michael Waugh returns with a new video from his third album The Weir.
Waugh sings of what he saw from the family car on trips through the Latrobe Valley and way beyond in Big Things.
“ Big Things takes us on a family car trip to see the big things of Australia ,” Waugh explained of road journeys when the family could afford the petrol and tyres.
“It's meeting our country from the backseat of a car, dad trying to do a U-turn with a caravan in tow, and mum trying to read a road map upside down. It is fires that rip through Newry, the Macalister river bursting its banks, the casserole dishes brought by neighbours and a big skyrocket at the Lion's Park. It is about the things which you don't realise are big until you see them from a different perspective.”
Equally memorable is Waugh's video.
“Big Things is about family - making of this video was a real family affair,” Waugh said.
“My good friend Miguel Rios shot and directed - assisted by his partner, Meredith O'Shea. Though, the real stars are Meredith and Miguel's kids. My favourite moment in the shoot was when Meredith gave them the direction to ‘look sad like an orphan for mummy'. I was rolling around on the ground laughing too much for the kids to adopt the required look of abandonment.
“The concept was about these kids recreating the family car trip to see the big things of Australia . They use whatever is at hand - coat hangers become the harbour bridge, the fruit bowl raided to create the big banana, teddies duct taped onto the couch to be back seat passengers. Like the goldfish, temporarily displaced so the bowl can be used as an astronaut helmet, two little kids swim around the house - playing out the memory of that family trip. Because in another part of the house there are other big things happening.”
HAYLEY JENSEN FINDS THE NEXT BIG THING
Albury born Hayley Jensen had good reason to feel great expectations more than the late Charles Dickens.
The Australian Idol TV talent quest contestant experienced dreaming of fame.
Hayley, now 35, wrote The Next Big Thing alone on piano.
It examined consumerism, hype and fleeting fame and inspired her battle of art versus fame.
The Next Big Thing is on her 2018 album Turning Up the Dial , out through Social Family Records.
Hayley's video was directed by Hunter Valley singer-songwriter Kirsty Lee Akers husband Jesse Anderson of Klik Productions.
She wrote previous single This Love with Kirsty and Nat Pearson.
“As humans, we can constantly feel pressure from those around us, and from within ourselves, to be better, the best to be at the top of our game, to out-do or at least, match our own personal best,” Hayley said of her song source.
“To do something new and different, but not too different. We not only try to be the best amongst the best, but to out-do ourselves. But trends, rules, goal posts, ‘what's hot & what's not' change so quickly,” says Jensen. “Are we just setting ourselves up for disappointment and failure? We can't always be number one, can we?”
“I wrote Next Big Thing by myself, at my keyboard, at a time I was really feeling the pressure. And I think it's got a pretty important message. Certainly, after being in the music industry for over 15 years, it's got meaning very close to my heart. The battle of art versus fame has always been there.”
Hayley chose Anderson as video director for specific reasons.
“I had a fairly complex set of ideas I wanted to convey in a pretty particular and technically challenging way, Klik Productions totally nailed it,” Jensen says.
Further info - https://www.hayleyjensen.net/
HOW TO KEEP NU COUNTRY ON AIR
We need your support in Nu Country TV's 42nd series with Australian record companies and artists teaming to ensure our survival.
You can join Watling & Bates as members and win their 13 track CD Small Town Tales.
Also Kip Moore's third album Slowheart , thanks to EMI promotions chief Dave Parker.
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.