KEITH URBAN HEADLINES NU COUNTRY TV
Expatiate Australasian superstar Keith Urban headlines Nu Country TV this Saturday October 3 at 9.30 pm on Channel 31/Digital 44.
Georgian Brent Cobb also returns to the show repeated on Wednesday at 10.30 pm.
Nu Country TV co-producer, camera man and editor Laith Graham adds more humour to his hosting with Octogenarian Ray Stevens having a check-up from the neck up and deep down.
Texan brothers Steve and Don Stewart also inject levity as they update Bee Gees penned hit Islands In The Stream .
Gippsland born Northcote publican-singer-songwriter Mick Thomas and Arkansas traveller Ashley McBryde also return.
Nu Country TV is a highlight of C 31 streaming list on Digital 44.
Further info - https://www.c31.org.au/
SUPERMAN FLIES DOWN UNDER
When Keith Urban and his pre-fame band The Ranch climbed the balcony from Northcote Leader car park to the Nu Country FM Beer Can Hill studio in the nineties they did not fly.
But the latter day superstar became a super-hero to doctors, nurses and first responders when he staged a drive-in-movie theatre concert for them in Nashville.
At 52 he flew under the radar early in spring when he touched down in Byron Bay with actor wife Nicole Kidman and their children for her latest movie.
The singer-songwriter, who grew up in Caboolture in Queensland, performs in his latest video Superman on our show after hosting the 55 th Academy Of Country Music Awards in Nashville.
Superman is on his 16 track 12 th album The Speed Now - Part 1 - that was released here on September 18.
STEVE AND DON STEWART STREAM SATIRE
Texan troubadours and siblings Steve and Don Stewart debut on Nu Country with a topical humorous take on an old Bee Gees penned song.
Islands In The Stream was a 1983 #1 hit for late fellow Texan Kenny Rogers and singing actor Dolly Parton, now aged 76.
The song, like Dolly, has aged well with diverse covers by major artists here and overseas.
But none are as memorable as the Dallas duo's isolation adaption that won wide acclaim - sibling of his humorous video Coronaville - an updated Margaritaville.
Steve and Don play the Red Dirt Dove festival in Jacksboro in Texas late this month.
Steve is a veteran singer-songwriter, musician, producer, arranger and mentor.
He plays over 150 shows each year at venues diverse as Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth and The Grizzly Rose in Denver , NASCAR races, fairs and rodeos.
Further info - https://stevestewartmusic.com/
BRENT COBB TOE TAPPING
South Georgian Brent Cobb put one toe in front of another in the first of our Behind Bars humour double shots.
Brent, 34, had a different take on toe talk on his Nu Country return.
Cobb vowed to never cut his hair after his daughter Lyla's birth.
I hadn't cut my hair since before Lyla was born at all, Cobb joked.
I haven't even trimmed it. I should do something with it.
That was five years ago so she features in Keep Em on They Toes - the title track of his fourth album.
He previously appeared on our show with his Down Home song video that he wrote about his hometown Ellaville - population 1,609.
Brent performed live with his band and in the studio with his cousin Dave.
Down Home is on Dave Cobb's Southern Family compilation CD.
Dave also produced Brent's second album Shine On Rainy Day.
Cobb's career rocketed after August 2006 release of debut album No Place Left to Leave and self-titled indie EP.
Brent moved to Nashville in 2008 and wrote hits for Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, David Nail, Little Big Town , Kellie Pickler, Frankie Ballard and Eli Young Band.
It has been the best two years of my life, Cobb said.
I wanted to do a record that for whatever crazy reason if I died - hopefully that won't happen - but I wanted to make a record that if that was the only thing that was left, Lyla would know me.
Cobb also appeared on Nu Country with Alabama born Adam Hood in his graphic video She Don't Love Me on Hood's fourth album Somewhere in Between.
Hood and Cobb, who co-wrote King of Alabama and .30-06 for Cobb's 2018 album Providence Canyon , penned She Don't Love Me with Texan star Josh Abbott.
Further info - http://www.brentcobbmusic.com
RAY STEVENS PLEADS FOR MERCY
Fellow Georgian born singer-songwriter-actor-comedian also returns with a humorous visit to the doctor where he is saved by nubile nurses.
At the age of 81 a visit to the doctor can be daunting - especially for an artist who also suffered Taylor Swift stalking phobia in another recent video on Nu Country.
Doctor-Doctor Have Mercy On Me is on several of his 100 albums in a career that began in 1957.
Ray fell from a camel on St Kilda beach while promoting a previous hit Ahab The Arab.
The dual Grammy winner resurrected The Streak from his 1974 album Boogity, Boogity and Grandpa Voted Democrat - saga of a long deceased dude whose vote was lodged long after he went to his grave.
We also featured equally topical video Quarantined - the tale of avoiding church because of his isolation.
His satiric hits include Osama, Yo' Mama, Sitting Up With The Dead, The Streaker, The Mississippi Squirrel Revival, Shriners Convention and Ahab The Arab.
Further info - https://raystevens.com/
ASHLEY MCBRYDE SEEKS ANDY MAN
Arkansas Traveller Ashley McBryde returns after winning wide acclaim at St Kilda Palais last year with nouveau North Carolina outlaw Luke Combs.
Ashley, now aged 36, is a prolific purveyor of graphic videos.
This time she sings of she misses her handy man in absentia.
Andy, I Need You is on her sixth album Never Will , released in April.
She previously appeared on Nu Country in Hang In There Girl and played Drake Hotel manager in Nashville in cheating scenario One Night Standards.
Ashley is one of eight children of a Mammoth Springs farmer and preacher made her Australian debut at the 2019 CMC Rocks Queensland festival.
Never Will follows fifth album Girl Going Nowhere - she wrote the previous disc title track the day after Texan mentor Guy died at 74 on May 17, 2016.
Ashley rides in the slipstream of Ray Wylie Hubbard, David Allan Coe and late Texans Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark.
She recruited three young god-sons in her American Scandal video, honoured her dad in Radio Land and debuted Behind Bars in A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega.
Ashley wrote it with Nicolette Hayford and Jesse Rice about a Georgian honky-tonk in a town of 5,200 people.
She released her debut EP in 2006 before four indie albums and her latest two produced by Jay Joyce.
Further info - http://www.ashleymcbryde.com/
NO WEDDINGS, PARTIES ANYTHING IN ISO FOR MICK THOMAS
Gippsland born latter day Northcote publican Mick Thomas made the most of a pre-pandemic pause to film his latest video clip.
Luckily, Mick, aged 61, has a pub to perform in - The Merri Creek Tavern in Northcote.
Mick and Brooke Russell performed a live version of a song he wrote about a gig by Sal Kimber at the tavern in March.
I Heard Sally Singing is on Mick's 14th album See You On The Other Side - A Postcard from April 2020.
It came out in June.
Thomas also recorded a brace of albums with his revered band Weddings, Parties Anything and The Sure Thing.
HOW TO KEEP NU COUNTRY ON AIR
We need your support in Nu Country TV's 45th series with Australian record companies and major artists teaming to ensure our survival.
We have the vintage BR5-49 CD Big Backyard Beat Show and other classics including Billy Ray Cyrus's historic 1992 album Some Gave All that features his Achy Breaky Heart hit.
You can join Watling & Bates as members and win their 13 track CD Small Town Tales and Kip Moore's third album Slowheart.
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, Eric Church and late larrikin legend A.P. Johnson.