DAVE'S DIARY - 2 JULY 2022 - PREVIEW OF EPISODE 5 - SERIES 52
North Carolina chanteuse Priscilla Block and Iowa born Hailey Whitters headline Nu Country TV on Wednesday July 6 at 8 pm with their bar-room rompers.
Georgian superstar Jason Aldean boomerangs to the show filmed and edited by our multi-talented lockdown producer-host Laith Graham.
Expat Kiwi Matt Joe Gow, Hunter Valley belle Kirsty Lee Akers and Goondiwindi born Will Day return to warm our winter on the show repeated Tuesday at 8 am and Saturday 11.30 pm.
Nu Country TV is a highlight of C 31 streaming list on Digital 44.
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A BEATIFIC BLOCK IN A BARN
Priscilla Block leads a singalong serenade in a barn bar in Lebanon on her Nu Country TV debut.
That's Lebanon, Tennessee - not Beirut.
Priscilla drives a tractor and sings to fellow patrons in her My Bar video - a highlight of debut album Welcome To The Block Party.
She said the tractor's owner ensured she didn't drink and buckled her seatbelt while motoring around the farm.
“I'm so excited about this,” Block revealed.
“It's cool because here I am in the middle of a random field, and I start building my own bar, it's my bar, and it's with my people, and it's with a stage. By the end, everyone is coming to this bar. It was so much fun. It was so hot. It's the first time I'm shaking my booty in shorts in a video. We got a bunch of fans out there and were able to do an outside concert for them, and that's part of the video.”
Block said the song she wrote with Stone Aielli and Lexie Hayden was inspired by a night in a bar when she walked into the bathroom and found a girl crying.
“I'm looking at her going, ‘What is wrong with you?' Block explained.
“She was like, ‘My ex is here!' It was the whole drunk girl-to-girl talk. I ripped a paper towel off the wall, and I gave it to her, and I was like, ‘Get up. We are going out there. You look hot. And this is your bar.'”
Block's album followed her self-titled EP.
Further info - https://www.priscillablock.com/
HAILEY WHITTERS RECALLS THE BOYS BACK HOME
Iowa born Hailey Whitters recalls the boys in her hometown in her Nu Country return.
Hailey, now 32, showcases how her male mates taught her to ride, fight and sing and how to escape from wheat silos.
“They'll pull you out of a ditch or a bar, and they won't be caught dead in no electric car,” Hailey sings of good old boys in Iowa town Shueyville in her Boys Back Home video on fourth album Raised.
It was where Hailey hung her hat before writing hits for major artists diverse as Georgian superstar Alan Jackson, Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town on her arrival in Nashville.
Hailey also fronted Nu Country with Everything She Ain't, 10 Year Town - penned with Grammy winner Brandy Clark - and Janice At The Hotel Bar that she wrote with Lori McKenna.
Further info - https://haileywhitters.com/
JASON ALDEAN HEARTBREAK TROUBLES
Georgian superstar singer-songwriter-actor Jason Aldean rides chart tops and handsome horses in his Nu Country return.
Jason eased his love lament as they galloped fast from the scene of the rhyme.
Trouble With A Heartbreak is on his 11th album Georgia.
Jason, 45, also had a #1 hit with eight time Grammy winning Oklahoma oriole Carrie Underwood with If I Didn't Love You from his 10 th album Macon.
They appeared on our Series #49 finale in November 2021 with their video performed in an empty concert hall in the pandemic.
Carrie, aged 39, is an Okie from Muscogee and released ten albums - her latest Denim & Diamonds follows her gospel album My Saviour.
Jason and Carrie both toured here before lockdown.
Aldean is married to singer Brittany Kerr and Carrie wed former Nashville Predators hockey star Mike Fisher in 2010.
Carrie appeared in movies including Soul Surfer , wrote a book Find Your Path in 2020 and founded her fitness clothing line CALIA by Carrie in 2015.
KIRSTY LEE AKERS FALLING
Hunter Valley singer-songwriter and The Block TV show contestant Kirsty Lee Akers boomeranged after the death of her grandmother while she was filming the Nine Network show.
Kirsty left the set for her grandmother's funeral.
“I made it back home into my nan's driveway literally at the exact same time that the funeral home had arrived to pick her up,” Kirsty revealed.
Husband Jesse Anderson - who accompanied her on The Block - directed her Falling video from her fifth album Under My Skin.
Kirsty, now 33, filmed in the sand but no surf with her all-female band on her Nu Country return.
The Kurri Kurri chanteuse chose Jesse as her male lead in her previous Nu Country video For Love that she wrote about Jesse for her sixth album on her own Rider Records.
She released her album in Tamworth in April after joining the Hands Of Fame.
"I am so incredibly proud of my new album Wild,” Kirsty revealed of the disc featuring co-writers Phil Barton, Trey Bruce and Bruce Wallace.
“To see it at the top of the ARIA charts for 5 weeks running post-release just absolutely blows my mind. At the same time, I shouldn't be surprised, because I have the most loyal and supportive fans in the world. Many of my supporters have been with me since the very beginning. I had so much fun co-producing this album with my band members Dan Ebbels, Paul Bain, and Isaac Kennedy. We put our heart and soul into the record, and you can hear that every time you press play."
MATT JOE GOW FOLLOWS KIRSTY TO A BEACH
Expat Kiwi singer-songwriter and producer Matt Joe Gow followed Kirsty when he chose a beach to illustrate his love of the ocean.
Matt hit the surf and sand when he filmed at Gunnamatta beach with director Regan Wood.
The singer, now 42, didn't take his Dead Leaves band or the Dead Livers to that idyllic locale.
But the Leaves backed him on his song penned with his guitarist Andrew Pollack
Sweet Collapse is second single on his fourth album Between Tonight & Tomorrow.
WILL DAY PADDOCK BASHING
Goondiwindi born singer-songwriter Will Day returns with his powerful anthem filmed with his band in a fertile paddock.
Will, 32, now hangs his hat in Brisbane where he met his wife and song writing partner Skye at the JMC Academy where he has returned as a lecturer.
This time he collaborated with Gippsland sisters Paula and Lee Bowman of Jetty Road and producer Jared Adlam to write his positive paean Won't Break Me on his debut album Countrified.
Will also fronted Nu Country with Brooke Shubert on Simple Then he also wrote with Adlam.
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 that features 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 and late larrikin legend A.P. Johnson.