Chart topping duo Big & Rich , Cowboy Troy and Tennessean Chris Young invaded Melbourne for a memorable mid-week concert at 170 Russell St , nee The Billboard on the eve of their return to CMC Rocks Queensland in Ipswich .
It was a cosmic collision of country, rap, dub and scratch music in the cavernous clip that also hosted Taylor Swift in 2009 before she became a superstar after CMC Rocks The Snowys at Thredbo.
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Big & Rich were joined on stage by giant Texan African American rural rapper Cowboy Troy and an even bigger dancer in a kilt and tee shirt emblazoned with one of their hits Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy .
THE KINKSTER'S RETURN TO CARAVAN CLUB & OAKLEIGH POKIES
Kinky Friedman live at Caravan Music Club - photo by John "Kip" Karpik
Singing Texan crime novelist Kinky Friedman performed to capacity crowds at the Caravan Club in Oakleigh on the Australia Day weekend during his hit and run invasions of local pokies palace The LeighOak Club.
The Kinkster , 70, and Tel Aviv tour manager Zoe broke the bank when they won more than $4,000 on the machines.
An armed security van was sent from the city with cash for Friedman and his frau when the club did not have the loot on site.
The big win was sharp contrast to his loss when he was returned to the private sector after running for Texas Agricultural Commissioner in the 2014 Lone Star State election.
Kinky promised to legalise marijuana as a cash crop for medicinal purposes - a campaign that suffered a similar fate to his run for JP at Kerrville in 1986 and Texas Governor in 2006.
The defeat freed Friedman up to finish new novel The Detective In The Hard Boiled Computer, now at the printers, but not on sale for his Journey In Time tour.
Instead the Kinkster, who runs the Utopia animal shelter on his Echo Hill ranch in the Texan hill country, toured to promote three recording relics, now available on CD.
“But anyway, politics' loss has been literature's gain, and I'm back to writing again for the first time in about eight years,” the legend revealed after autographing previous book Heroes of A Texas Childhood for ABC-TV comedian Brian Dawe.
The other weekend loser was The Kinkster's favourite photographer Kip Karpik who was separated from his wallet at the Caravan Club on Friday night but reunited with it the next morning - the Jewish Sabbath - on the mean streets of Brunswick.
LADY ANTEBELLUM RETURN IN MARCH
KACEY MUSGRAVES ADDED
Grammy winning trio Lady Antebellum return to Australia to headline the CMC Rocks Queensland festival at Willowbank Speedway, Ipswich, on March 13, 14 and 15, 2015.
Other international artists added to the bill include Big & Rich , Kacey Musgraves, Chris Young, Lee Brice, Laura Bell Bundy, Charlie Worsham, Jeffrey Steele, Chase Bryant, Ryan Kinder, Wylie & The Wild West and UK band McKay.
Australian artists announced already include Troy Cassar-Daley, John Williamson, Adam Brand, Adam Harvey, Catherine Britt and the Wolfe Brothers.
Lady Antebellum also play Sydney on Sunday March 15 at Qantas Credit Union Arena and Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Tuesday March 17.
The trio supported expat Australasian superstar Keith Urban at Rod Laver Arena on their 2011 visit.
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Special guests are Kristian Bush who played Northcote Social Club with Sugarland on its 2008 tour and Maddie and Tae who debuted on Nu Country TV in September
Big & Rich , Chris Young and Cowboy Troy also perform the Billboard club in Melbourne on March 11 and Enmore Theatre, Sydney , on March 13.
Zac Brown Band play St Kilda Palais on March 31 and the Hordern Pavilion Sydney on April 1 and Deniliquin and Byron Bay festivals.
Singing Texan crime novelist Kinky Friedman also returns for a two night season at the Caravan Club in Oakleigh on January 23 and 24 and Vanguard Hotel, Sydney , on January 16 and 18.
Texan Miranda Lambert debuted at #1 on the all genre Billboard Top 200 chart with her sixth album Platinum.
We have an exclusive feature on the Pistol Annies creator in our Diary this week as she surrenders her chart top to Jack White who produced Van Lear Rose - the 2004 album by Loretta Lynn who is still performing at the ripe young age of 82.
Lambert and Missouri born star Sheryl Crow honoured Kentucky born Loretta by performing with her on her video and song for her 2010 tribute disc.
Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn also featured Kid Rock, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Gretchen Wilson, The White Stripes , Martina McBride, Paramore , Steve Earle and Faith Hill.
Sissy Spacek played Loretta, Tommy Lee Jones was cast as her late husband Mooney, Beverly D'Angelo portrayed Patsy Cline and the late Levon Helm portrayed her father Ted in 1980 movie Coal Miner's Daughter , based on her 1976 autobiography.
We also have features on other female icons Crow, Carlene Carter, Sydney chanteuse Christie Lamb and diverse male peers in our Diary.
KEITH-KELLIE PICKLER-ELI YOUNG BAND CONCERT REVIEW
superstar Toby Keith headlined a Rod Laver Arena concert featuring
North Carolina star Kellie Pickler and the Eli Young Band from
The multi-millionaire singer-songwriter, I Love This Bar restaurant
chain owner and Mezcal Tequila merchandiser welcomed Australian
servicemen and women to his packed concert after headlining
the seventh CMC Rocks The Hunter festival.
Dancing With The Stars winner Kellie and Eli Young Band performed
to promote latest albums The Woman I Am and 10,000
The gig by Redneck Woman Gretchen Wilson and Novocastrian Morgan
Evans was transferred from the St Kilda Palais to the even more
historic Forum in the shadows of Federation Square and The Duke
Of Wellington where drinkers can have an ale with the whale
- Brian Roberts.
It may be a few long seasons since The Whale pulled on the boots
for Richmond and South Melbourne but his legend looms large
in the Flinders St watering hole.
But Gretchen, 40, and Evans, 28, sampled an ale from James Boag
& Son in Van Diemen's Land at the Forum.
have more exciting news - thanks to Universal Music promotions
supremo Diana Caruso.
You can win Grammy winner Rosanne Cash's acclaimed 15th album
The River & The Thread that reached #11 on Billboard's
all genre chart on debut.
Cash, 58 and mother of four, wrote her new 11 track album
after visiting the Deep South on several field trips with
second husband and co-writer-producer John Leventhal.
also included a song they wrote with her first husband - her
Texan born former producer and duet partner Rodney Crowell.
and Leventhal also visited the famed Tallahatchie Bridge near
where songwriter Emmett Till was murdered and blue legend Robert
Former President Bill Clinton summoned Cash at interval in a
Carnegie Hall concert to meet him to discuss what was thrown
off the Tallahatchie Bridge in Bobby Gentry's famous 1967 hit
Ode To Billy Joe that Cash performed that night.
born singer-songwriter Iris De Ment wowed fans on her second
sold out Australian concert tour.
Web mistress Anne Sydenham was stage front for both De Ment
tours - the first at the long departed Continental Café
in Prahran in 1998 and now, 15 years later, at the Thornbury
Iris, 52 and youngest of 14 children, was accompanied by her
first husband Elmer - a fireman - on her debut Australian tour.
This time Iris, now wed to Iowa singer-songwriter Greg Brown,
toured solo while Greg's daughter Pieta performed here with
Tasmanian Lucie Thorne in their duo Love Over Gold.
Iris, who appeared in The Songcatcher movie in 2000,
was touring here to promote her 5th album Sing The Delta
and songs featured in the movie Little Buddha and
Coen Brothers film True Grit and TV show Northern
KEITH 2014 AUSTRALIAN TOUR
CAPITAL CITY DATES
WIN HIS CD HOPE ON THE ROCKS
country star Toby Keith makes his debut Australian tour when
he headlines the 2014 CMC Rocks The Hunter festival in NSW from
Former Mississippi boxing champion Paul Thorn and Texan Eli
Young Band are also to return here and join Keith, 51 and father
of singer Krystal, at the three day festival.
U.S. Dancing With The Stars winner Kellie Pickler, duet partner
of Melbourne singer Jasmine Rae, also plays the festival that
features return of U.S. artists Love & Theft and Craig Campbell.
Pickler and the Eli Young Band also play concerts in Brisbane
and Sydney before ending the tour at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne
on Wednesday March 19.
go on sale Friday October 4 for all capital city concerts.
Other acts announced for CMC Rocks The Hunter include expatriate
Australian bluegrass trio The Greencards, Aussie country king
Lee Kernaghan, The Flood, Morgan Evans, Adam Eckersley Band,
Luke O'Shea, Kaylens Rain and New Zealand singer Jody Direen.
can win a copy of Toby's 18th CD Hope On The Rocks
by becoming a member of Nu Country TV or renewing your membership
before our 21st series in December.
CELEBRATE AND WIN 40 YEARS OF CHARLEY PRIDE DOUBLE CD
Charley Pride released his first single The Snakes Crawl
At Night in 1965 it went to radio with no accompanying
It scored major airplay and in 1967 Pride became only the
second African American to appear on the Grand Ol Opry.
Charley's song launched his career celebrated on his 17th
Australian tour in November with a 40 song double CD 40
Years Of Pride on Sony Music.
It includes his first single and 39 other classics that began
with debut #1 hit - All I Have to Offer You (Is Me).
album also includes Kiss An Angel Good Morning - a
million-selling hit that helped Pride win CMA Entertainer
of the Year in 1971 and Top Male Vocalist in 1971 and 1972.
Other memorable Pride standards included are Is Anybody
Goin' To San Antone, Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town,
Roll On Mississippi, I'm So Afraid of Losing You Again, Someone
Loves You Honey, When I Stop Leaving I'll Be Gone, Does My
Ring Hurt Your Finger, Burgers and Fries and You're
So Good When You're Bad.
You can help us return to Channel 31 for our 21st series over
the summer festival season by becoming a member of Nu Country
TV or renewing your membership.
Thorn live at Hallam Hotel - photo by John Karpik
Mississippi boxing champion Paul Thorn performed two Victorian
concerts after debuting on Nu Country TV with the video for
his sixth album title track Pimps & Preachers.
Thorn, 48, and father of two daughters, wowed small but enthusiastic
audiences at Northcote Social Club and Hallam Hotel as the garden
state froze under a full moon.
Out web mistress Anne Sydenham headed a Nu Country contingent
to Beer Can Hill in Northcote where Thorn was supported by Dan
Waters and greeted fellow sporting icon songwriter and former
Nu Country TV host Mike Brady of Up There Cazaly fame.
Thorn performed his 1997 album title track Hammer & Nail
about his 1988 TV bout in Atlantic City, New Jersey, with world
champion middleweight boxer Roberto Duran.
Anne's photographs and review appear in our concerts section.
actor Shotgun Willie Nelson celebrated his 80th birthday by
donating proceeds from a star studded concert to the Fire Fighters
and Emergency Services volunteers who perished in the West fertiliser
Funds go to the fire department at West - five miles from neighbouring
town Abbott where Willie and elder sister-pianist Bobbie were
raised more than 80 years ago.
Willie's record company Sony has extended his generosity to
Nu Country TV that returns to air on
C 31 from June-September for our 20th Series.
can help keep Nu Country TV on air by becoming members - we
will reward you with a copy of Willie's acclaimed 61st studio
album Let's Face The Music And Dance.
and survivors of his Family Band released the album on the
eve of his 80th birthday - April 30.
Loyal members can also win the CD and other prizes - including
DVDS - by renewing your memberships.
We also have video clips by Willie and other artists that
we will feature in our winter series.
Nu Country TV also returned to C 31 - Digital 44 - in South Australia
on Thursday October 11.
The far-reaching Adelaide station screens Series #18 at 9.30 pm
DYCUS RIP @ 72
songwriter Frank Dycus died on Friday November 23 at the age
of 72 in Vidalia, Georgia.
The Dycus hit treasure trove included George Strait's Unwound
and Marina del Ray and George Jones' I Don't Need
Your Rockin' Chair.
"He was a great writer, who came from nothing and carved
out a life for himself through his own thoughtfulness,"
said Jim Lauderdale, who wrote Mark Chesnutt's No. 1 country
hit Gonna Get a Life with Dycus.
"He was a real hillbilly poet, with a great sensibility
and a way with words," added Lauderdale making his fourth
Australian tour in January with fellow singer-songwriter Elizabeth
"He was a wise person and a deep thinker. I'm sure going
to miss him, and a lot of other people will, too."
Born Marion Franklin Dycus in Hardmoney, Kentucky, Frank was
one of 13 children in his family.
He wrote poems as a teenager and learned guitar, playing club
dates as a teenager.
Frank hitchhiked to California at age 15, reconsidered and headed
back to Kentucky, then left Kentucky for a seven-year stint
in the Air Force.
Dycus came to Nashville in the early 1960s but moved to Kansas
where he worked for Boeing and hosted a radio show.
He came back to Nashville in 1967 and worked as a songwriter
at Pete Drake's publishing company.
His first hit was in 1970 when George Morgan took Lilacs
and Fire to No. 17 on the Billboard country singles chart.
Dycus wrote Unwound and Marina del Ray - both
top 10 country hits for Strait - with Dean Dillon in the early
He had heart bypass surgery in 1987 and spent more than two
years away from songwriting, but he returned in earnest in the
Jones' 1992 recording of I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair
was not a top 20 hit but remained in Jones' concert set list.
In the 1990s, Dycus struck up a songwriting partnership with
Lauderdale that resulted in chart hits for Gary Allan and Doug
Supernaw and Dycus' only chart-topping single, Chesnutt's
Gonna Get a Life.
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