Melbourne performers Joe Dolce and Mrs Wainwright have proven how easy it is to make cheap video clips with maximum TV quality.

You can now see the results on Nu Country TV this Saturday - July 23.

Dolce filmed himself performing gospel song Hill Of Death in his backyard and the Melbourne cemetery in the shadows of the Carlton footy ground at Princes Park.

It won best folk gospel song in the Australian Gospel Songwriting Awards for 2004 and will be included on two gospel compilations in 2005.

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Mudgee born bush housewife Louisa Lawson - mother of literary lion Henry - wrote Hill Of Death and Dolce adapted it for his recording.

She also founded Australia's first magazine for women as well as Sydney's suffragette movement.

Further info on Louisa at http://www.sydneyhistory.com.au/lawson.html

Dolce also wrote My Home Ain't In The Hall Of Fame that was recorded by Texan troubadour Robert Earl Keen, Johnathan Edwards and J D Crowe & The New South featuring the late Keith Whitley.

Joe was also executive producer and co-writer of the song Intimacy from the original US film score, The Terminator.

Dolce also released his solo CD Free Love Days and 19 track CD, Flower, with wife Lin Van Hek in 2004.

Now, 25 years after his breakthrough pop hit Shaddap You Face and 37 after his U.S. recording debut, Joe enjoys his amazing longevity.

More info - http://www.joedolce.net/


Mrs Wainwright
And Mrs. Wainwright, fronted by GIT singer Trish Anderson, filmed a video for her original song Deadmans Pocket at Point Cook with permission from the RAAF.

"We chose the Point Cook Air Force Base in Melbourne's west where the houses are all the same and were at the time all empty giving us an eerie suburban normality and of course the beautiful Hercules plane to finish with," singer Trish Anderson says.

It was filmed and edited by Adam Moore of Filmworks in association with Hannah Palmer of Hup Design.

Although it only took a day to film the pre-planning, replete with filming and story boarding, and editing spanned a few months.

Filters on the computer in the editing process achieved the colours on a clip that cost about $3,200.

Mick Thomas recorded the song with extra sounds added and mixing and mastering done by Craig Pilkington at Audrey Studios.


Out video camera operators Carol Taylor and Heather Rutherford filmed acclaimed Nashville singer-songwriters Kevin Welch & Kieran Kane at Port Fairy folk festival.

The duo performed Welch penned tune Pushing Up Daisies that first appeared on his fourth solo album Life Down Here On Earth.

It was later recorded by Oklahoma superstar Garth Brooks who proposed to Trisha Yearwood at Buck Owens famous Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California.

Brooks rewrote Pushin' Up Daisies as a tribute to his late mother, country singer Colleen Carroll, for Scarecrow - the last album he recorded before he retired.

"Garth was kind enough to call my publisher and ask him for songs," Welch said, "we sent him about 30 songs. Garth and producer Allen Reynolds looked at 5,000 songs. It's unique for me to allow lyric changes but I thought his motive was really clean. The song had a new function at that point. I also thought he did a good job."

CLICK HERE for a Welch story from the DIARY on February 19, 2005.


Country music singer and panel show guest Beccy Cole also returns to Nu Country with a video of the first single from her fifth album Feel This Free.

Cole wrote Rainbows, Dreams and Butterflies for her album that she promoted on a national tour with hotshot guitarist Jake Nickolai.

She later bared her rump for a tattoo of the sun to test her pain threshold after a photo shoot for the album cover in AC-DC Lane in the Melbourne CBD.

And she had a different anaesthetic - ample share of 28 bottles of champagne - to set the right ambience for recording another song Girls Out There.

The bucolic belle from the Blackwood Hills of Adelaide is a panellist on ABC TV's Spicks & Specks, had a character created for her by The Wiggles.

Cole, 34, also joins singer mum Carol Sturtzel on ABC TV cooking show Beat The Chef when she's home on her national tour.

CLICK HERE for a Beccy feature in the DIARY on April 16, 2005.


Bluegrass belle Rhonda Vincent, an enthusiastic fan of Keith Urban, also blazed a trail for younger peers such as Alison Krauss.

Missouri born singer Vincent, 43 and mother of three daughters, produced 12th disc Raging Live (Rounder-Shock) with brother Darrin - a staple of Ricky Skaggs band Kentucky Thunder.

Vincent performs a video clip of her song I've Forgotten You.

Eldest daughter Sally Sandker harmonises on One Step Ahead Of The Blues - one of four Vincent co-writes on her live album with band members and Terry Herd.

CLICK HERE for a feature on Rhonda from the Diary on April 20, 2004


We honour legendary hell raising country star Hank Williams Jr by reaching into his rich catalogue for I Ain't Goin' Peacefully from his 1996 album Hog Wild.

Hank Jr was nicknamed Bocephus by his famous father who died at 29 on New Years Eve, 1953.

The four times wed singer, now 56, made his first movie at 17 and has recorded more than 100 albums in a career that began at eight.

Hank Jr was only three when his dad died but the dynasty has continued with his son Hank 11 and daughter Holly Williams continuing the family recording tradition with solo albums.

The three generations were linked vocally in the studio on 1996 album Three Hanks - Men With Broken Hearts.

Hank Jr almost died in a hiking fall from Ajax Mountain in Montana on August 8, 1975, but fought back and created history by having eight albums simultaneously in the Billboard Top 75 chart in the eighties.

CLICK HERE for a Hank Jr story from the DIARY on December 9, 2003.
CLICK HERE for a Holly Williams feature from the DIARY on February 8, 2005

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