Hawks supporter chef Mid Pacific Bob Olson serves up old crows in his triumphant hosting return to Nu Country TV this Wednesday August 15 at 10 p m on C 31.

Expatriate Californian Bob found Old Crow Medicine Show performing in our Behind Bars live segment of the show.

Wisconsin country roots singer-songwriter John Thompson also debuts on a show that features fellow pure country record company plank walker - Texan Chalee Tennison.

Former Wildes singer Lachlan Bryan returns with his new video clip.

And Nipper Mack - who toiled with the Mack Brothers as a DJ at Nu Country FM on Beer Can Hill - debuts with his well-travelled band Very Handsome Men.

Olson filmed in his Beer Can Hill delta greenery and welcomes Nipper on a show that is repeated Thursday - 4.30 pm, Saturday 11.30 pm and Tuesday at 2 am.

We have more good news.

The Nu Country TV show has been added to the C 31 streaming list.

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Wisconsin singer-songwriter Josh Thompson performs in the video for his recent hit Coming Around.

It's one of the 10 pure country songs he wrote on his debut album Way Out Here.

Ironically, as Thomson's recording and radio career began to bloom in July he was dumped from his Nashville record label.

But Josh, 34, should be used to being chopped - he began writing songs in the forests of his home state as a child.

His hometown name was fitting - Cedarburg.

Thompson scored his Columbia deal after writing hits for chart toppers - West Virginian Brad Paisley and Georgian Jason Aldean.

In August 2011, Thompson and label mate Miranda Lambert transferred to RCA as part of a corporate restructuring.

But RCA dumped Thompson who worked in construction from the age of 12.

As a young adult he took a nature course in the Nicolet National Forest, then moved to Nashville in 2005 and worked as a songwriter.

His first cut was the title track of Jason Michael Carroll's album Growing Up Is Getting Old.

By 2009 Thompson had signed to Columbia - he released debut single Beer on the Table in late 2009.

It debuted at #55 on Billboard on August 15, 2009 and was followed by a four-song digital EP that also included three other tracks.

His debut album Way Out Here, produced by Michael Knox, escaped in February 2010.

Thompson wrote or co-wrote all ten tracks, and promoted it at Northern Lights Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Beer on the Table peaked at #17.

The album's title track and second single was in March 2010.

The two singles and Won't Be Lonely Long and Blame It on Waylon were made into music videos.

Thompson toured with Eric Church in 2011 on a 32-stop tour and joined Paisley's 2010 H2O tour.

Third single Won't Be Lonely Long was released on November 22, 2010. Thompson also co-wrote Church Pew or Bar Stool - a song recorded by Jason Aldean on his 2010 album My Kinda Party.

In 2011 he co-wrote A Man Don't Have To Die for Paisley album This Is Country Music.

Further Info - www.joshthompsonofficial.com


Texan singer-songwriter Chalee Tennison, 43 and now thrice divorced, worked behind bars as a warder before making it as a country singer.

In the video for Just Because She Lives Here she issued a stern warning to men who prefer phones and sport to love.

Her message - don't cheat and seek forgiveness from the Lord or another higher being - Her.

Just Because She Lives Here is on her second album This Woman's Heart.

Chalee injects her life into her music.

Chalee is a child and grandchild of divorce - she wed at 16 after a trial residence with her biological father failed.

Two more marriages and three children followed as Tennison fronted her own band in Texas for nearly 10 years.

She tried to support her music with a series of jobs that included being a waitress, an electrician's helper, and a prison guard.

Chalee left Texas for Tennessee at 28 - her classic country voice attracted Asylum Records who released her self-titled debut disc in 1999.

The album release coincided with Texan born label mate George Jones near-fatal car crash.

During his well-publicised recuperation, he promoted her album as well as his own.

That drew the stone country crowd to Tennison but radio failed to follow.

"Radio wouldn't play my traditional album," Tennison revealed at the time.

"I'm not tryin' to put 'em down but that's what I was told and what I had to believe. So we have to learn what's radio friendly, what's a radio smash, as opposed to an album cut that changes someone's life. I lived with my first album for a year and a half and listened to people say, 'Gosh, she's so traditional, but you know our station just doesn't play that kind of music.' Which broke my heart. So the production's different on this album."

She shares with Kasey Chambers the ability to sing with the emotional catch in the voice the late Tammy Wynette perfected.

Tennison is an earthy, strong woman with very rigid guidelines for right and wrong.

"I was a huge Tammy fan. I felt her pain. I felt her happiness," Chalee says.

"I think that I've been through what I've been through and done what I've done in my life because I'm supposed to be sharin' my story."

Chalee released her third album Parading In The Rain on Dreamworks in 2003.


Photo by Carol Taylor

The revamped Old Crow Medicine Show strut their stuff at the famed Ryman Auditorium in our Behind Bars concert segment this week.

That's the mother church of the Grand Ole Opry.

They perform new songs Stepping Out and the title track of their seventh album Carry Me Back To Virginia.

The band debuted in Australia at the CMC Rocks The Snowys at Thredbo before playing the Golden Plains Festival.

They also won fans when they played the ornate, historic Forum Theatre in Flinders Street on a stage once trodden by the late great Frank Thring.

Arkansas born, latter day Texan Joe Nichols and his Fawkner raised duet partner Jasmine Rae also played the venue that once rocked to Los Lobos.

CLICK HERE for a CD review in the Diary on January 21, 2009.
CLICK HERE for a feature on Old Crow Medicine Show including a review of the Carry Me Back CD


Former Nu Country FM DJ Nipper Mack and his Very Handsome Men debut on our sibling TV show with a video for Cold And Lonely Road.

It's the title track of their third album they recorded at their Jam Hut home studio in northern Melbourne suburb Preston.

After the recording Nipper and guitarist Vic De Marco splurged their promo budget on a Texas trip to launch it.

They opened for legendry Texan star Ray Wylie Hubbard at the famed White Elephant Saloon in Fort Worth.

The bon vivant headed to Cowtown after appearing at Tommy Alverson's annual hootenanny - the Texas Music & Family Gathering at Tres Rios River Ranch at Glen Rose.

The duo shared billing with heavy hitters - legendary singer-songwriter Steve Fromholz, Johnny Bush, Cooder Graw, Trent Summar, Cornell Hurd, David Ball, Ed Burleson, Rusty Wier, Adam Carroll, Walt Wilkins, Brian Burns, Kevin Deal, Eleven Hundred Springs and many more.

CLICK HERE for a trip log and CD review in the Diary.


Former Wildes singer Lachlan Bryan returns to Nu Country with the video for latest single Going Straight.

A lyric from that song inspired the title of his album Shadow Of The Gun.

Bryan was raised on the Mornington Peninsula - south of the big smoke in Melbourne.

Rod McCormack produced Bryan's album at his Music Cellar studio on the NSW Central Coast.

It features a duet with Kasey Chambers, lap steel by her dad - Poppa Bill - and Novocastrian Catherine Britt and Kaylah Anne on backing vocals.

CLICK HERE for a Lachlan CD review in the Diary on February 19.


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