Floridian tourists The Mavericks and Bellamy Brothers headline Series #24 premiere of Nu Country TV Thursday September 4 at 10.30 pm on Channel 31, Digital 44, on the eve of their October tours.

Tennessean singing actress Dolly Parton also returns to the show, repeated Monday 5.30 am and 2.30 pm and Thursday 2.30 am just seven months after her last Australian visit.

Kirkham chanteuse Christie Lamb also returns to the premier filmed and edited by Laith Graham.

And Nashville starlet Rachel Lipsky digs up some bones on her debut.

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The Mavericks revive two of their classic hits in Behind Bars on the eve of their Australian tour.

They will resurrect Back In Your Arms Again and Dance The Night Away at the St Kilda Palais on Wednesday October 1 with Californian surfing cowboy Gary Allan and Nashville band Blackjack Billy .

The band will also showcase new tunes from their seventh album In Time and their next disc .

“We just finished recording a new album that will be out next year. The circle continues,” singer Raul Malo revealed.

“We have had a great run, and it continues to get better, and we're having more fun then ever before.”

The untitled project will feature all-new material from the Mavericks.

It was produced by Malo and Niko Bolas and will be released on Big Machine .

“You know, they did right by us,” Malo says of Big Machine .

“Heck, they let us make a record at this stage. I know people probably have a hard time imagining this, but it's not the easiest thing to get these days, to be able to make records and have a record contract.”

The band features Malo, bassist Robert Reynolds, guitarist Eddie Perez, drummer Paul Deakin and keyboard player Jerry Dale McFadden on their Twenty-Five Live Tour to celebrate 25 years of touring.

“Everywhere we went, no matter where we went, people asked, and I always took it with a grain of salt,” Malo said.

“I thought it would die down, I didn't really think it would continue, but no matter what language I sang in, or what part of the world, it was always, ‘When are the Mavericks getting back together? What are the Mavericks doing?'

“Now we've been out, and the fans have been amazing. So we really owe a lot of this to them and their love of the band.”

CLICK HERE for a Mavericks feature in The Diary on February 27, 2013


The Bellamy Brothers won wide acclaim for two versions of their social comment song Old Hippie - a staple on the Nu Country FM play list.

Now, on the eve of their 40 th anniversary tour, they showcase risqué new video Boobs from their three-song EP Boobs/Texas Girls, released on May 27.

They filmed the video with a bevy of beauties and a rapper at a ranch in Weatherford, Texas, in a provocative party setting.

The EP is a teaser for their 40th anniversary album set for spring in 2015.

The two-disc set features 15 new songs & 15 #1 hits from their four decade career that began in the citrus groves and dairy fields of southern Florida .

Their multi-platinum sales includes 15 #1 hits – including Let Your Love Flow, If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me, Redneck Girl and Old Hippie .

They also pioneered country rap long before Colt Ford, Kid Rock, Bubba Sparx and Big & Rich.

The Bellamy Bros Country Rap single - title track of their 11th studio album in 1987 - ushered in the new wave of music.

“David & Howard Bellamy came too country with proclivity for incorporating far-flung stylistic sensibilities,” Rolling Stone reported.

“They dabbled in reggae in the early eighties, they were #31 on Billboard chart 1987 with Country Rap . It was clear from song's hook the brothers meant it as rap.”

“We got fatback/ that's a fact/ if you don't know/ that's a country rap.”

“They chanted their agrarian-themed lyrics in a sly, slack cadence over a seamless, funky groove & even made what sounded like an oblique reference to the Theme From Shaft .”

Howard Bellamy replied “I'm not sure if they're giving us credit or blame but we did record Country Rap in 1987. I guess we were ahead of our time by 27 years.”

But the Bellamys are no longer fans of that music.

“We were bro-country when bro-country wasn't cool,” says David Bellamy.

“But now I think we may be eating crow. In our new music video Boobs we take a jab at country rappers. Oops.”

The duo also bridged country-reggae hybrid many moons ago with Get Into Reggae, Cowgirl .

They plays Palms @ Crown on October 18 on their latest Australian tour and exuded their sense of humour when they hosted High In The Saddle during its halcyon era on 3RRR-FM .

On another occasion your diarist gave The Bellamys travel advice before they aborted an Australian tour after appearing on Mike McClellan's ABC-TV show.

Your diarist later interviewed the duo live to air in 2003 from the Lone Star Café in New York City for Malcolm T Elliott's 2UE radio show after attending a Bob Seger concert in Meadowlands, New Jersey,

The Bellamy Bros tour Norway , France , Germany and Qatar en route to Australia .

CLICK HERE for all the Bellamy Brothers tour dates in Tonkgirl's Gig Guide.


Singing actress Dolly Parton excels in her video for Home from her latest album Blue Smoke that was released here before overseas.

At 68 she is upstages those lasses in the Boobs video for the Bellamy Brothers.

Dolly headlined Glastonbury Festival in England with the festival's largest crowd of 100,000.

Social media chatterers claimed Dolly mimed.

It gave the star a chance to exhibit more of her humour.

“My boobs are fake, my hair's fake but what is real is my voice and my heart,” Dolly quipped.

She was awarded a plaque in Glastonbury for album sales exceeding 100 million units.

CLICK HERE for a Dolly Blue Smoke feature in The Diary on February 8.



Kirkham chanteuse Christie Lamb struts her stuff in her video for Manhunt.

Christie chased a tattooed bloke on a motor bike.

She was aided by a banjo playing band mate and a GPS

The cops may have also joined the chase - the bikie had no helmet, just tatts.

Manhunt is on her debut album All She Wrote that she wrote and recorded when she emulated fellow Sydney singer Melinda Schneider when she flew to the biggest song-writing mecca in the music world - Nashville .

She hooked up with the progeny of a moonshiner to write for All She Wrote .

Lamb joined North Carolina moonshiner's son Skip Black in a famed fermented finishing school.

It was a decade after latter day Doris Day celebrant Schneider wrote memorable songs with Florida moonshiner's daughter and Aussie 2013 tourist Elizabeth Cook.

Lamb delivers a salient whiskey warning in her video this week for All She Wrote - title track of her debut album.

The abused woman left her boozed out beau in the song she performed at Gympie Muster in August.

She also included another booze ballad Watered Down Whiskey on a disc that features five of her own songs and six penned by Nashville writers.

The multi-instrumentalist Western Sydney University Bachelor Of Music graduate hails from former sheep country where El Caballo Blanco opened as a Spanish dancing horse theme park in the 1970s.

Manhunt follows her videos for All She Wrote and Mr Wrong .

Another for Wish You Were A Cowboy will follow in spring.

CLICK HERE for a Christie Lamb CD review in The Diary on June 9.


Nashville starlet Rachel Lipsky gives practical advice for attaining summary justice for a cheating cad who gets all whiskeyed up on her watch.

Rachel proves a shovel is handy if you catch your beau cheating with a wanton wench in her video for Bones.

The Colorado born singer's acting roles include Till Death 2011 and Deadline 2012.

Lipsky was IMEA Country Female Vocalist of the Year and invited by Armed Forces Entertainment to perform for the troops overseas.

She was also hired by Charlotte Speedway and the Professional Bull Riders to perform the national anthem.

The singer played Taste of Country festival in New York where she opened for Thomas Rhett and Hank Williams Jr, Country Jam Colorado as support for Lady Antebellum and Headwaters Country Jam in Montana where she opened for The LoCash Cowboys and Dustin Lynch.

My music is fun with a little bit of an attitude,” says Lipsky.

“I love upbeat, fun songs that have a heartbeat and drive. I like to move people and try to find or write songs that do that. I enjoy taking people away from their stresses and problems and to a good time place.”

Further Info - http://www.rachellipsky.com/


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