ANDERSON EAST HEADLINES NU COUNTRY TV
Alabama born singer-songwriter Anderson East headlines Nu Country TV on Saturday March 31 at 9 pm on Channel 31/ Digital 44.
Newcastle born Morgan Evans, husband of recent Tennessee tourist Kelsea Ballerini, also returns to the show hosted by Mid Pacific Bob Olson and repeated Monday at 3 pm.
South Australian operetta diva and chorister Paula Standing debuts on the program filmed and edited by Laith Graham.
Queensland duo Busby Marou and Tamworth band Redneck Gentlemen also appear.
Ohio barn builder and farmer Richard Lynch, David Frizzell and Stacey Houston perform a country classic in Behind Bars.
Nu Country TV is a highlight of C 31 streaming list on Digital 44.
Further info - https://www.c31.org.au/
EAST FINDS TEXAN GIRLFRIEND
Anderson East - partner of Texan Miranda Lambert - returns with his ode to a girlfriend and a stolen kiss.
East acted out his latest video that featured the thrill of the chase for the youngsters.
Anderson has dated Texan Miranda Lambert for two years since she divorced Blake Shelton in 2015 after a four year marriage.
"There's a true admiration there and a large level of understanding on both sides for sure," revealed East who wrote two songs for Miranda's seventh album The Weight Of These Wings .
"It's always difficult to be a traveling musician and still keep things together. Understanding is a huge factor."
But new single and video Girlfriend was not about the Pistol Annies singer.
East, 30, wrote Girlfriend with Avici for his fourth album Encore that was produced by Dave Cobb and features nine originals written with peers diverse as Chris and Morgane Stapleton, Natalie Hemby, Aaron Raitiere and Ed Sheeran.
"It was very impulsive," East recalled of his writing session with Avicii.
"There was no premonition of it. What was actually supposed to end up being a writing appointment ended up turning into a whole session. We started at about 5 p.m. with nothing and walked out at 3 a.m. and that's what you hear on the record."
But did Lambert inspire the song?
"It was something tongue-in-cheek that made us laugh. We were just trying to amuse ourselves," added East who once recorded as Mike Anderson.
But East's 2015 album Delilah shared name with one of Miranda's canines.
Lambert recently re-united for two shows with the Pistol Annies in Knoxville, Tennessee and Cleveland, Ohio, on her Living Like Hippies tour and released new single Keeper Of The Flame.
Further info - www.andersoneast.com
MORGAN EVANS KISSES KELSEA
“I had my Maton guitar, and I started playing the chords. And I told them a story about my friend who was still broken-hearted over a girl a year after they broke up. I'd told him, ‘Dude, you've got to kiss somebody.' It's a way you can get over someone.”
The new single is the apt I Do.
"Wrote it about my girlfriend,” said Evans as he traced the song time line.
“Recorded it about my fiance. Releasing it about my wife."
"In the lead-up to a wedding, you ask a lot of your married friends - especially people that are in similar situations or similar age - 'does anything change or is it just the same but a little more awesome?' Everyone keeps telling us, 'Ah, it gets better. And so whatever that means, I'm looking forward to that, and it's gonna be fun."
Kelsea, now 24, was born in Mascot, raised in Knoxville and returned for 2018 Country Music Rocks Queensland festival this month.
It's a far cry from when Evans toured Australia in 2013 with Georgian superstar Alan Jackson and Missouri minstrel Sara Evans after releasing second EP While We're Young - follow up to debut EP Live Each Day.
Morgan recently toured here with James Blunt.
Expat Adelaide guitarist-singer-songwriter Jedd Hughes produced While We're Young in Nashville.
Further info - http://www.morganevansmusic.com/
PAULA STANDING PITHY PITY PARTY
Queensland born Paula Standing debuts with a tragic tale about a departed lover.
She chose a boat and horse as her post romance transport.
Pity Me is on her 2017 EP Good Heart - sequel to 2015 album All Fun and Games.
Paula began her career in choirs, operettas and musicals in Far North Queensland.
She moved to South Australia, explored new genres and began writing songs and recording in 2010 after teaching herself guitar.
After redundancy in 2013 Paula chose a full time music career and studied Music Business.
Her 2014 single Running Away from 2013 album Telling Tales was her launch pad for her 2015 album All Fun & Games .
Pity Me tells the story of a dysfunctional relationship bust up.
This wasn't the first time, so she saw it coming and predicted it was probably the last time.
Getting in first, she decided to do some damage, after all she had taken him back all those other times.
Not prepared to be the only one left broken, she sabotages his car.
The final result is left unsaid in the song. The question hangs, does he survive? Is he more broken than she is?
Further info - http://www.paulastanding.com/
BUSBY MAROU RESURRECTION
Queensland duo Busby Marou has good reason to celebrate life on the dock of the bay on new single and video for Drink The World Dry from its third album.
Jeremy Marou, just 34, suffered a heart attack in May last year.
Marou suffered the heart attack after playing Oztag and reportedly had a 99% blocked artery.
"It was a big eye opener for me," said Marou who has Torres Strait heritage.
Marou and former lawyer-marine biologist Tom Busby started Busby Marou in 2007 on the banks of the Fitzroy River in Rockhampton.
Drink The World Dry follows chart topping third album Postcards From The Shell House recorded with Jon Hume at The Stables studios in Gisborne, sessions on Great Keppel Island and on a boat.
The shell house is a heritage-listed building on Great Keppel Island off the coast of Rockhampton.
Early in their career Tom and Jeremy sat around campfires there and sang songs, one or two of which ended up on record.
Last year, with producer Jon Hume that same method in the same location produced songs for the album.
Busby Marou previously released a video for Paint This Land that was directed by Wayne Blair and Kate Halpin at Mt Tambourine in the Gold Coast hinterland.
It featured Wayne's father, Bob Blair - a Vietnam War veteran and first Aboriginal Regimental Sergeant Major in Australia - and actor Tony Barry.
Paint This Land acknowledged all soldiers who fought side by side, with attention to Indigenous soldiers who were sadly never recognised until significantly after.
The video celebrates Australia's rich history through themes of solidarity, reconciliation and hope.
Their aim was to pay homage to the past but look forward with a united and respectful vision; a timely sentiment as ANZAC Day commemorations approach.
Further info - http://www.busbymarou.com/
APPLE PIE WHISKEY
The Redneck Gentlemen - Jared Scott, Lee, Rusty Crook and Rob Bennic - formed in 2015 and perform at pubs, rodeos, weddings and parties.
They recorded six songs for their debut EP that they launched at the 2018 festival.
Further info - https://www.facebook.com/TheRedneckGentlemen/
OKLAHOMA - NOT THE MOVIE
Ohio barn builder and farmer Richard Lynch teams with David Frizzell and Stacey Houston for a classic country hit in Behind Bars.
They perform a live version of You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma - a 1981 hit for Frizzell & Shelley West.
It was in Clint Eastwood movie Any Which You Can.
Lynch's third album Mending Fences includes Daddy's Words, In Over My Heart Again and social comment Country Music Isn't Country Anymore and Back In Love Again - a duet with bluegrass queen Rhonda Vincent.
Lynch, 55, long mixed music and farming at his Lebanon ranch where he explored rodeos, love and music for 30 years before his debut 2013 album Last of A Dying Breed .
Arkansas born Frizzell, 76, is the younger brother of late country music legend Lefty Frizzell.
His career started in the late 1950s but his biggest success came in the 1980s.
In August 1982 he scored his only solo #1 hit I'm Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home , nominated for Song of the Year in the 1982 Grammy Awards.
He continued to tour and record with West until 1986 and has released 14 albums.
Further info - https://www.richardlynchband.com/
HOW TO KEEP NU COUNTRY ON AIR
We need your support as we celebrate Nu Country TV's 34th series with Australian record companies and artists teaming to ensure our survival.
We have Blake Shelton's 12th CD If I'm Honest from Karen Black and Tony Midolo at Warner Music.
We also have other CDS by major artists you can win by becoming a Nu Country TV member or renewing membership.
They include Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church and late larrikin legend A.P. Johnson.