TEXAN MAREN MORRIS HEADLINES NU COUNTRY TV
Texan Grammy winner Maren Morris headlines Nu Country TV Saturday April 20 at 9.30 pm on Channel 31/44 on the eve of her second Australian tour in August.
Prolific Golden guitarists Kasey Chambers and Travis Collins return to the show repeated Monday 7.30 am and Thursday 12 am.
ARIA award winning expat Kiwi Shanley Del appears in Behind Bars on the program filmed and edited by Laith Graham.
Albury singer-songwriter Hayley Jensen and Mississippi minstrel Randy Houser also return.
Nu Country TV is a highlight of C 31 streaming list on Digital 44.
Further info - https://www.c31.org.au/
MAREN MORRIS HITS WITH MELBOURNE BORN SONGWRITER
In response to the 2017 Las Vegas Strip shooting, Morris released Dear Hate - a song she wrote and recorded with Vince Gill - with all proceeds going to Music City Cares Fund.
KASEY CHAMBERS GRANDMATERNAL TRIBUTE
Kasey Chambers and her Fireside Disciples return with their evocative new video from her 12 th album Campfire.
They filmed outback on the jetty at her mum's home on the NSW Central Coast.
“We did Go On Your Way in my mum's backyard,” Kasey, now 41 and mother of three revealed.
“She has this little house on the Central coast with this little jetty that goes out the back onto the river. My kids go out there and fish. This one has a water vibe.
The Fireside Disciples sang Go On Your Way to the family matriarch - Poppa Bill's mother - on her death bed and then The Campfire Song at her funeral.
“ Go On Your Way is drawn from the influence Africa had on my life,” Kasey revealed.
TRAVIS COLLINS HAPPY
Seven-time Golden Guitarist and latter-day Cessnock singer-songwriter Travis Collins returns with a humorous new video directed by Jeremy Dylan - son of our late benefactor Rob Potts - in Newcastle and beyond.
Happy is on seventh album The Brave & The Broken with all songs written or co-written by Travis.
“We didn't approach these songs with a checklist and rulebook and I'm proud that it really shows here,” revealed Collins - a winner in the 2019 CMA Awards in Nashville .
“I just tried to write as real, relatable and honestly as I could, and we recorded what felt right. You know, the kind of songs we crank on the weekend, songs that make you think of someone or a song which takes us somewhere. Songs that put a lump in your throat, a smile on your face or a tear in your eye. All of us are brave and broken, depending on the day, and that is what I wanted these songs to be.”
Previous single High Horse was an earthy torch song that held a mirror to a broken relationship seen through a mate's eyes.
Brave & The Broken isn't just an album title, it is all of us,” says Travis who was born in Macquarie Fields south of Sydney in sheep country.
Collins and former Qantas accountant Amber Lawrence combined in their video for Our Backyard - title track of their seven song EP.
Travis busked on mean streets of Campbelltown as a teenager before winning 2004 Tamworth Starmaker Quest and writing songs in Nashville and touring the U.S. and Europe .
He has lived in Cessnock - hometown of wife Rebecca - for seven years and graced Nu Country with Perth born, Colac and Wallington raised singer Adam Brand's Outlaws .
SHANLEY DEL TIME ON HER HANDS
Expat Kiwi ARIA award winner Shanley Del debuts on Nu Country TV with Mornington Peninsula raised singer-songwriter Lachlan Bryan.
They were joined by Texas marionettes in their video for Harlan Howard song I've Got All The Time in The World .
Shanley first heard it when she met the late Harlan in a Nashville bar many moons ago.
Del recalled she and Howard spent the afternoon drinking White Russians .
During their bar chat Howard pitched Shanley I've Got All The Time In The World.
Shanley fell in love with the song that stayed in her memory bank for decades before she recorded it as a duet with Lachlan Bryan.
It's on Shanley's new EP with her bassist-singing spouse James Gillard.
Del, 56, moved here in 1991 and played with sister Jenny Morris on tours and albums.
The 1998 ARIA winner has released 5 albums including one with Gillard who directed her video and another - Tea For Three - with Genni Kane and Jane Saunders.
Bryan heads Melbourne band The Wildes and directs videos.
Further info - https://www.facebook.com/shanleydelmusic/
HAYLEY JENSEN FINDS LOVE IN A PADDOCK
Albury singer-songwriter Hayley Jensen finds love in a paddock in her return with a faithful steed.
They shared bread and champagne before finding their beau on This Love - fourth single on second album Turning Up The Dial, released on May 11, 2018.
Hayley, 35, wrote it with Hunter Valley singer-songwriter Kirsty Lee-Akers and Nat Pearson.
Jensen previously appeared on Nu Country with Saturday Night - penned with Daniel Skeed.
She boomeranged after losing her dad two years ago to cancer and honoured him with You're With Me that she wrote with expat Australian Phil Barton.
“The heartache that comes with losing someone you love, particularly a parent, is absolutely debilitating,” Hayley revealed.
“He was one of my biggest supporters and sources of encouragement in life, particularly in music. He was so proud of me. I wanted to succeed, just to make him happy. Some days I'll look in the mirror and almost see him in my reflection, well the expressions, and smile that he passed on to me anyway. And sometimes when I laugh or am having a conversation with someone, I can almost hear his voice or his joke instead of my own. I miss our curious conversations and his strong yet warm and loving embrace. My favourite line in this song is ‘even though I can't wrap my arms around you, you're with me'. And even though he is no longer here on this earth, I really do feel that he is still with me, proud as punch, clearing the path before me and helping to light my way.”
She recorded Turn Up The Dial in the U.S. with Grammy and Emmy award-winning producer, Jamie Tate.
It features co-writes with award-winning songwriters, including Barton, Jerry Salley, Alex Seier and label mate Akers.
She wrote Forever Won't Be Long Enough for her husband with Jerry Salley, in Nashville .
“I knew I wanted to write a song for our wedding that captured the way I felt about him, and I knew Jerry, who is very well known and for writing award-winning, extraordinary love ballads, would be the perfect person to write this special song with. The idea behind this song is that all my days on this earth won't be nearly enough to express how I feel about him, or to experience all that we dream of doing together. We danced to this song on our wedding day and it was the most romantic moment ever! I hope other couples will love this song too and use it for their first dance, experiencing the same rush that we felt on that special day.”
Further info - https://www.hayleyjensen.net/
RANDY HOUSER HIGH TIME
Mississippi minstrel Randy Houser sold out the Corner Hotel , Richmond , and The Forum in the Melbourne CBD on his December tour.
Houser, 43, proves handy on guitar, BBQ, piano and pool at the home he shares with Australian wife Tatiana Starzynski and their faithful canine in his video High Time on fifth album Magnolia.
Houser married Tatiana on May 4, 2016, after being introduced by songwriter pal Dallas Davidson - her brother-in-law.
High Time is on Houser's fifth album Magnolia.
Randy's parents divorced when he was seven and he spent summers with his dad - a professional singer and musician.
He was playing Mississippi clubs at 15 and he moved to Nashville as a demo singer after his dad died.
Houser landed a publishing deal at Windswept Music and joined Jamey Johnson and Davidson as co-writers of Honky Tonk Badonkadonk - a big hit for singing actor Trace Adkins.
He cut an unreleased album with famed MCA producer James Stroud before his discs Anything Goes 2008, They Call Me Cadillac 2010, How Country Feels 2013 and Fired Up in 2016.
Further info - www.randyhouser.com
HOW TO KEEP NU COUNTRY ON AIR
We need your support as we celebrate Nu Country TV's 39th series with Australian record companies and artists teaming to ensure our survival.
You can win Kip Moore's third album Slowheart , thanks to EMI promotions chief Dave Parker, and 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.