TRACE ADKINS HEADLINES NU COUNTRY TV
Singing-songwriter actor Trace Adkins headlines Nu Country TV on Saturday August 14 at 9.30 pm on Channel 31/Digital 44.
Kentucky coalminer's son Tyler Childers and Texan troubadour Granger Smith return in a Behind Bars double shot on the show hosted by expat Californian Mid-Pacific Bob Olson.
Fellow Texan Vincent Neil Emerson debuts on our program filmed and edited by our multi-talented editor, cameraman and lockdown producer-host Laith Graham.
Dandenong Ranges singer-songwriter-tradie Benny Allen and Gunnedah born Katrina Burgoyne boomerang on the show repeated on Wednesday at 11.30 pm.
Nu Country TV is a highlight of C 31 streaming list on Digital 44.
Further info - https://www.c31.org.au/
TRACE FILLS EMPTY CHAIRS
Louisiana born singing actor Trace Adkins honours servicemen and women freedom fighters in overseas wars in his return.
Trace illustrates his Empty Chair video with images of front line peers who died overseas and were honoured by survivors.
Empty Chair , penned by Lance Miller, David Frasier and Lonnie Fowler is on his 13th album The Way I Wanna Go.
It features 25 songs and released on August 27.
Trace, 59, and father of five daughters, starred in 24 movies and telemovies including The Lincoln Lawyer , Hickock, Traded, Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story, An American Carol, Bennett's War and The Virginian.
"I don't know where my place is gonna be when the history of what I did is written," Adkins revealed.
"But 90 percent of the time, I said what I wanted to say and stuck to my guns and did what I wanted to do. And this album is as good as anything I've ever done."
Produced by Mickey Jack Cones, Derek George and late Kenny Beard the disc features 25 songs to celebrate the silver anniversary of release of his debut album Dreaming Out Loud .
Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Pitbull, Melissa Etheridge, Keb Mo, Snoop Dogg, and Stevie Wonder on harmonica appear on the disc whose lead anthem Where The Country Girls At features Bryan and Pitbull.
Songwriters include Kendell Marvel, Dan Auerbach, Jonathan Singleton, TJ and John Osborne, Randy Montana and Zach Crowell.
"I am at the top of my game right now as far as my craft goes," Trace added.
"I'm better at this than I've ever been in my life. I've got to the point I think in my career where it's all up to me now. I can do whatever I want to do, and that's a beautiful place to be. I love where I'm at. I really do. I've had the perfect career, and I'm right where I want to be."
TYLER CHILDERS FINDS WAYLON ON HIS WILLIE
Kentucky coal-miner's son Tyler Childers returns with the first of our humorous Willie videos.
Childers illustrates his tale of a date with a damsel whom he introduces to music of artists diverse as Willie Nelson, 88, and late Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams.
Tyler illustrates Waylon On My Willie with images of his fellow Red-Headed Stranger singer-songwriter and his love of the herb superb.
It follows his fourth album Long Violent History in 2020.
All proceeds from the album go to Hickman Holler Appalachian Relief Fund that Childers and singing spouse Senora May established to raise awareness and money for philanthropic efforts in the Appalachian Region.
Childers, aged 30, played St Kilda Palais on March 7, 2019, with late former Chicago postie and fellow 2018 and 2019 Americana awards winner John Prine who died at 73 on April 7, 2020.
His music jumped genres with a tasty flourish when late culinary TV host Anthony Bourdain used his songs when he featured West Virginia on his Parts Unknown special in April, 2018.
Tyler shares his Kentucky roots with fellow Coalminer's daughters and sons Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle, Patty Loveless, Pistol Annie Angaleena Presley and bluegrass reared prolific Grammy winning chart topper Chris Stapleton.
TEXAN VINCENT NEIL EMERSON ADORNS WILLIE'S WALL
East Texan troubadour Vincent Neil Emerson, 29, debuts with his unique tribute to Lone Star state mentor Willie Nelson, aged 88.
Emerson's Willie Nelson's Wall video is on his 2019 debut album Fried Chicken And Evil Women.
The Myrtle Springs born, latter day Fort Worth singer-songwriter's second self-titled album was produced by fellow Texan Rodney Crowell and released on La Honda Records-Thirty Tigers on June 25.
His video preceded recent singles High On Getting By, Learning To Drown and Texas Moon.
“I got drawn into this project as a producer because I was immediately drawn to the poetry of the songs that Vincent writes,” Crowell revealed.
“To me it's in that Texas folk-singer tradition of Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Ray Wylie Hubbard, myself and Steve Earle. When I heard Vincent's songs, I said, ‘I get this. I understand it. I want to be a part of this.' It's really exciting to me that there's another generation coming up with the sensibilities of really good, strong language and a respect for the tradition of poetic folk-singing and songwriting.”
Further info - https://vincentneilemerson.com/
GRANGER SMITH VEHICULAR VISIONS
Texan Granger Smith revs up a fleet of his favourite cars and trucks on his Behind Bars return.
Granger, 41, hosted a motor rally with a difference after touring here in 2018 with Fawkner born singer-songwriter Jasmine Rae.
None of those cars, trucks, tractors and mowers were in the car park of the Village Green Hotel in Mulgrave before or after their concert.
Smith, actor spouse Amber, brothers Tyler and Parker and children were joined by some good old young boys from his Yee-Yee Nation in the mud and mayhem of his raucous new video.
Chevys, Hemis, Yotas and Fords is on his 11th album Country Things Volume 2 .
Granger also owns Yee-Yee Apparel outdoor, lifestyle brand, with his brothers and alter-ego, Earl Dibbles Jr, and his book If You're City, If You're Country, They Were There: A Hero's Documentary and the River Kelly Fund.
Further info - http://www.grangersmith.com/
BENNY ALLEN TIRED IN THE RANGES
Dandenong Ranges tradie-pianist and singer-songwriter Benny Allen returns with a new take on two-stepping through the tulips.
Benny survived power failures during violent storms during the pandemic.
No wonder he was tired all the time - he filmed and edited his video walking backwards.
Michael Carpenter and The Banks Brothers joined him on Tired All The Time that follows debut album Never Knew I Was Country.
A bout of insomnia and good mates inspired Tired All The Time.
“The song came to me at 3 o'clock one morning when I was lying in bed and my sarcastic inner voice was asking why I was so tired all the time,” Allen revealed.
“The chorus came to me, then little verse bits as I thought about those mates we have who say they're really busy working overtime, juggling family commitments and everything else and you wonder how they fit that all in.”
Tired All The Time features Benny on piano and vocals recorded in Melbourne, Michael on drums, acoustic guitars and bass, and Zane and Jy from Banks Brothers on electric guitars and pedal steel.
“I'm so excited about this song because I'm really happy with how it came together,” Benny explained.
“Mentioned in the song are a couple of good mates, too. I met Kim Wright and Aaron Jurd through the Academy of Country Music in 2018, and they fit the story in this song, so they're mentioned.”
“I want people to sing along with the chorus - my daughter has already told me it's an ear worm and has been singing it to herself after just one listen!” Benny added.
“This is an anthem for the people who don't get enough sleep.”
Benny won most popular balladeer and album at 2020 Independent Country Music Awards and best video at Australian Country Music People's Choice Awards.
Further info - https://www.bennyallen.rocks/
KATRINA BURGOYNE TENNESSEE TRIPS
Expat Gunnedah singer Katrina Burgoyne joined fellow expats Keith Urban and Morgan Evans after she headed to Texas and Tennessee to chase her dreams.
Katrina, aged 32, filmed her Tennessee video with Steve Kinney from her third album recorded in Nashville.
She exuded passion as she performed high above Music City and in a bar before hitting the streets and parks of her home away from home.
Kinney filmed her previous video 25 Cents In The Ash Tray out on the lost highway.
"Since lock-down I've had a few artists release my songs,” Katrina revealed.
“ABC recording artist Travis Collins just released a song I wrote called Better Than You Found Em and it has been added to some big playlists in the USA and Irish artist Lisa McHugh released a song we wrote called You're Gonna Get Back Up .
Indie New Zealand artist Jaydin Shingleton recorded Katrina's song Damn Love and Taylor Moss released Don't Let Me Let Go.
Further info - https://katrinaburgoyne.com/
WIN WAYLON, GEORGE JONES AND HIGHWAYMEN
George Jones, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson were among country historian Barbara Dowling's favourite Texans.
You can win Waylon Jennings, Highwaymen , Merle Haggard and George Jones discs donated by Barbara who died at 77 in December by becoming a Nu Country TV member or renewing your membership.
She co-hosted Long In The Saddle in our Nu Country FM era and was pioneer Australian and Victorian country music awards judge.
Barbara was admired for rising above losing her sight as a young woman and her country passion with annual trips to Waylon's birthplace in Littlefield, West Texas.
Waylon died at 64 on February 13, 2002, and is survived by singing spouse Jessi, now 77, and son Shooter, 41.
WIN KEITH URBAN CDS ALSO
We have expatriate Australasian superstar Keith Urban's chart topping 12th album The Speed Of Now - Part 1.
Also BR5-49 CD Big Backyard Beat Show and Billy Ray Cyrus's historic 1992 album Some Gave All that features his Achy Breaky Heart hit.
Join Watling & Bates as members and win their 13 track CD Small Town Tales.
We have other CDS by major artists you can win by becoming a Nu Country TV member or renewing your membership.
They include Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Kip Moore and late larrikin legend A.P. Johnson.