WILL DAY AND MATT WARD HEADLINE NU COUNTRY TV
Brisbane singer-songwriter Will Day and Adelaide peer Matt Ward headline Nu Country TV on Saturday March 19 at 9.30 pm.
Texans Kate Watson and Creed Fisher also appear on the show repeated on Wednesday at 11.30 pm.
Californian Amanda Kate and South Dakota chanteuse Hailey Steele debut on the program filmed and edited by our multi-talented lockdown producer-host Laith Graham.
Nu Country TV is a highlight of C 31 streaming list on Digital 44.
Further info - https://www.c31.org.au/
WILL DAY AND BROOKE SCHUBERT
Brisbane singer singer-songwriter Will Day returns with Brooke Shubert on a duet celebrating romance with a flourish.
Will, now 32, is married to song writing partner Skye whom he met at university.
Day wrote Simple Then with his producer Jared Adlam.
It's on Will's debut album Countrified.
MATT WARD AND BONNIE MONTGOMERY
Matt Ward teams with Texan Bonnie Montgomery on his return.
Matt, 45, works as a park ranger in environmental science and land management in South Australia when not recording and performing.
Matt and Bonnie duet on his Old Ground video from his second album If I Was In Dallas Tonight that he recorded in Wimberley in Texas hill country and Sydney.
Matt often visits the Texas town where the late Billy Joe Shaver and Kevin Welch lived before Kevin moved to NSW south coast with his Australian wife.
Matt also showcased Better Man - his song for bushfire and drought victims - from debut album Heartland.
He wrote it after hearing an interview with a suicidal farmer who lost his farm and family in a drought.
“He tried to make things work on his farm, however as things got harder and harder his wife and kids ended up leaving and moving to Melbourne,” Ward revealed.
“He dug his heels and unfortunately eventually lost the farm, his family, everything. He was clearly very upset and was saying he had, had suicidal thoughts, so I wrote the song from that story.”
Ward's cross-cultural exchange included trips to West Texas deserts and Austin concerts and fuelled videos Terlingua and Take Me Home with his Rising Sons band.
KATE WATSON RED LIPSTICK AND A COWBOY HAT
Texan troubadour Kate Watson strides corridors of her old school in her video for a song she wrote about being the new kid in town.
She began singing at Lone Star Cowboy Church in Montgomery, Texas - largest cowboy church in the world.
Kate's singer dad Jesse is the church preacher and Christian recording artist and her mum plays the church drums.
The 2019 American Idol finalist wrote Red Lipstick And A Cowboy Hat - an original, autobiographical song about thriving despite adversity.
Kate's family moved frequently as she was growing up and found it hard to fit in at school being perpetual new kid in town.
She developed gritty determination documented in her song, “you really burned me bad, but now I'm rising from the ash.”
Kate's first recording was a song her father wrote for her - Forever I'm Yours.
Further info - https://www.thekatewatson.com/
AMANDA KATE HOME ON THE RANGE
Californian singer-songwriter Amanda Kate hails from Red River in New Mexico and now lives in Orange County , California , where she shares her ranch home with her husband, baby and three horses.
She filmed new video Little I Got at the Rockin' R Ranch in Palmer, Texas.
Her support cast included late mother - country singer Kathy Wright - horses and cattle.
Kathy, an original member of Dean Martin Golddiggers , starred on his NBC TV program The Dean Martin Show when she was 18.
She also travelled the globe singing with Bob Hope and his USO-sponsored Christmas shows and bestowed love for music on her daughter.
Amanda's mother brought her to a show when she was just one week old and put her in a bassinet on stage while she performed.
Aged just two Amanda joined her mom each night to sing and began performing in church and singing original songs her mom wrote.
By the time Amanda was 14 she was singing professionally.
Little I Got is on her self-titled EP that follows her 2019 album Time featuring songs penned by her mum who died of cancer in 2020.
It was penned by fellow Texan Maren Morris.
Further info - https://www.amandakatemusic.com/
CREED FISHER HONOURS HIS BULLDOG HANKLES
est Texan Creed Fisher features his beloved bulldog Hankles in his truck on his latest song and video.
Hankles is on Creed's fourth album Whiskey and The Dog.
Creed hails from way out west in Odessa but hangs his hat in New Braunfels - south of Austin.
Fisher wrote 11 songs solo and three - including Jesus, Haggard & Jones - with Mark Jones.
The album also includes Life Of A Working Man and The Way That I Am.
Creed describes his music as “a rollercoaster of emotions; laughs, cheers with drinks and songs that will make you want to cry. I hope fans walk away knowing that I'm still in the trenches fighting this battle for real country music. We haven't lost a step; if anything, this album is stronger than ever and shows Creed Fisher is a force to be reckoned with in Outlaw Country Music."
Further info - https://creedfisher.net/
HAILEY STEELE HONOURS RAGGEDY ANNE
South Dakota damsel Hailey Steele shared stages with Willie Nelson and Loretta Lynn before she was 15.
Hailey chased music instead of small-town motherhood and hit Nashville at 19 and wrote songs.
They include Raggedy Anne that she features in her new video.
Hailey is in the Let The Girls Play movement by Nashville's Song Suffragettes . She wrote Fight Like a Girl for Kalie Shorr - the program pioneer artist - and first single W here I Thought I'd Be.
Steele has toured with Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, Will Hoge and Stephen Kellogg.
She appeared on Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium stages with Shelly Fairchild to perform original On The Highway .
Hailey featured in American Songwriter Magazine with another single All I Wanted.
Further info - http://www.haileysteele.com/about
WIN WAYLON, GEORGE JONES AND MERLE HAGGARD
Help us celebrate being Nu Country TV members and win albums by late Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, George Jones and Highwaymen by becoming a Nu Country member or renewing your membership.
George, Waylon, Merle and Willie Nelson were among country historian Barbara Dowling's favourite Texans.
The Waylon, Highwaymen , Merle and George discs were donated by Barbara who died at 77 in December, 2020.
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 78, and son Shooter, 42.
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 Achy Breaky Heart.
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.