TRACE ADKINS HEADLINES NU COUNTRY TV
Prolific singer songwriter actor Trace Adkins headlines Nu Country TV on Saturday April 8 at 7 pm.
Arkansas singing cowboy Joe Nichols and Melbourne band Darlinghurst return to the show repeated on Wednesday at 1 am.
Nebraskan Shannon Labrie fronts the program filmed and edited by our multi-talented lockdown producer-host Laith Graham.
Texan Ariel Hutchins and her rodeo riding son Weston and Jem Cassar-Daley - daughter of Troy and TV-radio host Laurel Edwards - appear with their maiden videos.
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TRACE MINES HEARTBREAK
Louisiana born Trace Adkins proves a master of ruptured romance in his new video that follows his Empty Chair and Ain't That Kind Of Cowboy clips on Nu Country.
Four times wed Trace, 61 and dad of five daughters, is well qualified to perform Heartbreak Song - one of 25 on his 13th album The Way I Want To Go.
"It's about heartbreak but not the type you would assume," Adkins revealed.
“It's a unique take. It all ends well, though. I'm not sure if there is a message, but I hope everyone likes our approach to the video. Heartbreak Song is a song I've had in my back pocket for a few years. I'm excited that this is the first release from my album.”
Heartbreak Song was penned by Greg Crowe, Johnny Garcia and Adam Wood.
The video takes more dramatic interpretations.
At the start two women are in a small-town cafe, as one tearfully tells her friend, “It's been two days and I haven't seen Gary. I have to do something.”
She later exits the cafe, wiping away a tear as Adkins walks by.
The woman sets out to find Gary and enjoys sweet surprises as Adkins plays a key role in her journey in a clip with plenty of classic cars.
Trace's 25 song album features Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Pitbull, Melissa Etheridge, Keb Mo , Snoop Dogg and Stevie Wonder on songs including Jesus Was A Hippie .
Adkins 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.
JOE NICHOLS HOME RUN
Arkansas singing cowboy Joe Nichols master a baseball metaphor in his return to the show.
Joe, 46, and father of three daughters went into rehab after his truckie bassist dad died.
But Joe boomeranged with wife Heather in his Home Run video from 11th album Good Day For Living.
“It has a strong melody that sticks in your head, but it also has a great message for right now,” Nichols said of the song penned by Ashley Gorley, Dallas Davidson and Ross Copperman.
“Everyone is feeling a little crazy, a little lost.”
Joe made three Australian tours including 2001 Forum gig with Fawkner filly Jasmine Rae.
Nichols appeared on Nu Country with a humorous version of a song made famous by hip hop rapper Sir Mix A Lot.
Joe was judged by Sir Mix A Lot on his classic Baby Got Back from 10th album Never Gets Old.
ARIEL HUTCHINS RODEO MENTOR
West Texan singer-songwriter Ariel Hutchins proves a maternal mentor for young son Weston, just eight, who is already riding the range.
Weston is one of her three children and wants to be a rodeo rider.
Abilene born Ariel began singing in church and was given her first guitar when she was 11 in foster care.
Weston mounts his steed in her The Cowboy He Will Be video.
"It's about my son who rodeos," Ariel explained.
Ariel has toured with Kevin Fowler, Stoney LaRue and William Clark Green, Eli Young Band, Aaron Watson, and Clay Walker.
She opened for Professional Bull Riding organization and Texas Rangers games singing the National Anthem and is an on-stage advocate for foster children.
At fourteen Ariel found a loving family with her custodial guardians Billy and Rebecca and moved to her new home in Cross Plains, Texas.
She often sang the National Anthem at high school sports events and performed acoustically in local venues.
Her first single Wine Won't Work and duet with Sundance Head on Showing Off were #1 on Texas radio.
Further info - https://www.arielhutchinsmusic.com/
JEM CASSAR-DALEY IN FOREST
Singer-songwriter Jem Cassar-Daley followed singer dad Troy, 53, and DJ mum and TV host Laurel Edwards into show business.
Jem, now 22, plays piano and guitar and writes songs and tours with Troy.
She mastered an old piano in the forest in her Letting Go video filmed at Mabel St Garden Toowoomba and Point Cartwright on the Sunshine Coast.
Jem wrote and recorded Letting Go with Garret Kato in Ocean Shores, NSW, and Rare Squid Creative directed her video.
Jem released Letting Go, Changes and You've Got A Friend as singles from her seven track EP I Don't Know Who To Call.
Further info - https://jemcassardaley.com/
DARLINGHURST SPREAD LOVE AND JOY
Young Melbourne quartet Darlinghurst deliver a strong message from their couch in their Where We Go video.
Their message - enjoy freedom, joy and love with family and friends.
And their fans on dance floors under The Beatles gaze from a wall.
They spread Love and Joy at Out on the Weekend festivals on the dock of the bay at Steamworks in Williamstown.
Where We Go is one of seven singles on the self-titled debut album by the band members - Jason Resch, Pagan Newman, Cassie Leopold and Matt Darvidis.
Further info - https://www.darlinghurst-band.com/
SHANNON LABRIE SONG OF PRAISE
Nebraskan Shannon Labrie carries on a family tradition on debut.
Shannon grew up on a farm near Lincoln where her dad taught her guitar before he died when she was just 13.
She turned grief into salvation and solace as she runs through a forest storm in her video of a song she wrote with Tia Sellers.
Raining Hallelujah is on her third album Building.
Further info - https://www.shannonlabrie.com/
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.
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