WELCOME TO NU COUNTRY TV
TEXAN RODNEY CROWELL HEADLINES NU COUNTRY TV
Texan singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell headlines
Nu Country TV on Saturday November 23 at 9.30 pm on Channel 31/ Digital 44.
Fellow Lone Star state singing rancher and star George Strait also boomerangs to the show, repeated Monday at 7.30 am.
Nouveau North Carolina superstar Luke Combs and former Virginian Marine Gethen Jenkins re-appear in
Behind Bars on the program filmed and edited by Laith Graham. Fawkner born belle Jasmine Rae and Hunter Valley export Tori Forsyth return with some gal pals in their latest video clips.
Nu Country TV is a highlight of C 31 streaming list on Digital 44. Further info - https://www.c31.org.au/
CLICK HERE for the full preview of this week's episode
RAY WYLIE HUBBARD SUPS ON WHISKEY – MYERS LABEL
Whiskey Myers proves why it topped country charts on debut on September 27 with its fifth album in a 12-year career that began in Palestine.
The band mixes Biblical fervour with a fierce outlaw spirit akin to mentors Hank Williams Jr and the late Waylon Jennings.
So it's no surprise that Pentecostal primed entrée single
Die Rockin' was penned by singer Cody Cannon and veteran Texan outlaw Ray Wylie Hubbard.
Hubbard, 73 and one of the pioneers of outlaw country in the Lone Star state, is still recording and performing with little mates Shotgun Willie Nelson, 86, and recent octogenarian Billy Joe Shaver.
CLICK HERE for our Whiskey Myers CD feature in The Diary.
STEVE MARTIN, MARTIN SHORT
AND STEEP CANYON RANGERS
Grammy winning bluegrass band
Steep Canyon Rangers and comedic cronies Steve Martin and Martin Short performed to a capacity crowd at Melbourne Arena.
Now You See Them, Soon You Want show attracted an enthusiastic audience headed by Oscar winning actor Geoffrey Rush.
They scored more laughs than the bloodthirsty boxing bout by two retired footballers at the adjacent
Margaret Court Arena, named after the former tennis champion and latter-day Biblical bell ringer. CLICK HERE for our review in our Concerts Section.
MIRANDA LAMBERT HEADLINES
CMC ROCKS QUEENSLAND
Texan superstar Miranda Lambert headlines the 13 th
CMC Rocks Queensland festival at Ipswich in March on her debut tour here in March.
Miranda and Brothers Osborne also perform Sydney on Tuesday March 24 and
Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Thursday March 26.
Lambert, 35, topped U.S. country charts with her seventh album
Wildcard on its first week.
The sales, exceeding 44,000 albums, landed it at #4 on the all genre chart and was her seventh consecutive #1 country album and Top 10 on
Miranda revealed in a
Nu Country TV interview she will bring her second husband - New York City cop Brendan McLoughlin - with her to Australia . CLICK HERE for our interview in The Diary on November 11.
GRAMMY WINNERS DAN & SHAY FULL HOUSE
Grammy winning country duo Dan & Shay performed to capacity crowds on three nights at
Rod Laver Arena with young Canadian superstar Shawn Mendes.
The chart toppers celebrated major streaming success with recent video clips for
Tequila and 10,000 Hours.
Dan & Shay debuted on
Nu Country TV on April 22, 2017, with When I Pray For You from the soundtrack of the Sam Worthington-Octavia Spencer-Tim McGraw movie The Shack. CLICK HERE for our Dan & Shay and Shawn Mendes review in our Concert section.
JOE SUN RIP AT 76 IN FLORIDA
When former Vietnam veteran, disc jockey, actor and latter-day singer-songwriter Joe Sun toured here in 1990 he opted for regional venues and country music festivals to showcase his down-home country music.
Now, 29 years down the Lost Highway the Mid-West dairy farmer's son has followed heroes and mentors diverse as Hank Williams, Steve Young and Guy Clark into that great honky tonk heaven.
Sun, born James Paulsen, in Rochester , Wisconsin, died on October 25 at 76 of natural causes in Palm Bay, Florida.
He toured Australia to promote his 10th album
Hank And Bogart Still Live after scoring smashes with Old Flames Don't Hold A Candle To You and Shotgun Rider that later became hits for singing-actor Dolly Parton and Texan Delbert McClinton. CLICK HERE for our Joe Sun obituary in The Diary.
MORGAN EVANS PULLS QUORUM AT THE FORUM
Expat Novocastrian singer-songwriter Morgan Evans performed to a capacity crowd at the historic
Forum in Melbourne CBD.
Evans, 34, may have left his singing spouse Kelsea Ballerini at home in Nashville but had two high profile guests on stage.
Grammy winning New Jersey born producer and singer-songwriter Chris DeStefano, who produced and co-wrote all 11 songs with Evans on his second album
Things That We Drink To , opened the show.
And fellow Novocastrian Mark Wells guested on Evans 2007 debut single
Big Skies from his self-titled album.
CLICK HERE for our review in our Concerts section.
PHOTOS - ANDREW FRIEND -
JIM LAUDERDALE - KING OF BROKEN HEARTS
OUT ON THE WEEKEND
NICK RIEWOLDT FOOTBALL LESSONS FOR TIM MCGRAW
Former St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt gave singing superstar actor Tim McGraw and his capacity concert crowd football kicking lessons at
Rod Laver Arena on Sunday night.
Country music devotee St Nick, just 36, kicked four new
Sherrin footballs high into the bleachers as Tim introduced one of his many hits - I Like It I Love It .
McGraw, 52, reciprocated by emulating his guest with a left foot torpedo and a gridiron throw of another football.
Tim, son of late baseball star Tug McGraw, offered to sing at the AFL grand final in a
Nu Country TV interview in April after seeing Nick play against Collingwood in a preliminary final on a previous tour.
The pilot and singing spouse of fellow star Faith Hill wore a Collingwood jumper at that game.
Nick's kicking lessons were his salient sequel.
CLICK HERE for Carol Taylor's exclusive photos and music review in our Concerts section.
MICHAEL WAUGH RETURNS TO THE WEIR
Gippsland dairy farmer's son Michael Waugh proves he is well qualified to write and sing about extremities of drought and flood that have haunted agrarians for centuries.
The latter-day Scotch College secondary teacher and house master grew up near Glenmaggie Dam and Maffra in the Latrobe Valley .
But the fitness fanatic grandfather also found song sources for his third album
The Weir while heading west on his push bike and catching Countdown icon Molly Meldrum taking in his garbage bins at his Luxor mansion in Richmond.
Waugh, 48, wrote all 13 songs on his acclaimed album produced by Queensland refugee Shane Nicholson.
CLICK HERE for our Waugh Weir CD feature in The Diary.
JIM LAUDERDALE HEADLINES OUT ON THE WEEKEND
North Carolina born singer-songwriter-radio and TV host Jim Lauderdale has plenty of music to promote when he headlines the sixth
Out On The Weekend Festival on Saturday October 12.
The Presbyterian minister's son, now 62, joins bluegrass belle Molly Tuttle, Felice Brothers, Pokey LaFarge, Johnny Fritz and Josh Hedley at
Seaworks in Williamstown.
The vast cast includes Sierra Ferrell, country rock veteran Brian Cadd and New Zealand export Tami Neilson.
Dual Grammy winner Lauderdale is touring to showcase his 32nd album
From Another World. CLICK HERE for our Jim Lauderdale CD feature in The Diary.
TYLER CHILDERS IGNITES HOUSE FIRE
Appalachian roots singer-songwriter Tyler Childers returns to
Nu Country TV to promote his acclaimed third album Country Squire.
Childers, 28, and singing spouse Senora May perform his new video for
Americana Award singer plans a second Australian tour after debuting here on March 7 with fellow winner John Prine, 72, who returns to St Kilda Palais in April after winning two more Americana Awards this month. CLICK HERE for a Childers Country Squire CD feature in The Diary.
GEORGE DUCAS YELLOW ROSE MOTEL 2020 TOUR?
When Texas City born hit-writer George Ducas needed a source for his double murder crime of passion title track for fourth album
Yellow Rose Motel he didn't have to look far.
He resurrected fellow Texan singing actor Willie Nelson's famed
Red Headed Stranger album and movie as his inspiration.
At just 48 Ducas is almost four decades younger than Willie, now 86, but their traditional country music theme song sources are a common denominator.
Ducas is keen to promote his album on a tour in 2020 - hopefully launched at the 13th
CMC Rocks Queensland Festival in March. CLICK HERE for our exclusive Ducas interview in The Diary.
RUNAWAY JUNE BLUE ROSES
Runaway June had good reason to bare their hearts on the pathos primed title track finale of their debut album Blue Roses.
The song was inspired by the tragic death of lead singer-guitarist Naomi Cooke's brother Billy Dukes.
Runaway June , featuring late western movie star actor John The Duke Wayne's grand-daughter Jennifer, is touring with Oklahoma oriole Carrie Underwood and Maddie & Tae. CLICK HERE for our Runaway June CD feature in the Diary.
SINGING SHEARER LUKE DICKENS CLICKS SONGS
When singer-songwriter-shearer Luke Dickens wrote nine songs for self-funded second album
After The Rain he discovered his music was creative therapy.
That was after exploring evil outback serial killers, cyber bullies, snakes and wolves.
But the 2011
Star Maker winner balanced his musical diet with love songs for his son Jordan , now 10, and fiancé Sammie whom he plans to marry in October.
“It was therapeutic,” Dickens, 37, told
Nu Country TV of the album produced by Sam Hawksley. CLICK HERE for our Dickens interview in The Diary.
WILLIE HIGH IN THE SADDLE AT 86
Shotgun Willie Nelson proved in his video for his 69 th album title track
Ride Me Back Home he stills ride high in the saddle with no need to dismount.
Willie, a ripe young 86-year-old, chose that song - one of the few he didn't write on his album - as the title.
The song's equine freedom message - equally relevant here with threats to high country Brumbies - echoes human liberation Willie has extolled since leaving Texas hometown Abbott as a teenager.
Willie loves horses and humans - including pianist sister Bobbie, now 88, with equal passion.
Ride Me Back Home was co-written by Sonny Throckmorton after hearing of Willie adopting horses that he stables at his Texas Hill Country ranch. CLICK HERE for our new Willie CD feature in the Diary.
LUKAS TURNS ON - AND OFF THE NEWS
When Lukas Nelson and his long-time band
Promise Of The Real returned here for their April tour they drove home the message of their fifth album title track with dynamic live delivery - especially at the historic Corner Hotel in Richmond .
It may have been a much smaller venue than those played by Lukas's singing sire Willie, now 86, on his tours.
But the aura of singing actor Willie swirled around the venue as Lukas proved why he followed his sire into movies with major roles writing songs on the soundtrack and performing in the Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga remake of
A Star Is Born.
Lukas's message was and clear - ignore the endless news cycle with its staple diet of war, famine, car jackings, drive-by shootings, murder and mayhem that maul the mean streets of Melbourne and, of course, the Middle East and way beyond.
CLICK HERE for our Lukas Nelson CD feature in The Diary.
BROTHERS OSBORNE PRAISE WILLIE NELSON
Brothers Osborne share more than their penchant for the herb superb with their Octogenarian mentor - singing actor Willie Nelson.
The duo joined Willie, now 86, by expanding their profile and releasing a brace of video clips to promote their eclectic music.
They showcased their Red Headed Stranger eulogy -
Weed, Whiskey & Willie - live on Late Night With Seth Meyers on U.S. TV and the Grand Ole Opry .
The song, accompanied by a video to be screened on
Nu Country TV in August, is on their second album Port Saint Joe. CLICK HERE for a Brothers Osborne CD feature in The Diary.
AARON WATSON SALUTES HEROES
When Texan troubadour Aaron Watson wrote 20 new songs for his 14th album
Red Bandana he didn't have to look far to pay homage to his heroes.
Watson, now 41, opened with
The Ghost Of Guy Clark and included eulogies to the late Red Steagall on Riding With Red and a vast cast of mentors in Legends .
Clark, a revered singer-songwriter, attracted celebrity studded audiences on his Australian tours, before he died of lymphatic cancer at 74 on May 17, 2016.
CLICK HERE for our Aaron Watson CD feature in The Diary.
WIN WATLING & BATES SMALL TOWN TALES CD
DOLLY DUMPLINGS FOR DINNER
Septuagenarian singing actress Dolly Parton is joined by a vast cast of peers on the soundtrack of her latest movie
Dumplings that was released in December.
Pistol Annie Miranda Lambert, Mavis Staples, bluegrass belles Alison Krauss and Rhonda Vincent and Adelaide born Sia.
Dolly, 73, wrote six new songs for the movie.
CLICK HERE for our Dolly CD feature in The Diary.
MARTY BROWN BACK IN TOWN
Kentucky roots country singer-songwriter Marty Brown has returned after a 23-year recording hiatus with his fifth album
American Highway .
Brown, 53, wrote all 10 songs with his co-producer Jon Tiven after a career rebirth on America 's Got Talent.
The singer is joined by his entire family including teacher wife Shellie and co-writer son Marty Brown Jr on his video for
Umbrella Lovers that premieres on Nu Country TV on Saturday July 13. CLICK HERE for our CD feature in The Diary.
FELICITY MOURNS SHOCK DEATH OF HUSBAND GLENN HANNAH
LEE KERNAGHAN 15TH ALBUM BACKROAD NATION TOUR
Australian country music king Lee Kernaghan has released his 15 th album
Backroad Nation that he is promoting on a national tour.
Kernaghan, 37-time Golden Guitarist, visited the outback to film videos, featured on
Nu Country TV , for Wheels and the album title track.
The album is a riveting reflection of his travels that earned him four
ARIA and three APRA Awards while raising funds for long suffering farmers beset by drought, flood and famine.
Kernaghan, 55 and father of two sons, features singing spouse Robby on his album that features 12 new original songs.
CLICK HERE for our Backroad Nation CD feature in The Diary on May 20.
KACEY MUSGRAVES TOASTS PALAIS GIG
WITH SILVER SLIPPER SHOEY
Texan temptress Kacey Musgraves finished her St Kilda
Palais concert with a shoey of gin sipped from her silver slippers.
The four-time Grammy winner finished her show bare foot with the 13 th new song from her seventh album
Musgraves, 30, performed a marathon autumnal 20 song spectacular with her sizzling sextet of besuited multi-instrumentalists.
CLICK HERE for our review in our Concerts section.
Photos - Andrew Friend
Country Roc Shotz. Facebook and IG.
FELICITY DINES OUT ON FROZEN RABBIT
Prolific Golden Guitarist and multi-media minstrel Felicity made the most of her decade long hiatus as a solo artist by recording two acclaimed trio discs with Lyn Bowtell and Kevin Bennett.
But it was a pre-marital overseas sojourn with producer-guitarist-photographer-graphic artist Glen Hannah that fuelled
New Harmony - entree of seventh solo album Frozen Rabbit, released on April 26.
Felicity and co-writer Luke Webb have detailed the joyous journey that also produced two daughters who have also joined her on-stage.
CLICK HERE for a Felicity Frozen Rabbit feature in The Diary on April 29.
TIM MCGRAW AFL GRAND FINAL OFFER
Singer-songwriter actor and pilot Tim McGraw has offered to sing at the AFL Grand Final during his third Australian tour in September.
McGraw, now 51, wore a Collingwood jumper when he as a guest at a previous final when the Magpies and St Kilda fought an epic battle in front of 80,000 plus fans.
Tim starred in Hollywood movies including gridiron box office smash
The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock and Country Strong with Gwyneth Paltrow.
He also wrote his duet with singing spouse Faith Hill -
Keep Your Eyes On Me - for 2017 movie The Shack starring British born Australian actor Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer.
Tim headlines the 21 st
Deni Ute Muster on October 5 and Country To Country festivals in Brisbane and Sydney. CLICK HERE for our McGraw Interview in The Diary.
LUKAS NELSON AND THE PROMISE OF THE REAL CORNER MARKET
Fellow Texas raised singer-songwriter Lukas Nelson and
The Promise Of The Real performed one of the most dynamic live concerts of the young year at the famed Corner Hotel , Richmond.
Lukas, just 30, proved that he is a genuine keeper of his famed singing actor sire Willie's flame in a two-hour music marathon.
Riverina refugee William Crighton and Melbourne sisters -
The Wolfgramms - added spice to the sensational show.
CLICK HERE for our review on our Concerts page.
< Photo by Carol Taylor
DEVIN DAWSON PRISON SONGS FUEL DEBUT ALBUM
Californian singer-songwriter Devin Dawson had good reason to exploit prison imagery and metaphors in three of 12 songs he wrote on his debut album
Dark Horse .
He grew up in Orangevale near the gates of the infamous
Folsom Prison and could hear nocturnal sirens roar throughout his childhood.
Devin used gaol backdrops in two of his video clips.
Dawson , 30, also hosted the inaugural
Country Music Association Showcase at the historic Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne on Saturday March 23.
Devin led a quintet of singer-songwriters - fellow American Brandy Clark, Canadian chanteuses Lindsay Ell and Tenille Townes and Mornington Peninsula raised multi-media artist Lachlan Bryan - in the prestige concert.
CLICK HERE to read our exclusive interview with Dawson in The Diary. CLICK HERE to read our CMA showcase review in our Concerts section.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE ROD LAVER RESURRECTION
Florida Georgia Line performed to a capacity audience in their return to Rod Laver Arena on March 20.
Chart-topping Georgian singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett - son of fellow star Rhett Akins - and Tennessee preacher's son Morgan Wallen shared the bill.
The dry indoor stage was a vast contrast to storm drenched 12th CMC Rocks Queensland festival in Ipswich.
CLICK HERE for our review in our Concerts Section.
LUKE COMBS-ASHLEY MCBRYDE STORM PALAIS
Photo credit - Peter Coates Inside Edge Photography
Nouveau North Carolina outlaw singer-songwriter Luke Combs built on his large Australian fan base on his return tour.
Combs, just 29, and Ashley McBryde headlined a joint St Kilda
Palais concert after appearing at the sold-out CMC Rocks Queensland Festival in Ipswich . CLICK HERE for our Palais review in our Concerts Section.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE RETURN
Florida Georgia Line headline their concert at Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday March 20 after supporting Georgian star Jason Aldean on their 2016 tour.
The band, fresh from
CMC Rocks Queensland festival in Ipswich, perform with another Georgian Thomas Rhett and Tennessee preacher's son Morgan Wallen. CLICK HERE for our new Florida Georgia Line feature interview in The Diary.
JOHN PRINE AND TYLER CHILDERS CONCERT REVIEW
Former Chicago postman John Prine and Kentucky coalminer's son Tyler Childers performed a marathon St Kilda
Palais concert on March 7.
Prine's stellar quartet were joined by Texan singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo and the headliner's wife Fiona for an all-star encore.
The capacity crowd enjoyed an eclectic concert by Prine's posse after his 25-year Australian hiatus.
Prine, 72, played the famed
Hanging Rock race-course on his 1993 tour and Childers, 27, impressed on his dynamic down under debut.
CLICK HERE for our live review in our Concerts section.
BRETT YOUNG TICKET TO L.A. INTERVIEW
Californian singer-songwriter Brett Young celebrates his 38th birthday on his return to
Nu Country TV on Saturday March 23.
Young's pastor father Brad was celebrant of his wedding to Taylor Mills in November.
Brett revealed Taylor was source of several songs as he launched his fifth solo CD
Ticket To L.A. CLICK HERE for our Young interview in The Diary.
NU COUNTRY TV NOMINATED FOR CMA MEDIA AWARD
Nu Country TV is one of five Australian nominations in the international section of the prestigious 2019 Country Music Awards in the U.S.
Veteran Victorian journalist, TV and radio host and songwriter David Dawson is nominated for the 2019
Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award.
Dawson is one of five Australians nominated for the annual awards.
He joins Cessnock singer-songwriter and prolific
Golden Guitarist Travis Collins, Sydney marketer Susan Heymann, general manager of Chugg Entertainment , Paul Jackson, group program director of NOVA Entertainment and Trevor Smith of Aloha Media , Byron Bay-based content production house for audio, visual and online. CLICK HERE for our feature on the awards in The Diary.
BLACK KITES FLY IN YARRA VALLEY
Photo by Jordie Taylor
Melbourne country roots band The
Black Kites flew high on a marathon free concert at the Yering Station Farmers Market.
The quartet, who have released an indie 8 track CD, return to the historic station each month to entertain visitors and fresh produce shoppers.
CLICK HERE to read our Black Kites review in our Concerts section.
JOHN HIATT ECLIPSE SESSIONS
There's no danger of Mid-west refugee John Hiatt hitting the highest notes at the age of 66 on his 23rd solo album
The Eclipse Sessions.
But Hiatt, who won acclaim on his Australian tours, delivers droll humour in love metaphors in new single
Over The Hill, accompanied by a video we feature on Nu Country TV.
Hiatt recorded his album near Nashville during the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.
CLICK HERE for our Hiatt CD feature and interview in The Diary.
TRACTORS DRIVER STEVE RIPLEY RIP AT 69
Steve Ripley, founder of the chart topping Oklahoma band
The Tractors , died two days after his 69 th birthday on January 3 after a battle with cancer at his Pawnee home.
The multi-talented singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist-producer Ripley made seven albums with
The Tractors and 2002 solo album Ripley that he promoted in an interview with Nu Country .
Ripley created the
Red Dirt music genre in 1972 that morphed into Americana .
He sampled Hillary Clinton in the
Hale Bop Boogie - a hidden track on The Tractors 1998 album Farmers In A Changing World . CLICK HERE for our Obituary and interview in The Diary.
WESTERN DISTRIBUTORS – A HAPPENING THANG
The Western Distributors arose from the ashes of The Happening Thang more than 25 years after winning a Golden Guitar in 1990.
Co-founders Andrew Travers and Catherine Wearne front the band on its 13 original songs after also raising a family.
CLICK HERE for our Western Distributors CD review in The Diary.
ERIC CHURCH DESPERATE MAN AFTER SURGERY
North Carolina singer-songwriter Eric Church survived life threatening surgery to release his eighth album
Church, 41 and father of two sons, featured title track co-writer and veteran Texan outlaw Ray Wylie Hubbard in the video filmed at famed abandoned
Cornelia Fort Airpark north of Nashville.
The singer also lampooned political power brokers in several of his 11 original songs written in his fishing cabin near the airport.
CLICK HERE for a Church CD feature and interview in The Diary.
KEVIN WELCH DUST DEVILS
Expatriate Californian singer-songwriter Kevin Welch has released his 12 th album
Dust Devil with a little help from son Dustin and daughter Savannah .
It's the first album in eight years for Welch, 63, who moved to Nowra on the NSW south coast with his Australian wife.
Welch returned to Nashville to produce the album featuring eight memorable new original songs and two by peers.
CLICK HERE for our Kevin Welch Dust Devils feature in The Diary.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD CRIES PRETTY
Seven time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood topped U.S. charts with her sixth album
Cry Pretty during her short Australian return tour in September.
Underwood, 35, headlined the 20 th
Deni Ute Muster and announced her pregnancy after recovering from a fall that broke her wrist with horrific facial injuries that required about 50 stitches.
Carrie revealed how she turned her pain into pleasure in nine originals on her 13 song album.
CLICK HERE for our Underwood Cry Pretty feature in The Diary.
BENNETT BOWTELL URQUHART NEW CD FEATURE
OUT ON THE WEEKEND FESTIVAL REVIEW
Photo by Jeremy Lee
Midwest Farmer's Daughter Margo Price debuted at Brian Taranto's fifth Out On The Weekend Festival at Seaworks in Williamstown.
Florida born Joshua Hedley and
The Hedliners also returned to the popular festival with a vast cast including Courtney Marie Andrews, Willie Watson, the ReChords, Sierra Ferrell, Henry Wagons, Weeping Willows and Cartridge Family. CLICK HERE for our festival review in our Concerts page.
AUSTRALIAN AMERICANA AWARDS HONOURS SHOW
Photo by Kip Karpik
Revered Shipwreck Coast singer-songwriter and
Goanna co-founder Shane Howard OAM and veteran 3RRR-FM Off The Record radio host Brian Wise were presented with Vanguard Awards at the second Australian Americana Honours show at Thornbury Theatre .
Howard performed two songs with his daughter Myra on the show featuring inaugural
Vanguard award winner Kasey Chambers.
Expat American singer-songwriter Kevin Welch, Margo Price, Joshua Hedley,
Weeping Willows and Little Georgia were among the diverse artists who also performed on the memorable show. CLICK HERE for a review on our Concerts Page.
CATHERINE CHRONICLES - ROSTREVOR TO LOUISIANA
Irish singer-songwriter Catherine McGrath was discovered as a teenager by Sir Elton John who also nurtured another Catherine as a teen.
Novocastrian Catherine Britt was just 20 when she recorded a duet with Sir Elton on Top 40 single
Where We Both Say Goodbye.
But McGrath's duet
Don't Let Me Forget on her debut album Talk Of This Town was with another former child prodigy - Louisiana singing actor Hunter Hayes.
Catherine, just 21, promoted
Don't Let Me Forget that debuts on Nu Country TV on Saturday October 13, and her album on her September Australian tour with another Novocastrian Morgan Evans. CLICK HERE for our interview with Catherine in The Diary.
MATT JOE GOW CD LAUNCH
Expatriate Kiwi singer-songwriter Matt Joe Gow has long mastered the art of videos to promote his narrative songs on his CDS.
Gow filmed his recent videos in Melbourne but has enlisted his sister Cat Jean to direct and appear in the video for his third album title track
Break, Rattle And Roll in his homeland.
The singer launches his CD on October 5 with concerts here and in New Zealand as we feature his
Ride On video on Nu Country TV on Saturday October 13. CLICK HERE for our new Matt Joe Gow interview in The Diary.
MARGO PRICE MOONSHINE OUTBACK IN HER BACKYARD
Midwest Farmer's Daughter Margo Price enjoyed good tidings on the eve of her debut Australian tour in October.
Her guitarist husband Jeremy Ivey discovered moonshine barrels from an historic still on the hill in the back of their five acre home north of Nashville where outlaw Jesse James and his gang once roamed.
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Margo also has her own brand of marijuana akin to Octogenarian mentor Willie Nelson's
“They're in the process of growing this amazing plant, we couldn't decide what strain it was going to be,” Margo revealed in an interview with
Nu Country TV from her pick-up truck in her home driveway.
“My brand is
Indica which is good for insomnia. It's very relaxing, it's a beautiful purple colour and I'm very pleased with how it came out. CLICK HERE for our exclusive interview in The Diary.
MEGAN COOPER HONOURS RETIRED FOOTBALL STAR
Brisbane singer-songwriter Megan Cooper had good reason to honour a local football star forced into early retirement.
Megan quit an early passion for flamenco dancing that was cut short by painful ankle injuries.
So she wrote
Running With Ghosts - one of the highlights of her second album Wild Mountain that followed an EP North and 2013 debut album Ghosts, Choirs and Kings.
Cooper also filmed a video for her tribute song that will be featured on
Nu Country TV. CLICK HERE for our Megan Cooper CD feature in The Diary.
MASON BOYS FEEL LIKE HOME WITH UNCLE NEV
When Victorian quintet
The Mason Boys needed a locale to film their video for nostalgia fuelled album title track Feels Like Home they didn't have to look far.
They chose the historic rural retreat -
Uncle Nev's Trail Rides north of Melbourne at Upper Plenty - with its rustic charm.
The band is performing at major music festivals and venues to promote its album that also features a song about a fictional Byron Bay outlaw -
The Ballad Of Billy M. CLICK HERE to read our Mason Boys CD feature in The Diary.
BRAD COX DROUGHT BENEFACTOR
Jindabyne singer-songwriter Brad Cox was surrounded by lakes and rivers when he was raised in the Snowy Mountains high country.
But the 39th Toyota Starmaker winner experienced the soul destroying aftermath of drought in his four years as a stockman in the parched plains of the Northern Territory .
Now, as the latest drought worsens, the singer is raising awareness with his new single Water on The Ground and three rural charities.
CLICK HERE to read a Brad Cox CD feature in the Diary.
CATHERINE BRITT RECORDS OUTBACK IN HER BACKYARD
Novocastrian singer-songwriter Catherine Britt boomeranged from storms of life on her earthy seventh album recorded in her bucolic
Beverley Hillbillies studio, outback in the her backyard.
It's a true testament of her resilience that she wrote all songs after recovering from breast cancer diagnosed when she was just 30.
Now, three years down the
Lost Highway , she has reaped riches from her post-operative journeys to the heart of our nation with her Cold-Cold Hearts trio.
The young mother illustrated entrée song
Red Dirt with a vivid video shot at Silverton near Broken Hill. CLICK HERE for our Catherine CD feature in The Diary.
KENNY CHESNEY SONGS FOR THE SAINTS AND VIRGIN ISLANDS
Singer-sailor-songwriter Kenny Chesney was born in Luttrell - the same east Tennessee town as the late Chet Atkins - but found fame and fortune deeper south in the
Chesney, 50, has swum in the slipstream of fellow briny balladeer Jimmy Buffett and debuted at #2 on the mainstream
Billboard chart with his 20th CD Songs For The Saints.
The title track is also a perfect anthem for the struggling St Kilda football team who lost their major country music fans - former captain Nick Riewoldt and ruck-man Rhys Stanley - to retirement and Geelong.
Chesney exuded altruism by donating money and rescuing residents, anonymously at first, from his St John island home away from home after ravages of recent hurricanes
Irma and Maria.
Kenny's album was inspired by human struggles and recovery and benefit his
Love for Love City Fund Foundation for Virgin Island relief. CLICK HERE for our Chesney CD feature in The Diary.
KIRSTY HONOURS HUNTER VALLEY STUDENT
Kirsty Lee Akers wrote and filmed a video and song for one of her music students who died at just 15 from cancer in the Hunter Valley.
House Full Of Flowers (Hannah's Song ) was played at the funeral of Hannah Rye and is one of the highlights of her fifth album Under My Skin.
She is releasing the single and video on the anniversary of Hannah's death on August 21.
Hannah also appeared in one of Akers videos -
Ain't That Kind Of Girl - during remission. CLICK HERE for our Kirsty Lee interview in The Diary.
KEVIN DEALS TEXAN MUSIC
Texan troubadour Kevin Deal appeared in a live phone interview on
Nu Country FM during our radio resurrection at our Harley House studio at the Paris , Texas , end of Collins St in 2001.
Now, 17 years down the
Lost Highway the singer-songwriter-stone mason has released his ninth album The Long Road Home .
We will feature several new Deal video clips during our spring series of
Nu Country TV. CLICK HERE for our Kevin Deal CD review in The Diary.
GRANGER SMITH GOES VILLAGE GREEN
CHARLIE WORSHAM INTERVIEW
Mississippi minstrel Charlie Worsham won many fans during his April tour when he played historic Melbourne
Forum Theatre with Georgian Kip Moore and South Carolina star Lee Brice.
That was after they headlined
The Way Out West festival at the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton , Queensland.
Charlie, 32, also enjoyed a short but memorable role in TV crime series
But art didn't imitate life when struggling country singer Colin Haynes, played by Worsham, was murdered.
Instead Worsham released his second album
Beginning Of Things for his Australian tour. CLICK HERE for our interview with Charlie in The Diary.
LUKE COMBS FROM ASHEVILLE TO NASHVILLE
Nouveau new age North Carolina outlaw Luke Combs did it his way when he blew into Nashville from that other music mecca Asheville .
Combs dropped out of the fourth year of an
Appalachian University degree and self-financed his debut single Hurricane in 2016 after releasing three indie EPs dating back to 2014.
Now, in the chilly winter of 2018, Luke is so hot after touring here with South Carolina star Darius Rucker his debut album has been re-released with five bonus tracks as
This One's For You Too . CLICK HERE for our Luke Combs CD feature in The Diary.
WILLIE LAST MAN STANDING
Shotgun Willie Nelson lives up to the title of his 67th studio album
Last Man Standing released just two days before his 85th birthday.
The Octogenarian's wry wit permeates his self-effacing title track entrée that name checks deceased pioneer mates Waylon Jennings, Ray Price, Merle Haggard and Norro Wilson.
Willie bemoans passing of his peer pals in his mortality missive that ends him with him changing his mind and settling for longevity enjoyed by elder sister pianist Bobbie, now 87.
The seasoned singer-songwriter and actor has too much to live for - there's his 44th July 4 Picnic in Austin, his national Outlaw Music Festival tours and the long running Farm Aid festivals.
CLICK HERE for our CD feature of Last Man Standing in The Diary.
ASHLEY MONROE SPARROW FLIGHT
Knoxville girl Ashley Monroe had a little help from Texan singing actor Waylon Payne and her
Pistol Annies pals Angaleena Presley and Miranda Lambert when she recorded her fifth solo album Sparrow .
The singer-songwriter co-wrote all 12 songs on her album that includes new video clips featured on
Nu Country TV .
Monroe , 31, revealed in her
Nu Country interview that Pistol Annies also have plans for their third CD. CLICK HERE for our Ashley interview in The Diary.
JOHN FLANAGAN PRESTON PORCH PICKING
Preston singer-songwriter John Flanagan's Trio attracted a crowd to their Preston porch picking hoedown to promote his video
Something To Complain About on his third album Honest Man.
It was recorded in February 2017 over four days at
Dog & Bear studio in Trentham - the central Victorian town that veteran country singer and DJ Gene Bradley Fisk now calls home after moving from Moriac.
It also features songs on uber driving for Paul Kelly that inspired
The Last of The Cassette Men and historic lament Free John Zarb.
Pascoe Vale postman Zarb went to gaol - instead of delivering mail - in 1968 as a Vietnam War conscientious objector.
CLICK HERE for a Flanagan CD review in The Diary.
MUSGRAVES MASS INVASION OF TV
Kacey Musgraves recently performed new songs
High Horse and Slow Burn on popular TV show Saturday Night Live hosted by Amy Schumer.
She also appeared in a pre-taped
Spirituality Rap skit that features Musgraves as a choir girl - spoof of a rap music video airing on MTV Hungary.
The singer also headed south to Texas where she appeared live on
Austin City Limits to promote her huge selling seventh album Golden Hour. CLICK HERE for our interview with Kacey in The Diary.
BLAKE SHELTON REVISITS TEXOMA SHORE
Oklahoma chart-topper Blake Shelton has long honoured his home state in his music so it's fitting he named his 13th album after a lake near his home.
Lake Texoma is a reservoir formed by Denison Dam on the Red River at the border of Oklahoma and Texas.
The lake is south of both Tishomingo, Oklahoma where Shelton lives, and his hometown Ada .
I'll Name The Dogs exudes extra-marital canine humour for the twice wed singer and his new single I Lived It is accompanied by a video on Nu Country TV on Saturday June 16. CLICK HERE for a review of . Texoma Shore in The Diary
WOLFE BROTHERS SURVIVE ON VAN DIEMANS LAND BERRIES
Tasmanian country band The Wolfe Brothers have survived on a healthy mixture of home grown berries and music.
The band's music and video clips are a huge promotional tool for their home state and
Fairy Glen berry farm that has been in the Wolfe family for almost 110 years.
Nick and Tom Wolfe and band member-songwriter Brodie Rainbird are promoting their fourth album
Country Heart on a national tour that includes concerts with their mentor Lee Kernaghan. CLICK HERE for our interview with Tom Wolfe in The Diary.
DARREN COGGAN - FROM WAGGA WAGGA TO YARRA-YARRA
Riverina raised singer-songwriter, TV host and actor Darren Coggan was a huge bonus on the 2018 Powercorp Australian Country Music Festival - the outside curtain raiser for the Geelong-Essendon AFL game.
Coggan, concert opener Michelle Gardiner,
Mallee Boy John Williamson and The Black Sorrows kicked the dew off the grass at the Yarra Park free concert.
The concert, promoting fresh country produce, the Food Bank and bush reared footy stars, also showcased armies of volunteer CFA and SES volunteers who keep urban and rural residents free of predatory pestilence.
Former Prahran plumber and superstar marathon Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy hugged babies, kissed babes and promoted the bush with a selfie splurge as fans enjoyed healthy alternatives to that joyous wedding across the ocean.
CLICK HERE for our music review on our Concerts page.
DEAD LIVERS 40TH ANNIVERSARY RESURRECTION
Veteran outlaw country band
The Dead Livers celebrated their 40 th anniversary with a CD launch concert at Thornbury Theatre.
The septet was supported by
Nu Country TV hosts Paul Hicks and Red Smith and Nu Country FM DJ Kenny Joe Blake and other guest artists.
Lost In Suburbia musician Peter Bird, who re-mastered the band's Greatest Misses CD at his Yelp Studio in Warrnambool, also appeared on the show featuring photographs by former Nu Country treasurer Kip Karpik. CLICK HERE for our expansive review on our Concert Page.
DEVIN DAWSON RIDES DARK HORSE
Californian singer-songwriter Devin Dawson first appeared on
Nu Country TV with a video clip recorded at the old Tennessean state prison.
Dawson , 28, returns with his debut CD
Dark Horse that has been released here ahead of a planned tour. CLICK HERE for our Devin Dawson CD review in The Diary.
KASEY CHAMBERS IGNITES CAMPFIRE ALBUM AND TOUR
THREE WISE MEN AT THE FORUM
Georgian Kip Moore headlined an Anzac Day spectacular concert at the historic majestic
Forum in Melbourne CBD during his latest Australian tour.
South Carolina born Lee Brice and Mississippi man Charlie Worsham also performed to a capacity crowd on a tour created by late
Nu Country TV benefactor Rob Potts and fellow Tasmanian born promoter Michael Chugg. CLICK HERE to read our live review in our Concerts Section.
CALAMITY JANE DENHAM LOADED UP AND TRUCKING
NSW Central Coast chanteuse Jayne Denham has released her fourth album
Calamity on the eve of her return to Nu Country TV .
The trucking troubadour recorded at the Nashville studio of
Rascal Flatts bassist Jay De Marcus during one of her many international writing and performing sojourns.
Calamity video is one of 14 she has filmed to promote her music. CLICK HERE for our Calamity CD feature review in The Diary
VALE CYNDI BOSTE
“Our condolences to the family and friends of revered Victorian singer-songwriter Cyndi Boste who passed away on April 21 - just eight days before her 57th birthday.
The much loved artist's life is celebrated at Daylesford Town Hall on Thursday April 26 from 1.30 pm.
Cyndi fought a spirited battle with cancer and died in Daylesford Hospital after a colourful career here and overseas.
The Dandenong Ranges born singer and her double bassist brother Rory, who recorded with
The Band Who Knew Too Much , enjoyed a 35 year plus career.
Cyndi released four acclaimed albums and performed a
Nu Country TV benefit showcase at the Hotel Kew in August, 2006.
CLICK HERE for a Cyndi feature in The Diary on August 29, 2006. CLICK HERE for a Peter O'Keefe review of a Cyndi CD launch on August 22, 2004.
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MARGO PRICE TEAMS WITH OCTOGENARIAN MENTOR WILLIE
Midwest Farmer's Daughter Margo Price had no trouble recruiting Texan singing actor Willie Nelson and the McCrary Sisters to guest on her second album All American Made .
Willie, 85 on April 29, often hosts Margo on his tours, July 4 festivals,
Farm Aid and annual shows at his movie town Luck where she has filmed live videos in his chapel.
Margo, now 34, and guitarist husband Jeremy Ivey wrote all 12 songs on her album that has won wide acclaim.
The singer has primed the sales pump with frequent appearances on top rating U.S. variety shows.
CLICK HERE for a Margo Price CD feature in The Diary.
DEAD LIVERS 40 TH ANNIVERSARY REMASTERED
GREATEST MISSES CD
Pioneer Victorian outlaw country band The
Dead Livers celebrated its 40th anniversary by releasing a re-mastered edition of debut CD Greatest Misses.
By popular demand the band has changed the CD launch venue to the
Velvet Room of Thornbury Theatre at 859 High Street , Thornbury, on Saturday May 12.
There are three new alternate songs on the 14 track CD that was re-mastered by
Lost In Suburbia guitarist Peter Bird at his Warrnambool recording studio Yelp .
Ironically, bassist Michael Schack and pedal steel guitarist Brendan Mitchell both boomeranged from successful liver transplants to enjoy their musical and personal longevity.
Greatest Misses CD is also available as a digital download.
CLICK HERE for more details on the Nu Country Records page.
PETER CAULTON OBITUARY
Pioneer New Zealand country music outlaw Peter Caulton who found success in Australia with a 1996 album recorded in Austin , Texas , has died after a heart attack shortly after his 71st birthday.
Caulton was the headliner on the
Spurs Cowboy bar circuit in Melbourne , Geelong and Canberra in the eighties and played major festivals and TV shows here and overseas.
The singer also scored wide exposure on his duet with the late A.P. Johnson on his
Duncan parody I'd Love To Have A Smoke With Malcolm that he wrote while hosting his country music show on 3RRR-FM.
It first appeared on a four track cassette during Willie Nelson's 1981 Australian tour and
The Dead Livers Greatest Misses CD.
Caulton also released acclaimed album
Hard Road, Tough Country that he recorded with Austin A Session pickers in Texas in 1996.
It included Caulton's version of former
Nu Country FM DJ Kenny Joe Blake song Who Drove The Mystery Train?
Caulton performed it live on a German TV show.
CLICK HERE for the Caulton obituary in The Diary.
MICHAEL WAUGH CD LAUNCH AND REVIEW
Gippsland dairy farmer's son and latter day singer-songwriter and secondary teacher Michael Waugh launched his second album
The Asphalt & The Oval at The Spotted Mallard in Brunswick on Friday March 23.
Also on the bill were Melbourne bluegrass band The
Weeping Willows, Canadian troubadour Scott Cook, Lindsay Martin, Mandy Connell and Rich Davies.
Waugh's album, produced by Shane Nicholson, explores a younger brother's battle with cancer, rural family struggles, football challenges and other personalised narratives.
CLICK HERE for our review in The Diary.
REDGUM ROADIES RELEASE
Veteran Adelaide country folk band
Redgum have donated proceeds of their historic 1985 Live In Amsterdam CD to a roadies support group.
Redgum , renowned for support of military veterans and other major causes, is first band to step into the breech for Australian Road Crew Association - a not for profit organisation dedicated to welfare of live production crew.
Live In Amsterdam is the debut disc on Black Box Records for ARCA that provides financial and counselling assistance to road managers who experienced high suicide rates and health issues after their employment ceased.
Roadies amassed a treasure trove of live recordings spanning more than 40 years and made
ARCA their custodian.
Australian Crawl, The Church, Cold Chisel, Crowded House, Men At Work, Mental As Anything, Midnight Oil, The Models and Paul Kelly plan to assist the crews who helped them on their journey. CLICK HERE for the CD story in The Diary.
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VALE NU COUNTRY TV BENEFACTOR ROB POTTS
Altruistic country music promoter, indie record label operator and manager Rob Potts died tragically on October 27 doing what he loved - escaping to the wilderness of his home state Tasmania .
Rob, 65, perished when his red Honda motor bike hit a patch of gravel on a sharp corner 31 kilometres west of Tullah on the island state's West Coast Ranges.
Potts, a major benefactor of
Nu Country TV with fellow Tasmanian born promoter Michael Chugg, often retreated on hikes through the wilderness before their major festivals and tours.
Rob and Michael have long been generous benefactors of
Nu Country TV with sponsorship of their major tours and festivals. CLICK HERE for our tribute to Rob in The Diary.
KINKY FRIEDMAN FINDS MEMO IN ST KILDA
BRAD PAISLEY CD
have West Virginia superstar Brad Paisley's huge selling ninth
album Wheelhouse that topped charts on debut with sales
of 100,000 plus.
Paisley's sensational 21 track album explores racism, religious
extremism, domestic abuse and pitfalls of cyber cheating on
also have singing actor Tim McGraw's 12th album Two Lanes
Of Freedom and others announced as we count down the days
to our return.
can win the album by visiting our membership and Facebook
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EMI Records Promotions ace Bianca O'Neill has donated copies of the hot albums by North Carolina young gun Eric Church.
Eric, 37, topped the all genre
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Select episodes of the show are now available online at the
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That's a bonus for Peter Hosking - our founder and executive
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The episodes available for viewing online are the latest episodes
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radio avenues include -
David Heard's Acid Country on PBS
Thursday 3-5.30 PM
Denise Hylands Twang on RRR 102.7 FM Saturday 2-4 PM
Texas Time Travellin North West FM Glenroy 98.9 Saturday
6 p m - 8 p m
North West FM Glenroy 98.9 Sunday
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playing a mix of Oz, US, Bluegrass Western swing & everything
in between, on the Double Clutchin Weasel Show On 88.6FM
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COUNTRY 89.3 FM - 24 hours non-stop country
974 FM - Bob Taylor 9 am - 6 pm week days.
Truck Stop Country Rod Boyd - midnight to dawn.
Foot High And Rising with Myles O'Neil Shaw PBS - 106.7
FM - Monday 1-3 p m.
Mornington Peninsula Radio
Country Mix with Ken Brown
Tuesday & Thursday Breakfast 6-9am
Wild Western Swing and Wicked Wacky
Country - Steve Burley
BJs Country Music John Burrows
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