Canadian turbo tonker Terri Clark cut a swathe through Australia on her whirlwind tour over summer.

The chart topping troubadour from the tiny town of Medicine Hat in Alberta headlines the 12th episode of the second series on Nu Country TV on Saturday June 26.

Clark, a recent inductee on the famed Grand Ol Opry, performs her huge hit I Just Want To Be Mad from her fifth album Pain To Kill.

The singer, now 36, is touring the U.S. with the hot road band she brought to Australia to promote her Greatest Hits scheduled for a July 27 release.

And the song gaining much attention is her controversial penile parody Girls Lie Too.

CLICK HERE for a Terri Clark feature from the Diary on DECEMBER 15.


Boston belle Jo Dee Messina was scheduled to follow Terri into a brace of Australian venues in April and May.

But the singer, suffering from a binge drinking illness, checked into a Utah rehab clinic instead.

Guru Dave answers questions from East Brighton tertiary education lecturer Lawrie Weir about the singer's colourful career embracing five albums including Burn.

Tina Arena penned Burn - one of several of her songs covered by artists diverse as Clark and Wynonna Judd.

Sadly there were no questions on the book or song Jo Dee has written about her recovery.

CLICK HERE for a Messina story from the DIARY on June 6.


Blackwood born belle Beccy Cole, a one-time member of the Dead Ringer Band, has a large national following because of extensive tours to maximise her video exposure.

The latter day NSW Central Coast singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has been a frequent Victorian visitor with fellow multiple Gold Guitarist Adam Harvey.

Cole performs her song This Heart from her acclaimed second ABC album Wild At Heart that was re-released with bonus live and bonus tracks.

The singer, now 34, has since released a third album Little Victories.

CLICK HERE for a Beccy story from The Diary on November 18.


Veteran outlaw band The Dead Livers returned to their Shipwreck Coast roots when they performed at the 28th Port Fairy folk festival.

The sextet is famed for hard-edged country songs penned by former Hamilton Monivae College boarders Marty Atchison and Michael Schack.

They shared bills with artists diverse as The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Leon Russell and Charley Pride in their 26-year career.

The Dead Livers postponed their headlining role on a Nu Country showcase because of cancer treatment for Atchison's wife Jane.

Nu Country TV director Peter Hosking has chosen Marty's humorous tune Dear Oh Dear from the band's second album Reaching To The Western Sky as a tonic.

Nu Country camera crew Carol Taylor and Heather Rutherford dodged dancers as they captured the band in the Wine tent.

Guru Dave interviewed Atchison in the shadows of the Guinness tent about the band's colourful career.

CLICK HERE for a feature on the Dead Livers from the Diary on October 25.


Myrtleford born and bred minstrel and slide guitar supremo Barb Waters has long been a popular act on the Melbourne country and roots scene.

Waters, who also played the Port Fairy festival, performs her song Need Somebody live in adoptive home Melbourne.

She received wide acclaim for her new album, Rosa Duet, and was honoured by Cyndi Boste performing her tune My Brother's First Girlfriend on her third album Scrambled Eggs - The Rose Street Sessions.

Barb, mother of two, is also enjoying the rebirth of beloved St Kilda football team whom she saw beat Brisbane at the Docklands boutique stadium The Saints now call home.

CLICK HERE for a story from the DIARY on August 13.


Wagga reared 1996 Tamworth Star Maker winner Darren Coggan has branched out into acting after releasing two albums for ABC Music in 1997 and 1999.

The singer released his Nash Chambers produced third album Balancing Act with guests including Amazing Rhythm Aces singer Russell Smith, chart topper Kasey Chambers and Bushwackers singer Dobe Newton.

Coggan wrote the title track for the Dead Ringer Band album Home Fires and won wide acclaim for his role as Richie Cunningham in the Happy Days stage musical.

Coggan, a former Wagga TV cameraman, married his high school sweetheart - nurse Danielle Read - five years ago.

Coggan, 31, revisits his Riverina roots with a live version of his song The Bush Dance.

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Former Mallee boy John Williamson has been the king of Australiana since crossing the Murray Dixon line into NSW in 1965.

Williamson, 59 and an elder statesman of Australian country, performed two gigs in the U.S. in February.

The singer delivered his unique Aussie music to audiences in Laguna, California, and Springfield, Missouri.

Williamson, regular guest at sporting events and festivals, has released 30 albums in his career spanning four decades.

He performs his new song Tropical Fever on Nu Country.

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