Georgian born country superstar Alan Jackson headlines this week's episode of Nu Country TV.

The show, hosted by Heather Rutherford, appears Saturday December 23 at 9.30 p m on C 31 in Victoria, and Sunday at 5.30 p m on C 31 in South Australia.

Jackson, discovered by expatriate Australasian Barry Coburn, performs a video clip for the title track of his Alison Krauss produced 16th album Like Red On A Rose.

Jackson's clip was filmed in Malibu, California, just a few hours before Australian acting superstar Mel Gibson was arrested nearby for drunk driving.

Director Randee St. Nicholas set up shop on the beach at the Leo Carillo State Park, just off the Pacific Coast Highway.

A stone sober Jackson scrambled over rocks to make it to the set on the edge of the surf while curious beachcombers snapped pictures and watched over the nearby cliff.

"I just happened to be here on the West Coast, so the director was out here as well, so they decided to shoot something here on the Coast," Jackson said of filming the video. "Man they're working me to death! I've got to go out and walk on the beach. It's tough! I was wearing my boots in the walk down the beach. Yeah that's what they want me to do. They want me to walk out in the water and ruin them."

Jackson, now 48, may have ruined the boots - but not the album, produced by 20-time Grammy winner Krauss.

It topped U.S. charts on debut.

Trucking troubadour Robert Lee Castleman, a prolific writer for Krauss albums, also penned four songs for Jackson including the title track that has pushed his album sales beyond 45 million.

CLICK HERE for the Jackson CD review from the Diary.


Texan troubadour Pat Green debuts on Nu Country TV with Feels Just Like It Should from his 10th album Cannonball.

The singer wrote his hit - one of eight originals - with Brett James and Justin Andrew Pollard.

Green, now 35, broke in Texas with a brace of indie albums before being signed by mainstream labels.
He self-released his debut, Dancehall Dreamer in 1995 - first of 5 indie discs that sold an amazing 200,000 copies.

Green landed at Republic/Universal for the first of three albums, Three Days, before scoring with the title track of Wave on Wave and The Lucky Ones.

After touring with major stars Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban, the singer propelled Cannonball to #2 on the Billboard country album chart with 38,000 units sold.

He also wrote the ballad Finder's Keepers - a duet with Sara Evans - with renowned writer Matraca Berg, singing spouse of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band co-founder Jeff Hanna.

CLICK HERE for a Green review from The Diary


Boston-born belle Jo Dee Messina returns to Nu Country with Too Late To Worry from her sixth album Delicious Surprise.

It's a welcome back for Messina, now 36, who beat Urban into rehab by three years before she split with tour manager and former fiancee Don Muzquiz.

The duo toured here together in Messina's first lunge at fame.

But in 2003, Curb Records shelved a new studio project and released a Greatest Hits package after just three albums.
Her nine-year relationship with Muzquiz ended in 2004.

She entered an alcohol rehab centre a few months later and revealed her addiction and recovery in her book That's Right I'm An Addict.

Then she split with her longtime management company and publicist and scored with comeback hit My Give a Damn's Busted.

But, two years later, she scored another gold album with 2005 disc Delicious Surprise and has appeared in TV shows Touched By An Angel and Nash Bridges.

CLICK HERE for a Jo Dee story from the Diary on February 24, 2004.

CLICK HERE for another Jo Dee story from the Diary on June 6, 2004.


Series #7 premiere host Troy Cassar-Daley returns with the video clip of his duet with Kasey Chambers on Getaway Car.

The song is another highlight of the Grafton born ARIA award winning singer's big selling sixth album Brighter Day.

Troy won wide acclaim for his drought relief for his Tallangatta drought relief concert on December 9.

The singer also performed two days earlier with The McClymonts at the launch of the 35th Australian country music awards at Luna Park in Sydney.

Troy has autographed copies of Brighter Day for Nu Country viewers who become new members or renew their membership.

CLICK HERE for details of how to win Brighter Day.
CLICK HERE for a Troy feature from the Diary on January 30, 2006.


Sydney trio The Wolverines, pioneers in cutting edge humour video clips, return with their highway hi-jinx on their song Up And Done Died.

Expatriate Kiwi lead singer Darcy LeYear loses the girl - a hapless hitchhiker - to his drummer John Clinton and lead guitarist Chris Doyle in this rural romp.

The song is the entrée on third album Good Times on Canberra label ACMEC.

The Wolverines, frequent visitors to Victoria and South Australia, have won a wide following for their riveting live shows, replete with boogie and bravado.

CLICK HERE for a Wolverines feature from the Diary on June 19, 2003.


Victorian band Jetty Road is among the headliners of the popular long running annual Red Hill Country Music Festival on Sunday January 7.

Jetty Road debuted at Tamworth in 2005 and won national fame with two video clips for their singles Run To You and Be With You.

Now the group, fronted by sisters Lee and Paula Bowman, return to Nu Country TV to promote the festival.

Jetty Road, featuring multi-instrumentalists Julian Sammut and Simon Ross, also appeared on an ABC Hottest Hits compilation disc and Shock records compilation Home Grown Country.

The band, who appeared on the Stars of Fanfest 2006 compilation, perform Run To You.

Other acts at Red Hill included Jugiong singer-songwriter Red Rivers, guitarist for Don Walker, Leslie Avril, Norm Price, Black Hill Ramblers, Ruckus, Prairie Oysters, Rene Diaz & Avalon and Victor O'Neill & The Straight 8's.

Further Jetty Road info - www.jettyroad.com
Further Red Hill festival info - http://www.redhillcmf.org.au/festival.html

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