When Bob McDill wrote the hit Good Old Boys Like Me for Texan Don Williams he name checked other Williams boys - Hank and Tennessee.

Now two female members of Louisiana-Alabama reared Williams clans share billing on Nu Country TV this week - Saturday January 24 - at 8 p m on C 31.

Lucinda, daughter of academic poet and author Miller Williams and making her third Australian tour in April, returns to the show hosted by Heather Rutherford.

And Jett Williams performs a song by her late dad Hank, long known as the Hillbilly Shakespeare, on the famed Louisiana Hayride.

Nashville superstars Brooks & Dunn return on the eve of their second Australian tour. And former buskers Old Crow Medicine Show, among headliners at the second CMC Rocks The Snowy festival, also reprise an embryonic hit on Nu Country TV.

Perth princess Ronni Rae Rivers also returns the same week as Tamworth family band Chasing Bailey - joint headliners at the lavish 2008 Vinnies' Federation Square World Youth Day entrée concert.


Lucinda Williams proves announcement of her April 1 concert at Hamer Hall was no April fool's joke.

The earthy singer-songwriter has added second concerts in both Melbourne and Sydney on a tour that also embraces the annual Byron Bay Blues festival.

Williams, 56, is touring to promote her acclaimed ninth album Little Honey - a latter career catalyst after a brace of morose discs.

Lucinda co-produced the album with her fiancee Tom Overby and features a stunning duet with Elvis Costello.

The singer won loyal fans on previous tours including a concert at the Dallas Brooks Masonic Hall with Mary Chapin Carpenter and Rosanne Cash who returned for a rare gig at the Sydney Festival.

Williams performs a video for Are You Alright from previous album West.

CLICK HERE for a feature and CD review on Little Honey.


Jett Williams, daughter of the legendary Hank, debuts on Nu Country TV with a live version of Hank hit Hey Good Lookin'.

Jett reveals her sire originally wrote the song for Grand Ole Opry star Little Jimmy Dickens, now 88 and recovering from brain surgery, but liked it so much he recorded it himself.

The singer makes the revelation in a concert on the famed Louisiana Hayride with David Frizzell - brother of late legend Lefty.

Williams, now 55, was born in Montgomery, Alabama, five days after her father died on his way to Canton, Ohio, where he was to perform on New Year's Day, 1953.

Relinquished by her natural mother, Bobbie Jett of Nashville, the infant was taken from the hospital where she was born into the home of Hank's mother, Lillian, who adopted her.

Lillian started lengthy adoption processes within days of the funeral of Hank, just 29.
She completed the adoption in December of 1954.

Unfortunately, she was dead within two months and the family no longer wanted the infant, whom Lillian had named Cathy Yvonne for the Yvonne in his hit Jambalaya.

The Williams made Jett a ward of the State of Alabama and she was relocated to a foster home in Pine Level at the age of three.

Subsequently adopted by a family in Mobile, Jett was raised there and attended the University of Alabama.

During her youth, Jett had no idea who her natural parents were - let alone her dad was Hank Williams.

Jett Williams was declared by court order dated October 26, 1987, to be the biological daughter of Hank Williams.

On June 5, 1989, the Supreme Court of the State of Alabama, reversing a lower court ruling, found that Jett, since birth, had been a victim of fraud and judicial error in that her identity was concealed from her for financial gain.

The Supreme Court declared all prior orders in the Estate of Hank Williams to be null and void, since procured by fraud on the court, and reopened Hank's estate, making Jett Williams a legal heir, entitled to one-half the estate proceeds.

Her autobiography, entitled Ain't Nothin' as Sweet as My Baby, chronicles the saga of her struggle (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990).

Further info - http://www.jettwilliams.com/index.html


Nashville superstar duo Brooks & Dunn return to Nu Country with a video for their hit Proud Of The House That We Built.

Former Lord Mayor John So was featured in the concert backdrop video for the song on their 2008 concert at Rod Laver Arena.

It's not clear if former Geelong and Scotch College refugee and current Lord Mayor Robert Doyle will play a video Bogan on their return tour in May.

Support act Adam Harvey, born in the Geelong suburb of Leopold, and songwriting and video pal Kev Bloody Wilson have offered couturier consultancy charms and ball boy services to His Worship Robert at the tennis court.

Brooks & Dunn are touring to promote big selling 10th album Cowboy Town that has pushed career sales beyond 30 million in less than 20 years.

They also released their book The Adventures of Slim & Howdy in May last year.

The duo has since made new video Cowgirls Don't Cry with Okalahoma born singing actor and TV-Broadway star Reba McEntire who has also toured here twice.

They topped charts together with former rodeo barrel racer Reba more than a decade ago with their hit If You See Him/If You See Her.

They debuted their cut of Cowgirls Don't Cry live at the 42nd Annual CMA Awards in November.

"I had just spent time writing the song on Reba's Duets record, Does the Wind Still Blow in Oklahoma, and when he sat down with Cowgirls Don't Cry co-writer Terry McBride," Dunn said.

"I was thinking of Reba when I wrote it and how she grew up" around cowboys and the rodeo lifestyle."

CLICK HERE for a Brooks & Dunn live review from The Diary on March 5, 2008


Roots country band Old Crow Medicine Show return to Nu Country with a video of their historic song Tell It To Me.

The band, making its debut Australian tour in March, is one of the headliners at the CMC Rocks The Snowy festival at Thredbo on March 6 and 7.

Old Crow Medicine Show is touring to promote sixth album Tennessee Pusher that was released on September 23 on Nettwerk Records.

Producer Don Was took the string quartet west to California to record with cameos by veteran drummer Jim Keltner and organist Benmont Tench.

All songs on the album are originals with exception of Blind Alfred Reed's Always Lift Him Up.

A digital EP, Caroline, was released on July 29 with two songs from the full-length album and a bonus track, Back to New Orleans.

The band toured England and Scotland with two dates at the Ryman Auditorium - original home of the Grand Ole Opry - in Nashville.

CLICK HERE for an Old Crow Medicine Show CD review.


Tamworth quintet Chasing Bailey won fans nationally when it supported Kentucky born singing actor Dwight Yoakam on his 2007 Australian tour.

The band, then known as The Baileys, also performed with ARIA award winning star Troy Cassar-Daley at a lavish Vinnies World Youth Day entrée concert at Federation Square in 2008.

Chasing Bailey perform the video clip for their debut single Little By Little from their EMI album Long Story Short.

The song was featured on Ten Network comedy Mark Loves Sharon.

CLICK HERE for a feature on Chasing Bailey from the Diary on June 24, 2008.


Perth singer Ronni Rae Rivers returns to Nu Country with her single I Would Want To from her third album Whole Heart To Give.

Rivers wrote five songs on the Shock Records disc and is also renowned for her fiddle playing.

Her dad is a Texan, full of Irish & Cherokee blood. He met her mum - an actress of Welsh and Scottish descent - in Sydney.

They raised Ronni between Perth and Texas before she used her university degree in Astrophysics to launch a music career.

CLICK HERE for a Ronnie's CD review from the Diary on December 23, 2008.


Nu Country TV celebrates its 11th series with a brace of prizes to celebrate the CMC Rocks The Snowy festival and the national tours by superstars Brooks & Dunn, Dierks Bentley and Taylor Swift.

We have the following CDS for viewers who email our web page and pledge their $22 membership at music@nucountry.com.au

Taylor Swift - huge selling second album Fearless.

Jasmine Rae - debut CD Look It Up by the Telstra Road To Tamworth winner and touring partner of Brooks & Dunn and Bentley.

Steve Forde - fifth album Guns & Guitars by the tour mate of Brooks & Dunn and chart topper Gary Allan.


Internationally renowned country comedienne, singer-songwriter and producer Kacey Jones has given us a box of autographed merchandise for viewers and members who renew their membership.

A highlight is her acclaimed tribute disc Kacey Jones Sings Mickey Newbury that is scheduled for Australian release in July.

We have autographed collectors' copies of the CD for viewers who want to become members of Nu Country TV.

She also autographed tee shirts and posters for Nu Country members.

For your $22 membership and postage you can take your pick of Kacey memorabilia. We have limited supplies so please email us at music@nucountry.com.au first.


We also celebrate Shotgun Willie Nelson's 75th birthday on April 30 with a special giveaway of his collectors' book.

We have limited stock of Willie Nelson - The Collected Writings Of A Living Legend - The Facts Of Life And Other Dirty Jokes.

The book, featuring yarns, jokes and Willie Nelson song lyrics, is the latest addition to out prize treasure trove.

It's available for viewers wanting to become members or current members wishing to renew their membership.

Please email us at music@nucountry.com.au for a chance to win a copy of this book with your membership.


Internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Mike Brady volunteered to become a VIP guest host of Nu Country TV during our eighth series.

Brady hosted an episode that also featured an exclusive interview about recording the album in Nashville with expatriate Australian producer Mark Moffatt.

Mike has also donated autographed copies of his brand new CD Country To Country to viewers who become members or current members who renew their membership.

The generous singer donated his autographed CDS to attract your membership to ensure our survival.

So for your $22 membership including postage you can win Mike's CD Country To Country.

We have limited supplies so please email us first at music@nucountry.com.au so we can allocate your reward.


Tania Kernaghan has offered autographed copies of her fourth album Higher Ground to viewers who either become new members or renew their membership.

The album was produced in Santa Monica, Franklin, Nashville and the Gold Coast with Daniel Kresco.

Tania recorded 11 songs written by younger sister Fiona and producer Kresco on the acclaimed disc.

If you wish to be rewarded for your membership with Tania's new CD please email us at music@nucountry.com.au.

We also have other CDS in our library as rewards for your valued membership - we rely on membership for our survival.

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