Grafton born singer-songwriter Troy Cassar-Daley headlines Nu Country TV Saturday April 4 at 10.30 pm on Channel/Digital 44.

Singing actor Hunter Hayes debuts on the show, repeated Monday 5.30 am and 2.30 pm, Tuesday 4 pm, Wednesday 7.30 am and Thursday 2.30 am, on the eve of his debut Australian tour.

And the legendary Doobie Brothers also perform in Behind Bars on a show filmed and edited by Laith Graham.

Georgian star Jason Aldean also debuts and the Texan Josh Abbott Band returns.

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Troy Cassar-Daley enjoys his dream time in our mountains, beaches, deserts and way beyond in his latest video Take A Walk In My Country from his ninth album Freedom Ride , released last month.

Troy wrote the song with Colin Buchanan and filmed it with director Duncan Toombs.

“ Duncan filmed that at Cave's Beach in Newcastle ,” Troy, 45 and father of two children, revealed.

“It was a spectacular day - the first time Duncan had used a drone camera. He sent the drone out over the water, he was still working out if it was viable. It was wonderful to have that story line with the little indigenous girl and the other girl who was not. It was nice to see she was saying ‘come and have a look at this.' Some people say it was irresponsible parenting - we laughed about it.”

Troy 's next video illustrates his album title track based on the 1965 Freedom Ride led by the late Charles Perkins.

He showcased the song live on ABC-TV after the album debuted at #4 on ARIA charts.

CLICK HERE for an exclusive interview with Troy in The Diary.


Hunter Hayes struts his stuff on guitar in his video for Tattoo from his second album Storyline .

The former Louisiana child prodigy, now 23, was discovered on Youtube before he reached his teens.

He also appeared as a child star in The Apostle movie with Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, Billy Joe Shaver and June Carter Cash and in Charlie's War.

Hunter was six when Duvall gave him his first guitar and at seven, he was invited to perform for President Bill Clinton for a White House lawn party.

He also plays guitar on the Listen To The Music featuring Oklahoma star vocalist Blake Shelton on the Doobie Brothers tribute disc Southbound.

The four time Grammy nominee plays Prince of Wales, St Kilda, on Monday April 6 before joining Lady Antebellum and Sam Hunt on the Wheels Up tour in the U.S.

Further info - http://www.hunterhayes.com/


The legendary Doobie Brothers debut on Behind Bars in a mini-documentary about their tribute disc Southbound .

Georgian March tourists the Zac Brown Band and Chris Young, Sara Evans and Blake Shelton tell how the Doobie Brothers influenced their music.

The band has a surfeit of songs from 45 years of recording that were ripe for revamping by an eclectic posse of country artists at the peak of their game.

The legendary Doobies, formed in San Jose , California , in 1970 after members met in 1969.

They have now sold more than 40 million albums in a controversial career that brought them here on several tours despite a hiatus from 1982-87.

Shotgun Willie Nelson, now 81, was guest vocalist on I Know We Won - his co-write with guitarist and co-founder Patrick Simmons - on their 24th album World Gone Crazy in 2010.

CLICK HERE for a Southbound review in The Diary on February 8.


Georgian star Jason Aldean debuts on the show as he ignites a fire with a brunette he rescues from a bath in his video for Burning It Down.

It was not second wife - American Idol singer Brittany Kerr whom he was caught cheating with when he was wed to childhood sweetheart wife Jessica - mother of their two daughters.

Burning It Down is on his sixth album Old Boots New Dirt, released here in February with live DVD Night Train To Georgia .

Aldean's new record company Sony has also released his entire recording catalogue from a decade long career on indie label Broken Bow.

Aldean, 38, plans to tour here next year.

His daughters attended his wedding to Kerr on March 21 in Mexico.

CLICK HERE for an exclusive Aldean interview in The Diary.


West Texas born Josh Abbott explores the dire dynamics of love and in his video for Touch from his band's third album Small Town Family Dream.

Abbott, 35 wed wife Amanda in 2010, and confessed to booze fuelled infidelity after his career took off.

The band has since released new EP Tuesday Night for Atlantic .

Abbott wrote She's Like Texas about Amanda - Tuesday Night debuted at #12 on Billboard .

It helped cement the Lubbockian as a star from Texas to Nashville .

“We really love so much of the country music coming out of Nashville . Eric Church, Zac Brown Band, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Lee Brice and Jerrod Niemann,” Abbott revealed.

“Those are the ones making what we consider country music, and we like it all. Everyone else seems to want a crossover hit. And there's a tendency to stick to what sells. But any time you hear someone like Dierks, who hasn't given in to that bro-country movement, that's the kind of music we like.”

Abbott follows bands that started in Texas then made it internationally - Dixie Chicks, Eli Young Band , Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert and more.

“That's the goal, you know. We signed the deal so we could take the music to more people and succeed on a national level. On our own terms. We want to release a song that's not just a Texas No. 1 but a national No. 1,” Abbott added.

“Anybody can put together a band and learn a bunch of other people's songs, but what separates you from other people is if you write your own songs. In Texas , that's what weeds you out.

“We're not millionaires, but we make good money and have a great fan base. I always thought, ‘As long as I can make $50,000 a year doing music that beats an office job for sure.' Any night we get to do this it's all good.”

Further info - http://www.joshabbottband.com/


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