Oklahoma superstar Toby Keith and fellow March debutante tourist Kellie Pickler headline Nu Country TV this Wednesday December 11 at 10 pm on Channel 31.

The singers play Rod Laver Arena on March 19 after performing the 5th CMC Rocks The Hunter festival with a star studded cast.

Jim Lauderdale, also returning to CMC Rocks The Hunter, appears in a cameo in The Pistol Annies latest video clip.

Western swing band Asleep At The Wheel returns to Behind Bars in the show edited and filmed by Laith Graham and repeated Monday 5.30 am and 2.30 pm and Tuesday 1 am.

Tamworth singer Ashleigh Dallas debuts with a video from her acclaimed album Dancing With A Ghost.

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Floridian singing sailor and frequent Australian tourist Jimmy Buffett joins Toby Keith on a joyous video for Too Drunk To Karaoke from the multi-millionaire's 19th album Drinks After Work.

Buffett, who turns 67 on Christmas Day, recently appeared in other hit videos with Georgians Alan Jackson and the Zac Brown Band who toured here earlier this year.

Forbes magazine named Keith, 52 and father of three including singing daughter Krystal, biggest country music earner with $65 million over the past 12 months from his chain of I Love This Bar restaurants, Wild Shot mezcal brand, concerts, real estate investments and song publishing.

The magazine estimated he earned more than $500 million in his 20 year recording career.

Toby shed tears on national TV when he returned to hometown Moore after May tornadoes caused major damage to his sister's home and narrowly missed his mother's residence.

Keith's sister's belongings survived but the house is not livable.

He hosted the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert at the University of Oklahoma's Memorial Stadium in Norman - with Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood, Carrie Underwood, John Anderson, Mel Tillis and Ronnie Dunn.

"I grew up in Moore," said Keith about the deadly twister. "I live in Norman, and I've got lots of family and friends who were directly affected. I know these folks, and they're resilient, but we're going to keep helping them any way we can. I'm proud to get together with some others from around here who are just as committed as I am to supporting these communities."

CLICK HERE for a Toby feature in The Diary on July 2.


The Pistol Annies didn't have to look far to find a preacher for their video for Hush-Hush from their second album Annie Up.

Jim Lauderdale played the preacher in the church of their choice.

Jim was perfectly cast - his dad was a Presbyterian minister in North Carolina.

Lauderdale, who first toured here with Kim Richey and Canadians Fred Eaglesmith and Jason McCoy, returns here in March.

Pistol Annies co-founder - Texan Miranda Lambert - and expatriate Australasian superstar Keith Urban recently topped U.S. charts with their latest smash We Were Us.

Lambert's singing spouse Blake Shelton was the celebrant at the wedding of fellow Pistol Annies singer Ashley Monroe's wedding with Chicago White Sox pitcher John Danks.

Miranda Lambert, was her maid of honor.

"They're my dearest friends," Monroe, 27 revealed.

"And we wanted someone with personality to marry us."

The two met in 2011 after a Monroe show in Chicago through a mutual friend.

The ceremony which took place at Blackberry Farm - same locale where Kelly Clarkson got hitched four days earlier.

CLICK HERE for a Ashley Monroe feature in the Diary on May 27.
CLICK HERE for a Miranda Lambert feature in the Diary on January 11, 2010


March tourist Kellie Pickler returns to Nu Country with Someone Somewhere Tonight - first video and single from her fourth album The Woman I Am.

Pickler, 27, and songwriter husband Kyle Jacobs chose the song penned by former Alabama death row prison warder Davis Raines and Texan Walt Wilkins.

Someone Somewhere Tonight, originally recorded by Wilkins, was also cut by Kenny Rogers on his 2006 album Water & Bridges & Pam Tillis.

The Dancing With The Stars winner chose it ahead of two songs she penned and four others written by her prolific tunesmith husband Jacobs who has written hits for Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Jo Dee Messina, Craig Morgan and Clay Walker and many more.


"My husband Kyle pointed me to that song," Pickler revealed.

"I fell in love with it the first moment I heard it. I thought it was an amazing, beautifully written song. I think it touches every walk of life. I love the song. I heard the Kenny Rogers version and performed it with him at the Ryman Auditorium a couple of weeks ago. He invited me to come and sing it with him it was a really special moment. Walt's version is beautiful too - I believe Pam Tillis cut it as well. Derek Hough, my partner in Dancing With The Stars, was also in the video recorded in Nashville. I heard last night he suffered a back injury. That's what happens in dance. It's a risky game. You can really get hurt."

CLICK HERE for an exclusive Pickler interview in The Diary.


Texan western swing band Asleep At The Wheel returns to Behind Bars with delicious delicacies from their rich catalogue.

Ray Benson's combo eulogises the late western swing king Bob Wills in Big Balls In Cowtown.

They also incorporate footage of Wills in their video for Cherokee Maiden from their 1999 Ride With Bob album.

Other guests include Dixie Chicks, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, Dwight Yoakam, Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Byrd, Lee Ann Womack, Clay Walker, Clint Black and fiddler Johnny Gimble.

Check out the deep catalogue of Asleep At The Wheel.

It reaches back to when Fremantle based ABC TV& radio host Lucky Oceans was behind their wheel on pedal steel.

CLICK HERE for a Willie & The Wheel feature in the Diary on July 4, 2009.


Tamworth singer-songwriter Ashleigh Dallas takes viewers behind the scenes in her boudoir in her debut video for Me - a song she penned with her dad Brett.

She sings and plays fiddle & mandolin with a backdrop of personal mementoes in her 13 original songs culled from 70 on the eve of recording.

Ashleigh, 20, enlisted her own musical family & the Chambers clan to flesh out her first album Dancing With A Ghost.

Matt Fell & Kasey Chambers produced the disc at brother Nash Chambers Foggy Mountain studio in the Hunter Valley.

Ashleigh is hot tip for the best new talent Golden Guitar in January at Tamworth.

CLICK HERE for an Ashleigh Dallas story in the Diary.


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We have new CDS by major artists you can win by becoming a Nu Country TV member or renewing your membership.

They include singing actors Willie Nelson and Tim McGraw, Voice judge Blake Shelton, Ashley Monroe, Brad Paisley, Gary Allan, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, Chris Young, Charley Pride, Slim Dusty, Adam Harvey, Troy Cassar-Daley and more.

We also have the latest John Denver all-star tribute album and DVDS by Miranda and fellow chart topper Lady Antebellum.

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