Californian surfing cowboy Gary Allan headlines Nu Country TV this Thursday August 21 at 10.30 pm on C 31 on the eve of his latest Australian tour with The Mavericks and Blackjack Billy .

Another Californian native and Nu Country TV host Kacey Jones debuts in Behind Bars with a little help from Van Diemen's Land export Audrey Auld.

Geelong born balladeer Adam Harvey also returns as he promotes his 10 th album Family Life on the Digital 44 show repeated Monday 5.30 am and 2.30 pm and Thursday 2.30 am.

Blackjack Billy also debuts on the show that features Rowville singer Rick Hart.

Nu Country TV is a highlight of the C 31 streaming list on Digital 44.

Just follow this link on your computer or mobile phone - http://www.c31.org.au/program/view/program/nu-country-tv


Gary Allan showcase his video for Pieces from his 11th album Set You Free .

The singer is working on a new project, where he says he will finally call the shots.

“I'm gonna do the tracks that I want,” Allan, now 46, insists.

“Last time, I let Jay Joyce pick what he wanted, and then I let Mark Wright pick what he wanted, then I took the leftovers. I think I'll probably cut what I want this time.”

The thrice wed father of six children says he'll still call on his former producers if he feels like he needs their help.

“Guys that I work with like Mark, he's great at strings and making things big, so if I need that, I feel like I'll go to him,” he adds.

“If I feel like something needs more funk than I can give it, then I'll go to Jay. But I think I'd have to feel like I need one of them.”

Allan says he doesn't worry about pleasing others.

“I am so anti-people's opinions when I'm making a record, but when it's finished and I put it out there, I hope somebody likes it,” he said.

“I never watch the charts; it's something I can't control and it drives me batty.”

Allan performed on the Country Thunder tour on the eve of his Australian return.

CLICK HERE for a Gary Allan CD Review in the Diary on February 8, 2013.

CLICK HERE for our Membership page to win Set You Free.


Adam Harvey backs himself and his hometown football team Geelong from afar at his NSW Central Coast retreat at Batteau Bay .

Harvey , 39 and holding, enlisted a colourful cast including his son Conway and daughter Leylah for the video for She Don't Know She's Beautiful from his 10 th album Family Life.

The hit was originally on two time Louisiana Gubernatorial candidate Sammy Kershaw's 1993 album Haunted Heart released before he became one of Lorrie Morgan's four ex-singing spouses.

Harvey also honours his dad Len who worked as a rigger for more than 30 years at the recently deconstructed Alcoa factory in the song Do The Best You Can.

The singer also performs at the Gympie Muster this week before a national tour that brings him back to his home state in spring and support role on the Kenny Rogers tour in January.

CLICK HERE for an exclusive interview with Adam in the Diary.


Kacey Jones hails from near Gilroy - the California garlic capital of the world - but she and Oklahoma singer-songwriter Becky Hobbs headlined a 2008 Nu Country TV concert on the mean streets of Brunswick at the Noise Bar.

The producer of tribute CDS by singing Texan crime novelist Kinky Friedman and the late lamented Lone Star State legend Mickey Newbury, also hosted Nu Country TV from Austin, Texas, in 2006.

This time around she debuts on Behind Bars with Hobart escapee Audrey Auld in a live version of her song Down At The Piggly Wiggly.

Jones also explores tonsorial tips in another of her comedy classics Donald Trump's Hair .

The popular singing comedienne is now touring to promote her 11 th album Amen For Old Friends on her Irritating Gentile Optimist Records .

It features singing actor Waylon Payne - son of Willie Nelson's late guitarist Jody and Sammi Smith who died at 61 on February 12, 2005.

Payne played Jerry Lee Lewis in Johnny Cash movie Walk The Line and joined fellow Texan Kris Kristofferson in the video for San Francisco Mabel Joy, filmed in Austin , Texas , and Carlsbad , New Mexico , on the Newbury tribute disc .

When this diarist first interviewed Kacey in Nashville in 1988 she performed acoustic for RRR-FM radio show High In The Saddle with her trio Ethel & The Shameless Hussies .

Jones kicks off her 14 track disc with assertive new original You've Tried The Patience Out Of Me and finishes with Amen For Old Friends by Newbury who died of pulmonary fibrosis at 62 in 2002.

He left behind a rich 550-song treasure trove that fuelled artists diverse as Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and David Allan Coe.

CLICK HERE to win an autographed copy of Kacey's Mickey Newbury tribute disc.

CLICK HERE for our exclusive Amen For Old Friends CD review in The Diary.

CLICK HERE for our interview with Kacey in the Diary on September 10, 2006.


Blackjack Billy went off shore on their Booze Cruise video filmed in Panama City .

They will be bayside when they play St Kilda Palais with The Mavericks and Gary Allan on October 1.

Booze Cruise is on their debut EP for now defunct Bigger Picture label.

The band has released the single Got A Feeling from its debut album, now released here.

Nashville based Blackjack Billy features Noll Billings, Rob Blackledge, Jeff Coplan and Brad Cummings.

CLICK HERE for our exclusive interview in the Diary on May 18.


Rowville singer-songwriter Rick Hart enlisted director James Daniel to film his video for EP title track Spiral on the historic streets of Carlton and Fitzroy.

Among landmarks are a small post office in Carlton and alleys off Nicholson & Brunswick Streets in Fitzroy

“I will be working with James again shortly on more videos in relation to select tracks from my debut album which I am planning to start recording in October,” Hart told Nu Country .

“I'm also planning a performance live shoot with my backing band The Sweet Addictions before the end of the year.

“I recently shot a video for another track from the EP - Hummingbird - so looking forward to seeing how that turns out.

I'm also planning to shoot a video for either Can't See The Light and Mess I'm In

In 2012 Rick's evocative song My Hesitation - written with harmonist Jacques Gentil - won best ballad at the Australian Songwriters' Association Awards.

Hart recorded his EP at Airwaves Recording Studio in Altona Meadows - it was mixed by former Little River Band guitarist, Wesley College graduate and Victoria University Sunbury lecturer David Briggs at The Production Workshop in North Melbourne .

Further info - www.rickhartmusic.com


We need your support as we celebrate our 23rd series of Nu Country TV .

Australian record companies and artists have joined forces to ensure our survival.

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, Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, Chris Young, Charley Pride, Slim Dusty, Rosanne Cash and Kacey Jones.

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

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