Texan singing rancher George Strait promotes his new brand of tequila as he headlines Nu C ountry TV on Saturday August 17 at 9.30 pm on Channel 31/44.

Mississippi maestro Michael Hardy performs the second nip in our whiskey triple shot in the show repeated Monday 7.30 am and Wednesday 9 pm.

Brothers Osborne praise weed, whiskey and Willie in their live return to Behind Bars on the program filmed and edited by Laith Graham.

Alabama outlaw Ben Jarrell also appears Behind Bars in the show featuring the debut of Melbourne singer Lucille and NSW duo Neilly Rich.

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

Further info - https://www.c31.org.au/


George Strait sips on his own brand of Tequila that he launches this week at Gillette stadium - home of the New England Patriots.

Fellow Texan rodeo rider and singer Cody Johnson is also on the NFL game bill.

Strait, now 67, markets his Tequila under the name of Codigo.

It's first video from 30th album Honky Tonk Time Machine that became his 27th chart topping disc in April.

Strait co-wrote eight songs on the disc and receives the Nashville International Songwriter Keystone Award on September 17 at the Ryman Auditorium.

Sadly, George has never toured here but our diarist interviewed him at the 1983 Aqua Festival in Austin , Texas .

CLICK HERE for our 1983 Strait interview in the Diary on November 16, 2011.


Michael Hardy warns of the perils of straight liquor on his Nu Country debut.

Hardy tells of his humorous hangover from evils of alcohol as drinking doubles can lead to being single.

He sings how the note on the fridge and the cold pizza left in the kitchen was a frigid reminder of his character's sins.

Hardy has written a brace of hits for March tourists Florida Georgia Line and Morgan Wallen

He teamed with another March tourist Devin Dawson's twin brother Jacob on others.

Sober You was a novel singalong on his debut EP This Ole Boy that features his hit Rednecker.

Further info - http://hardyofficial.com/


Maryland born Brothers Osborne perform a green finger salute to Texan singing actor Willie Nelson, now 86, in their live return to Behind Bars .

They headed to Colorado for their Terrapin sessions in the legalized greenery.

Weed, Whiskey & Willie is a highlight of second album Port Saint Joe recorded in Florida and released on April 20.

They performed it live on Seth Meyers TV variety show and the Grand Ole Opry with some trepidation .

“We thought if we get banned from the Opry, we'll join the ranks of Hank Williams,” T.J. Osborne revealed.

“We weren't sure whether some of the more conservative fans would be into or not.”

But audience reaction surprised them.

“We got a standing ovation for it,” T.J. recalled.

“I think it's just one of those songs that has great alliteration. It's just fun and it's really country.”

Brothers John, 35, and T.J. 32, moved to Nashville as songwriters and won the 2017 CMA Awards best vocal duo.

Port Saint Joe features previous songs videos Pushing Up Daisies and Shoot Me Straight.

The duo toured with Arizona born singer-songwriter-pilot Dierks Bentley after appearing at Joshua Tree with him on his Burning Man video on his 11th album The Mountain.

CLICK HERE for our Brothers Osborne CD feature in The Diary on July 22.


Nouveau Alabama born outlaw Ben Jarrell returns to Behind Bars with a live lost love lament.

He performs his song Nocturne from his five-song debut EP Short Stories And Long Songs, released in 2018.

Ben Jarrell once fronted Nashville bluegrass band Gators In The Sawgrass.

He debuted with his live video for Marissa from his first solo album Troubled Times released on March 29.

His album features father-son duo Mike and Steve Daly on pedal steel and lead guitarist-bassist Kevin Black of Margo Price's band, drummer Taylor Powell from Nikki Lane 's band and diverse harmony singers.

His album includes Black Helicopters about a conspiracy theorist, Gearjammer Blues and Daddy's Prison Radio - a true story about his ice possessing father.

The title track entrée is an outlaw murder ballad - saga of a young man who thinks he has found love but instead falls on the wrong side of the law.

Highway Whine starts acapella and finishes as a pedal steel heavy outlaw country track about highway wanderers and people who “gotta get on that old highway”.

Further info - https://benjarrell.com/music


Berlin born belle Lucille debuts on Nu Country with a song inspired by an ABC-TV documentary.

The latter-day Melbourne singer-songwriter shot her video after watching Sara Ferguson's three-part series Killing Season.

She got animated with characters diverse as former prime ministers Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd in her Banana Republic.

The Killing Season - 10 years of Politics in four minutes is her debut single.

It features Geelong born Jeff Lang on slide guitar and Ben Franz on double bass.

She also released Best of Me - a vast contrast to the Killing Season - on June 3.

Lucille was born in Berlin, raised in Germany, UK, New Zealand and Australia with her parents and three siblings who wanted to see the world.

“Instead of consuming music by radio or records, we created and learnt our own,” Lucille revealed.

“My exposure to modern music was via school bus radio in rural New Zealand .”

With her siblings, Lucille sang, played instruments and perform songs in four-part harmonies.

Further info - https://musicbylucille.com/


NSW duo Neilly Rich debut with a video directed by Hunter Valley singer songwriter Kirsty Lee Akers husband Jesse Anderson.

Expat Kiwi Matthew McNeilly met Kempsey belle Amelia Richards in Tamworth in 2012.

They played famed Bluebird Café in that other music mecca - Nashville

The duo performs Hey You from its second album that features songs they wrote with Novocastrian Troy Kemp.

“Music makes me tick, so meeting Amelia and discovering that music had the same effect on her was so fulfilling,” McNeilly revealed.

“There was little doubt from our first performance together that this was our path.”

Amelia's hometown Kempsey - also launch pad for the late Slim Dusty - has impacted her music.

"We pay homage to our traditional roots by taking classic country meaning and giving it a modern sound,” Richards explained.

Amelia plays rhythm guitar and mandolin and Matt also plays drums, bass and harmonica.

Hey You is on their second album that follows 2017 disc Here Now Forever and a 2014 EP.

Further info - https://www.facebook.com/pg/neillyrich/about/


We need your support in Nu Country TV's 40th series with Australian record companies and artists teaming to ensure our survival.

You can join Watling & Bates as members and win their 13 track CD Small Town Tales.

Also Kip Moore's third album Slowheart , thanks to EMI promotions chief Dave Parker, and Blake Shelton's 12th CD If I'm Honest from Karen Black and Tony Midolo at Warner Music .

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

They include Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church and late larrikin legend A.P. Johnson.

CLICK HERE for our Membership Page for details.

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