Texan trio Midland headlines Nu C ountry TV on Saturday August 24 at 9.30 pm on Channel 31/44 on the eve of their tour with singing actor Tim McGraw.

Chart-topping March tourists Luke Combs and Kacey Musgraves also return to Behind Bars in the show repeated Monday 7.30 am and Wednesday 9 pm.

Joshua Aiello and Jack Viljoen - two local artists discovered by our creative camera man, editor-co-producer Laith Graham - make their debut.

Kentuckian Eddie Montgomery returns with a new video in honour of late recording and performing partner Troy Gentry.

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

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


Hollywood actor Dennis Quaid joins Texan trio Midland, who tour here with singing actor Tim McGraw, in their latest video.

Quaid proves that adage “liar, liar your pants R on fire” in a humorous homily about failing to remember bar-room roses who prickle on their return.

Those banished belles used tattoos as painful passion portraits in their entrée to a live show at Poodie's Roadhouse - a venue created by Willie Nelson's late tour manager Poodie Locke.

Midland now live at Dripping Springs - locale of the first of Willie's 46 July 4 picnics - and filmed part of their Mr Lonely video at The Ranch.

It's on their second album they promote with McGraw at the 21 st Deni Ute Muster on Saturday October 5 and Rod Laver Arena on Sunday October 6.

They took their name from Kentuckian singing actor Dwight Yoakam song Fair To Midland and scored a Top 10 hit with Drinking Problem - one of 15 songs they wrote at Sonic Ranch near El Paso , West Texas.

Lead singer Mark Wystrach was an actor-underwear model before meeting bassist-video director Cameron Duddy and lead guitarist Jess Carson at Jess's wedding in Jackson Hole , Wyoming.

The trio released a five-song EP that features Drinking Problem written with Josh Osborne and their producer Shane McAnally.

They also released their debut album On The Rocks in 2017.

Further info - http://midlandofficial.com/


North Carolina born nouveau outlaw Luke Combs returns to Behind Bars after his sold-out concert in March at St Kilda Palais with Arkansas traveller and female renegade Ashley McBryde.

Combs uses gridiron and romance metaphors in his live video for chart topping hit Beer Never Broke My Heart.

It depicts heartbreak of all stripes from a marriage proposal gone wrong to a near miss on the football field.

His high energy performance of the anthemic song peaks as audience members lick wounds and find renewed strength in the power of an Esky.

Luke wrote the song, produced by Scott Moffatt, with Randy Montana and Jonathan Singleton.

It's on his five track EP Prequel that follows smash debut deluxe disc This One's For You 2 that was #1 for 44 weeks on Billboard country album charts.

Combs broke a record set by Randy Travis Always and Forever that spent 43 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 in 1987-1988.

His album also holds second-longest run at No. 1 for a country album after Shania Twain's 1997 album Come On Over 50 weeks reign.

Combs second album is due on November 8.

Another Luke song Let's Just Be Friends is on The Angry Birds Movie 2 soundtrack.

He was just 29 when inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on June 11 by fellow stars Craig Morgan, Chris Janson and country legend John Conlee.

Combs also topped charts with The Prequel featuring new originals Refrigerator Door, Even Though I'm Leaving, Lovin' On You and Moon Over Mexico .

Combs charted five tracks from The Prequel on Billboard Top 25 in June - a feat not accomplished since Johnny Cash in 1959.

They also debuted in Top 10 Billboard Country Songs chart.

CLICK HERE for a Luke CD feature in the Diary on July 9, 2018.


Texan troubadour Kacey Musgraves is joined by frogs playing banjos, mermaids, flying horses and rainbows in her latest live video in Behind Bars .

Kacey, 30, used a psychedelic trip or sorts to illustrate her new treatment of O, What A World.

It's on her huge selling seventh album Golden Hour that she promoted at St Kilda Palais on May 14 with Canadian band Bahamas.

Kacey, wed to fellow singer-songwriter Ruston Kelly, may have highlighted frogs in her video but not those flogs once in fashion across town at Mickey Mouse stadium in Docklands.

CLICK HERE for a Kacey interview in The Diary on June 18, 2018.


Singing actor, model and music teacher Joshua Aiello demonstrates the benefits of being a good Samaritan in his Nu Country debut.

Joshua rescued a stranded motorist who became his beach belle drummer and swimming partner at Canadian Bay near Mt Eliza.

The plot is unraveled in his video for Also Be Dancing on his new EP.

Joshua, now 25, has also acted in Sweeney Todd, Secret Garden , The Crucible and historic TV show Neighbours.

He also works as a production technician Bunjil Place and other City of Casey venues to keep the dingoes from his Melbourne suburban doors.

Further info - https://www.facebook.com/joshuaaielloactor/


Singer-songwriter Jack Viljoen discovered more than coal when he left South Africa and now sings for his supper near Gladstone in north Queensland .

He praised his old mate - guest Stu Watson - in his Nu Country live video debut for My Friend The Fiddler that is on his EP Ekwilsing.

For those of us not familiar with the Transvaal dialect that means - “I want to sing.”

Jack grew up near Kruger National Park in a region of mines and power stations part of the Transvaal.

He drew on memories of his upbringing to create a series of poetic Afrikaans on his five original songs on his EP, released on August 5, 2018.

"My dad's family had nine brothers and sisters and they'd all play instruments and sing and carry on," Viljoen said.

"They'd get together and make a lot of music. It would sound really good at the beginning of the night but as the whiskey flowed, it would start to get really bad. We all just had a ball."

Jack has also filmed a video for another original song As Cool As Johnny Cash from his second album out this year.

He filmed at Grand Hotel, Manypeaks, and Ubobo hall near where he walked the Boyne Valley railway line like the late man in black.

Further info - https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Musician/Jack-Viljoen-Entertainment-1144945742258503/


Kentuckian Eddie Montgomery proves he is still a country king in his latest video clip after losing his late partner Troy Gentry.

Troy , just 50, was killed two years ago in a chopper crash at the Flying W airport in Medford , New Jersey , en route to a concert.

Four times wed Eddie, 55, eased his sorrow in his video beside a warm fire with faithful canines.

He also had a toke as he listened to late hero Merle Haggard.

King of The World is on Montgomery Gentry's ninth album Here's To You.

It was recorded before Troy 's death on September 8, 2017 - the same day Texan singing actor Don Williams died aged 78.

Eddie toured in February of 2019 to support the album - it would have been the band's 20th anniversary.

CLICK HERE for a Montgomery Gentry CD review in The Diary on January 29, 2007. 


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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