North Carolina born singer-songwriters Luke Combs and Jim Lauderdale headline Nu Country TV Saturday October 5 at 9.30 pm on Channel 31/ Digital 44 on the eve of Jim's latest Australian tour.

Texas tornado Tanya Tucker also returns to Behind Bars on the show, hosted by Mid-Pacific Bob Olson, and repeated Monday at 7.30 am.

Alabama gospel graduates Chad and Kyle Wilson's sextet debut on the program filmed and edited by Laith Graham.

Novocastrian Catherine Britt also returns to the show that features Melbourne band Rattling Cain's live tribute to pioneer 3RRR-FM country music radio show High In The Saddle.

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

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


Presbyterian minister's son Jim Lauderdale returns on the eve of his headlining role at the sixth Out On the Weekend festival at Williamstown - Saturday October 12.

Jim, now 62, joins bluegrass belle Molly Tuttle, Felice Brothers , Pokey LaFarge, Johnny Fritz and Josh Hedley at Seaworks.

The vast cast includes Sierra Ferrell, country rock veteran Brian Cadd and New Zealand export Tami Neilson.

Lauderdale performs his video for Listen from his 32nd album From Another World.

His Listen and The Secrets Of The Pyramids videos were directed by Jeremy Dylan - son of our late benefactor Rob Potts.

Jeremy manages Jim, whose mum was church organist in Troutman , North Carolina .

Dylan now operates CMC festivals and national tours with Michael Chugg who shared his home state of Tasmania with Rob.

Lauderdale also released Jim Lauderdale And Roland White - bluegrass classics recorded in Earl and Louise Scruggs' Nashville home basement in 1979 when Jim was 19.

CLICK HERE for a Jim Lauderdale CD feature in The Diary on September 23.


Nouveau outlaw Luke Combs returns with another new hit.

Luke played St Kilda Palais in March with Arkansas traveller Ashley McBryde and acts out sentiments of his video Loving On You - he became engaged to Nicole Hocking in late 2018.

Luke wrote the song, produced by Scott Moffatt, with Thomas Archer, Ray Fulcher and James McNair.

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 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 and his 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 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.

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


Wilson Brothers Chad and Kyle's sextet expand our romance theme in their debut.

The fourth generation Alabama gospel group graduates had nice lines in fresh produce shopping in their video

They were raised in Texas by their preacher dad who taught them harmonies before they wrote hits for peers in Nashville

Loving You Loving On Me is on their self-titled Full Circle Records album.

Chad began travelling with the Johnson Quartet - his grand-parents southern gospel quartet at the age of four.

Kyle joined the family on the road at birth and both brothers travelled with their family to churches, revivals, and outdoor music events.

“Something about the music our grandparents played and sang was extremely moving,” says Chad.

“Their music was captivating and real and at an early age, we learned the value of believing in what you sing.”

The brothers grew up understanding strong family foundations and values.

“Our dad was a preacher and he and our mom performed as a gospel duo, if the church doors were opened, we were there,” Kyle added.

Chad credits their grandmother with teaching them the value of self-belief.

“That woman has single handedly had the most influence in our lives. She and our Grandpa bought us our first guitars and taught us how to play. We are who we are because of them.”

Further info - https://www.wilsonofficial.com/


“The other place that I've recently become involved with is Colorado State University of Veterinary Medicine in Fort Collins ,” Tucker revealed.

“I happened to be there visiting friends on the way to California and my dog Kona , my Golden Retriever, would have died, because he had cancer in his heart. But they took him in and saved his life. The number one cardiologist in veterinary medicine was in Fort Collins .”

Tanya topped charts at 13 with Alex Harvey penned Delta Dawn and later David Allan Coe's classic Would You Lay With Me in A Field Of Stone .

Further info - https://www.tanyatucker.com/


Novocastrian singer-songwriter and radio host Catherine Britt proves a true survivor - she boxed on to beat breast cancer she suffered at just 30.

Britt hosted ABC Saturday Night Country radio show and published Rhythms magazine before giving birth to her son Hank on Christmas Eve, 2017.

She performed her video Too Hot To Just Quit from her seventh album - Cold, Cold Hearts.

Catherine and the Cold-Cold Hearts - Michael Muchow and Andy Toombs - produced the album with Jeff McCormack as engineer at her home studio with mentor Bill Chambers guesting on all 11 tracks.

Her band and son's name Hank were inspired by country legend Hank Williams who died at 29 on New Year's Day, 1953, in the back of a Cadillac en route to a concert in Canton , Ohio .

“It made sense and it felt right and what a great name for a band,” Britt said of the song and artist who was her embryonic influence.

“I love it.”

The young mother illustrated her album's entrée song Red Dirt with a vivid video shot at Silverton near Broken Hill.

Many scenes were filmed in the Silverton hotel Catherine and husband James Beverley run for a month each year - they also host Silverton Sunset Music Festival .

CLICK HERE for a Britt CD review in The Diary on August 27, 2018.


Melbourne sextet Rattling Cane return live with a hefty dose of nostalgia.

They sang of discovering country music on pioneer 3RRR-FM radio show - High In The Saddle.

The lads lowered the demographic with guest cameos from younger clan members in previous video Who I Am on debut album What We Are .

“We are going to officially launch and push our CD 6 which will include making a few video clips of the songs,” the band revealed.

“We will be heading back into the studio later in the year to record some of the dozen or so new songs we have been crafting over the last few months. We will be continuing along with our great friends The Prairie Oysters to push and grow our Country comes to town concept, where we have pop up mini country music festivals at local venues around the suburbs of Melbourne and beyond. The first at Alphington Bowls Club was a huge success. We will also be releasing the third stubby holder in the series and have some T-Shirts in the pipeline. 2019 is the Chinese year of The Cane .”

Band members are lead guitarist Stephen Biddlestone, Sam Crowe guitar and vocals, bassist John Dynon, John Joyce on pedal steel and harmonica, Greg Prow guitar and vocals and drummer Greg Ratten.

Further info - http://rattlincane.com/


We need your support in Nu Country TV's 41st 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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