Singing actor Dolly Parton and expat Australian duo For King & Country headline Nu Country TV on Saturday January 11 at 9.30 pm on Channel 31/ Digital 44.

Northern NSW Watling & Bates and South Australian singer-songwriter Matt Ward return to the show.

Oregonian oriole Alexis Ebert and Montana minstrel Stephanie Quayle also boomerang to the program filmed and edited by Laith Graham.

Shoalhaven singer-songwriter Emma Jene makes her debut.

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

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


Dolly Parton swaps movies for music in a boudoir ballad with expat Sydney duo For King & Country.

Christian brothers Luke and Joel Smallbone have recorded and performed in the U.S. for more than a decade.

The dual Grammy winning duo released five albums and four EPS in Nashville.

They are joined by Dolly, 73, in their evocative video that illustrates reflection of pain and rehab.

God Only Knows is a hit for the duo from third album Burn The Ships

Joel Smallbone starred in Billy Ray Cyrus 2014 movie Like A Country Song and elder sister Rebecca St James is also a Christian singer.

“When I first heard God Only Knows I thought it was one of the best songs I'd ever heard,” Dolly revealed.

“I feel that this is a good song for right now, and it's so well written. I know that it touched me at a time when I needed to be lifted up.”

Joel said Dolly's vocals were "an out of body experience for us as writers and artists. As soon as we heard her vocals on the track, we immediately realized that this song was meant for her voice.”

Dolly was focus of NBC-TV special on November 26 - Dolly Parton: 50 Years at the Grand Ole Opry.

It featured new interviews and performance from Parton on the Opry stage.

She was joined by star peers including Emmylou Harris, Dierks Bentley, Chris Janson, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum , Margo Price and Hank Williams Jr.

CLICK HERE for our latest Dolly feature in the Diary on June 17, 2019.

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


Oregonian Alexis Ebert also landed two songs and a cameo in Billy Ray Cyrus movie - Like A Country Song.

She was also penned The Real Me for Disney film Confessions of A Teenage Drama Queen with Lindsay Lohan

Alexis returns to Behind Bars with her video for latest single Way Back In The Woods.

Ebert was aged just six when she joined expat Australasian superstar Keith Urban and Texan Tanya Tucker live on stage in her home state.

Alexis appeared in concert with Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Sugarland , and Trace Adkins before she was a teenager.

She arrived in Music City in 2003 and signed with Warner Bros in 2004 and combined acting, songwriting and performing.

Alexis is now with Smashville Entertainment Records and released an album late last year.

Her debut single Ride Or Die premiered March 29 and was followed by Trailer Trashed on August 2.

It showcases her personality and mirrors her story of a young aspiring artist being signed to a record label.

Further info - https://www.alexisebertmusic.com/music


Northern NSW duo Watling & Bates share a forest with goannas, snakes and horses in their return to our show.

Our loyal Nu Country TV members Dr Kym Watling and singer-songwriter pal Geoffrey Bates found rustic retreats near their home in Unumgar in their new video where they illustrated their love for wildlife and nature.

No snakes, goannas, horses, insects, fiddlers, guitarists or banjo babes were harmed in filming for Ciderville on their latest album Small Town Tales .

They debuted on Nu Country on June 1, 2019, with their video for Old Times, filmed with bull fiddler Johnny Rumble in Valiant Music's guitar heaven in Brunswick Heads.

The duo followed with In The Dead Of Night on October 26.

CLICK HERE for their CD feature in The Diary on June 24, 2019.

CLICK HERE to win their CD on our Membership page.


Shoalhaven born and Nowra based singer-songwriter Emma Jene gave joy to a serious subject - mental health - in her debut.

She deals with it in her day job as an aged care nurse.

Feels So Good, penned by Jerry Salley and Hannah Blaylock , is on Emma's third album Erosion, produced by Wauchope singer-songwriter Angus Gill at Hot Plate Studio.

“My new album presents songs of joy and sorrow of everyday life,” Emma revealed.

“Circumstances we find challenging such as those suffering from dementia, a love lost and moving on alone, as well as the happiness of coming home, a new love found, and finding the essence and strength within ourselves to feel confident about our future.'

Emma spreads positive messages in her music drawn from her work.

“When you're singing to dementia patients, it can bring back memories they had when they were younger,” Jene explained.

“I've always wanted to help people, make a difference in society, see smiles on people's faces and make sure they're okay and have what they need.'

Emma began in musical theatre when she was six and recorded debut album Dare to Dream at just 14.

She followed with her Top 10 Album Cross Your Heart .

Emma explained her three tattoos.

“They have spiritual sayings on them, 1 with a cross, 3 doves & bird feathers.”

Further info - https://emmajene.com/


South Australian singer-songwriter Matt Ward took a break from his day job as parks ranger in the outback of his home state in his Nu Country return.

His cross-cultural exchange included trips to West Texas deserts and Austin concerts and fuelled previous video Terlingua with his Rising Sons band.

Some joined him on his live video Take Me Home - third single from his new solo album Heartland.

He has since released a video for rural rooted song Better Man about a farmer who suffered mental health issues after losing his farm.

“He tried to make things work on his farm, however as things got harder and harder his wife and kids ended up leaving and moving to Melbourne .” Ward revealed.

“He dug his heels and unfortunately eventually lost the farm, his family, everything. He was clearly very upset and was saying he had, had suicidal thoughts, so I wrote the song from that story.”

Further info - http://www.mattjwardmusic.com/


Stephanie Quayle is high in the saddle on her return.

Quayle flew to her family's ranch in aptly named Paradise Valley to film If I Was A Cowboy.

It's on her new EP that follows debut album Love The Way You See Me.

Stephanie, now 37, previously graced us with her hit video Drinking With Dolly.

If I Was a Cowboy begins with Quayle's self-described “cowboy state of mind” in its title track.

It was released in early 2019 and recalls memories of childhood growing up in Montana with a mother she refers to as "the greatest cowboy in the history of the world.”

“It's for a woman who grew up venturing across the wide-open western landscape on horseback, the images of soaring eagles and wild horses symbolize freedom,” Quayle explained of the visions of a tree that overlooks the Yellowstone River near her Montana home and how each time she visits, she sees a bald eagle sitting on a perch that takes off soaring into the open abyss.

“To me, it doesn't get better than that,” she added.

“I think when you think about those moments personally, you can't help but feel a little bit stronger, a little bit more willing."

She became fascinated with how a story could be expressed through songs, and at the age of 12 she began writing songs.

After learning piano at 15 Quayle bought a second-hand guitar and taught herself, setting her lyrics to music.

At 16 she spent several months in Switzerland as an exchange student.

She joined a Swiss band as lead singer and recorded an album before returning to Montana .

Further info - http://www.stephaniequayle.com/


We need your support in Nu Country TV's 42nd 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.

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

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

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