Australian country music king Lee Kernaghan headlines Nu Country TV on Saturday March 7 at 9.30 pm on Channel 31/ Digital 44.

Texan troubadour Tanya Tucker returns to the show hosted by Mid Pacific Bob Olson, and repeated Thursday at 5 am.

Fellow Texan Aaron Watson and Louisiana lass Kylie Frey boomerang to Behind Bars on the program filmed and edited by Laith Graham.

Brisbane born sisters Dozzi and Goulburn grazier-singer-songwriter Roo Arcus also appear.

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

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


Lee Kernaghan returns after equaling the late Slim Dusty's 38 Golden Guitars record at the 48 th Australian Country Music Awards in January.

Lee and singing spouse Robby are joined by a vast cast in the bush and beach in his video Where I Wanna Be - third single from his 15th album Backroad Nation.

His support cast included horses, dogs, chooks and children as they perform in a sea of tractors and Utes as Lee sings of where he wants to be.

The 55-year-old father of 2 sons plays the 13th CMC Rocks Queensland festival this month.

Backroad Nation was released in May 2019, produced by Australian songwriter-producer Lindsay Rimes and debuted at #1 on ARIA Chart.

Kernaghan was born in the Corryong high country of Victoria and raised by his trucking troubadour dad Ray and mum across the border in Albury.

He performed the outback, cities and towns on all coasts in a career that earned him an OAM in 2004 and Australian of the Year in 2008.

So it's no surprise he headed into red dirt country to film videos for songs from his album - riveting reflection of his travels that earned him four ARIA and three APRA Awards while raising funds for long suffering farmers beset by drought, flood and famine.

CLICK HERE for a Backroad Nation CD feature in The Diary on May 20, 2019.


Texan horse whisperer Tanya Tucker shares her equine rescue passion with Willie Nelson, just 86.

Tanya, 61, sings of how she prefers floral tributes while still in the saddle in her video for Bring My Flowers Now from her 27th album While I'm Living.

Tucker paid tribute to her late mum and dad on her album that won two Grammys in February.

Tanya won best country album for While I'm Living and best country song for Bring My Flowers Now.

The wins were the first for Tanya after 10 nominations dating back 47 years.

“After 50 years in this business, and it's still unbelievable to me that I still have a few firsts left,” Tanya revealed.

“So after 14 trips, 14 nominations, this is the first win, and I can't believe it. I just want to say that no matter how young or old you are, never stop following your dreams. Keep going.”

Fellow Texan Willie Nelson's song Ride Me Back Home won best country solo performance.

Tanya's producer-pianist Brandi Carlile guested in the video filmed in Carthage , Tennessee.

Brandi produced Tanya's album with Shooter Jennings and plays Hamer Hall on April 6.

Tanya appeared with Shooter and Brandi in previous videos Hard Luck and The Wheels Of Laredo .

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

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


Fellow Texan Aaron Watson praises childhood country radio memories in his return.

The Amarillo native and Abilene resident recalled sneaking out of his bedroom as a child to watch his mum and dad dancing to the Grand Ole Opry on the wireless in Country Radio - one of 20 songs he wrote for his 14th album Red Bandana.

The opening noise of a radio scanning on County Radio is a tribute to his father.

“My dad is a disabled veteran and he had a cleaning business,” Watson confessed.

“Growing up, he had this dolly with a trashcan wired to it. It was southern ingenuity at its finest. And he would hang the cleaning bottles around the rim of the trashcan. And then he had a hangar with a little AM/FM battery-powered radio wired to the handle of this dolly. As we cleaned toilets and classrooms at churches, we were listening to music, and he'd not only tell me who sang the song, he'd tell me what year it came out, the writers and some of the players on the songs. So I learned a lot about music like that, and I took that old radio and recorded the fuzz of the AM signal.”

Aaron, 42, and father of three follows that tradition.

CLICK HERE for Aaron's Red Bandana feature in The Diary on July 15, 2019.


Louisiana born Kylie Frey celebrated her 25th birthday this month after riding into Texas as a third generation rodeo rider and queen.

She hails from Opelousas, Louisiana, and returns with her vibrant video for One Night In Tulsa.

It follows previous videos Ain't Enough Beer In This Bar and Too Bad with Texan Randy Rogers.

She released debut album Cinderella Dreams in 2014, then singles The Chase in 2015 and Me and These Boots in 2016.

Rogers hails from Cleburne , Texas , and bought famous Cheatham Street Warehouse music venue in nearby San Marcos where he cut a 2000 live album.

Further info - http://kyliefrey.com/


Goulburn grazier Roo Arcus sings for his supper as he keeps dingoes from his door in frequent droughts and bushfires.

Arcus returns to Nu Country with his video for Tumbleweeds - first single on his fourth album recorded in Nashville.

And, like those weeds, he tumbled back to his wife Sue in his beat-up truck as Roo and Sue saved their horses and family farm at Parkesbourne.

The song is about a drifter who blows in and out of town like a tumbleweed - the person who just can't stay still long enough to win the heart of the love of their life.

“When I heard the demo for the song, I knew straight away that I was going to record it,” Roo revealed.

“It ticked a lot of boxes for me. Great melody, it was very country, had a good story that I know a lot of people will relate to and a hook line I just couldn't get out of my head.”

Roo took an eight year break from recording after his mum was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2004 and droughts decimated farms - including their Southern Tablelands family property.

Arcus struck gold early when late bush balladeer Slim Dusty recorded his tune Ringers, Rigs and Drivers for his trucking album Making A Mile.

The song - written about a traffic jam when 13 road trains pulled into the Arcus family farm - also landed Roo a 12-month stint as Slim's touring partner.

Touring tutelage with Dusty and bandleader - former New Zealand dairy farmer Rod Coe - enabled Arcus to cut his 2000 debut album Station Boy, second album This Here Cowboy and third album Cowboys & Sunsets.

CLICK HERE for an Arcus CD review in The Diary on September 23, 2012.


Nashville-based Brisbane born sister trio Dozzi debut with their video for Fools - first single on their five song EP Worth The Wait .

It also features new single Ramones T-Shirt, Red Eye, Steady and EP title track.

Dozzi are Andrea Dozzi (Mandolin & Vocals), Jesse Dozzi (Guitar & Vocals) & Nina Dozzi (Keyboards & Vocals).

They moved from Brisbane to Nashville in 2016 on an artist visa - a risk they turned into motivator.

The indie trio used the magic of family harmonies, serious song-writing skills, and musical chops to earn their way and build their name in Music City.

Further info - https://dozzimusic.net/


We need your support in Nu Country TV's 43rd 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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