Texan troubadour Miranda Lambert headlines Nu Country TV on Saturday August 8 at 9.30 pm on Channel 31/ Digital 44.

Fellow Texan Rich O'Toole returns to the show repeated Tuesday 4.30 am, Wednesday 10.30 pm and Friday 1 am.

Bluegrass band Carolina Blue debut in Behind Bars with chart toppers Chris Stapleton and Sheryl Crow on a program filmed and edited by Laith Graham.

Blue Mountains escapee Cass Hopetoun and Kansas singer-songwriter Ashley Ray also debut.

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

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


When Pistol Annies singer Miranda Lambert fooled around and fell in love again she had a safe place to land - the loving arms of New York City cop Brendan McLoughlin.

Miranda wed Brendan on January 26, 2019 in Davidson County , Tennessee.

It was Lambert's second wedding after her four-year marriage to Blake Shelton from 2011 to 2015 and rebound romances with singers Anderson East and Turnpike Troubadours co-founder Clay Felker.

It was a welcome boomerang for Miranda and Brendan.

She cancelled her debut Australian tour that included Brothers Osborne gig at Rod Laver Arena and 13th CMC Rocks Queensland festival in Ipswich .

Instead Miranda promoted her seventh album Wildcard in isolation because of the pandemic.

But she was joined by fellow Texan Maren Morris and other star peers Ashley McBryde, Elle King and Caylee Hammack in her revamp of Fooled Around And Fell in Love.

Californian blues guitarist Elvin Bishop, now 77, wrote and recorded the song for his 1975 album Strutting My Stuff.

It was also released by artists diverse as T.G Sheppard, Mark Willis Rod Stewart, The Winery Dogs and Henry Lee Summer.

CLICK HERE for an exclusive Miranda interview in The Diary on November 11, 2019.


Houston born singer-songwriter Rich O'Toole tore pages from his bedside bible to illustrate hard times in his new video.

Peter & Paul is one of nine songs he wrote on his sixth album New York City.

Ironically, O'Toole turned 37 on Thursday and is stranded in the big apple

Rich is a nephew of late Mississippi born hit writer Hank Cochran who died at 74 on July 15, 2010.

Hank, whose five marriages included octogenarian survivor Jeannie Seely, now 80, wrote hits for the late Patsy Cline, Ray Price, Eddy Arnold, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Lee Ann Womack, Emmylou Harris and Elvis duo - Presley and Costello.

He was a frequent collaborator with Shotgun Willie Nelson, now 87.

In October 2012 Alabama born singer Jamey Johnson released Living for a Song : A Tribute to Hank Cochran , featuring his renditions of 16 Cochran songs.

Rich previously appeared on Nu Country with his Too Good To Call video from fifth album Jaded, out in June of 2014.

The College Station raised singer-songwriter honoured famous late uncle Hank in his song title-checking previous video for Uncle Hank .

Rich used Cochran song titles to illustrate a story of past love in Uncle Hank on the song penned with Chris Monteverde and Suzi Cochran - widow of Hank.

He wrote the Jaded title track with actor Evan Gamble when they escaped to Palm Springs for solace after enduring ruptured romances.

CLICK HERE for a Jaded review in The Diary on March 16, 2015.


Missouri born singing actor Sheryl Crow is qualified to revive historic hit Tell Me When It's Over live with Chris Stapleton.

Sheryl, now 58, has survived two battles with cancer and marriage to Olympics trick cyclist Lance Armstrong that ended in 2006.

The nine time Grammy winner also records peers at her West Nashville home studio.

Stapleton, now 42, was in bluegrass band the Steel Drivers before his chart-topping solo career.

His singing spouse Morgane gave birth to their twins as they celebrated Billboard Music Awards in 2018, Grammys, CMA, ACM and American Music Awards.

Tell Me When It's Over is on Sheryl's 11th album Threads.

She also recruited Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh in her previous video for Still The Good Old Days .

Threads also features famed Highwaymen Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and the late Johnny Cash.

Walsh's Eagles band-mate guitarist Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Lukas Nelson - one of Willie's three sons - also duet on Threads .

Sheryl played Rod Laver Arena with John Mellencamp and Shane Nicholson on November 21, 2008.

CLICK HERE for our web mistress Anne Sydenham's review in our concert section.

CLICK HERE for our feature on Sheryl's 9th album Feels Like Home in the Diary on June 16, 2014.

CLICK HERE for feature on Chris's huge selling debut solo album Traveller in The Diary on December 21, 2015.


Bluegrass band Carolina Blue debut in Behind Bars with a singalong video.

Carolina Blue began in 2007 and record for Billy Blue records in Nashville

The prolific award winning Brevard , North Carolina , band also have a healthy appetite - they are sponsored by Hawg Wild BBQ.

Grown Cold is on their fourth album Take Me Back.

The band debuted in 2007 with their album Nothing So Blue by Bobby Powell and Tim Jones.

Carolina Blue won the South Carolina state bluegrass championship at Reno Fest in 2011.

They appeared on hit TV show Song Of The Mountains and The Bluegrass Trail series on RFDTV.

Their recent Pinecastle Records release, I Hear Bluegrass Calling Me , debuted on Billboard's Top 5 Bluegrass Albums chart and produced #1 hit song, Rusty Rails.

Band members are Bobby Powell (guitar-vocals,) Timmy Jones (mandolin- vocals,) Reese Combs (upright bass-vocals,) James McDowell (banjo-vocals) and American and Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Champion, Aynsley Porchak.

Aynsley received the 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association's Momentum Instrumentalist Award.

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


Singer-songwriter Cass Hopetoun depicts how to avoid the fate of fellow Blue Mountains belles in her video Typical Bride.

Cass wants to do it her way on the big day - it follows talks with her parents.

Typical Bride is a defiant song written for all the girls, like me, who don't fit into the traditional bride mold,” Hopetoun revealed.

“It's a country sass anthem, all about feeling empowered to do things the way you like and not worrying about what everyone else thinks you should do. The idea poured out of me one day after talking to my parents about my wedding plans. We had very different ideas about what the day had to include, and so the first writing session was definitely a bit of a vent.”

She wrote it with Blake Dantier and recorded at Love Hz studios in Sydney with Matt Fell whose credits include Wolfe Bothers and Brad Butcher.

The video captures the journey of a bride who snaps out of a trance to realise that she doesn't want a traditional wedding.

It was produced by Bruce Dawson and Tribal Apes who also directed her debut video Shots.

“I knew I straight away that I wanted to work with them again on this video,” Hopetoun explained.

“And we were very much on the same page about the main energy we wanted to capture - defiance. I ended up playing different versions of myself, versions that I see as different types of girls who aren't necessarily the type for white weddings.”

Further info - http://www.casshopetoun.com.au/


Kansas singer Ashley Ray debuts on Nu Country with her post marriage mirth and mayhem video.

She proves why she opens for Miranda Lambert and Eric Church.

Eric may be the sole church in which Ashley worships as she has no love for post marriage pain.

In her Dirty Work video her fags, curlers and bra were relics of her late granny Pauline.

That's why Pauline is the title of her third album featuring Dirty Work, released on Saturday.

Pauline draws on earthy experiences.

Raised by working-class parents, she left hometown Lawrence after high school for Nashville , and established herself as a solo artist and versatile songwriter.

“This record came to life by putting memories to music,” Ray revealed.

“I have my family to thank for their will to keep the ones we've lost alive through stories. There's not a BBQ, get-together, or holiday where we don't talk about ‘the good ole days' and the people we've lost. This record is my love letter to them, the ones still here, and the ones gone that we'll see on down the road.”

Ray released another single Just A House on July 10.

It was inspired by her father's death and watching her widowed mother attempt to maintain their family home on her own.

Just A House is a daughter's desperate plea in the aftermath of shattering loss.

“When I started playing the record for people, Just A House was the song that people seemed to really relate to,” Ray explained.

“It was like they saw themselves and could acknowledge their own stories in mine. As a writer that's the ultimate gift and compliment. It blows me away that a plea, and a story about a loss so personal to me and my family, can inspire someone to tell me all about their own story of loss. No life is parallel with any other, but we all share the sadness of losing someone and not wanting to let them go.”

Ray kicked off 2020 with a Grammy nomination for Best Country Group for Little Big Town's The Daughters - a Top 40 hit she wrote with Sean McConnell and Karen Fairchild.

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


We need your support in Nu Country TV's 44th series with Australian record companies and major artists teaming to ensure our survival.

Singing Texan crime novelist Kinky Friedman has donated his 18th album Resurrection that features Willie Nelson.

You can join Watling & Bates as members and win their 13 track CD Small Town Tales and Kip Moore's third album Slowheart .

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.

CLICK HERE for our Membership Page for details.

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