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CHRIS STAPLETON HEADLINES NU COUNTRY TV
Kentucky coalminer's son Chris Stapleton headlines
Nu Country TV in a double shot on Wednesday June 23 at 11.30 pm on Channel 31/Digital 44.
Stapleton performs an original song from his fourth solo album
Starting Over and returns with singing spouse Morgane in singing comedian-actor Leslie Jordan's debut on a gospel song.
Expatriate Australian Jamie O'Neal and Kansas singer Martina McBride return to the show repeated Wednesday at 11.30 pm.
Singing Texan crime novelist Kinky Friedman boomerangs to the program edited by multi-talented lockdown producer Laith Graham.
Ferny Creek singer-songwriter Brendan McMahon and Newcastle truck driver's daughter Natalie Henry also revisit the show.
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HAWTHORN STAR JARMAN IMPEY
ALAN JACKSON DEVOTEE
Indigenous Hawthorn footballer Jarman Impey has revealed he played guitar and learned didgeridoo listening to Georgian singer-songwriter Alan Jackson and the late Charley Pride around Goulburn Valley campfires.
Impey joins a brace of AFL footballers who attended Australian concerts by U.S. stars including Jackson, Dierks Bentley and the
Zac Brown Band .
Former St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt kicked footballs into the audience at the
Rod Laver Arena concert by singing actor and country superstar Tim McGraw. CLICK HERE for our Alan Jackson 25th album Where Have You Gone CD feature in The Diary on June 7.
ADAM HARVEY LIVE GEELONG HOMETOWN HOMAGE
Former Geelong truck driving troubadour Adam Harvey and Broken Hill born belle Raechel Whitchurch performed to a full house at the
Corio Gateway Hotel on May 15.
Harvey, 46 and father of two, sang the Geelong Football Club theme song with fans as they invaded his merchandise stall after his inspirational hometown homage concert.
Adam's Camperdown born wife Kathy, mother-in-law Marlene and Berwick based Golden Guitarist Andrew Swift attended the show the night after Geelong beat St Kilda at
Mickey Mouse stadium in Docklands.
Harvey celebrated heroes and songwriting peers in a memorable humour laced marathon as a prelude to Swift's concert at the same venue on June 12.
CLICK HERE for our review in our Concert Section.
TROY CASSAR-DALEY BACK ON NU COUNTRY
Prolific Sydney born Grafton raised singer-songwriter Troy Cassar-Daley turned a spate of personal tragedies during the pandemic into tuneful therapy on his 14-track 15th album
The World Today that soared charts on debut.
His dad Tony, who suffered two strokes, and good mate Glen Hannah both suicided.
And his talented TV and radio presenter wife Laurel Edwards father also died between albums.
But support of Laurel, despite romantic ruptures, and their son Clay and daughter Gem, became sweet solace.
CLICK HERE for our Troy CD feature in The Diary.
ADAM HARVEY SONGS FROM HIGHWAY ONE
Geelong born trucking troubadour Adam Harvey excels when he sings about his colourful life out on
The father of two has travelled it so many times, guitar in hand and heart in his songs, from his deep south hometown to way up north.
Harvey , 46 and promoting 16th album
Songs From Highway One , now hangs his hat in the “People's Republic of Batteau Bay” on the NSW Central Coast .
Adam is on a national tour with singer-songwriter Raechel Whitchurch who grew up performing in her family's travelling band
CLICK HERE for our new Adam Harvey CD feature in The Diary. CLICK HERE for tour dates in our Gig Guide.
DEAD LIVERS AND LOST IN SUBURBIA ALIVE ON SHIPWRECK COAST
Shipwreck Coast bands the Dead Livers and Lost In Suburbia celebrated a pre-Easter live music resurrection with memorable free concerts.
These iconic south west Victorian bands, who share members and music, attracted a vast cast of fans to uplifting performances in the coastal mecca - long renowned as a creative sibling of Texas music capital Austin .
Dead Livers celebrated their 43 rd anniversary at Mickey Bourke's Hotel , established in 1853, in the spuds and dairy capital Koroit.
Lost In Suburbia followed on the Sabbath at the historic Hotel Warrnambool - revered benefactor of live roots music. CLICK HERE for our reviews in our Concert section.
WIN WAYLON, WILLIE, GEORGE JONES,
HIGHWAYMEN AND MERLE CDS
We have happy tidings despite the sad death of our country archivist and
Nu Country FM Long In The Saddle co-host Barbara Dowling at 77 on December 11.
Barbara has gifted a wide selection of her precious CDS by the late Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Merle Haggard,
The Highwaymen and Willie Nelson, still high in the saddle at 87, to Nu Country TV. CLICK HERE for our membership page for details on how to win these CDS.
CATHERINE BRITT HOME TRUTHS
Novocastrian singer-songwriter Catherine Britt mines a deep lode of personal experiences to fuel her 12 original songs on her ninth album
Home Truths .
Britt name-checks Hank and George Jones in entrée
I Am A Country Song that segues into sibling Fav'rit Song , eulogising her dad.
Both have been released as singles, accompanied by videos on
Nu Country TV.
Britt, now 36, is a true talent and survivor after beating breast cancer that struck when she was 30.
Her recovery included giving birth to two sons, publishing national magazine
Rhythms, hosting ABC Radio Saturday Night Country and touring to promote her new music on her Beverley Hillbilly Records label. CLICK HERE for our new Catherine Britt CD feature in The Diary.
WIN KEITH URBAN CD THE SPEED OF NOW – PART 1
VALE BARBARA DOWLING AND CHARLEY PRIDE
Revered country music archivist and former
Nu Country FM Long In The Saddle show co-host Barbara Dowling died on December 11 at the age of 77.
Barbara, a pioneer Australian and Victorian country music awards judge, was admired for rising above losing her sight as a child and pursuing her country music passion.
It included many overseas musical odysseys since the seventies with her late mother Mary, and annual trips to Littlefield , Texas - birthplace of the outlaw king Waylon Jennings - since 1984.
Barbara was a regular guest on commercial radio while living independently in Ringwood until shortly before her death.
She was interviewed on Ross Stevenson's 3AW breakfast show in 2018 after her passport was misplaced by
DFAT at Tullamarine airport after returning from her annual Texas trip.
Barbara died two days before one of her interviewees - Texan star Charley Pride - passed at 86 in Dallas from Covid-19.
CLICK HERE for a Barbara feature in The Diary on October 7, 2012.
CLICK HERE for another Barbara feature in The Diary on February 15, 2002. CLICK HERE for a Charley Pride feature in The Diary on August 27, 2013.
HONKY TONK HEROES HOMAGES
Tragic deaths of Texan honky tonk heroes Billy Joe Shaver, Jerry Jeff Walker, Johnny Bush and Mac Davis songwriting peers diverse as John Prine and Johnny Nash occurred in the months before our Series #46 premiere in December.
We will honour them in our summer series with flashbacks to their peak.
Billy Joe, died at 81 on October 28 after a stroke, Jerry Jeff, 78, died of throat cancer on October 22, Bush died of pneumonia at 85 on October 16,
Davis died at 78 on September 29 after heart surgery,
Prine died of COVID-19 at 73 on April 7 and Nash died of natural causes at 80 on October 6.
Billy Joe, Jerry Jeff and Prine all toured here and appeared on
Nu Country TV during their colourful careers.
Nu Country TV producer David Dawson moonlighted as chauffeur for Shaver on his 2002 tour with singing Texan crime novelist Kinky Friedman.
CLICK HERE for our Diary feature on that tour on March 24, 2004. CLICK HERE for our most recent Shaver feature in The Diary on February 23, 2015.
JASMINE RAE REVEALS HER LION SIDE
Fawkner born singer-songwriter Jasmine Rae has released her fifth album
Lion Side, replete with videos on Nu Country TV.
Rae, now 33, wrote
Don't Do It For The Haters - inspired by social media trolls - one of her 10 new original songs.
It was a reaction to her not being part of a copyright law suit when her song
When I Found You was reportedly borrowed in the title track of singer-actor Tim McGraw and singing spouse Faith Hill's duet album The Rest Of Our Life. CLICK HERE for our Jasmine Lion Side feature in The Diary.
THE CHICKS AIN'T WHISTLING DIXIE
The Chicks bounced back with their tenth album Gaslighter after exorcising Dixie from their band birth name after winning 13 Grammys.
Lead singer Natalie Maines also lampooned her second ex-husband - actor Adrian Pasdar - in the dozen original tunes on the disc, a country rock hybrid.
Natalie, now 45 and mother of two sons and multi-instrumentalist siblings Martie Maguire and Emily Strayer, nee Erwin, promoted their disc with a brace of videos that feature on
Nu Country TV. CLICK HERE for our Chicks CD feature in The Diary.
WILLIE NELSON CELEBRATES
FIRST ROSE OF SPRING
Shotgun Willie Nelson emulates the name of the title track of his 144th album
First Rose Of Spring at the ripe young age of 87.
The singing actor may be in isolation on his
Luck movie town ranch near Austin with family and friends but has more projects in progress than most peers in all genres.
Although release of this 11-track disc - his 70th solo studio album - was delayed it's not a swan song for Willie and his long-time producer and co-writer Buddy Cannon.
Willie has new books scheduled with pianist singer-sister Bobbie, 89, and duets with rapper Snoop Dogg and tribute discs to Roger Miller and Frank Sinatra.
Nelson includes new original songs penned with producer Buddy Cannon and another by Kentucky coal-miner's son and chart topper Chris Stapleton.
CLICK HERE for our new Willie CD feature in The Diary.
VANESSA DELAINE STUCK IN BORDER SLOW LANE
Spare a prayer for Baranduda belle Vanessa Delaine who should be blessed for longevity by releasing a re-mastered CD version of her fourth album
One Girl Band - 25 Years.
But the expatriate Kiwi and latter-day twin city troubadour, who lives south of the Murray River at Wodonga, is not allowed to travel to Albury because her music teaching also takes her to Wangaratta.
The Covid-19 pandemic also prevents Vanessa returning to her homeland to promote her dual debut disc, replete with three-track bonus CD.
But the singer-songwriter celebrates success of the CD, released in May, on Australian, European and U.S. indie charts.
CLICK HERE for our Vanessa CD feature in The Diary.
JAKE ROSE TRACTOR TOWN TALES
Minnesota minstrel Jake Rose has earthy inspiration for his songs that elevated him from small town farm boy to pistol packing country roots star.
Jake grew up on a pumpkin farm in Hamel where tractors, trucks and cows were staples as he listened to his dad and uncle's band
It sourced his song video for
Tractor Town that debuted on Nu Country TV on May 9.
Rose also thanks a former lover for
Favor - his video for that song features new girlfriend Rachel.
And all he needs to do is a raise a glass or guitar and he is quickly reminded of the colourful tattoos and death of his sister that gave birth to his stage name and song and video for
Born Jake Scherer, he took his stage name Rose from his baby sister, who died before she was two.
CLICK HERE for our Jake Rose CD feature in The Diary.
VALE FORMER NU COUNTRY FM DJ COLIN WEIDNER
Nu Country FM disc jockey and latter-day North-West FM Texas Time Travelling show host Colin Weidner died at 67 on July 21 after suffering a severe stroke on July 10.
Weidner conducted interviews with major artists during a 2005 Texas tour with The
Mack Brothers - also Nu Country FM show hosts and founders of the Very Handsome Men band - for Nu Country TV.
Colin had a quadruple heart by-pass after his return home but recovered to host
Texas Time Travellin' on Saturday nights from 2005-October 30, 2016 on North West FM in Glenroy.
Sadly the Texas music fanatic spent seven weeks in Royal Melbourne Hospital after another heart attack on August 13, 2017.
It was appropriate that one of the songs played at his funeral on July 29 was
Live Forever by fellow heart attack survivor Texan Billy Joe Shaver. CLICK HERE for Colin's Texas travels with the Mack Brothers in the Diary on August 12, 2012.
RADIO VETERAN BOB TAYLOR RIP AT 79
Veteran radio programmer, DJ and announcer trainer Bob Taylor died on July 17 at 79 after a colourful career that began at the age of 11.
Bob mentored many major radio and TV stars of the last 40 years in training and voiceovers in a journey that took him to stations in locales diverse as Hobart , Swan Hill, Hamilton and Alice Springs.
Taylor finished his career in a 24-year stint at Brooklyn country music community station
Stereo 974 FM that closed on January 26 this year.
Bob also trained a vast cast of announcers and voiced station IDS and sponsorship promos on our aspirant radio station
Nu Country FM from 1994-2001 at Beer Can Hill in Northcote and our final studio at the Paris, Texas , end of Collins St. CLICK HERE for our Bob Taylor obituary in The Diary.
BRETT ELDREDGE SUNDAY DRIVE WITH GABRIELLE
Brett Eldredge hails from Paris in Illinois - not the French capital - but has romantic reefs in his music.
Eldredge detailed writing about love in isolation near Nashville in an exclusive interview with
Nu Country TV to promote his fifth album Sunday Drive, released on July 10.
Brett, now 34, filmed his video after our interview for his single
Gabrielle that is featured on Nu Country TV - Saturday July 25. CLICK HERE for our Eldredge interview in The Diary.
MITCH DEAN HOLDS BACK THE LEVEE
Edithvale singer-songwriter Mitch Dean has returned to isolation to promote topical new CD
Holding Back The Levee.
Dean, 42 and father of two daughters, promoted his album with his video for his pandemic psalm
A Face In A Long Line on Nu Country TV on July 11 CLICK HERE for our CD feature interview in The Diary on July 7
JOHN KRSULJA HONOURS LATE PEERS
Nundle singer-songwriter John Krsulja and Dag Sheep station songwriting retreat host honours the late expat Scot Karl Broadie and fellow guitarist-writer-producer Glen Hannah on his new single
Black To Blue.
The song video appears on
Nu Country TV on June 27 and is one of the many highlights of John K's second album Burden Of The Fool, released on June 19.
The singer also pays tribute to other friends who died prematurely and his Octogenarian dad who enjoys fishing in retirement on an album rich in social and political comment.
CLICK HERE for our John K interview and CD review in The Diary.
PETE BURNS UP GRAVEL ON UNSEALED ROAD
Seddon singer-songwriter-teacher-mandolinist Pete Burns draws on almost seven decades of life on the cutting edge of suburbia, the bush and Paris street busking to fuel his second album of original songs under the wry title of
The 65-year old road warrior harvested hay for inspiration that began with his parents in Melbourne and rural retreats diverse as Hamilton and Shepparton.
Burns expanded on his song sources in an exclusive interview with
Nu Country TV. CLICK HERE for the interview in The Diary.
TESKEY BROTHERS LIVE STREAM CONCERTS
The Teskey Brothers are live streaming their Stay Home Slow autumn concerts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brothers Josh and Sam and band-mates Liam Gough and Brendan Love met on a school bus when they grew up near the Yarra River at Warrandyte.
But they use Murray Darling metaphors to fuel two songs from second album
Run Home Slow.
They also used the Yarra as a scenic locale for new video
Hold Me and Louisa from debut album Half Mile Harvest.
Teskey Brothers return to Nu Country Saturday May 16 with their So Caught Up video .
CLICK HERE for our interview with the Teskeys in The Diary.
ADAM BRAND NEW LOVES
Prolific award-winning Queensland country music and TV star Adam Brand is having throat and vocal cord surgery in his touring hiatus during the
But he has two beloved females to thank for the tranquillity and peace that fuelled his 17th album
Speed Of Life.
They are new partner Nui and their baby daughter Pepper.
CLICK HERE for our Adam interview in The Diary on April 13.
JOHN PRINE RIP AT 73 FROM COVID-19
Celebrated dual Grammy winning singer-songwriter-actor John Prine died on April 7 aged 73 from COVID-19 shortly after cancelling his 2020 Australian tour because of hip surgery.
The former Chicago postie, who wrote songs while delivering mail, headlined the
Hanging Rock racecourse festival in 1993 and returned here for several tours.
John played St Kilda
Palais with Kentucky coal-miner's son and singer-songwriter Tyler Childers on March 7, 2019, on his final Australian visit.
Prine's 26th album,
The Tree of Forgiveness , was released in April 2018, just six months after being named the Americana Music Association's Artist of the Year. CLICK HERE for our review of Prine's Australian farewell Palais show in our concert section.
KINKY, WILLIE, MANDELA AND BILLY SWAN
When singing Texan crime novelist Kinky Friedman, now 75, recorded his 18th album
Resurrection he chose older duet partner Shotgun Willie Nelson, who turns 87, on April 29.
The Kinkster also honoured another Nelson - Mandela - Billy Swan and Hank Williams on his album.
Resurrection was produced by famed multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell, 65, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 that also claimed Oklahoma born star Joe Diffie at just 61 on March 29. CLICK HERE for our Resurrection CD feature in The Diary.
KENNY ROGERS RIP AT 81
When Texas born singing actor and entrepreneur Kenny Rogers died at 81 on March 21 at his Georgia home hospice with his family he left behind a huge legacy in Australia.
Rogers toured here many times as a solo artist and with fellow singer actors Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire.
His first visit was in 1973 with his embryonic band
The First Edition.
Kenny also toured here with Dolly in 1984 and 1987 and Reba in 1998 and returned as a solo performer in 2008, 2011, 2012 and January 2015.
Rogers music was also a lifeline for Beaconsfield miners Todd Russell and Brant Webb.
Rescuers found the dynamic duo more than a kilometre underground when they heard them singing Rogers hits
The Gambler and Coward Of The County.
CLICK HERE for our Kenny tribute in The Diary.
CMC ROCKS QUEENSLAND AND INTERNATIONAL TOURS POSTPONED
The 13 th
CMC Rocks Queensland festival, Country Music America Introducing Nashville concerts and other major tours have been postponed because of the coronavirus.
They include March national tours by Texan Miranda Lambert,
Brothers Osborne , Kip Moore, Jimmie Allen, and Charlie Landsborough. CLICK HERE for our gig guide for updates on tours and concerts.
BRANDY CLARK AND RANDY NEWMAN UNITE
Washington State born singer Brandy Clark teamed with revered movie soundtrack and hit writer and February tourist Randy Newman on her third album
Your Life Is A Record, released on March 6.
She also credited author Stephen King, John Prine, her mother and her dogs Ava and Bette and the
Jaws movie as song inspirations.
Clark , 44, returns to
Nu Country TV on Saturday April 11 with her canine inspired song Love Is A Fire . CLICK HERE for our latest Brandy Clark interview in The Diary
JOHN PRINE AND JOHN PAUL WHITE TOUR CANCELLED
The Australian April tour by Grammy winning former Chicago postie-singer-songwriter John Prine and John Paul White has been cancelled.
Prine, 73, has been ordered to cancel all concerts and tours by doctors because of a recurring hip injury.
The duo was scheduled to play St Kilda
Palais on April 14 after Byron Bay Blues Festival and before their Sydney and Adelaide concerts.
The promoters issued a statement that Prine was “appreciative of his loyal fans and friends all over the world and looks forward to returning to Australia at a future date.”
Frontier Tours and Love Police will refund money to ticket purchasers.
KELSEY WALDON – KENTUCKY 1988 AND BEYOND
West Kentuckian singer-songwriter Kelsey Waldon has more than the name of hometown -
Monkey's Eyebrow - as an international launch pad.
Since releasing her third album
White Noise/White Lines she also has her name etched on the tiny town's entry sign.
Waldon has released her album here on April tourist John Prine's
Oh Boy label through Cooking Vinyl . CLICK HERE for our Kelsey Waldon feature in The Diary.
BRENDAN MCMAHON – FROM FERNY CREEK TO HAVANA
When Ferny Creek singer-songwriter Brendan McMahon visited Havana he was so impressed by the late Ernest Hemingway's shrine in historic
Ambos Mundos he wrote Hotel Hemingway.
But a frightened echidna that he freed from a Rowville paddock in Melbourne 's eastern suburbs inspired his fourth album's entrée song
Lost My Way.
The son of a former stock and station agent at Kapunda near the Barossa Valley also paid tribute to a steer named Morris in the same paddock on his previous disc that preceded fourth album
In The Moment , released in November. CLICK HERE for our McMahon interview in The Diary.
OLD DOMINION LEAN BACK TO JACK KEROUAC
Award winning Virginian quintet
Old Dominion is the latest act to name check late Beat author Jack Kerouac in idyllic imagery in its highly accessible music.
I'll Roll - penned by guitarist Trevor Rosen, pianist Trevor Rosen and James Slater - is not among the band's first three singles on its third album released on October 25.
But it's likely to follow
Some People Do, Make It Sweet and latest hit One Man Band that airs on Nu Country TV on January 4.
My Heart Is A Bar (and I'm closing it down) is also accompanied by a video. CLICK HERE for our Old Dominion CD feature in The Diary.
LUKE COMBS BRUSHES SALES RECORDS BOOKS
North Carolina nouveau outlaw country star Luke Combs broke sales records on his second album's debut on
Billboard with help from home state mentor Eric Church.
Combs nailed his talent to the bayside cross when he sold out St Kilda
Palais in March with femme fatale Arkansas traveller Ashley McBryde.
Now the prolific singer-songwriter, who co-wrote all 17 songs on
What You See Is What You Get , topped Billboard Top 200 all-genre chart with 172,000 albums sold. CLICK HERE for our Luke Combs CD feature in The Diary.
RAY WYLIE HUBBARD SUPS ON WHISKEY – MYERS LABEL
Whiskey Myers proves why it topped country charts on debut on September 27 with its fifth album in a 12-year career that began in Palestine.
The band mixes Biblical fervour with a fierce outlaw spirit akin to mentors Hank Williams Jr and the late Waylon Jennings.
So it's no surprise that Pentecostal primed entrée single
Die Rockin' was penned by singer Cody Cannon and veteran Texan outlaw Ray Wylie Hubbard.
Hubbard, 73 and one of the pioneers of outlaw country in the Lone Star state, is still recording and performing with little mates Shotgun Willie Nelson, 86, and recent octogenarian Billy Joe Shaver.
CLICK HERE for our Whiskey Myers CD feature in The Diary.
STEVE MARTIN, MARTIN SHORT
AND STEEP CANYON RANGERS
Grammy winning bluegrass band
Steep Canyon Rangers and comedic cronies Steve Martin and Martin Short performed to a capacity crowd at Melbourne Arena.
Now You See Them, Soon You Want show attracted an enthusiastic audience headed by Oscar winning actor Geoffrey Rush.
They scored more laughs than the bloodthirsty boxing bout by two retired footballers at the adjacent
Margaret Court Arena, named after the former tennis champion and latter-day Biblical bell ringer. CLICK HERE for our review in our Concerts Section.
MIRANDA LAMBERT HEADLINES
CMC ROCKS QUEENSLAND
Texan superstar Miranda Lambert headlines the 13 th
CMC Rocks Queensland festival at Ipswich in March on her debut tour here in March.
Miranda and Brothers Osborne also perform Sydney on Tuesday March 24 and
Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Thursday March 26.
Lambert, 35, topped U.S. country charts with her seventh album
Wildcard on its first week.
The sales, exceeding 44,000 albums, landed it at #4 on the all genre chart and was her seventh consecutive #1 country album and Top 10 on
Miranda revealed in a
Nu Country TV interview she will bring her second husband - New York City cop Brendan McLoughlin - with her to Australia . CLICK HERE for our interview in The Diary on November 11.
GRAMMY WINNERS DAN & SHAY FULL HOUSE
Grammy winning country duo Dan & Shay performed to capacity crowds on three nights at
Rod Laver Arena with young Canadian superstar Shawn Mendes.
The chart toppers celebrated major streaming success with recent video clips for
Tequila and 10,000 Hours.
Dan & Shay debuted on
Nu Country TV on April 22, 2017, with When I Pray For You from the soundtrack of the Sam Worthington-Octavia Spencer-Tim McGraw movie The Shack. CLICK HERE for our Dan & Shay and Shawn Mendes review in our Concert section.
JOE SUN RIP AT 76 IN FLORIDA
When former Vietnam veteran, disc jockey, actor and latter-day singer-songwriter Joe Sun toured here in 1990 he opted for regional venues and country music festivals to showcase his down-home country music.
Now, 29 years down the Lost Highway the Mid-West dairy farmer's son has followed heroes and mentors diverse as Hank Williams, Steve Young and Guy Clark into that great honky tonk heaven.
Sun, born James Paulsen, in Rochester , Wisconsin, died on October 25 at 76 of natural causes in Palm Bay, Florida.
He toured Australia to promote his 10th album
Hank And Bogart Still Live after scoring smashes with Old Flames Don't Hold A Candle To You and Shotgun Rider that later became hits for singing-actor Dolly Parton and Texan Delbert McClinton. CLICK HERE for our Joe Sun obituary in The Diary.
MORGAN EVANS PULLS QUORUM AT THE FORUM
Expat Novocastrian singer-songwriter Morgan Evans performed to a capacity crowd at the historic
Forum in Melbourne CBD.
Evans, 34, may have left his singing spouse Kelsea Ballerini at home in Nashville but had two high profile guests on stage.
Grammy winning New Jersey born producer and singer-songwriter Chris DeStefano, who produced and co-wrote all 11 songs with Evans on his second album
Things That We Drink To , opened the show.
And fellow Novocastrian Mark Wells guested on Evans 2007 debut single
Big Skies from his self-titled album.
CLICK HERE for our review in our Concerts section.
PHOTOS - ANDREW FRIEND -
JIM LAUDERDALE - KING OF BROKEN HEARTS
OUT ON THE WEEKEND
NICK RIEWOLDT FOOTBALL LESSONS FOR TIM MCGRAW
Former St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt gave singing superstar actor Tim McGraw and his capacity concert crowd football kicking lessons at
Rod Laver Arena on Sunday night.
Country music devotee St Nick, just 36, kicked four new
Sherrin footballs high into the bleachers as Tim introduced one of his many hits - I Like It I Love It.
McGraw, 52, reciprocated by emulating his guest with a left foot torpedo and a gridiron throw of another football.
Tim, son of late baseball star Tug McGraw, offered to sing at the AFL grand final in a
Nu Country TV interview in April after seeing Nick play against Collingwood in a preliminary final on a previous tour.
The pilot and singing spouse of fellow star Faith Hill wore a Collingwood jumper at that game.
Nick's kicking lessons were his salient sequel.
CLICK HERE for Carol Taylor's exclusive photos and music review in our Concerts section.
MICHAEL WAUGH RETURNS TO THE WEIR
Gippsland dairy farmer's son Michael Waugh proves he is well qualified to write and sing about extremities of drought and flood that have haunted agrarians for centuries.
The latter-day Scotch College secondary teacher and house master grew up near Glenmaggie Dam and Maffra in the Latrobe Valley .
But the fitness fanatic grandfather also found song sources for his third album
The Weir while heading west on his push bike and catching Countdown icon Molly Meldrum taking in his garbage bins at his Luxor mansion in Richmond.
Waugh, 48, wrote all 13 songs on his acclaimed album produced by Queensland refugee Shane Nicholson.
CLICK HERE for our Waugh Weir CD feature in The Diary.
TYLER CHILDERS IGNITES HOUSE FIRE
Appalachian roots singer-songwriter Tyler Childers returns to
Nu Country TV to promote his acclaimed third album Country Squire.
Childers, 28, and singing spouse Senora May perform his new video for
Americana Award singer plans a second Australian tour after debuting here on March 7 with fellow winner John Prine, 72, who returns to St Kilda Palais in April after winning two more Americana Awards this month. CLICK HERE for a Childers Country Squire CD feature in The Diary.
GEORGE DUCAS YELLOW ROSE MOTEL 2020 TOUR?
When Texas City born hit-writer George Ducas needed a source for his double murder crime of passion title track for fourth album
Yellow Rose Motel he didn't have to look far.
He resurrected fellow Texan singing actor Willie Nelson's famed
Red Headed Stranger album and movie as his inspiration.
At just 48 Ducas is almost four decades younger than Willie, now 86, but their traditional country music theme song sources are a common denominator.
Ducas is keen to promote his album on a tour in 2020 - hopefully launched at the 13th
CMC Rocks Queensland Festival in March. CLICK HERE for our exclusive Ducas interview in The Diary.
RUNAWAY JUNE BLUE ROSES
Runaway June had good reason to bare their hearts on the pathos primed title track finale of their debut album Blue Roses.
The song was inspired by the tragic death of lead singer-guitarist Naomi Cooke's brother Billy Dukes.
Runaway June , featuring late western movie star actor John The Duke Wayne's grand-daughter Jennifer, is touring with Oklahoma oriole Carrie Underwood and Maddie & Tae. CLICK HERE for our Runaway June CD feature in the Diary.
SINGING SHEARER LUKE DICKENS CLICKS SONGS
When singer-songwriter-shearer Luke Dickens wrote nine songs for self-funded second album
After The Rain he discovered his music was creative therapy.
That was after exploring evil outback serial killers, cyber bullies, snakes and wolves.
But the 2011
Star Maker winner balanced his musical diet with love songs for his son Jordan , now 10, and fiancé Sammie whom he plans to marry in October.
“It was therapeutic,” Dickens, 37, told
Nu Country TV of the album produced by Sam Hawksley. CLICK HERE for our Dickens interview in The Diary.
WILLIE HIGH IN THE SADDLE AT 86
Shotgun Willie Nelson proved in his video for his 69 th album title track
Ride Me Back Home he stills ride high in the saddle with no need to dismount.
Willie, a ripe young 86-year-old, chose that song - one of the few he didn't write on his album - as the title.
The song's equine freedom message - equally relevant here with threats to high country Brumbies - echoes human liberation Willie has extolled since leaving Texas hometown Abbott as a teenager.
Willie loves horses and humans - including pianist sister Bobbie, now 88, with equal passion.
Ride Me Back Home was co-written by Sonny Throckmorton after hearing of Willie adopting horses that he stables at his Texas Hill Country ranch. CLICK HERE for our new Willie CD feature in the Diary.
LUKAS TURNS ON - AND OFF THE NEWS
When Lukas Nelson and his long-time band
Promise Of The Real returned here for their April tour they drove home the message of their fifth album title track with dynamic live delivery - especially at the historic Corner Hotel in Richmond .
It may have been a much smaller venue than those played by Lukas's singing sire Willie, now 86, on his tours.
But the aura of singing actor Willie swirled around the venue as Lukas proved why he followed his sire into movies with major roles writing songs on the soundtrack and performing in the Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga remake of
A Star Is Born.
Lukas's message was and clear - ignore the endless news cycle with its staple diet of war, famine, car jackings, drive-by shootings, murder and mayhem that maul the mean streets of Melbourne and, of course, the Middle East and way beyond.
CLICK HERE for our Lukas Nelson CD feature in The Diary.
BROTHERS OSBORNE PRAISE WILLIE NELSON
Brothers Osborne share more than their penchant for the herb superb with their Octogenarian mentor - singing actor Willie Nelson.
The duo joined Willie, now 86, by expanding their profile and releasing a brace of video clips to promote their eclectic music.
They showcased their Red Headed Stranger eulogy -
Weed, Whiskey & Willie - live on Late Night With Seth Meyers on U.S. TV and the Grand Ole Opry .
The song, accompanied by a video to be screened on
Nu Country TV in August, is on their second album Port Saint Joe. CLICK HERE for a Brothers Osborne CD feature in The Diary.
AARON WATSON SALUTES HEROES
When Texan troubadour Aaron Watson wrote 20 new songs for his 14th album
Red Bandana he didn't have to look far to pay homage to his heroes.
Watson, now 41, opened with
The Ghost Of Guy Clark and included eulogies to the late Red Steagall on Riding With Red and a vast cast of mentors in Legends .
Clark, a revered singer-songwriter, attracted celebrity studded audiences on his Australian tours, before he died of lymphatic cancer at 74 on May 17, 2016.
CLICK HERE for our Aaron Watson CD feature in The Diary.
WIN WATLING & BATES SMALL TOWN TALES CD
DOLLY DUMPLINGS FOR DINNER
Septuagenarian singing actress Dolly Parton is joined by a vast cast of peers on the soundtrack of her latest movie
Dumplings that was released in December.
Pistol Annie Miranda Lambert, Mavis Staples, bluegrass belles Alison Krauss and Rhonda Vincent and Adelaide born Sia.
Dolly, 73, wrote six new songs for the movie.
CLICK HERE for our Dolly CD feature in The Diary.
MARTY BROWN BACK IN TOWN
Kentucky roots country singer-songwriter Marty Brown has returned after a 23-year recording hiatus with his fifth album
American Highway .
Brown, 53, wrote all 10 songs with his co-producer Jon Tiven after a career rebirth on America 's Got Talent.
The singer is joined by his entire family including teacher wife Shellie and co-writer son Marty Brown Jr on his video for
Umbrella Lovers that premieres on Nu Country TV on Saturday July 13. CLICK HERE for our CD feature in The Diary.
LEE KERNAGHAN 15TH ALBUM BACKROAD NATION TOUR
Australian country music king Lee Kernaghan has released his 15 th album
Backroad Nation that he is promoting on a national tour.
Kernaghan, 37-time Golden Guitarist, visited the outback to film videos, featured on
Nu Country TV , for Wheels and the album title track.
The album is a 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.
Kernaghan, 55 and father of two sons, features singing spouse Robby on his album that features 12 new original songs.
CLICK HERE for our Backroad Nation CD feature in The Diary on May 20.
FELICITY DINES OUT ON FROZEN RABBIT
Prolific Golden Guitarist and multi-media minstrel Felicity made the most of her decade long hiatus as a solo artist by recording two acclaimed trio discs with Lyn Bowtell and Kevin Bennett.
But it was a pre-marital overseas sojourn with producer-guitarist-photographer-graphic artist Glen Hannah that fuelled
New Harmony - entree of seventh solo album Frozen Rabbit, released on April 26.
Felicity and co-writer Luke Webb have detailed the joyous journey that also produced two daughters who have also joined her on-stage.
CLICK HERE for a Felicity Frozen Rabbit feature in The Diary on April 29.
TIM MCGRAW AFL GRAND FINAL OFFER
Singer-songwriter actor and pilot Tim McGraw has offered to sing at the AFL Grand Final during his third Australian tour in September.
McGraw, now 51, wore a Collingwood jumper when he as a guest at a previous final when the Magpies and St Kilda fought an epic battle in front of 80,000 plus fans.
Tim starred in Hollywood movies including gridiron box office smash
The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock and Country Strong with Gwyneth Paltrow.
He also wrote his duet with singing spouse Faith Hill -
Keep Your Eyes On Me - for 2017 movie The Shack starring British born Australian actor Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer.
Tim headlines the 21 st
Deni Ute Muster on October 5 and Country To Country festivals in Brisbane and Sydney. CLICK HERE for our McGraw Interview in The Diary.
LUKAS NELSON AND THE PROMISE OF THE REAL
Fellow Texas raised singer-songwriter Lukas Nelson and
The Promise Of The Real performed one of the most dynamic live concerts of the young year at the famed Corner Hotel , Richmond.
Lukas, just 30, proved that he is a genuine keeper of his famed singing actor sire Willie's flame in a two-hour music marathon.
Riverina refugee William Crighton and Melbourne sisters -
The Wolfgramms - added spice to the sensational show.
CLICK HERE for our review on our Concerts page.
< Photo by Carol Taylor
DEVIN DAWSON PRISON SONGS FUEL DEBUT ALBUM
Californian singer-songwriter Devin Dawson had good reason to exploit prison imagery and metaphors in three of 12 songs he wrote on his debut album
Dark Horse .
He grew up in Orangevale near the gates of the infamous
Folsom Prison and could hear nocturnal sirens roar throughout his childhood.
Devin used gaol backdrops in two of his video clips.
Dawson , 30, also hosted the inaugural
Country Music Association Showcase at the historic Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne on Saturday March 23.
Devin led a quintet of singer-songwriters - fellow American Brandy Clark, Canadian chanteuses Lindsay Ell and Tenille Townes and Mornington Peninsula raised multi-media artist Lachlan Bryan - in the prestige concert.
CLICK HERE to read our exclusive interview with Dawson in The Diary. CLICK HERE to read our CMA showcase review in our Concerts section.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE ROD LAVER RESURRECTION
Florida Georgia Line performed to a capacity audience in their return to Rod Laver Arena on March 20.
Chart-topping Georgian singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett - son of fellow star Rhett Akins - and Tennessee preacher's son Morgan Wallen shared the bill.
The dry indoor stage was a vast contrast to storm drenched 12th CMC Rocks Queensland festival in Ipswich.
CLICK HERE for our review in our Concerts Section.
LUKE COMBS-ASHLEY MCBRYDE STORM PALAIS
Photo credit - Peter Coates Inside Edge Photography
Nouveau North Carolina outlaw singer-songwriter Luke Combs built on his large Australian fan base on his return tour.
Combs, just 29, and Ashley McBryde headlined a joint St Kilda
Palais concert after appearing at the sold-out CMC Rocks Queensland Festival in Ipswich . CLICK HERE for our Palais review in our Concerts Section.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE RETURN
Florida Georgia Line headline their concert at Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday March 20 after supporting Georgian star Jason Aldean on their 2016 tour.
The band, fresh from
CMC Rocks Queensland festival in Ipswich, perform with another Georgian Thomas Rhett and Tennessee preacher's son Morgan Wallen. CLICK HERE for our new Florida Georgia Line feature interview in The Diary.
JOHN PRINE AND TYLER CHILDERS CONCERT REVIEW
Former Chicago postman John Prine and Kentucky coalminer's son Tyler Childers performed a marathon St Kilda
Palais concert on March 7.
Prine's stellar quartet were joined by Texan singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo and the headliner's wife Fiona for an all-star encore.
The capacity crowd enjoyed an eclectic concert by Prine's posse after his 25-year Australian hiatus.
Prine, 72, played the famed
Hanging Rock race-course on his 1993 tour and Childers, 27, impressed on his dynamic down under debut. CLICK HERE for our live review in our Concerts section.
BRETT YOUNG TICKET TO L.A. INTERVIEW
Californian singer-songwriter Brett Young celebrates his 38th birthday on his return to
Nu Country TV on Saturday March 23.
Young's pastor father Brad was celebrant of his wedding to Taylor Mills in November.
Brett revealed Taylor was source of several songs as he launched his fifth solo CD
Ticket To L.A. CLICK HERE for our Young interview in The Diary.
BLACK KITES FLY IN YARRA VALLEY
Photo by Jordie Taylor
Melbourne country roots band The
Black Kites flew high on a marathon free concert at the Yering Station Farmers Market.
The quartet, who have released an indie 8 track CD, return to the historic station each month to entertain visitors and fresh produce shoppers.
CLICK HERE to read our Black Kites review in our Concerts section.
JOHN HIATT ECLIPSE SESSIONS
There's no danger of Mid-west refugee John Hiatt hitting the highest notes at the age of 66 on his 23rd solo album
The Eclipse Sessions.
But Hiatt, who won acclaim on his Australian tours, delivers droll humour in love metaphors in new single
Over The Hill, accompanied by a video we feature on Nu Country TV.
Hiatt recorded his album near Nashville during the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.
CLICK HERE for our Hiatt CD feature and interview in The Diary.
DEAD LIVERS 40 TH ANNIVERSARY REMASTERED
GREATEST MISSES CD
Pioneer Victorian outlaw country band The
Dead Livers celebrated its 40th anniversary by releasing a re-mastered edition of debut CD Greatest Misses.
By popular demand the band has changed the CD launch venue to the
Velvet Room of Thornbury Theatre at 859 High Street , Thornbury, on Saturday May 12.
There are three new alternate songs on the 14 track CD that was re-mastered by
Lost In Suburbia guitarist Peter Bird at his Warrnambool recording studio Yelp .
Ironically, bassist Michael Schack and pedal steel guitarist Brendan Mitchell both boomeranged from successful liver transplants to enjoy their musical and personal longevity.
Greatest Misses CD is also available as a digital download. CLICK HERE for more details on the Nu Country Records page.
NU COUNTRY ON CATCH UP TV ON CHANNEL 31
If you miss Nu Country TV live on C 31 Saturday 10.30 pm or Monday 2.30 pm and midnight and Thursday at midnight there is another way to see the show at your leisure.
Visit the Channel 31 programs web page and Click on the Nu Country logo and follow the link to Catch-Up TV.
Here is the Channel 31 web page address - http://www.c31.org.au/program
WIN ERIC CHURCH CHIEF
EMI Records Promotions ace Bianca O'Neill has donated copies of the hot albums by North Carolina young gun Eric Church.
Eric, 37, topped the all genre
Billboard Top 200 on debut with his third album Chief and 5th album The Outsiders that we feature in Series #25 of Nu Country TV . You can help Nu Country TV survive and triumph on C 31 and win the Chief CD as a token of our appreciation
CLICK HERE for our membership page to check out your latest rewards for keeping our flame burning bright.
CLICK HERE for an exclusive Eric Church feature in o ur Diary.
HOW TO WATCH NU COUNTRY TV
LIVE ON THE WEB
We have more good news for Nu Country TV fans here and overseas.
Select episodes of the show are now available online at the digital web page of the Victorian mother ship C 31.
That's a bonus for Peter Hosking - our founder and executive producer-in-exile in
Prague - and international artists touring Australia in 2011.
The episodes available for viewing online are the latest episodes of Series 15,
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Nu Country TV beams into Phillip Island, West Gippsland, Geelong & the Surf Coast, Bellarine Peninsula, north to Mt Macedon and east to the Dandenongs.
We're also featured on C 31 in South Australia - home state of expatriate Greencards multi-instrumentalist Kym Warner and Nashville recording artist Jedd Hughes.
Golden Guitar winner Beccy Cole, Jake Nickolai and 2000 Star Maker winner Cat Southern also earned their stripes in home state South Australia.
This means 750,000 viewers plus for videos, interviews and live gig footage weekly.
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We'll keep you up to date on country music through our concert reviews, features in our Diary and tours in the Gig Guide.
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