Corowa born country king Lee Kernaghan also performs the video clip for Baptise The Ute from his huge selling eighth ABC Music album Electric Rodeo.
The boy from the bush, our No 1 member, is also featured in Nick Brenner's ABC-TV documentary Nu Country - a finalist in the prestigious 35th Nashville Film Festival.

Brenner's documentary is competing with films about Billy Joe Shaver, also in the Nu Country docco, and late country star Gram Parsons' body snatchers.

CLICK HERE for a Lee feature from the Diary.


West Virginian born country star Brad Paisley also performs parodic smash hit Celebrity from his third big selling album Mud On The Tyres.
Paisley, 32, and wed to soapie starlet Kimberley Williams, wrote his hit about the reality TV fad that is dying on the Aussie TV vine.

Ironically, Brad shares billing with Texan mother of twins Kelly Willis whose husband Bruce is the brother of Charley Robison who slammed Paisley for being a celebrity.

Brad Paisley

CLICK HERE for a Brad Paisley CD review.


Oklahoma born Willis, a mother of three and in the cast of the Tim Robbins movie, Bob Roberts performs her single If I Left You from her firth album Easy.

Kelly, now 34, and Bruce performed live in the Beer Call Hill studio and on the internet during their 2000 tour of Australia.

It was 18 months before the station was destroyed by fire on June 26, 2001, - first day of our 28th broadcast.

Bruce, proud owner of a Nu Country tee shirt featuring Fred Negro's famous dingo, and Charlie wrote their Meryl Streep dingo parody song after returning to Texas.

The song One In A Million from his third album Step Right Up came out shortly before Easy.

CLICK HERE for a Kelly Willis story from the Diary.


Texan troubadour Steve Earle, making his fourth Australian tour, is featured in the Guru segment in questions translated by lecturer Lawrie Weir.

Earle, signed to MCA at the same time as Willis, is touring here to promote his 14th CD and latest DVD Just An American Boy.

Steve, 49, and his Dukes featuring Will Rigby, former spouse of Amy Rigby, on drums, Eric Amble on guitar and bassist Kelly Looney, play the Prince Of Wales in St Kilda on Thursday and Friday April 1 and 2.

Steve Earle

CLICK HERE for a Steve Earle story from the Diary on February 5.


Sydney band The Flood, fresh from an appearance with Nashville star Kevin Welch on the ABC TV series Live At The Basement, return to Nu Country with their song Mary.

They cut Live Down Here On Earth with Welch on his 2002 tour and recently performed at the Port Fairy festival, filmed by Nu Country TV video camera aces Carol Taylor and Heather Rutherford.

CLICK HERE for a Flood review from the Diary on November 9.

The Pheasant Pluckers, also a popular act at Port Fairy, and fellow Melbourne band Roadhouse show why they're in big demand on the live circuit.

The Pluckers showcase their dexterity on a tune from third album Take Me There.

CLICK HERE for a Pheasant Pluckers story from the Diary on August 28.

Roadhouse perform their tune Road Worn And Weary from their debut disc

CLICK HERE for a Roadhouse story from Diary on August 28.


top / back to diary