West Virginia born honky tonker Danni Leigh got her big break in music - because of animals.

When Leigh lobbed in Nashville she landed a job as animal keeper for legendary singer and storyteller Tom T Hall.

But it's her rootsy bar-room songs and dynamic delivery that won her a big following in the highly competitive U.S. country industry.

Danni performs Honey I Do from her second ill-fated album A Shot Of Whiskey And A Prayer on the eighth episode of the second series of Nu Country TV.

Leigh heads a posse of punchy women including chart topping Dixie Chicks and former Tasmanian diva and latter day Californian Audrey Auld.

CLICK HERE for Danni Leigh in the DIARY.


Texan trio The Dixie Chicks reach back into their deep catalogue for their early hit I Could Love You Better.

The band has toured here twice and blazed a trail for feisty roots country with soul and retained their bluegrass quotient.

Their eclectic, organic music made them the biggest selling CD country trio and one of the highest grossing live acts.

The next generation is also being given a chance to carry on the tradition with sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire and singer Natalie Maines all proud mothers.

Maguire recently gave birth to twins as the band works on its eighth album.

CLICK HERE for a Dixie Chicks story from the Diary on September 26.


Expatriate Tasmanian Audrey Auld has followed many peers by moving to the U.S. to pursue her musical dreams.
Audrey, who recently wed old friend Daniel Mezera, is using Northern California as the launch pad for her solo career.

"I'm living in a tiny hippy town called Bolinas, in Marin County, just an hour north of San Francisco," Auld told Nu Country.

"I'm gradually finding a good music scene in the area. There are about 35 million people in California alone and only 20 million in the whole of Australia."

It enables her to perform with peers such as Mary Gauthier and other expatriates who are chasing their dream away from the restrictive Australian country scene.

Audrey performs Your Eyes Give You Away, inspired by former touring partner Bill Chambers, from her third album Losing Faith.

CLICK HERE for a Diary story on Audrey on August 3.


Dead Reckoners Kieran Kane and Kevin Welch were one of the highlights of the 28th Port Fairy folk festival.

The duo perform Welch's timely and vitriolic parody of big business, war and corporate radio chains - Everybody's Working For The Man - from their second duet album You Can't Save Everybody.

Nu Country video camera persons Carol Taylor and Heather Rutherford also capture the duo live in concert and interview.

The interview, conducted in a cosy tent - normally a retreat for festival workers, features an invisible interviewer disguised as a Guru.

CLICK HERE for a Diary story on Kieran on February 16.
CLICK HERE for a Dairy story on Kevin on October 30.


The Guru's songwriting partner Darcy LeYear fronts The Wolverines who perform Jerry Chesnut song TROUBLE.
The songs was a hit for the late Elvis Presley before it was the title track of Georgian country star Travis Tritt's fifth Warner Bros album in 1992.

Nu Country TV director and producer Peter Hosking chose TROUBLE after an 11th hour change of sequencing for the shows.

Expatriate Kiwi LeYear - a prolific writer - and his trio are one of the longest surviving bands on the local scene.

The Wolverines, a dynamic live act with a strong national following, show why they have few rivals in their raunchy country boogie music.

The Wolverines, a dynamic live act with a strong national following, show why they have few rivals in their raunchy country boogie music.

CLICK HERE for a Wolverines story from the Diary on June 19.


Fellow expatriate Kiwi Brent Parlane also impresses with his live version of Where Does Love Go.

Parlane has released eight albums since arriving here in 1976 and enjoying national exposure with 33 South, nee The Tourists.

Nash Chambers has produced Brent and Troy Cassar-Daley's last two albums when not working with sister Kasey.

CLICK HERE for a Diary story on Brent Parlane on October 14.

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