Hotshot guitarist and singer-songwriter Jake Nickolai is elated with the release of his new ABC Music EP.

It follows his debut single Faster and his version of Daniel Johns penned Silverchair song Miss You Love on ABC compilation disc Crossing The Tracks.

And we have an exclusive.

Jake performs his EP title track Think About You on Episode 12 of Series #3 of Nu Country TV on Saturday March 26 at 8 p m.

The video features Jake's performing partner Kylee Ellis from our Arts Centre concert on Sunday January 30.

Nickolai and Ellis, making music together on the Mornington Peninsula, were in the capacity crowd at expatriate Australasian superstar Keith Urban's triumphant Palais concert on Saturday February 26.

For those out on Saturday night the show will be repeated on Tuesday at 3 p m so you can inspect Jake's two guitars that are now adorned with Urban's autograph.

CLICK HERE for exclusive pictures of Jake and Kylee from our Arts Centre concert.


Prolific Grammy award winning bluegrass star Alison Krauss & Union Station return with the video of her new hit Restless from her 11th album Lonely Runs Both Ways on (Rounder-Shock).

Illinois born Krauss, a young veteran at 33, has won 18 Grammy Awards in a 15-year career.

Krauss proves why she is in big demand for her debut Australian tour late in 2005 or early in 2006.

CLICK HERE for a Krauss feature from the Diary on January 23, 2005.


Wynonna Judd lives in the shadows of young movie star sister Ashley in the unlucky radio country.

But not in the competitive U.S. scene - she and mother Naomi were among the hottest duos of the eighties and 1990 with CD sales exceeding 20 million.

Their dramatic career, interrupted by Naomi's chronic Hepatitis C, produced 20 plus albums and a brace of farewell and reunion tours.

Since going solo Wynonna, 40, has won a huge following for her gutsy country rock soul gospel hybrid on seven acclaimed albums.

She performs Heaven Help Me from big selling 2003 disc What The World Needs Is Love whose sales have been boosted by current hit Flies On The Butter (You Can't Go Home Again.)

Wynonna also won headlines for a fiery divorce and joined female peers Terri Clark, Deana Carter, Carlene Carter and Mindy McCready in well-publicised court cases involving cars, drink and dope.

CLICK HERE for a Wynonna Judd from the Diary.


Riveting roots country band BR549 made an exciting Sydney visit in 1998 to promote the launch of the now defunct Western Pacific Rim version of CMT.

The band, then managed by expatriate Australasian entrepreneur and publisher Barry Coburn, has since recovered from an internal revolution and a spelling change.

We bring you their energised version of vintage hit Cherokee Boogie made famous by the late Moon Mullican and Johnny Horton.

CLICK HERE for a BR549 story and CD Review from the Diary.


Former rodeo rider Steve Forde followed his heart and art tot the U.S. in his youth,
Forde and his band The Flange have toured nationally to promote their two albums.

They perform the video for their song That's What I'm Talking About from new disc Wild Ride on new Sydney label Vital.

CLICK HERE for a Steve Forde story from the Diary on January 9, 2005.


Veteran Tex-Mex band Texicali Rose was the headliner at the 2004 Kew festival at the rustic Hays Paddock.

The band was hired by City of Boroondara to promote the multi-cultural flavour of its eclectic arts base on Harmony Day.

Since then the group, that released two albums dating back to 1997, has split.

Members now strut their stuff in other local combos.

The band performs its song Amor Lindo from second album Ofrenda.

We have an interview with singer Sally Ford and former Saltbush bassist Paul Pyle who once toured the U.S. for BR549 manager Coburn.

Texicali Rose was Sally Ford: vocals, alto sax Patrick Cronin: trumpet, vocals Hugh Wayland: accordion, vocals Paul Neuendorf: guitar, vocals Paul Pyle: double bass

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