The huge growth of Australian country music here and overseas is reflected in our action packed third episode of Nu Country TV this Saturday - January 22 - on C 31.

Expatriate Australasian superstar Keith Urban headlines the third series of the show at 8 p m on Saturday - repeated on Tuesday at 3 p m.

Keith is joined on the show by fellow expatriate young gun Catherine Britt and hot new acts The Davidson Brothers and Jake Nickolai.

The Davidson Brothers and Jake headline our free Nu Country TV concert at the Arts Centre lawn on Sunday January 30 from 2.30- 5.30 p m.

Also on the show is rising Australia female trio Bella and Canadian singers Jason McCoy and Sam Roberts.


Keith Urban performs on Nu Country TV on the eve of his triumphant return to the St Kilda Palais on Saturday February 26.

Urban, 37, visited his parents on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland for Christmas and returns here to compete for the big bucks in Melbourne the same day Shotgun Willie Nelson and Gretchen Wilson play the Myer Music Bowl.

The singer performs his 5th #1 U.S. hit Days Go By from his huge selling 5th album Be Here.

Urban's new single You're My Better Half has soared to #5 on the Billboard charts.

We hope to also screen that video clip soon.

Stay tuned next week - Saturday January 29 - when we take you behind the scenes for the making of the video.

You get to meet Keith's mum and discover the source of his hair that peers would kill for.

We also have a three-part interview with Keith to preview his tour.

CLICK HERE for a KEITH tour story from the DIARY on DECEMBER 21.
CLICK HERE for another URBAN story from the DIARY on OCTOBER 13.
CLICK HERE for the first in our trilogy from DIARY on OCTOBER 5.


Newcastle novitiate Catherine Britt is our hottest country music export since Urban's search and destroy mission on the home of country music.

Catherine was just 19 when her debut U.S. single The Upside Of Being Down reached #34 on the prestige Billboard charts.

She performs the video of her song from her second album Too Far Gone that is about to be released in the U.S. and Australia.

The singer turned 20 on her return to spend Christmas and New Year with her parents Steve and Anne.

Catherine is enjoying a whirlwind NSW tour before her return to the U.S. to tour to crack the biggest market in the world.

Sadly Britt's music has been ignored by mainstream radio in her homeland but she is a staple of the ABC, community radio and pay TV channel CMC and Nu Country TV.

CLICK HERE for a Catherine story from the DIARY on OCTOBER 21.


Gippsland born and bred DAVIDSON BROTHERS might be virtually unknown in their home state of Victoria.

But that's all about to change when they headline the free Nu Country TV concert at the Arts Centre lawn on Sunday January 30.

The DAVIDSON BROTHERS represented Australia at the International Bluegrass Music Association festival in Louisville, Kentucky in September.

They also performed at the annual festival at Rosine - birthplace of the late bluegrass king Bill Monroe - and hooked up with expatriate band Greencards in Nashville.

Nu Country TV host Heather Rutherford - a regular guest at the Telluride bluegrass festival - has an exclusive poolside interview with Hamish and Lachlan Davidson at their East Doncaster home.

Stay tuned and catch the inside info on the band who made the finals of the Australian Golden Guitars two years in succession.

CLICK HERE for DAVIDSON BROTHERS feature from the DIARY on January 12.


Hotshot Whyalla born guitarist and singer-songwriter JAKE NICKOLAI rarely plays his adoptive hometown of Melbourne.

But the ABC music star on the rise performs at our free Nu Country TV concert at the Arts Centre lawn on Sunday January 30.

Nikolai, just 20, spent Christmas with his parents in Whyalla on the eve of recording a new EP.

The guitarist showcases his incredible artistry on the video clip of debut single Faster set against a collage of famous Melbourne backdrops.

Nickolai is also featured on the acclaimed ABC album Crossing The Tracks with a countrified version of the Daniel Johns penned Silverchair hit Miss You Love.

Acclaimed producer Rod McCormack is the studio wizard behind the music of the Tamworth Country Music College graduate and regular Golden Guitar finalist.

He will also produce the second album by The Davidson Brothers.

Check out Jake at his web page - www.jakenickolai.com


Award winning female trio Bella performs a video for single About A Girl from debut album Gravity on independent label Ocean Road.

The band released Gravity this month in Tamworth where it made the Golden Guitar finals for the second year in succession.

Bella made its Victorian debut at the 15th Bunyip Country Music Festival in 2004.

They were interviewed and filmed by Nu Country TV host Heather Rutherford and plan a Victorian return in 2005.

McCormack - renowned for production and writing with Beccy Cole, Adam Harvey, singing spouse Gina Jeffreys and The Wheel - also produced Bella.

Bella members Lynn Bowtell, Karen O'Shea and Kate Ballantyne showed creativity by writing eight of the 12 songs on Gravity.

CLICK HERE for a BELLA feature from the DIARY on February 25, 2004.


Canadian country star Jason McCoy debuts the video clip for his hot new single I Feel A Sin Coming On for Nu Country TV.

The video is from McCoy's fourth album Sins, Lies And Angels.

Jason first toured here with Jim Lauderdale, Kim Richey, Fred Eaglesmith and Audrey Auld in 2002.

Last year he was a special guest on a 2004 Aussie tour by Adam Harvey who joined him on a Canadian tour last year.

CLICK HERE for a Jason McCoy story from the DIARY.


Fellow Canadian Sam Roberts performs the video for his new single Brother Down on Nu Country TV.

Sam Roberts released his debut EP Inhuman Condition in 2002 following a popular demo he had made in Montreal.

Before that he had been a violin player that eventually moved on to guitar and started a band with his friends.

The band moved to Los Angeles but split in 1998.

Brother Down is from his platinum selling second album We Were Born In A Flame on Lost Highway-Universal in Australia.

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