Chart topping Canadian chanteuse Terri Clark and singer songwriter Fred Eaglesmith preview their April return tours of Australia with a headlining role on Nu Country TV.

The popular artists escape the autumnal chill of Nashville and Canada to strut their stuff on the big rating C 31 show on Saturday February 26.
Clark, born in Montreal and raised in the prairie town of Medicine Hat in Alberta, has just released her Greatest Hits - 1997-2004 (Mercury).

The singer, who shares hit producer and writer Keith Stegall with Catherine Britt, was also honoured with best female artist at the CCMA awards in Edmonton, Alberta.
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Standing 186 cm tall and renowned for stretching the buckle of the Bible Belt with her explicit innuendo in Girls Lie Too, Clark played enthusiastic crowds in Geelong and Horsham on her second tour last year.

But this time she starts her tour at Albury on Wednesday April 2 but won't head south of the Murray Dixon line.

Instead Terri and band struts their stuff at Aussie country king Lee Kernaghan's Great Western Hotel in Rockhampton.

Clark performs the tune Three Mississippi from her Pain To Kill disc for Nu Country TV.

"Three Mississippi was on hold for every female artist in town before I cut it," Clark says, "Faith, LeAnn, Sara Evans, Kelly Coffey and Martina McBride all had it but I recorded it."

CLICK HERE for a Terri feature from the Diary on December 15, 2003.


Fred Eaglesmith debuted at Corner Hotel, Richmond, in the summer of 2002 with Jim Lauderdale, Kim Richey, Audrey Auld Mezera and fellow Canadian Jason McCoy.

But, now on his fourth Australian sojourn he heads due south across the Yarra to the famed Esplanade Hotel in St Kilda with Bill Chambers.

Kasey Chambers, Catherine Britt and Audrey are among a bunch of peers who have cut Fred's songs.

Eaglesmith, 47, has amassed an avid posse of Fredheads who follow him around the U.S., Canada, Europe and here.

This week Nu Country TV producer-director Peter Hosking catches Fred perform his tune 49 Tons.

Fred's 14th album Dusty has been released here by Vital that also has U.S. hit writer David Lee Murphy, fellow Canadian Corb Lund, Beccy Cole, Jake Nickolai & Steve Forde in its stable.

CLICK HERE for a Fred feature from the Diary on November 6, 2003.



Tamworth troubadour Felicity Urquhart won the praise of Herald Sun rock reviewer Nui Te Koa in his critique of the Tamworth On Tour concert at Hamer Hall.

Nui wrote that Felicity, like many of her young peers, is a world-class artist with her eclectic musical base.
Felicity, 28, also has another avid fan - her guitarist and duet partner Glenn Hannah.

The couple, real life partners, won the vocal duet award at Victorian Country Music Awards in Whittlesea and also Top 5 in 33rd Golden Guitar awards in Tamworth.

Sadly the lack of airplay in Victoria has been an anchor on crowds in the cities.

Felicity, one time EMI artist, is now promoting an independent album.

CLICK HERE for a Felicity story from the Diary on June 26, 2003.


Tift Merritt, originally renowned for her work with the Two Dollar Pistols, earned her stripes when her second solo disc Tambourine made the finals of the recent Grammy Awards.

The Texan born singer put her career on the line when she gave evidence to a hearing into shrinking radio formats in the U.S.

Tift performs her tune Good Hearted Man - perhaps a sibling song of the late Waylon Jennings huge hit Good Hearted Woman.

Merritt challenged a corporate radio chain owner about the lack of local content in a market dominated by two chains.

Tift's tenacity would have pleased the late Captain Midnight and the very much alive Mark Germino and Kevin Welch and Kieran Kane who will perform Welch's parody of multi national tsars on tour here in Everbody's Workin' For The Man.

CLICK HERE for a Tift Merritt review from the Diary.


Mid Pacific Bob Olson crossed the border from his roots in California to research the ingredients for his receipt of the week.

Bob evaded border guards as he smuggled his Mexican Sushi recipe across the Rio Grande to the banks of the Merri Creek in the Beer Can Hill delta in Northcote.

Watch the sparks fly and feel your mouth water as Bob struts his stuff in a high school kitchen that is blasting commercial TV peers into never-never land.

CLICK HERE for Bob's no longer secret recipes.


Mallee Boy John Williamson might never challenge Keith Urban and Adam Harvey for vocal prowess but he has a deep catalogue of songs that are a nice little earner.

The former Scotch College graduate and one time Quambatook farmer teams with Warren G Williams on oft covered Raining On The Rock.

Bush balladeer John's duet is from his 2004 double live CD Mates On The Road with Williams and one time Digger Revell fiddler Pixie Jenkins.

Williamson, 59, and Williams have another duet on 26th album Chandelier Of Stars - set for release in August.

Williamson, made a brief overseas foray last year with select gigs in Europe and the competitive U.S. scene.

Visit www.johnwilliamson.au for further details.

Check out his Victorian tour dates starting in Warragul on Saturday March 10 and followed by others in Frankston, Wonthaggi, Ballarat, Colac and Ringwood.



Fellow NSW singer-songwriter Luke O'Shea & Medicine Wheel appeared on the first episode of Nu Country TV.

They return with their live cut of the title track of his album No Day Like Today.

CLICK HERE for an O'Shea story from the Diary on September 29, 2003.

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