Prolific Aussie singer-songwriter and occasional Paul Kelly has again showcased his love of bluegrass on his 19th album Foggy Highway.

Kelly hooked up with revered local bluegrass and country producer Rod McCormack and hot session pickers.

The singer cut a previous bluegrass album Smoke with Melbourne band Uncle Bill in 1999.

But this time he revamps tunes from his vast catalogue dating back to 1988 and duets with Kasey Chambers on Louvin Brothers' tune You're Learning.

Kelly, 49, has previously had his songs covered by overseas artists including Texan Kelly Willis.

This time he performs in a video of his pathos primed tune Song Of The Old Rake on Episode 2 of Series #4 of Nu Country TV on C 31 on Saturday July 16.

CLICK HERE for a Kelly review from the DIARY.


Kelly's Grafton-born writing and duet partner Troy Cassar-Daley also returns to Nu Country in a live concert at the 29th Port Fairy folk festival.

The duo performed a duet on the George Jones classic Why Baby Why on Troy's fifth album Borrowed & Blue.

This time Troy, 37, performs his song Wish I Was A Train - originally cut as a duet with co-writer Kelly on Troy's previous album Long Way Home.

The duo also duetted on their tune 40 Miles on an album produced by Nash Chambers for his label Essence.

Troy's Port Fairy show featured duets with Shane Howard and Sara Storer that will appear on later episodes.

Lost In Suburbia bassist Peter Bird filmed Troy and his hot band at Port Fairy.

CLICK HERE for a Troy story from the DIARY on April 28, 2004


Sunraysia reared Paul Costa first became known for his work with brother Don in the Costa Brothers.

The Robinvale reared boys hail from the same agricultural oasis as Storer and the T-Bones.

But Costa enlisted the aid of Kelly's producer McCormack to produce his debut solo disc Walkin In These Shoes.

The Costa Brothers are regular guests at the Whittlesea Country Music Festival that returns in February 2006.

Paul performs a video of the song I Think I Like It.

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The Sunny Cowgirls were raised in the fertile Western district wheat and wool belt near Hamilton.

But sisters Sophie and Celeste Clabburn moved to the wilds of western Australia with their family to launch their assault on the country music market.

They worked as jillaroos near Gunnedah in northern NSW and cut their debut album A Little Bit Rusty in Perth for Sydney independent label Compass Brothers.

The girls perform a video for one of their seven originals Rousy's Life on Nu Country.

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Canadian country folk group The Wailin' Jennys - not to be mistaken for late legend Waylon Jennings - won a Juno award in their homeland for their new album 40 Days.

The Winnipeg trio, formed in 2002, have won wide acclaim on Australian community radio for their music.

The Wailin Jennys plan an Australian tour in 2006 with Annabelle Chvostek replacing co-founder Cara Luft who has reverted to a solo career.

They perform a video clip for their Ruth Moody penned single Beautiful Dawn.

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Further info - http://www.thewailinjennys.com/


Californian country rock band Shurman has impacted with its debut disc Jubilee.

Shurman recorded two EPs, 5 Songs to Tell Your Friends About and Superfecta, as a prelude to the album.

Texas born Shurman singer Aaron Beavers, Dusty Wakeman and Andrew Williams produced the project.

Wakeman has worked with Dwight Yoakam and also produced expatriate Australian slide guitarist Anne McCue.

Shurman pays homage to roots rocker Tom Petty with Petty Song and perform a video of entrée song Drownin'.

Further info - http://www.shurmanville.com/news.php

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