Surfing Californian country star Gary Allan headlines Episode 9 of the fourth Nu Country TV series this Saturday - September 3 - at 8 p m on C 31.

The singer, now 37, is promoting sixth album Tough All Over on the eve of his third Australian tour.

Allan performs a video clip of new hit single Best I Ever Had.

Although Allan will surf clear of Melbourne he hopes to catch waves on the Surf Coast when he performs Geelong on Saturday October 22 before a Churchill Saloon Gippsland gig the following day.

CLICK HERE for an Allan feature from the Diary on October 27, 2004.
CLICK HERE for his tour dates from Tonk Girl's extensive Gig Guide.


Singing actor and country star Trisha Yearwood celebrates engagement to former superstar Garth Brooks by performing a video clip of her new single Georgia Rain.

Georgia born banker's daughter Yearwood, 40, is promoting her 12th album Jasper County.

Trisha made four Australian promotion tours but had a long break from recording after 2000 album Real Live Woman and 2001 disc Inside Out.

She played Lt. Cmdr. Teresa Coulter - the forensic pathologist on the CBS hit show JAG.

Trisha's union with Garth is good timing for his career rebirth.

He proposed to twice-wed Yearwood on stage on May 25 at Californian honky tonk legend Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in Bakersfield.

The audience of 7,000 included Owens, George Jones and Merle Haggard.

Trisha was the support on Brooks first major tour in the eighties and he sang back-up vocals on her self-titled 1991 debut album.

She and Garth recorded a brace of duets during their hiatus in which Brooks bought back his catalogue to sell his music in a Wal-Mart retail chain deal.

Trisha's 1987 marriage to fellow Belmont College graduate Chris Latham lasted just four years.

In 1994, she married Mavericks bassist Robert Reynolds onstage at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

They divorced five years later.

Reynolds is making his second Australian tour this month with Texas born country singer Kevin Montgomery.

The betrothal will be the second for multi-millionaire Brooks and father of three, who married Sandy Mahl in 1986 long before he toured Australia.

CLICK HERE for a feature on Trisha from the Diary.


Carlene Carter has returned to performing on stage in the U.S, after losing her fourth husband Howie Epstein to a heroin overdose in 2003.

Carlene played her mother - the late June Carter Cash - in the Carter Family stage show Wildwood Rose.

The singer, first wed at 15, fittingly performs a video of her vintage 1990 hit I Fell In Love in our Video Vault section.

Carlene and stepsister Cindy Cash both chose famed Nashville singer-songwriter Jack Routh as their second husband at different stages.

Cyndi performed with former singing spouse Marty Stuart on a 1981 Australian tour headlined by her late father Johnny Cash and Cowboy Jack Clement.

Stuart later became the fourth husband of veteran country singer Connie Smith who is 17 years older than him.

CLICK HERE for a Carlene Carter story from the Diary.


Multi-award winning Sunraysia raised singer-songwriter Sara Storer returns with the video clip of the title track of her third album Firefly.

The latter day NSW Central Coast resident is touring nationally to promote the disc that has scored massive national sales despite minimal airplay.

CLICK HERE to read a feature on Sara from the Diary on August 22, 2005.


Lake Bolac singer-songwriter Neil Murray performs the video clip for his Aussie explorer tune Tom Wills Would from his Shock Records compilation album About Time - A Song Collection.

The singer exploits a footy metaphor that could be an omen for Wills former footy team Geelong who play Melbourne earlier in the day.

Murray is a featured artist in the Aussie posse performing at the 9th Australian Music Festival in Nashville from September 6-11

Also on the bill are expatriate Australian band The Greencards, young chart climber Catherine Britt, Felicity, Ross Wilson and Sam Hawksley.

CLICK HERE for a Neil Murray review from the Diary on August 9, 2005.


Goulburn Valley country singer Trisha Hicks performs a video clip for her new single I Would Go Anywhere.

The Nathalia raised singer is promoting Country Hope - an album that benefits cancer research for country children.

Trish Hicks Fotia has performed all over Australia and the U.S. and is well known for her T.V commercial for Christian Television Association Now Is The Needed Time. The singer, whose career began at 15, has released three albums and two singles and reached Top 10 in the Tamworth Starmaker in 1987 - the year expatriate Australasian superstar Keith Urban won.

Trisha has supported Barry Maguire, Stylistics, Rita Coolidge, Air Supply, Mental As Anything, Ian Moss, Brian Cadd, Ross Wilson and Daryl Braithwaite in concert.

She performed with the bands Ambush, City Lites, Borderline and formed duo Me & The Girl with Paul Vitullo.

In 1987 Trisha guested on a Sydney country gospel album New Game with the Gospel Mountain Band.

The latter day Albury singer released her solo recording Sincerely Yours in 1994, later reprised as Follow That Dream.

In 1995 she released Only In My Dreams and in 1997 the single Needed Time.

The mother of three is promoting the new single and video for I Would Go Anywhere.

All proceeds go to Country Hope - a rural based family centred support programs for children with cancer or similar illnesses.

Further info visit - www.countryhope.com.au

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