Troy Cassar-Daley was the worthy winner of four more coveted Golden Guitars at the 34th Australian Country Music Awards in Tamworth on Saturday.

So he was a natural choice to headline this week's star-studded episode of Nu Country TV - Tuesday January 31 at 9 p m on C 31.
Troy performs his award winning song of the year Lonesome But Free - one of three collaborations with Paul Kelly - from his acclaimed Nash Chambers produced sixth album Brighter Day.

Cassar-Daley wrote the song about a conversation with Merle Haggard, now 68, on The Hag's 1996 Australian tour when he was one of the legend's local support acts.

"He said that he had been lonely on the road and I said 'but at least you were free'," the singer, now 37, told Nu Country.

"I have this shed and went to get a shovel and three hours later came back with the song. It was half started but there was something missing. I went to Paul Kelly and I was nearly happy. He loved the theme and melody and helped with the finished song. It would never have been complete without Paul. He said did he leave home - he had a fight with his dad. So many people have unresolved issues like that - life's too short. It had to be written in. He understood it completely."

Troy also won Golden Guitars for best male vocalist, instrumental with Yellow Belly and vocal collaboration with Jimmy Barnes for their version of Leonard Cohen classic Bird On A Wire.

Kelly won Golden Guitars for Heritage Song for Rally Round The Drum and video for Song Of The Old Rake.

Troy headlines the Whittlesea Country Music Festival from February 10 - 12.
CLICK HERE for Troy story from the Diary.


Fellow award winning singer-songwriter and TV celebrity Felicity hosts this week's episode from the rustic Lilydale home of popular duo Carter & Carter.

The singer, regular presenter on Seven Network television shows Sydney Weekender and Mike Whitney's Walkabout, was staying with the popular duo while touring with them in Victoria late in 2005.

Felicity also performed live on the Tamworth Golden Guitars show with international movie star Russell Crowe.

The New Zealand born actor, who dabbles in rock and blues with his bands, climbed on board the country train for the night.

Felicity is now touring to promote her new single The Flood from her fifth album, My Life.

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


While in Lilydale, Felicity interviewed fellow Carter & Carter houseguest - Wagga singer-songwriter Darren Coggan who was touring to promote his new CD Balancing Act.

Felicity made use of her inside knowledge of her touring partner by interviewing him while a pair of goats watched with interest.

Coggan performs in a video for his duet with Tamworth Golden Guitar winner Kasey Chambers on the Billy Falcon penned tune, Power Windows.

Kasey's brother Nash produced the album that features famed Amazing Rhythm Aces singer Russell Smith on his song Dancing The Night Away.

Coggan performed in the stage show Happy Days after releasing his debut disc in the nineties.

Further info on Darren Coggan at www.darrencoggan.com


Chart topping Canadian chanteuse Terri Clark performs in her video for recent hit She Didn't Have Time from her seventh album Life Goes On (Mercury-Universal.

Clark, 37, - a frequent Australian tourist - accompanied Adam Harvey on a joint east coast tour in 2005.

The singer recorded songs by Australian writers after divorcing fiddler Ted Stevenson whom she wed in 1990.

Clark is one of many major U.S. artists to cut tunes by Melbourne bred pop diva Tina Arena - she recorded Unsung Heroes.

She also had a Top 5 hit with Now That I Found You - penned by Sydney hit writers Vanessa Corish and Paul Begaud.

Terri wed long time tour manager Greg Kaczor at a resort on Lake Louise in Calgary, Canada - Saturday, September 17.

Close friends and family attended the ceremony set amid the beauty of snow-capped mountains.

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


Sydney country starlet Amber Lawrence performs a video clip for her original tune, I've Got The Blues.

The university-educated chartered accountant included the song on her debut EP that also featured her previous single The Lonely Road.

Amber previously sang and played guitar with The Electric Cowgirls trio after earning acclaim with Sydney band The Family Von Trapp.

She has performed nationally and overseas in a colourful career that included being a 2004 graduate of Tamworth Country Music College and Star Maker grand finalist in 2005.

Amber filmed her new video at the Botany Bay Hotel.

Further info - www.amberlawrence.com


Kansas born country rock singer Melissa Etheridge also performs a video for the Tom Petty song Refugee.

The dual Grammy award winning gay icon recently recovered from cancer and cut four new songs for her compilation The Road Less Travelled (Island-Universal.)

Etheridge, 44 and mother of two, revealed in 2000 that fellow singer David Crosby was the biological father of her two children that she raised with former partner and film maker Julie Cypher.

The singer, one of the first to come out, has also penned autobiography The Truth Is about her colourful life that began in Leavenworth on May 29, 1961.

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