Singing Texas crime novelist Kinky Friedman has spoken exclusively to Nu Country TV at the HQ of Willie Nelson's Bio-Willie diesel fuel empire.

Friedman used a music festival featuring famous Texas peers as the launch pad of his endorsement of Nelson's clean energy strategy.
The Kinkster, 61 and single, also revealed he is now courting a descendant of Captain Cook during his campaign to become the next Governor Of Texas.

< Kinky with David Dawson - Photo by Carol Taylor

Friedman has shocked political observers with his huge state-wide support for the poll to be held on November 7.

Kinky's interview, directed by Nu Country TV associate producer Carol Taylor, is a highlight of our episode - at 8.30 p m this Saturday September 23 - on C 31.

A prominent U.S. TV network, producing a documentary on Friedman's campaign to become the first Jewish Governor of the Lone Star State, also filmed our interview.

This episode, hosted by prolific drummer Dave Folley and filmed by Sofie Blichfeldt, is also featured on C 31 in South Australia on Sunday at 6.30 p m.

Veteran Texan country stars Asleep At The Wheel, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Billy Joe Shaver, Johnny Bush, Tommy Alverson and young guns Shooter Jennings, Pauline Reese, Waylon Payne and Django Walker - son of Jerry Jeff - performed to support Kinky and Willie.

So did Grammy Award winning Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, famous outlaw David Allan Coe, Heather Myles, Justin Trevino and many other country stars.

The Kinkster has been honoured with a second tribute album - a sequel to Pearls In The Snow, produced by last week's Nu Country TV host Kacey Jones.

The new disc - Why The Hell Not - the Songs Of Kinky Friedman - was released on September 19.

It reprises Friedman songs by Shotgun Willie, Lyle Lovett, Delbert McClinton and Dwight Yoakam who makes his second Australian tour in October.

Artists diverse as Kevin Fowler, Todd Snider, Ray Benson & Reckless Kelly, Jason Boland, Charlie & Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis also perform on it.

CLICK HERE for a story on Willie's July 3 picnic from the Diary on August 9, 2006.
CLICK HERE for a feature on the 2002 Australian tour by Kinky and spiritual adviser Billy Joe Shaver from the Diary on 24 March 2004.


Illinois born bluegrass belle Alison Krauss and her stellar band Union Station return to Nu Country with a video of her new single If I Didn't Know Any Better.

It's the third video clip from Krauss's 11th album Lonely Runs Both Ways.

Mindy Smith and John Scott Sherrill wrote the song and acclaimed director Wayne Isham directed the video.

Australian promoters have been trying to lure Krauss, winner of 20 Grammies, to tour here since she broke in the nineties.

Meanwhile Alison, 35, has produced Georgian country superstar Alan Jackson's 15th album Like Red On A Rose.

It also features a video clip for Jackson's title track.

Ironically, director Randee St. Nicholas filmed it on the beach at the Leo Carillo State Park, just off Pacific Coast Highway near Los Angeles, the same day Mel Gibson was busted for DUI a few miles away.

We also have that video and will run it in Series #7 over summer.

CLICK HERE for an Alison Krauss story from the Diary on January 23, 2005.


Cyndi Boste, one of the headliners at our Hotel Kew showcase on Saturday October 7, returns to Nu Country with a video featuring drummer host Folley.

Series #5 producer Sofie Blichfeldt directed the clip of Same Things from her album Push Comes To Shove in the Melbourne home of Boste who grew up in the foothills of The Dandenongs.

It's no surprise the soulful singer was chosen as support on the 2005 tour by Eric Bibb and made personal sacrifices to tour Europe with Barb Waters.

Boste launches her fourth CD Foothill Dandy (Soundvault) on Sunday October 1 at the East Brunswick Club Hotel.

CLICK HERE for a Cyndi Boste feature from the Diary on August 29, 2006.

CLICK HERE for a feature on other artists on the showcase from the Diary on August 23, 2006.


Tania Kernaghan also performs her video for Harley McTaggart - a highlight of her fourth album Higher Ground (KCR.)

Tania is touring Victoria during October with elder brother Lee and The McClymonts.

The singer keeps it in the Albury raised family by recording 11 new songs penned by her younger sister Fiona and her producer Daniel Kresco on her new disc.

Kresco produced the album in Santa Monica, Franklin, Nashville and the Gold Coast.

CLICK HERE to learn how to win autographed copies of Tania's CD and concert tickets to see her, brother Lee and The McClymonts at Costa Hall, Geelong, on October 14 and Frankston Cultural Centre on October 15.


Adelaide reared band The Audreys debut on Nu Country with a video clip of their song Oh Honey.

It's among 11 original songs on their debut CD Between Last Night And Us that has won wide exposure and prompted a national tour.

The Audreys feature singer Taasha Coates, sister Danika, banjo-playing guitarist Tristan and brother Cam Goodall (bass & guitar).

Taasha recently performed on SBS-TV music trivia show RocKwiz.

Recent guests on the show include Shane Howard, Irish touring partner Mary Black and Finley born Nu Country FM DJ and former treasurer Barbara O'Neill.

< Taasha Coates of The Audreys

CLICK HERE for Anne Sydenham's concert review of The Audreys on April 9, 2006.
For further info on The Audreys visit www.theaudreys.com.au

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