Nu Country TV creator Peter Hosking blazes yet another new trail this week with his unique country & eastern hosting role.

Hosking fronted the show in exile from behind a long torn iron curtain in Prague - the picturesque capital city of the Czech Republic.

The singing actor two stepped lines and dance steps in the historic European city of churches for Episode 2 of Series #6 of Nu Country on C 31 at 8.30 p m on Saturday.

Hosking, who handed over the reigns of the show to Sofie Blichfeldt for Series #5 and Kerry Richardson for Series #6, edited his graphic episode in a layover at Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris on his return home.


Hosking opens the show with expatriate English singer-songwriter Phil Younger who performs the title track of his new album Concrete Jungle Cowboys.

Younger, ninth of 12 children and a British born baritone, has lived in Australia most of his life.

Phil stands 6 ft 6 in the old currency and followed his sister Kay here after she strutted her stuff with the Yarra Yarra Jazz Band.

He won wide acclaim when he performed with his band The Brew at Nova Cinema in Carlton early this year at the premiere of Johnny Cash movie Walk The Line.

The award-winning film, featuring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as Cash and June Carter Cash, is now out on DVD.

It also featured Alabama born singer Shelby Lynne as Cash's mother Carrie, Shooter Jennings as his late dad Waylon and fellow singing actor Waylon Payne as Jerry Lee Lewis.

Payne, son of Shotgun Willie Nelson guitarist Jody Payne and the late Sammi Smith, debuts on Nu Country in August in the new Kacey Jones video San Francisco Mabel Joy.

Former Rhodes Scholar and Golden Gloves boxer Kris Kristofferson knocks Payne out in a bizarre scene from the title track of Jones tribute disc to fellow Texan Mickey Newbury who died at 62 in 2002.

CLICK HERE to read about Younger in the Diary on January 20, 2006.


Texan born country superstar Kenny Rogers, one of the first artists to record Newbury songs, debuts on Nu Country with the video of his new hit I Can't Unlove You.

Rogers and his embryonic band The First Edition cut Newbury song Just Dropped In To See What Condition My Condition Was In back in the sixties before it was used in a psychedelic movie.

Since then Rogers, 67 and a veteran actor, has been hailed as a savior of Beaconsfield miners Todd Russell and Brant Webb.

Rescuers found the dynamic duo more than a kilometre underground when they heard them singing Rogers hits The Gambler and Coward Of The County.

The songs have since earned healthy royalties for their writers Don Schlitz, Billy Ed Wheeler and Roger Bowling.

Rogers' song is from his latest big selling album Water And Bridges on Capitol - the home of expatriate Australasian superstar Keith Urban.

The singer is pitching for a cameo in the big budget movie planned for the story of the two Van Diemens Land miners.

Kenny's movie roles include Coward Of The County, Wild Horses, Big Dreams And Broken Hearts (The Dottie West Story), Six Pack, Rio Diablo, MacShayne, The Dream Maker, The Other Side Of Nashville and five Gambler Telemovies.

The singer plans to return here in 2007 - he toured Australia with Dolly Parton and later with Reba McEntire in 1998.

Reba appeared with Kenny in The Gambler Returns, has her own TV show and is in movies North, Tremors, One Night At McCool's, Forever Love and Maverick.

Host Hosking, unlike fellow singing actor Rogers, has not had a cosmetic facelift but Kieran Kane song We Are The Same had a makeover when Rogers cut it in French.


Queensland sisters Gina and Melanie Horswood record as Horswood and hail from Chinchilla - the town made famous by singing actor Chad Morgan who is known as The Sheik Of Scrubby Creek.

They perform a video for their song 100 Points from debut CD Our Way.

Gina, 20, and sister Melanie punctuated university studies to cut Our Way featuring
12 of their originals.

Widespread radio and TV exposure on CMC and Nu Country has drawn attention to the sisters and their hometown, 300 kilometres west of Brisbane.

CLICK HERE for a Horswood CD review from the Diary.


Expatriate Californian culinary king Mid Pacific Bob Olson makes a welcome return to Nu Country with his recipe of the week - Chorizo Chilli Beans.

The singing chef, who hails from the rich Napa Valley wine growing HQ north of San Francisco, has been busy cooking up a storm in the Northcote High School kitchen.

But it was a closed set in the bowels of the Beer Can Hill Delta as Olson and producer and fellow academic Peter Staubli sampled their wares.

Everything added up for the popular Mathematics lecturer and former Nu Country DJ when he unleashed his recipe for peers, students and viewers.

CLICK HERE for more of Mid Pacific Bob's mouth-watering recipes.


Orange born singer-songwriter Sam Hawksley returns to Nu Country with a video for his new single Come Back Baby.

Hawksley, 37, opened for expat superstar Keith Urban on his triumphant Australian return tour in 2005.

But Sam and Hosking didn't join fellow expatriate Australasian publishers Barry and Jewel Coburn and vast galaxy of Nashville musicians and Music Row identities at the Urban-Kidman wedding in Sydney last month.

Sam has had his songs performed on Neighbours and covered by Nana Mouskouri's daughter Lenoua and brace of Australian artists.

He has also written with Melinda Schneider and Russell Morris.

CLICK HERE for a Hawksley story from the Diary on February 12, 2005.


Hosking previews the upcoming Nu Country TV debut of 1981 Tamworth Star Maker winner Leanne Douglas.

Leanne, who hails from the NSW town Teralba, won best new talent Golden Guitar in 1983 for her original song Don't It Make You Wanna Cry.

Shortly afterwards she joined fellow expats in country music HQ Nashville where she won acclaim with her band Leanne and The Surf Broads.

Leanne performs a new video of the popular John Anderson hit Straight Tequila Night in an upcoming episode.


Viewers can win autographed copies of Lee Kernaghan's huge selling eighth album The New Bush and Catherine Britt's second album Too Far Gone by becoming new members of Nu Country TV.

The contest is also open for Nu Country members who renew their membership.

All financial members go in the draw for the Lee Kernaghan Akubra at the end of the series in October at a star-studded showcase on Saturday October 7 at Hotel Kew.

CLICK HERE for full details on our membership page.

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