Dwight Yoakam has become better known for his movies than his music in Australia in the past decade.

But that might change when the Kentucky born, California resident returns here in October for his second national tour.

Yoakam, 49, headlines Nu Country TV this Saturday - August 29 - at 8.30 p m - in an episode hosted by Heather Rutherford.

Heather, a new mother, frequently played the singer actor in her shifts at Nu Country FM in its reign at the Paris, Texas, end of Collins St in 2001.

Yoakam performs a new clip of the title track of his 18th album Blame The Vain as a promo for his return concerts at the St Kilda Palais on October 27 and 28.

The singer debuted in 1994 movie Red Rock West, The Little Death and Painted Hero in 1995 before the Billy Bob Thornton movie Slingblade in 1996.

Yoakam wrote a brace of songs on the set of The Newton Boys in Austin, Texas, and then starred in When Trumpets Fade and The Minus Man.

The singer performed opposite Jodie Foster in Panic Room after causing considerable financial angst for late duet partner Buck Owens in his directorial debut on South Of Heaven, West Of Hell.

Dwight has been busy in recent films Hollywood Homicide, Crank, The Break-Up and The Wedding Crashers, starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn.

He also appeared opposite Penelope Cruz in Bandidas and Salmat Hayek in Tommy Lee Jones-written/directed The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.

CLICK HERE for a feature on Dwight in the Diary on July 26, 2005.


Bluegrass ace Sam Bush, who also played The Palais in 1980 with Leon Russell & The Newgrass Revival, debuts on Nu Country with his new single The River's Gonna Run.

Bush duets with fellow Australian tourist Emmylou Harris on the Julie Miller penned song from his seventh album Laps In Seven on Sugar Hill-Shock.

The renowned Amazing Rhythm Aces were also on Bush's debut Australian concert that also featured Sydney band Grand Junction and The Dead Livers, now celebrating 28 years in the saddle.

Host Heather caught Bush, 52, in action in more recent times at the famed Telluride music festival in Colorado where she interviewed Bill Chambers.

The Kentucky born mandolin player and fiddler also pays homage to former touring partner Russell by revamping his vintage tune Ballad For A Soldier on his new disc.

Further info - www.sambush.com


Expatriate Newcastle singer-songwriter Catherine Britt returned to Sydney last month to appear in Johnny Cash tribute show Walk The Line.

Catherine also returns to Nu Country with her new video clip Swinging Doors - latest Australian single from her second album Too Far Gone.

Britt left Australia at 18 to pursue her dreams in Nashville and landed a deal with BMG.

Her first two singles - produced by prolific hit writer Keith Stegall and mentor Bill Chambers - cracked the U.S. Top 40.

Although BMG has not released Britt's second album or third single in the U.S. she is already recording her third album in Nashville.

Catherine speaks about her new single in an exclusive Melbourne interview with Nu Country.

CLICK HERE for the unedited Britt interview from the Diary on February 12, 2006.

CLICK HERE to win autographed copies of Catherine's CD Too Far Gone.


Mornington Peninsula band The Distance debuts on Nu Country with the video clip of the title track of its CD Don't Look Back.

The band covers a wide distance in its music and touring circuit including Tamworth, regional NSW, South Australia and home state Victoria.
Peninsula music buffs caught the eclectic quintet supporting The Flood on a recent Victorian tour.

Lead guitarist and singer Gavin Leadbetter wrote nine of the 10 tunes on the band's debut disc.

And pioneer Aussie rocker and country veteran Johnny Chester guested on its debut single Get A Little Dirt On Your Hands - the historic Bill Anderson hit.

The Distance also released a video of that oft-covered classic from the album on Gorilla Music and Dirt Road Records available nationally through Shock.

More info - www.thedistance.com.au


Queensland singer Jason Kemp is flying into Melbourne to appear at the Nu Country TV showcase at Hotel Kew on Saturday October 7.

Kemp joins Ruckus, Cyndi Boste, British born Phil Younger & Country Brew, Silver String Outlaws and other special guests on the concert that starts at 6 p m.

The showcase is free to Nu Country members or viewers who renew membership or join on the night.

All financial members will be eligible for the draw of the Lee Kernaghan Akubra at the showcase that will be filmed for Nu Country TV Series #7 over summer.

CLICK HERE for details of membership offers.

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