Mississippi singer-songwriter Jeff Bates, Texan icon Billy Joe Shaver and Tennessee superstar Kenny Chesney headline Nu Country TV this Saturday - December 30 - at 9.30 p m on C 31.

The show, hosted by Heather Rutherford, also appears on Sunday at 5.30 p m on C 31 in Adelaide.

Bates, 43, and a four times wed former convict, sings tailor penned tune One Second Chance - title track of his second album.

The life of the singer, a reformed speed addict, reads like a page torn from the country music template.

Bates, an adoptee and hell raising singer, was raised in the backwoods of Mississippi with eight other siblings.

Click here for a Bates feature from the Diary.


Photo by Carol Taylor
Texan troubadour Billy Joe Shaver performs his tune Freedom's Child on the eve of his fourth Australian tour.

Shaver, now 67, toured here on one artery in 2002 with singing Texan crime novelist Kinky Friedman.

The singer had a quadruple heart by-pass on his return to Texas, wed his second wife, released an autobiography and became spiritual adviser to Friedman in his headline grabbing bid to become Governor of Texas.

CLICK HERE for a Shaver feature from the Diary on March 24, 2004.


Tennessee superstar Kenny Chesney, the biggest grossing country-touring artist of the decade, performs a video of his hit You Save Me from huge selling ninth album The Road And The Radio.

The singer has sold 25 million albums in a career that started in Luttrell - the same hometown of the late Chet Atkins.

Chesney, 38, is coy about courting femme fatales in his video - You Save Me vamp Vane Millon was also the female lead in his clip for When The Sun Goes Down.

But he split with former fiancé Mandy Weals - a swimsuit model - after she appeared in the video for How Forever Feels.

"I'll never do that again!" Chesney confessed tongue in cheek.

"It's a curse, the kiss of death, to put your girlfriend in a video. We broke up, and two days later I had to sing that song on the CMAs and that video was behind me. I didn't like that performance very well. Don't ever put your girlfriend in a video."

Well, at least that didn't happen with former actress wife and Oscar-winner Renee Zellweger.
Chesney has bounced back after a 128 day marriage to Zellweger.

Renee declared the relationship "the biggest personal mistake of my life."

The actress stunned fans and the media when she wed Chesney on the island of St. John in the Caribbean's Virgin Islands on May 9, 2005, after a whirlwind four-month courtship.

Click Here for a Chesney story from the Diary on April 7. 2004


New Zealand singer Aly Cook debuts with a video clip of her single Country Storm - a tune penned on the net with David Erik from Cincinatti.

The video was shot in various locations including Hollywood & Nashville and tells the story of Aly's journey.

It was produced by 2005 NZ Kodak Video Knack Award winner Paul Sparkes.

RIAA Gold Record credited writer/producer Chip Martin recorded the audio version of the song in his Nashville studio.

Cook's diverse music has featured in NZ TV Sitcoms Love Bites and Shortland Street.

She previously released the self-penned I Wonder that stayed in the NZ Top 40 airplay chart for several weeks and was nominated for the 2005 APRA NZ Country Song of the Year.

Aly appeared in London last year and returns to Europe in July, 2007, for a Norway tour.
Further info - http://www.alycook.com/home.cfm


Macedon Ranges band Crakajak celebrates a decade on the local scene with a video of What's Wrong With A Little Hard Work from compilation disc Ten.

The CD/DVD pack includes 14 new original songs, eight bonus tracks and six music video clips.

Crakajak also created Balls in Bush - a documentary about the B & S Ball culture in Australia.

The documentary features Aussie legend Kevin Bloody Wilson whose albums feature expatriate American pedal steel guitarist Lucky Oceans of Asleep At The Wheel fame.

Also on this album are two tracks featuring former Little River Band guitarist David Briggs.

Briggs penned Don't Give in to Loneliness with prolific Skyhooks hit writer and latter day lawyer Greg Macainsh.

Further info - www.crakajak.com


Celebrate chanteuse Leslie Avril, a colleague of Macainsh and one of the headliners at the Red Hill festival on Sunday January 7, also returns.

The former Nu Country DJ performs the Chris Wall classic Trashy Woman - once a hit for Confederate Railroad.

Leslie has recorded three solo albums on labels diverse as Larrikin and ABC.

She has performed with international artists diverse as Joe Sun, Billy Joe Shaver, Ozark Mountain Daredevils.

Click Here for a Leslie Avril story from the Diary on June 14, 2004.

Further Info - www.leslieavril.com


ARIA award winning singer Troy Cassar-Daley appeared at one of Leslie's CD launches at Central Club in Richmond.

You can win an autographed copy of Troy's big selling sixth album Brighter Day by becoming a member of Nu Country TV.

CLICK HERE to learn how to win Troy's CD.

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