Australian country music queen Anne Kirkpatrick headlines Nu Country this Saturday - February 17 - with a song from her Golden Guitar winning 14th album Showman's Daughter.

Kirkpatrick, 54, performs a video clip of Drive Away on the show that airs at 9.30 p m and is repeated at 5.30 p m on Wednesday.

Anne wrote the song after driving through Tenterfield - the northern NSW town made famous by the late Peter Allen.

She won her latest 2007 Golden Guitar for best bush ballad with Peppimenarti Cradle - penned by her mother Joy McKean and cut by her late father Slim Dusty.

Kirkpatrick was educated at a Sale boarding school in Gippsland before earning her Marine Biology degree at Macquarie University in NSW.

She celebrates 36 years in recording this year - during her university years she played in a campus band with guitarist Colin Watson and cut her debut disc Down Home in 1971.

And in the eighties her band were regulars at the Lone Star Café in Sydney and the Civic Hotel, once owned by the late Octogenarian outlaw Mr Sin - Abe Saffron.

CLICK HERE for an Anne CD review from the Diary.


Nashville star winner Chris Young makes his Nu Country debut with Drinkin' Me Lonely - one of his four originals on his self-titled debut disc.

The Tennessee university graduate landed a record deal at 21 after winning Nashville Star following a Texas stint with an Arlington honky tonk house band.

Chris also recorded the classic White Lightning Hit The Family Tree on his debut disc .

Young's originals include Small Town Big Time, one of two tunes penned with Tim James.

He also wrote Centre of My World with frequent Australian tourist David Lee Murphy who wrote his album entrée Beer Or Gasoline.

Sadly Murphy, whose drinking and driving attracted police attention during a writing stint with Adam Harvey, was recently busted for DUI near his farm in the Civil War town Franklin.

Producer Buddy Cannon - studio chief for superstar Kenny Chesney - aims Young at the thriving youth market with energised traditional country.

Further info - http://www.chrisyoungcountry.com/


North Carolina born diva Kellie Pickler had a big hit at 20 with Red High Heels after being dumped from American Idol.

Kellie rebounded by co-writing five tunes on debut disc Small Town Girl (Sony-BMG).

She performs a video of Red High Heels that shot the album to #1 on the Billboard charts.

That was about all her estranged Dad Bo saw of Kellie after he was released from the Florida state pen in May 1 after doing three years for a 2003 stabbing.

Despite that Pickler has been offered a sitcom on Fox network and proves no slouch as a singer.

Further info - http://www.kelliepickler.com/


Former Alberta cowboy and rodeo rider and latter day country singer Corb Lund performs a video of his tune Truck Got Stuck.

The tune was a highlight during concerts on his three Australian tours.

It's from his fourth album Hair In My Eyes Like A Highland Steer (Vital.)

The singer and his band The Hurtin' Albertans have appeared in Hollywood horror movie Slither.

Lund, 41, lives in Edmunton but was raised on the family ranch at Taber, Alberta, by his parents - a fourth generation rodeo family whose ancestral roots were in Montana and Utah.

CLICK HERE for a Corb story from the Diary on March 9, 2006.


Robinvale singer Paul Costa and Aleyce Simmonds return with their single The Way You Make Me Feel.

Costa made six albums with brother Don before releasing two solo discs.

Paul and Aleyce performed together in Tamworth at the recent festival to promote his second album Restoration.

CLICK HERE for a Costa CD review from the Diary on July 12, 2005.


Lawrie Minson is best known for performing in the studio and on tour with Australian country king Lee Kernaghan.

But the multi-instrumentalist, who produced Indian cowboy Bobby Cash and others, has also been working with Matt Scullion.

Their comic clout ensured the video clip for their duet on Hard Earned Money was soon an anthem for young Gigolo gauchos who prey on sugar queens.

The video, replete with a cosmic cowboy cast, is from Scullion's album Put It Down To Experience.

Scullion was born at Ulladulla on the south coast of NSW and moved to Tamworth from Darwin after touring the outback with his band Dark Horse and the U.S. as a singer-songwriter.

Scullion and his new band Lost Moments performed at Tamworth this year after he signed to Rajon Music.

Further info - www.mattscullion.com


ARIA award winning singer Troy Cassar-Daley hosted the premiere of Series #7 of Nu Country TV and has become a valued benefactor.

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

We also have copies of Felicity's fifth CD My Life.

CLICK HERE to learn how to win CDS by Troy, Felicity, Kacey Jones, Catherine Britt, Tania Kernaghan and Billy Wyatt.

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