Legendary country soul singer Solomon Burke headlines this week's episode of Nu Country TV - Saturday January 20 - at 9. 30 p m on C 31.

The show, hosted by Mid Pacific Bob Olson, is repeated on Wednesday at 5.30 p m and Thursday at high noon.

Mid Pacific Bob also has a tasty new recipe from his Beer Can Hill delta kitchen.

Burke, 66 and father of 21, performs a video of You're The Kind Of Trouble from his new album Nashville.

The video was recorded in the Nashville home studio of his producer Buddy Miller who toured Australia as guitarist for Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle.

Bishop Burke, a minister and mortician, weighs more than 300 pounds and has 84 grandchildren and 17 great grand children.

Burke's love of country dates back 46 years to his debut hit Just Out of Reach Of My Two Open Arms - also cut by Faron Young and Patsy Cline.

The singer, whose career suffered ebbs and flows, kept wolves from his door during the lean years by working in his ministry and mortician businesses.

His roller coaster career kicked back into gear after his songs appeared in 1980 Blue Brothers movie and Dirty Dancing in 1987 and prompted recent Australian tours.

CLICK HERE for a Burke feature and CD review from the DIARY.


Louisiana born singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier and Grafton trio The McClymonts have been added to Nu Country TV - this Saturday - January 20 - 9.30 p m on C 31.

Gauthier performs a video clip of her tune Mercy Now on the eve of her headlining role at the Harvest Festival in Red Hill on Sunday.

The singer performed at Basement Discs during the week and with Steve Young at Northcote Social Club on Friday January 19.

Gauthier performs a video clip of the title track of her third album Mercy Now (Lost Highway-Universal.)

Producer Gurf Morlix took the reigns for Gauthier's eclectic disc that followed her trail blazing first two albums after her belated songwriting debut at 35.

< Mary Gauthier at Basement Discs 16/1/07

Gauthier has made up for lost time by visiting Australia where she first scored exposure via expatriate Van Diemen's Land diva Audrey Auld Mezera on her Reckless Records label.

Audrey's former singing partner Bill Chambers also gave exposure to Gauthier by cutting her tune I Drink as a single and video clip.

Gauthier's life echoes a character torn from the back pages of Dylan's Desolation Row.

Now, at the ripe young age of 45, she is touring here at the peak of her career.

CLICK HERE for Mary Gauthier review from March 28, 2005.


Grafton-born trio The McClymonts debuts with its video clip of single Something That My Heart Does on the eve of their Tamworth festival gigs.

The trio has released an EP on Universal Music that has made the finals of the 35th Australian Country Music Awards.

Brooke, Samantha and Amanda McClymont are widely tipped for a Golden Guitar in best group or duo and best new talent.

Photo by Carol Taylor

The McClymonts handlers conducted a high profile print media and TV campaign to counter the trio being banned by the corporate commercial radio chains.

They also enjoyed a massive leaflet drop campaign outside the Dixie Chicks concerts in Melbourne.

And they made the Geelong Advertiser during mass evacuations of prestigious Costa Hall, Geelong, during their concert with Lee and Tania Kernaghan.

CLICK HERE for the McClymonts concert review and videographer Carol Taylor's pictures from Geelong in October, 2006.


Lee Forster performs the title track of his disc
A Fire In The Bar
- tribute to the late R M Williams.

It was filmed at Mt Misery near Ballarat where famous bushranger Captain Midnight once reigned from a cave.

Lee has been in bands since he was 12 - his folks played with Slim Dusty in the early seventies.

Forster emulated his folks by living in the outback and Western Australia before he came home to the Ballarat hinterland.

You can catch Lee in Tamworth or at Wandong Country Music Festival on March 4.

Further info - http://www.leeforster.com.au/


American singer Vivien Searcy and The Ozarks also perform the title track of her 2006 album Guitar Man.

She recorded her album at The Ragdoll Studio in Sweden and released the single in May, 2006.

Vivien has been recording in Scandinavia after she studied music in Stockholm in 1995.

Her new album Water On Soil was released in November, 2006.

Further info - http://www.viviensearcy.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.

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

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