Acclaimed singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale, making his second Australian tour, headlines Nu Country TV this Saturday - January 27.

Jim, son of a recently deceased North Carolina Presbyterian Minister, performs the video for his new single I Met Jesus In A Bar.

Lauderdale wrote the song with Leslie Satcher for one of his two new albums released in November of 2006.

It's on his Super Hits Vol 1 - all new songs and none of them hits - produced by Odie Blackman.

Jim co-wrote 11 tunes with Blackman on Super Hits - and two more with Satcher on his other new disc Bluegrass.

The albums - Lauderdale's 14th and 15th in a colourful career that has produced many hits for artists diverse as George Strait and Gary Allan - scored Americana airplay in the U.S. and community exposure in Australia.

Lauderdale's 2007 Australian tour includes showcases in Sydney and Tamworth but not Melbourne where he debuted on January 30, 2002, with Kim Richey, Canadians Fred Eaglesmith and Jason McCoy and expatriate Van Diemens' Land diva Audrey Auld Mezera.

CLICK HERE for a Jim Lauderdale feature from the Diary on December 14. 2006


Gary Bennett toured here in 1998 with his former band BR549 and performs one of their old songs Even If It's Wrong from his debut solo album Human Condition.

Bennett performs a video of his song from his DVD that accompanied his CD.

Gary performed with BR549 at the Sydney launch of the Pacific Rim CMT Pay TV show at the Metro in George St.

Expatriate Australasian Barry Coburn managed BR549 after launching the career of superstar Alan Jackson and becoming publisher of fellow expat Keith Urban.

Bennett, born in Las Vegas and playing bass in a gospel band at 16, spent the first five years of his life in Conroe, Texas.

He then spent a year in southern California before his family settled in the small Northwest-logging town of Cougar, Washington, which is nestled at the foot of Mt. St. Helens.

After high school and many logging jobs, Bennett performed solo in hometown bars every weekend, playing traditional country songs he learned as a boy from his parent's record collection, along with growing repertoire of original songs.

In 1993, he loaded his pickup truck and headed for Nashville and co-founded BR549 when it was discovered at Roberts Western Wear on Lower Broadway.

He recorded five albums with BR549, shared three Grammy nominations and toured with Bob Dylan, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Black Crowes and Brian Setzer.

Bennett, now 42, left the band in 2002 and retreated from live performing while he wrote new tunes for his solo disc Human Condition - 12 new songs, most of which were written by Bennett, including one co-written with Todd Snider - Better Than This.

R.S Field, renowned for production of Billy Joe Shaver, Webb Wilder, Alison Moorer and many others, was at the studio helm.

Gary's studio band included Kenny Vaughan (Marty Stuart) on guitar, Jimmy Lester (Webb Wilder, Los Straitjackets) on drums and Mark Winchester (Emmylou Harris, Brian Setzer Orchestra) on bass.

Special guests include Marty Stuart, who plays mandolin on several tracks as well as rhythm guitar on the song, Just Wanna Be With You, legendary pedal steel guitar player Lloyd Green, and producer R.S. Field on several instruments.

CLICK HERE for a BR549 story from the Diary on March 22, 2005.
Further info on Bennett at http://www.garybennettmusic.com/


Tamworth born singer-songwriter Felicity returns with a video clip of her new single Big Black Cloud from her fifth album My Life.

She wrote the tune with Randy Scruggs - one of the multi-talented sons of bluegrass legend Earl.

Felicity, whose hosting role on Nu Country made the finals of the Antenna Awards, is also featured in an interview at the Lilydale home of Golden Guitar winners and 2007 finalist Carter & Carter.

She recently returned from entertaining Australian troops in Solomon Islands to perform at Tamworth.

We have copies of Felicity's CD My Life for viewers who become members.

CLICK HERE for a Felicity feature from the Diary on January 14, 2002.


Chinchilla duo Horswood debuts its drought relief song Ain't Seen Rain on Nu Country.

Gina and Melanie Horswood wrote their prophetic new song long before the drought broke in southern Queensland.

Horswood donated proceeds of sales to Aussie Helpers - an organisation helping those severely affected by drought - to raise funds and awareness for drought relief.

It was on the duo's debut disc Our Way.

CLICK HERE for a Horswood CD review
on July 11, 2006


Hervey Bay band Bobkatz performs a video for its song Little River Town - Howlong - from its second album Sweet Water.

The band played on a riverboat on the Mighty Murray at Howlong - downstream from Albury en route to Corowa and the ocean.

It's not often you'll see a pedal steel guitar on a boat on the Mighty Murray Pest controller Garry Koehler, born and bred in Albury and raised on the Murray at Howlong, formed his band with

property developer Robert Mackay who grew up in Gippsland.

They met at Hervey Bay in Queensland and released debut disc The Man in the Picture.

Michael Flanders, whose clients include Josh Arnold, Tanya Self, Tony Eales, Nellie Donovan and Gemma Doyle, produced the new album.

Further info - www.thebobkatz.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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