Melinda Schneider celebrates her latest Golden Guitar successes in Tamworth by headlining Nu Country TV this Saturday - February 3 - on C 31.

CMA award winner Carrie Underwood and turbo tonking duo Montgomery Gentry join Melinda on the show at 9.30 p m and repeated on Wednesday at 5.30 p m.

Schneider performs the video of Big World Small World from award winning fourth album Stronger.

Melinda penned the song with Nashville tunesmith Jay Knowles.

The singer also wrote three new songs with Nashville singer Elizabeth Cook whose octogenarian parents Tom and Joy perform as Medicare.

Tom earned infamy and more than a decade in jail in his youth as a moonshiner in the Deep South.

CLICK HERE for a Melinda Schneider feature from the Diary on August 9, 2006.


Montgomery Gentry singer Troy Gentry also earned expensive infamy last year for an encounter with a tame brown bear named Cubby in Minnesota.

He was fined $15,000 and banned from hunting, fishing and trapping in Minnesota for five years after shooting Cubby in a photographer's enclosure in 2004.

The singer was also ordered to forfeit Cubby's hide and bow used to shoot him.

It was a stark contrast to the duo's more sensitive side exposed in the social comment of the title track of its fifth album Some People Change.

The song details race relations changes in the New South through the eyes of a former bigot.

CLICK HERE for a Montgomery Gentry review from the Diary.


Carrie Underwood capitalised on her American Idol success by selling more than five million copies of her debut disc Some Hearts.

Underwood shocked Faith Hill when she also beat Sara Evans, Martina McBride and Gretchen Wilson for CMA female vocalist of the year.

Hill was caught making a mock shock gesture backstage when Underwood's win was announced.

She quickly issued a statement explaining that she was just joking when she frowned and threw her hands up in the air after Underwood's name was announced.

"I knew she didn't mean it," Carrie added.

"So she called me immediately and said, 'It's no big deal. I'm so sorry. I was just messing around, and it was sort of a joke gone bad, and I would never disrespect you.'

Underwood also won the Horizon award and has been nominated for two Grammies.

Carrie is already recording her second album after the success of her debut that soared to chart tops after the huge success of Don't Forget To Remember Me and her award winning song Jesus Take The Wheel.

The Oklahoma oriole performs a video clip of her new single Before He Cheats that spent five weeks at #1.

CLICK HERE for a Carrie Underwood CD review in the Diary.


Bill Jackson was born in Albury and raised in Sale and first recorded with Lamington Bros in 1981.

Now, after diverse recording projects he performs a video of his song Lucy's Life off his solo album - Diggin' The Roots.

Jackson launched his acclaimed album, featuring songs delving deep into his past, in Brunswick last year.

Mornington singer Anna Wright performed at the launch and adds vocals to Lucy's Life.

Bill was captain of cricket at St Pat's in Sale where he also played in the senior footy team and performed on the Dead Livers cult hit I'd Love To Have A Joint With Willie.

CLICK HERE for a review from the Diary on October 9, 2006.


Tweed Heads born singer Nik Phillips debuts on Nu Country with the video clip of his new single Not In This Life.

It was one of 11 songs he wrote on his sixth album Songs From The Fourth Floor.

Michael Flanders produced the album for latter day Brisbane based Phillips who performed in Tamworth with James Blundell as part of a Queensland showcase.

Phillips made the finals of the best new talent section of the 35th Australian Country Music Awards in Tamworth.

He recorded first album Poetry and Beer in Los Angeles where he resided for three years while performing throughout the U.S. west coast.

Phillips may be unknown south of the Murray Dixon line but last November followed Adam Harvey into China and performed to millions of fans at music festivals.

He performed at the Guangdong International Tourism and Culture Festival that had an audience of 5.2 million overseas visitors.

His previous albums include Northern Rivers Child (2002), Six Pack (2000) and Four Poet Steps (1998).

Further info - www.nikphillips.com.au


Sydney singer Amber Lawrence has good credentials as a country singer - she worked as a chartered accountant after graduating from university.

Lawrence performs a video clip of her new single The Lonely Road - the second from her debut EP that also featured I've Got The Blues.

Amber, now 27, sang and played guitar with The Electric Cowgirls trio after winning acclaim with Sydney band The Family Von Trapp.

Further info - www.amberlawrence.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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